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Sexual Harassment Awareness & Prevention

 

Western Texas College is firmly committed to maintaining a safe and welcoming campus environment free from any form of sex discrimination, sexual harassment, and sexual assault, here collectively referred to as sexual harassment.

What is Title IX?
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, is a federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any education program or activity that receives federal funding. Under Title IX, discrimination on the basis of sex can include sexual harassment, rape, and sexual assault.

Who is affected?
Title IX protects any person from sex-based discrimination, regardless of their real or perceived sex, gender identity, and/or gender expression. Female, male, and gender non- conforming students, faculty, and staff are protected from any sex-based discrimination, harassment or violence.

WTC prohibits discrimination against, or harassment of, students on the basis of sex in connection with all academic, educational, extracurricular, and other programs of the College, whether they take place in the facilities of the College, at a class or training program sponsored by the College at another location, or elsewhere. This policy applies whether the alleged harasser is a WTC employee, a fellow student, a visitor to the College, or a vendor of the College.

(Please refer to Policy FFDA (Local), Freedom from Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation; Sex and Sexual Violence, for further information.)

Understanding Title IX
Sexual harassment, which includes acts of sexual violence such as rape, sexual battery and sexual coercion, is a form of gender-based discrimination prohibited by Title IX. It creates a hostile environment that has no place on our campus. And it's something we take very seriously as we work to keep you safe and to respond effectively and immediately if you're in trouble.

The WTC Title IX Coordinator is:
Name: Sheila Williamson

Position: Director of Human Resources Office: Building #15, Rm. 106
Address: 6200 College Ave, Snyder, Texas 79549 Telephone: 325-574-7602
Email: swilliamson@wtc.edu

Our Title IX Coordinator is available to you and is responsible for:

• Overseeing all Title IX complaints and investigations to provide prompt, fair and equitable resolutions
• Identifying and addressing any patterns or systemic problems that arise
• Being available to meet with students, provide support and answer questions
• Coordinating training, education and communication pertaining to Title IX
• Ensuring that our institution carries out its Title IX responsibilities

WTC prohibits discrimination or harassment of all forms, including, but not limited to sex discrimination, sexual violence, or sexual harassment (including intimidating and/or bullying behavior based on gender). The College shall exercise reasonable care to prevent and promptly correct discriminating, violent, or, harassing behavior and shall develop preventative or corrective measures to address these behaviors. WTC also prohibits retaliation against anyone for reporting discriminating, violent, or harassing behavior or for participating in discrimination or harassment investigations or lawsuits.

What is Sexual Harassment?
Sexual harassment is defined as unwelcome conduct (conduct that is not requested or invited and is reasonably regarded as undesirable or offensive) of a sexual nature which can include unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, nonverbal, or physical conduct of a sexual nature and:

1. Affects a student's ability to participate in or benefit from an educational program or activity, or creates an intimidating, threatening, hostile or offensive educational environment;

2. Has the purpose or effect of substantially or unreasonably interfering with the student's academic performance; or

3. Otherwise adversely affects the student's educational opportunities.

There are two types of Sexual Harassment:

a. "Quid Pro Quo Harassment" occurs when a campus employee causes a student to believe he/she must submit to unwelcome sexual conduct in order to participate in a college program or activity, or causes a student to believe that the employee will make an educational decision based on whether or not the student submits to unwelcome sexual conduct. It doesn't matter whether the student resists and suffers the threatened harm, or submits to and avoids the threatened harm, for it to be considered harassment.

b. "Hostile Environment" is when an atmosphere is infused with unwelcome sexual conduct/behavior that is so severe or pervasive that it interferes with an individual's academic performance or learning environment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive environment.

Examples of unwelcome sexual conduct can be verbal, nonverbal, or physical in nature and can include, but are not limited to:

• Making sexual propositions or pressuring students for sexual favors;
• Touching of a sexual nature;
• Inappropriately displaying or distributing sexually explicit drawings, pictures, or written materials;
• Performing sexual gestures or touching oneself sexually in front of others;
• Telling sexual or dirty jokes;
• Name calling and slurs;
• Spreading sexual rumors or rating other students as to sexual activity or performance;
• Circulating or showing e-mails or Web sites of a sexual nature; or
• Intentionally interfering with or physically restricting the movement of another individual.

What Constitutes Sexual Assault?
Sexual assault is defined as intentional sexual contact, characterized by use of force, physical threat or abuse of authority, or when the victim does not, or cannot consent. It also refers to physical sexual acts perpetrated against a person's will where a person is incapable of giving consent due to the victim's use of drugs or alcohol. An individual also may be unable to give consent due to an intellectual or other disability. Sexual assault can occur without regard to gender or relationship or age of victim.

