Title IX

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“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.”

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a federal law that prohibits sex discrimination in education.

Sam Houston State University complies with Title IX of the Higher Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX), which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in educational programs or activities; Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII), which prohibits sex discrimination in employment; and the Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act. Sexual misconduct, as defined in the University’s Sexual Misconduct Policy, constitutes a form of sex discrimination prohibited by Title IX and Title VII.

Sex discrimination includes sexual harassment and sexual assault. While it is often thought of as a law that applies to athletics programs, Title IX is much broader than Athletics and applies to many programs at Sam Houston State University. While compliance with the law is everyone’s responsibility at SHSU, below is a list of staff members that have primary responsibility for Title IX Compliance.

Title IX Coordinator
Jeanine Bias Nelson
Director, Office of Equity and Inclusion
Thomason Building, Suite 302

The Title IX Coordinator’s responsibilities include providing leadership, consultation, and oversight of Title IX compliance activities at the University, including coordination of training, education, communications, and administration of grievance procedures for faculty, staff, students and other members of the University community.

SHSU encourages everyone to immediately consult with or report incidents of gender/sex discrimination, sexual harassment (including sexual violence) or sexual misconduct to the Title IX Coordinator, Title IX Investigator, or Deputy Title IX coordinators.

Title IX Investigator
Natalie Issac
Office of Equity and Inclusion
Thomason Building, Suite 302

Title IX Deputy Coordinators
For Students:
Chelsea Smith
Associate Dean of Students
Lowman Student Center, Suite 210

For Faculty/Staff:
Rhonda Beassie
Assistant VP for Human Resources and Diversity
Thom 202 H

For Athletics:
Chris Thompson
RMFH 321
Associate Athletics Director Student Services
Student 87 Guidelines

Sexual Misconduct cases may also be reported to the Sam Houston State University Police Department (UPD), the Huntsville Police Department (HPD) and other local law enforcement authorities. The Title IX Coordinator/ Deputy Coordinators can assist individuals with contacting these law enforcement agencies.

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