What is Title IX?
Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972 prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in educational programs and activities at institutions that receive federal financial assistance.
Sexual harassment, including sexual violence, is a form of sex discrimination and is therefore prohibited under Title IX. Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, nonverbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitute sexual harassment when this conduct is so severe, persistent or pervasive that it explicitly or implicitly affects an individual’s employment, unreasonably interferes with an individual’s work or educational performance, or creates an intimidating or hostile work or educational environment. For more detailed information, go to: https://www.notalone.gov/students/ (click "Key Terms and Definitions"). This website (www.notalone.gov) has a “Resources” tab with very good information as well.
Alvin Community College is committed to providing an environment of academic study and employment free from harassment or discrimination to all segments of its community; its employees, students, guests and vendors; and will promptly address all complaints of discrimination, sexual harassment, and related retaliation in accordance with applicable federal and state laws.
How do I report Title IX issues?
Marilyn Dement is designated as ACC’s Title IX Coordinator. She is responsible for ensuring ACC complies with Title IX, including responding to and investigating all complaints of sex discrimination (including sexual harassment and sexual violence).
If you believe you or someone has been subjected to (1) sexual harassment by an ACC employee, student, guest or vendor; or (2) any other form of sexual based discrimination under Title IX, you should report such misconduct or file a formal complaint with the Title IX Coordinator listed below. Click here to obtain the Title IX Discrimination Complaint Form.
Vice President, Student Services
Title IX Coordinator
Alvin Community College
3110 Mustang Road, A100
Alvin, TX 77511
ACC employees, please see the ACC Policy Manual for more information on sexual harassment.
What happens when I file a Title IX complaint?
There is an administrative process to address complaints of discrimination based on sex, to protect victims, and to prevent reoccurrence. The details of the complaint are discussed between the victim or the reporting party and an initial interviewer. A course of action will ensue based on the information gathered during the interview.
Every victim, witness, or third party has the right to present his or her complaint and the right to an impartial investigation of that complaint. Further, individuals have the right to present witnesses and other evidence. The alleged victim and the alleged perpetrator, as well as any witnesses identified will be interviewed.
A decision will be rendered on whether the complaint is or is not substantiated and what disciplinary action will be taken, if any. Both parties will be notified of action taken which affects the victim. While the finding cannot be appealed, any resulting disciplinary action can be appealed.
Counseling and other resources are available and will be offered to both the alleged victim and alleged perpetrator. In addition to your right to file a Title IX complaint, you have the right to file a complaint with local law enforcement if you believe a crime has occurred.