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Title IX


West Texas A&M University is committed to providing a learning, working and living environment that promotes personal integrity, civility, and mutual respect in an environment free of sexual misconduct and discrimination.  Sexual discrimination not only violates an individual's fundamental rights and personal dignity, it is also a violation of federal and state law.  WTAMU considers sexual discrimination in all its forms to be a serious offense.  This policy refers to all forms of sex discrimination, including but not limited to:  sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual exploitation, and sexual violence by employees, students, and third parties.  This website is a resource on sexual misconduct for students, faculty, staff and visitors who are part of the West Texas A&M University community. 

Mission Statement

The mission of WTAMU’s Title IX Compliance Program is to ensure WTAMU fulfills its commitment of creating and maintaining a community in which all persons who participate in University programs and activities can work together in an atmosphere free of all forms of harassment, exploitation, or intimidation, including sexual harassment. Compliance with the requirements of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is the method WTAMU uses to ensure this mission is achieved.

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits discrimination based on sex in educational programs and activities that receive federal financial assistance.  To ensure compliance with Title IX and other federal and state civil rights laws, WTAMU has developed policies and procedures that prohibit sex discrimination in all its forms.

A non-faculty employee, student or third party entity/individual who believes that he or she has been subjected to discrimination, sexual harassment and/or related retaliation should promptly report the incident(s) to her/his supervisor, the Director of Human Resources or his/her designee.

A Faculty member who believes that he or she has been subjected to discrimination, sexual harassment and/or related retaliation should promptly report the incident(s) to her/his department head, dean, or the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Title IX also provides for equal educational opportunities for pregnant and parenting students.  It prohibits educational institutions from discriminating against students based on pregnancy, childbirth, false pregnancy, termination of pregnancy, or recovery from any of these conditions.  It also prohibits schools from applying any rule related to a student's parental, family or marital status that treats students differently based on their sex.

A pregnant student should be granted a leave of absence for as long as it is deemed medically necessary for her to be absent.  At the conclusion of her leave, she must be allowed to resume the academic and extracurricular status she held when the leave began.

For further guidance, see the U.S. Department of Education's "Supporting the Academic Success of Pregnant and Parenting Students" brochure.  Although this brochure focuses on secondary schools, the legal principles apply to all recipients of federal financial assistance, including postsecondary institutions.

If you have any questions regarding your rights as a pregnant or parenting student, please contact WTAMU's Title IX Coordinator.

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding Title IX and other non-discrimination policies:

Primary Coordinator:

Becky Lopez, Title IX Coordinator
Office Location: Kilgore Research Center Room 147
Phone: 806-651-3199, 806-676-0556 Fax:  806-651-3198
E-mail: blopez@wtamu.edu

Supporting Investigators:

Jon Davis, Asst. Vice President for Student Affairs                                                                                                                                         Office Location:  Classroom Center 106K                                                                                                                                                          Phone:  806-651-2335                                                                                                                                                                                            E-mail:  jdavis@wtamu.edu

Lindsey Eggleston, Area Coordinator                                                                                                                                                            Office Location:  Residential Living 9                                                                                                                                                            Phone:  806-651-3007                                                                                                                                                                                              Email:  leggleston@wtamu.edu

 Chance Haugen, Director of JBK Student Center                                                                                                                                           Office Location: JBK Student Center 104B
Phone: 806-651-2394
E-mail: chaugen@wtamu.edu

 Wendy Hearn, Staff Nurse Practioner                                                                                                                                                            Office Location: Virgil Henson Activities Center 104A
Phone: 806-651-3287
E-mail: whearn@wtamu.edu

Orvie Nix, Director of Student Counseling Service                                                                                                                                            Office Location: Career Services 116
Phone: 806-651-2345                                                                                                                                                                                           E-mail: onix@wtamu.edu

Paul Sweetgall, Associate Athletic Director for Compliance & Academic Services
Office Location: Virgil Henson Activity Center 214B
Phone: 806-651-4437
E-mail: psweetgall@wtamu.edu