Southwestern University

Title IX

Title IX is a comprehensive federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any federally funded education program or activity. The principal objective of Title IX is to avoid the use of federal money to support sex discrimination in education programs and to provide individual citizens effective protection against those practices.

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Statement of Nondiscrimination

Southwestern University’s recruitment and admission of students, awarding of financial aid and operation of programs and facilities are without regard to sex, race, color, religion, age, disability, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, gender identity/transgender status, or any other impermissible factor.  Southwestern University is also committed to compliance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which prohibits sex discrimination in federally funded education programs and activities, including sexual misconduct.  The Southwestern University Title IX Coordinator is Elma Benavides who can be reached at titleixcoordinator@southwestern.edu or by phone, 512-863-1111.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Southwestern University is committed to the principle of equal opportunity for all persons without regard to sex, race, religion, age, disability, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, gender identity/transgender status or any other impermissible factor.    Southwestern University is also committed to compliance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which prohibits sex discrimination in federally funded education programs and activities, including sexual misconduct.  The Southwestern University Title IX Coordinator is Elma Benavides who can be reached at titleixcoordinator@southwestern.edu or by phone, 512-863-1111.  Southwestern University is also committed to taking affirmative steps to see that such opportunities are made available for personnel in employment, promotion, transfer, recruitment, rates of pay and other forms of compensation, and selection for training.

Help for Sexual Assault and Sexual Misconduct

Where to go? Who to talk to? Students, please download the SU Yellow Book  for a comprehensive, printable manual on Help for Sexual Assault/ Sexual Misconduct. Faculty and staff, please download the Resources and Reporting Options manual.

Title IX

In May 2020, the Department of Education issued over 2,000 pages of regulations governing Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (“Title IX”), and its application to incidents of sexual misconduct.

The regulations include:

  • “Sexual Harassment” is the umbrella term the DOE now uses to cover quid pro quo sexual harassment, hostile environment sexual harassment, sexual assault, domestic and dating violence, and stalking.
  • In order to be governed by Title IX, alleged Sexual Harassment must have taken place under very specific conditions (including location, identity of parties involved, nature of allegation, and more).
  • Behavior that does not take place under those conditions, or does not fall under the regulations’ definition of sexual harassment, must be dismissed under Title IX. It can still be adjudicated under our other policies (as outlined in the student, employee, and faculty handbooks).
  • Behavior that meets the Title IX conditions must be investigated and resolved according to a very specific and regimented process.
  • The Title IX regulations apply equally to students and employees.

In response to these federal regulations, the University has created a standalone “Title IX Policy” to address violations covered under the regulations according to a process prescribed by the regulations. Prohibited conduct that is not covered under Title IX but that does constitute a violation of University policies will be addressed under said policies as appropriate. To avoid conflict with the Title IX policy, some changes were required to the University Sexual Misconduct Policy, the Student Sexual Misconduct Policy, and the Sexual Harassment Policy.

Data on Campus Crime

Parents, students, faculty and staff can now review campus crime statistics for colleges and university campuses online. Southwestern’s Annual Security Reports, including the latest Summary Crime Statistics, are available here.

Reports and Updates to the Southwestern Community

All reports and updates can be found on the Title IX Compliance Committee page.