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Title IX FAQs

What is Title IX?

Where can I find campus policies?

What are some of the campus policies about consent to sexual activity?

What conduct is prohibited by Title IX?

What does Title IX mean for UHV?

What is the role of the Title IX Coordinator?

Who is the Title IX Coordinator?

What are the University's obligations when it has notice of a sexual misconduct related incident?

Does the sexual misconduct policy only cover students?

What do I do if I know of or have experienced sexual misconduct?

What is Title IX?

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a Civil Rights law. "No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subject to discrimination under any educational programs or activity receiving federal financial assistance."

Where can I find campus policies?

You can learn more about relevant policies by visiting the University of Houston System Sexual Misconduct Policy and Discrimination and Harassment Policy. Additional UHV policies can be located at the UHV Policies page, the UHV Student Handbook and the UHV Faculty Manual.

What are some of the campus policies about consent to sexual activity?

The University of Houston has an affirmative consent policy.

Consent is an informed and freely and affirmatively communicated willingness to participate in a particular sexual activity.

Consent is active, not passive, and cannot be inferred from the absence of a “no.” Silence or lack of protest or resistance, without actions demonstrating permission, cannot be assumed to show consent.

The existence of a dating relationship or a previous sexual relationship does not provide the basis for an assumption of consent to future sexual activity.

Consent must be present throughout the sexual activity, and consent to some form of sexual activity cannot be automatically taken as consent to any other sexual activity. At any time, a participant can communicate that they no longer consent to continuing the sexual activity.

A person cannot consent if physical force or violence is used or threatened.

A person is incapacitated and cannot consent to sexual activity if the person is unconscious or otherwise unable to resist, the person is unaware that sexual activity is occurring, or if the person does not have the legal capacity to consent. Further, a person may be unable to consent when they are mentally or physically incapacitated due to the influence of drugs, alcohol, or medication and as a result are rendered temporarily incapable of understanding, appraising or controlling their conduct.

To learn more about consent policies, see the University of Houston System Sexual Misconduct Policy.

What conduct is prohibited by Title IX? 

Title IX prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex (gender) in educational programs and activities receiving federal financial assistance. Title IX prohibits sexual misconduct including sexual harassment, sexual assault, non-consensual sexual contact, sexual exploitation, intimate partner (dating and domestic) violence, and stalking.

What does Title IX mean for UHV? 

The University provides resources and reporting options to students, faculty, and staff to address concerns related to sexual misconduct prohibited by Title IX and University policy. Whenever we know of or suspect that an incident of sexual misconduct has or is occurring, the University is required to take appropriate action in an effort to eliminate sexual misconduct, prevent its recurrence and address its effects.

What is the role of the Title IX Coordinator?

The Title IX Coordinator is the designated university official with primary responsibility for coordinating the university’s compliance with Title IX. The Title IX Coordinator oversees the University’s response to reports and complaints that involve possible sex discrimination to monitor outcomes, identify and address any patterns, and assess effects of the campus climate so the University can address issues that affect the wider school community. This includes providing leadership for Title IX activities; providing consultation, education and training; and helping to ensure the university responds appropriately, effectively and equitably to Title IX issues.

Who is the Title IX Coordinator?  

The Title IX Coordinator for UHV is Rebecca Lake and she can be reached at 361-570-4835 or University West 116.

What are the University's obligations when it has notice of a sexual misconduct related incident?

The University will take appropriate action in an effort to eliminate sexual misconduct from happening, prevent its recurrence and address its effects. All members of the University are expected to adhere to the UH System Sexual Misconduct Policy, to cooperate with the procedures for responding to complaints and to report conduct or behavior that they believe to be in violation of this Policy to the Title IX Coordinator. The University will take seriously allegations of sexual misconduct and will take prompt disciplinary action against any individuals within its control who violate this Policy. During its investigation into these matters, the University will work to ensure that all persons are given appropriate support and fair treatment.

Does the sexual misconduct policy only cover students?

No, the UH System Sexual Misconduct Policy covers students, faculty, staff, and visitors to campus.

What do I do if I know of or have experienced sexual misconduct? 

If you know of or have experienced sexual misconduct, you have a number of options including speaking to police, a confidential advisor and/or the Title IX Coordinator. 

For emergency response, dial 911. For security officers or to file a campus police report, call 361-570-4357 (361-570-HELP). UHV-Katy security is available by calling 281-396-3777.

To learn more about University services and policies, contact the Title IX Coordinator located in University West, room 116, or call 361-570-4835. 

Confidential consultations about sexual misconduct are available from individuals who have non-reporting status based on their licensure.  At UHV, you can contact the UHV Counseling Center by calling 361-570-4135 or Toll free: 1-855-848-4279 (1-855-UHV-ICRY).

Anonymous reports can also be made online at the Fraud & Non-Compliance Hotline or by calling 1-800-461-9330. However, filing a report without identifying the details of the incident or the reporting party may limit our ability to conduct a thorough investigation. It is possible that during the course of an investigation, a reporter's identity may be discovered. If that occurs, the reporter will receive the same confidentiality safeguards offered to those who make a formal report under this Policy.