The University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its programs and activities.
The University of Dallas has designated a Title IX Coordinator to oversee the University's
response to Title IX reports and complaints and to address any patterns or systematic
problems revealed by such reports and complaints. The Title IX Coordinator has specific
knowledge of the requirements of Title IX, of the University policies and procedures
related to sexual harassment and sexual and relationship violence and of all complaints
raising Title IX issues at University. Any person alleged to have been discriminated
against in violation of Title IX may present a complaint to the Title IX Coordinator.
The Coordinator assists in informal resolutions of complaints or guides the Reporting
Party to the appropriate University official or process for resolving the complaint.
What is Title IX?
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 ("Title IX"), 20 U.S.C. §1681 et seq.,
is a Federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in
education programs and activities. All public and private elementary and secondary
schools, school districts, colleges, and universities (hereinafter "schools") receiving
any Federal funds must comply with Title IX. Under Title IX, discrimination on the
basis of sex can include sexual harassment or sexual violence, such as rape, sexual
assault, sexual battery, and sexual coercion.
Title IX: The Basics
- Title IX is a federal civil rights that prohibits sex discrimination in education. It addresses sexual harassment, gender-based discrimination, and sexual violence.
Sexual violence includes attempted or completed rape or sexual assault, as well as
sexual harassment, stalking, voyeurism, exhibitionism, verbal or physical sexuality-based
threats or abuse, and intimate partner violence.
- Title IX does not apply to female students only. It protects male and female students, faculty, and staff from any sex-based discrimination,
harassment, or violence.
- Schools must be proactive in ensuring that your campus is free of sex discrimination. Schools must take immediate steps to address any sex discrimination, sexual harassment
or sexual violence happening on campus to prevent it from affecting students further.
If a school knows or reasonably should know about discrimination, harassment or violence
that is creating a "hostile environment" for any student, it must act to eliminate
it, remedy the harm caused and prevent its recurrence.
- Schools must have an established procedure for handling complaints of sex discrimination,
sexual harassment or sexual violence. Every school must have a Title IX Coordinator who manages complaints. For the University
of Dallas Title IX Coordinator, see below. If you decide to file a complaint, your school must promptly investigate it regardless
of whether you report to the police, though a police investigation may very briefly
delay the school's investigation if they are gathering evidence. A school may not
wait for the conclusion of a criminal proceeding and should conclude its own investigation
within a semester's time (the 2011 Title IX Guidance proposes 60 days as an appropriate
time frame). The school should use a "preponderance of the evidence" standard to determine
the outcome of a complaint, meaning discipline should result if it is more likely
than not discrimination, harassment or violence occurred. The final decision should
be provided to the victim and the accused in writing and both of them have the right
to appeal the decision.
- Schools must take immediate action to ensure a complainant/victim can continue his
or her education free of ongoing sex discrimination, sexual harassment or sexual violence. Schools, including UD, have the ability to issue a no contact directive to the accused,
as well as make any reasonable changes to the victim's housing, class or sports schedule,
campus job, or extracurricular activity, to ensure one can continue with their education
free from any ongoing sex discrimination, sexual harassment, or sexual violence. These
arrangements can occur before a formal complaint investigation, hearing, or final
decision is make regarding the complaint, nor must they end after the process has
been completed or bypassed by the complainant. Additionally, these accommodations
should not over-burden complainant/victims or limit your educational opportunities.
Instead, schools can require the accused to likewise change some school activities
or classes to ensure there is not ongoing hostile educational environment.
- Schools may not retaliate against someone filing a complaint and must keep a complainant/victim
safe from other retaliatory harassment or behavior. The school may not take adverse action against the complainant/victim for his or
her complaint. Any retaliation can and should be reported in a formal Title IX complaint
to the U.S. Department of Education since it is your right to be free from a hostile
- Schools can issue a no contact directive under Title IX to prevent the accused student
from approaching or interacting with the victim. When necessary for student safety, schools can issue a no contact directive preventing
an accused student from directly or indirectly contacting or interacting with you.
Campus Safety can and should enforce such directives. This is not a court-issued restraining
order, but a school should provide one with information on how to obtain such an order
and facilitate that process if you choose to pursue it.
- In cases of sexual violence, schools are prohibited from encouraging or allowing mediation
(rather than a formal hearing) of the complaint. The 2011 Title IX Guidance prohibits schools from allowing mediation between an accused
student and a complainant-victim in sexual violence cases. However, they may still
offer such an alternative process for other types of complaints, such as sexual harassment.
