Compliance and Safety

SE Title IX Compliance

SE Gender Nondiscrimination Statement

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (20 U.S.C. § 1681) 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…

Southeastern Oklahoma State University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its education programs or activities, in compliance with Title IX and the U.S. Department of Education’s regulations at 34 C.F.R. §§ 86.1 et seq.

What is Title IX?

Title IX is a federal statute prohibiting sex discrimination.  Gender cannot be a basis for a person’s exclusion from participation in, denial of benefits, or subjecting him or her to discrimination under any education program or activity, including employment.  This includes: admissions, financial aid, academic advising, housing, athletics, recreational services, college residential life programs, health services, counseling and psychological services, registrar’s office, classroom assignments, grading and discipline, recruiting for employment or the benefits of employment. The statute applies equally to men and women.

The Role of the Title IX Coordinator

The Title IX Coordinator is responsible for the oversight of the investigation and resolution of all reports of sexual harassment, sexual violence, stalking, and domestic and dating violence involving students and employees. The Coordinator is trained in University policies and procedures as well as applicable laws, and is available to advise any individual, including a complainant, respondent, or a third party, about the courses of action available at the University, both informally and formally. The Coordinator is available to provide assistance to any University employee regarding how to respond appropriately to a report of gender discrimination or sexual misconduct. The coordinator is additionally responsible for monitoring compliance with all procedural requirements, record-keeping, and timeframes outlined in university policy, as well as overseeing training, prevention, and education efforts. The Coordinator operates independently of other University administrative structures on these matters.

What if I have been a victim of gender-based discrimination or sexual harassment?

There are various formal and informal reporting procedures, and proper reporting depends on whether the alleged misconduct was criminal conduct or discriminatory conduct.

Direct Law Enforcement and Emergency Reporting

Emergencies can be reported by contacting 911 or (if on campus) 580-745-2911. Sexual assault, sexual violence, domestic violence, and stalking are crimes, and can be reported as such to law enforcement. Crimes reported to law enforcement may trigger both a police investigation and a University Title IX investigation at the same time. In the event of a sexual assault, the victim is encouraged to report the crime to Campus Police if that act occurred on campus or to the appropriate authority if the crime occurred off campus.

Confidential Reporting

If the reporting party is a student and would like the details of an incident to be kept confidential and would like to decline to report an incident to the University or law enforcement, the reporting party may still speak with the Southeastern Oklahoma State University Student Counseling Center, GDJ Student Union, Room 200, (580)745–2988. The Counseling Center will maintain confidentiality except in extreme cases of immediacy of threat or danger or abuse of a minor.

Non-Emergency University Reporting

Reports to the Title IX Coordinator can be made via email, phone or in person at the contact information below. This is considered the primary method of reporting if the respondent is anyone other than a student:

Michael J. Davis, Title IX Coordinator
Director of Compliance and Safety
Administration Bldg., Room 311

Reports to the Dean of Student Affairs can be made via email, phone or in person at the contact information below. This is considered the primary method of reporting if the respondent is a student:

Vice President Liz McCraw
Office for Student Affairs
GDJ Student Union, Room 312

Where can I find more information about Southeastern’s gender-based discrimination policies, procedures, and guidance?

The Office of Compliance and Safety maintains this official summary of Title IX policy and guidance for the benefit of the campus community.