Title IX/ Sexual Assault/ Sexual Misconduct

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Employee Relations & Compliance
Title IX/ Sexual Assault/ Sexual Misconduct


Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 protects people from discrimination based on sex in education programs or activities which receive Federal financial assistance. Title IX states that:

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.

Our Position Statement

Texas Southern University (TSU) is a strong proponent of Title IX enforcement and in ensuring that sex discrimination and sexual violence is eradicated. Title IX is a Federal law that prohibits sex discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance. In accordance with Title IX, TSU policies prohibit sex discrimination and sexual misconduct (which includes: sexual harassment, sexual assaults, dating violence, domestic violence, sexual exploitation and stalking). Please review the University Title IX Grievance Procedure (MAPP 02.05.09) and familiarize yourself with its content. In addition to reviewing the TSU Title IX Grievance Procedure, feel free to view the link on this page to a Public Service Announcement recently released by the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assaults.

Let’s all do our part to ensure Title IX compliance at Texas Southern University. Working together, this goal can be accomplished.

Sex discrimination can occur when conduct is directed at a specific individual or a group of identifiable individuals that adversely affects the education or employment of the individual or group because of sex. Behavior that may be sex discrimination include, but are not limited to:

  • Exclusion from educational resources or activities because of one’s gender
  • Subjection to jokes or derogatory comments about one’s gender; or
  • Being held to different standards or requirements on the basis of one’s gender

1. Sexual Harassment
2. Non-Consensual Sexual Contact (or attempts to commit same)
3. Non-Consensual Sexual Intercourse (or attempts to commit same)
4. Sexual Exploitation

Sexual Harassment is

  • unwelcome, gender-based verbal or physical conduct that is,
  • sufficiently severe, persistent or pervasive that it,
  • unreasonably interferes with, denies or limits someone’s ability to participate in or benefit from the university’s educational program and/or activities, and is
  • based on power differentials (quid pro quo), the creation of a hostile environment, or retaliation.

Non-Consensual Sexual Contact is

  • any intentional sexual touching,
  • however slight,
  • with any object,
  • by a man or a woman upon a man or a woman,
  • that is without consent and/or by force.

Sexual Contact includes:
Intentional contact with the breasts, buttock, groin, or genitals, or touching another with any of these body parts, or making another touch you or themselves with or on any of these body parts; any intentional bodily contact in a sexual manner, though not involving contact with/of/by breasts, buttocks, groin, genitals, mouth or other orifice.

Non-Consensual Sexual Intercourse is

  • any sexual intercourse
  • however slight,
  • with any object,
  • by a man or woman upon a man or a woman,
  • that is without consent and/or by force9.

Intercourse includes:

Vaginal penetration by a penis, object, tongue or finger, anal penetration by a penis, object, tongue, or finger, and oral copulation (mouth to genital contact

Occurs when a student takes non-consensual or abusive sexual advantage of another for his/her own advantage or benefit, or to benefit or advantage anyone other than the one being exploited, and that behavior does not otherwise constitute one of other sexual misconduct offenses. Examples of sexual exploitation include, but are not limited to:

  • Invasion of sexual privacy;
  • prostituting another student;
  • non-consensual video or audio-taping of sexual activity;
  • going beyond the boundaries of consent (such as letting your friends hide in the closet to watch you having consensual sex);
  • engaging in voyeurism;
  • knowingly transmitting an STI or HIV to another student;
  • Exposing one’s genitals in non-consensual circumstances; inducing another to expose their genitals;
  • Sexually-based stalking and/or bullying may also be forms of sexual exploitation

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Student Guide

Click here to view What is Consent

Click here to view Bystander Intervention Guide

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