Realize it is your choice and you can and should seek a disciplinary hearing if you
desire such a formal process. Schools are discouraged from allowing the accused to
question you during a hearing. If your school allows that, consider getting a nonprofit
attorney or other legal advocate to help you through the process and/or file a Title
IX complaint with the U.S. Department of Education about that schools hearing process.
- Schools cannot discourage you from continuing your education. You have a right to remain on campus and have every educational program and opportunity
available to you. It is your choice how to handle sexual harassment or violence, but
realize you have a right to your education and the school MUST adjust to ensure you
can continue free from that hostile environment.
Source: Know Your IX, US Dept of Education Dear Colleague Letter
Know Your Rights
Under Title IX, each individual has certain rights that must be respected.
- You have the right to report the incident to your school, have your school investigate
what happened, and have your complaint resolved promptly and equitably.
- Once you tell your school about an incident of sexual violence, you have the right to receive some immediate help, such as changing classes, dorms,
or transportation. When taking these measures, your school should minimize the burden on you.
- Every complainant has the right to present his or her case. This includes the right to adequate, reliable, and impartial investigation of complaints,
the right to have an equal opportunity to present witnesses and other evidence, and
the right to the same appeal processes, for both parties. If the alleged perpetrator
is allowed to have a lawyer, the victim has the right to have one too, etc.
- You have the right to be notified of the time frames for all major stages of the investigation. Every complainant has the right to be notified of the time frame within which: (a)
the school will conduct a full investigation of the complaint; (b) the parties will
be notified of the outcome of the complaint; and (c) the parties may file an appeal,
- Every complainant has the right for the complaint to be decided using a preponderance
of the evidence standard (i.e., it is more likely than not that sexual harassment or violence occurred).
- Every complainant has the right to be notified, in writing, of the outcome of the
complaint. Even though federal privacy laws limit disclosure of certain information in disciplinary
proceedings: see "Your Privacy" for more information.
- The victim and the accused offender both have equal right to appeal the decision.
- The grievance procedures may include voluntary informal methods (e.g., mediation)
for resolving some types of sexual harassment complaints. However, the complainant must be notified of the right to end the informal process at any time
and begin the formal stage of the complaint process. In cases involving allegations of sexual assault, mediation is not appropriate.
- You have the right not to "work it out" with the alleged perpetrator in mediation. Mediation is not appropriate in cases involving sexual assault.
- You have the right to have any proceedings documentation, which may include written findings of fact, transcripts, or audio recordings.
- You have the right to report any retaliation by school employees, the alleged perpetrator,
and other students, and your school should take strong responsive action if it occurs.
- You have the right to choose to report an incident of sexual violence to campus or
local law enforcement. But a criminal investigation does not relieve your school of its duty under Title
IX to respond promptly and effectively
- You have the right to have the obligations of the school explained to you. For the University of Dallas, ask the Title IX Coordinator, Janis Townsend, if you
have any questions that are not explained on this site. Her contact information and
location are listed on the Title IX page.
Sources: US Dept. of Education--Know Your Rights: Title IX Prohibits Sexual Harassment and
Sexual Violence Where You Go to School, US Dept. of Education--Know Your Rights: Title IX Requires Your School to Address
Title IX Coordinator
The University of Dallas is committed to responding to incidents of sexual misconduct,
harassment and gender or sexuality bias incidents in order to eliminate any hostile
environment, prevent reoccurrence of sexual misconduct and address its effects. Students
can seek appropriate remedies and/or file a grievance through the University's Title
All cases of sexual misconduct or harassment must undergo a Title IX investigation.
Even if the complainant wishes not to file a formal complaint with the university
or local officials, or wishes to keep his/her information confidential, the Title
IX investigation will decided 1) on whether, and to what extent, the university must
further investigate an allegation of sexual misconduct, and 2) what other protective
measures or remedies might be considered to address any effects of the alleged sexual
misconduct in the campus community.
The Title IX Coordinator's office is located on the second floor of Carpenter Hall,
within the Office of Human Resources. The university will help a victim through any
steps they decide to take, while doing its best to protect their privacy and confidentiality.
Director of Human Resources
Questions related to Title IX may also be directed to the Office for Civil Rights
for the United States Department of Education, Region VI, 1999 Bryan Street, Suite
1510, Dallas, Texas 75201-3136, Telephone 404-974-9450, Facsimile 214-661-9594
United States Department of Education Office for Civil Rights: Questions and Answers
on Title IX and Sexual Violence