In order to assure equality for all in education, the US Congress passed Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (20 U.S.C. § 1681). This federal law protects students and employees of educational institutions against sex discrimination, including sexual misconduct. Under Title IX, 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.
Sexual misconduct is a form of sex discrimination.
TTU Policy #143: Sexual Misconduct
In 2014, a multidisciplinary committee met to assess how TTU could better comply with both Title IX and Campus SaVE requirements. The result was a comprehensive sexual misconduct policy. Under TTU Policy #143, sexual misconduct includes sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking.
We highly encourage all students and employees to become familiar with this policy. Although not limited to the following, the policy provides helpful information regarding:
- definitions (including those for consent, confidentiality, and responsible employees)
- resources for awareness, prevention, risk reduction, and bystander education and training
- advice on immediate steps for victims and survivors
- options to address concern(s)
- descriptions of TTU's investigative, disciplinary, and appeal processes
- on- and off-campus resources to assist victims/survivors and their significant others
Campus SaVE Act
The Campus SaVE Act (Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act), which amends the Clery Act (which requires all colleges and universities that participate in federal financial aid programs to keep and disclose information about crime on and near their respective campuses), was passed in 2013 and became effective in March 2014. Final rules governing the regulations under this act were issued in October 2014.
Campus SaVE significantly amended the Clery Act, a federal law that requires colleges and universities receiving federal funding to disclose statistics and policies on certain crimes occurring on and adjacent to their campuses. This new set of amendments mandates higher education institutions to add and/or modify definitions, statistical compilations, education and training, and disciplinary polices and procedures related to sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking.
In many ways, the mandates under Campus SaVE overlap with or supplement Title IX requirements.
Title IX Questions or Complaints
If you have questions, concerns or wish to file a Title IX complaint, contact the Title IX Coordinator at (931) 372-3112 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also contact the U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights.