Reporting & Title IX

What is Title IX?

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 protects discrimination on the basis of sex. Individuals cannot, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination, sexual harassment, or sexual violence, under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.

Examples of Title IX offenses include...

  • Discrimination or harassment based on sex
  • Sexual misconduct
  • Rape or sexual assault
  • Stalking
  • Domestic or dating violence

Who must report Title IX offenses?

ALL ESU faculty and staff, including student employees, are required to report and discrimination or harassment they know of or reasonably believe occurred, to the Title IX Coordinator. Responsible employees are required to report even if they believe the complaint may have already been addressed.

Employees who are not responsible employees include employees bound by privilege and confidential relationships, such as licensed counselors or legal counsel.

Who should I report to?

Reports of Title IX offenses should be made to one of the following individuals:

Students and/or employees will be made aware of, in writing, the existing counseling, health, mental health, victim advocacy, legal assistance, visa and immigration assistance, student financial aid and other services available for victims, both within Emporia State University and the community. If applicable, accommodations related to academic, living, transportation, working situations and protective measures will be discussed. 

What will happen if I make a report?

When a responsible employee receives a report of discrimination or harassment, the University's Title IX Coordinator will be immediately notified of the allegation by the office receiving the report. Once the Title IX Coordinator is informed of the report, the Title IX Coordinator then sends an email to the complaining party inviting them to meet with the coordinator and providing information on referrals for services the complaining party may require.

If the complaining party does not respond to the Title IX Coordinator within approximately 10 days of the original email, the Title IX Coordinator will send a follow up email again inviting the complaining party to meet. If the complaining party does not respond or does not want to engage the Title IX process, the Title IX Coordinator will file the information should the complaining party change their mind in the future.

If the complaining party wishes to meet with the Title IX Coordinator, the Title IX Coordinator will meet in person to discuss options, interim measures, and processes. The Title IX Coordinator then takes next steps based on the complaining party’s preferences.

There are some circumstances in which the Title IX Coordinator would be required to complete an investigation regardless of the complaining party’s wishes, in instances in which a broader campus safety issue has been identified.

I'm worried about retaliation.

No individual who utilizes these procedures or persons who participate in an investigation of a complaint should be subject to retaliation. Emporia State University prohibits retaliation against a person who exercises his or her rights or responsibilities under any provision of the University Policies and Procedures and/or provisions of the Campus Sexual Violence Elimination (SaVE) Act. Retaliation against persons who file discrimination complaints or persons who participate in an investigation of a complaint, whether by an individual directly involved or by his/her associates, is a violation of University policy. Retaliation may take the form of unwanted personal contact from the respondent or giving additional assignments that are not assigned to others in similar situations, poor grades, or unreasonable course assignments. Phone calls,e-mails, or other attempts to discuss the complaint may be perceived as retaliation under certain circumstances. Disciplinary action, harassment, unsupported evaluations, or other adverse changes in the conditions of employment or the educational environment may also constitute retaliation. Retaliation will not be tolerated and could result in suspension, reassignment, salary reduction, termination, expulsion, or other disciplinary action. 

I want to talk to someone about my options before making a report.

If you want a confidential place to talk about what has occurred, you can contact ESU Counseling Services at (620) 341-5222. ESU Counselors will maintain your confidentiality in accordance with the Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) and will help develop a plan that will best support you. You can also contact an SOS Advocate at 620-342-1870, who can meet you on or off campus to provide you support and discuss your various options.