People of all genders can be victims of sexual harassment, and the harasser and the victim may be of the same or different sexes. Sexual harassment and sexual violence can be perpetrated by other students, visitors, college employees, or non-employee third parties, such as a visiting speaker, contracted by the college.

Notice of Student Rights and Complaint Process
Any student who believes he or she has observed or has been the object of sexual discrimination, sexual harassment, or sexual violence has the right to file a complaint with the Title IX Coordinator:

Name: Sheila Williamson
Position: Director of Human Resources/Title IX Coordinator Office: Building #15, Rm. 106
Address: 6200 College Ave, Snyder, Texas 79549 Telephone: 325-574-7602
Email: swilliamson@wtc.edu

All complaints of alleged sexual harassment, sexual assault or discrimination will be promptly investigated under the oversight of the College's Title IX Coordinator.

Students may also file a complaint with the United States Department of Education Office for Civil Rights by using the online complaint form at the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights website.

Please refer to Policy FFDA (Local), Freedom from Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation, Sex and Sexual Violence, for further information.

The Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act ("VAWA") imposes obligations on colleges and universities under its Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act ("SaVE Act") provision, Section 304. Although it is called the "Violence Against Women Act," people of all genders are protected under this federal legislation. People of all genders can be perpetrators as well.

The Clery Act requires annual reporting of statistics for various criminal offenses, including forcible and non-forcible sex offenses and aggravated assault. VAWA's SaVE Act provision adds dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking to the categories that, if the incident was reported to a campus security authority or local police agency, must be reported under Clery.

Dating violence means violence by a person who is or has been in a romantic or intimate relationship with the victim. Dating violence can take place in person or via technology, such as repeated texting or posting sexual photos of a partner online without consent.

Domestic violence includes asserted violent misdemeanor and felony offenses committed by the victim's current or former spouse, current or former cohabitant, person similarly situated under domestic or family violence law, or anyone else protected under domestic or family violence law.

The National Domestic Violence Hotline is 1•800•799•7233

Stalking means a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to fear for her, his, or others' safety, or to suffer substantial emotional distress.

Western Texas College, in accordance with the VAWA, has a prescribe standard for investigation and conduct of student discipline proceedings in domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking cases. WTC security and the Dean of Student Services are trained to listen, take your report and guide you to appropriate resources. You'll receive information about support options and the student disciplinary process, plus how to pursue a criminal complaint - if YOU choose to do so.

Under the federal Clery Act law, WTC must report where and when a crime occurred, but not necessarily who was involved. When it comes to confidentiality, our college will balance the need to keep the campus community safe with protecting your request for confidentiality to the maximum extent possible.

Access to policy, procedures, and related materials

Information regarding the College District's policies and any procedures, as well as relevant educational and resource materials concerning Title IX and Sexual Violence, shall be distributed annually to College District employees and students in a manner calculated to provide easy access and wide distribution, such as through electronic distribution and inclusion in College District publications. Information regarding the policy, procedures, and related materials shall also be prominently published on the College District's website. Copies of the College District's policies and procedures shall be readily available in the College District's administrative offices, and shall be distributed to a student requesting copies or filing a report.

If you experience sexual harassment, gender discrimination or sexual violence, we encourage you to reach out right away – we are here to help.

Contact:

Name: Dr. Barbara Beebe
Position: WTC President
Address: 6200 College Avenue, Snyder, TX 79549 
Office: Building #20, Rm. 122
Telephone: 325-574-6501

Name: Ralph Ramon
Position: Dean of Student Services
Address: 6200 College Avenue, Snyder, TX 79549 
Office: Building #20, Rm. 104
Telephone: 325-574-7625

Name: Sheila Williamson
Position: Director of Human Resources/Title IX Coordinator 
Address: 6200 College Avenue, Snyder, TX 79549
Office: Building #15, Rm. 106
Telephone: 325-574-7602

Name: Brent Burleson
Position: Director of Safety & Security
Address: 6200 College Avenue, Snyder, TX 79549
Office: Building #15, Rm. 115
Telephone: 325-574-7905

Community Resources:

Gateway Family Services Inc.
P.O. Box 1394 
Snyder, Texas 79550 
325-573-1822

Noah Project Inc.
Email: office@noahproject.org
Crisis Email: crisishelp@noahproject.org
Hotline: 325-676-7107 or 1-800-444-3551

West Texas Center for MHMR
3100 37th Place, #3
Snyder Texas, 79549
325-573-5621