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. 

Texas A&M College of Dentistry is committed to providing an environment of academic study and employment free from harassment or discrimination to all segments of its community; its faculty, staff, 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.  (See Notice of Nondiscrimination and Abuse)

How do I report Title IX issues?

Jennifer M. Smith is designated as Texas A&M University’s Title IX Coordinator. She is responsible for providing oversight, leadership, and coordination for TAMU's Title IX compliance efforts regarding discrimination based on sex, sexual harassment (sexual violence), and related retaliation and for supporting a safe and respectful academic, working, and living environment.

If you believe you or someone has been subjected to (1) sexual harassment by a University faculty or staff member, student, or TAMU visitor; or (2) any other form of sex-based discrimination under Title IX, report such misconduct or file a formal complaint with the Title IX Coordinator or official contacts listed below:

Complaints against students, contact:  Complaints against faculty, contact: Complaints against staff or third party, contact: Any complaint can be reported to the Title IX Coordinator:
Dr. Ernie Lacy
Associate Dean of Student Affairs
Room 503
Dr. Paul Dechow
Associate Dean of Academic Affairs
Room 514
Pat Brouwer
Director of Human Resources
Room 524T
Jennifer M. Smith
Title IX Coordinator
750 Agronomy Rd., Suite 2101
College Station, TX
Mail Stop 1280

For those who would like to report confidentially, a student can contact Student Affairs at 214-828-8232.   A staff or faculty member can contact a counselor in the Employee Assistance Program at Deer Oaks Behavioral Health Organization at 888-993-7650.

Inquiries or complaints about discrimination may also be directed to the United States Equal Opportunity Commission ( 800-669-4000) or the United States Department of Education Office of Civil Rights (214-661-9600).

Reporting Criminal Incidents

If you are victim of sexual assault or sexual violence, or know someone who has been a victim of a sexual assault or sexual violence, you should contact one of the offices above, depending on who the complaint is against (faculty/staff, visitor or student) and you should immediately contact the Texas A&M College of Dentistry Security Office at 214-828-8335.

 When a crime is reported, both a Title IX investigation and criminal investigation will occur.

Educational Information 

Title IX Video

Title IX Student Video 

Applicable Rules and SAPs

Student Rules

Faculty Rules

Staff Rules

Student Rule 47, Investigation and Resolution of Complaints Against Texas A&M Students for Sexual Harassment, Sexual Assault, Dating Violence, Domestic Violence, Stalking, and Related Retaliation (SSDDSR)


University SAP 08.01.01.M1.02, Investigation and Resolution of Complaints Against Faculty Members for Illegal Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, or Related Retaliation Charges


University SAP 08.01.01.M1.01, Investigation and Resolution of Complaints Against Non-Faculty Employees and Unrelated Third Parties for Illegal Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, or Related Retaliation Charges 


Student Rule 7.1.10, Absences Related to Pregnancy


University Rule 08.01.01.M1, Civil Rights Compliance


University Rule 08.01.01.M1, Civil Rights Compliance


Student Rule 10.6, Grading Related to Pregnancy




Applicable System Regulation

System Regulation 08.01.01 - Civil Rights Compliance  http://policies.tamus.edu/08-01-01.pdf

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.

Related Laws and Guidance

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; 20 U.S.C., sections 1681-168834 C.F.R. Part 106, Dear Colleague Letter April 4, 2011, Dear Colleague Letter June 25, 2013, Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), VAWA Reauthorization Act of 2013, and the Not Alone Report.