Title IX prohibits sex discrimination
As defined by the
U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights, Title IX of the
Education Amendments of 1972 protects people from discrimination based
on sex in education programs or activities that receive federal financial
assistance, including SMU.
Title IX states:
“No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from
participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to
discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal
financial assistance.” SMU’s prohibition against discrimination, including on the basis of sex, includes any employment practice, education program or educational activity.
The Office for Civil
Rights has issued a
guidance document to universities and colleges
nationwide on Title IX’s prohibition of sexual violence, which it defines
as: “physical sexual acts perpetrated against a person’s will or where a
person is incapable of giving consent. A number of acts fall into the
category of sexual violence, including rape, sexual assault, sexual battery,
and sexual coercion.” Title IX requires universities and colleges to
investigate reports of sexual misconduct and to provide internal grievance
procedures. Title IX also requires universities to appoint a Title IX Coordinator.
Title IX at SMU
SMU’s Title IX Coordinator resides in the Office of Institutional Access and Equity, which develops and manages University policies, procedures and programs of equal opportunity, diversity and affirmative action. The office serves SMU students, employees, applicants and visitors.
SMU’s Title IX Coordinator and Deputy Coordinators are available to assist students who have questions or concerns regarding sexual misconduct or who wish to file an internal complaint under the University’s Title IX Policy. The Coordinator and Deputies can also provide students with information about campus and community resources.
Please feel free to contact one of the following SMU employees for assistance:
SMU Title IX Coordinator
SMU Deputy Title IX Coordinators
Note: Although this website emphasizes resources and complaint options available in cases of sexual assault, please note that the information presented is applicable to all forms of sexual misconduct, including sexual harassment.
- Denise Gauthier, Office of Institutional Access and Equity, 214-768-3601 or email email@example.com
- Carolyn Hernandez, Office of Institutional Access and Equity, 214-768-3601 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Marci Armstrong, Cox School of Business, 214-768-4486 or email email@example.com
- Martin L. Camp, SMU Dedman School of Law, 214-768-4178 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Monique Holland, Department of Athletics, 214-768-1650 or email email@example.com
- K. JoAnne Knight, SMU-in-Taos, 575-317-9434 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
comments or concerns, contact the Office of Institutional Access and Equity: