Title IX - Sexual Misconduct

What is Title IX?

The Education Amendments of 1972 states that: No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance. Title IX applies to all institutions that receive federal financial assistance, including K-12 schools and institutions of higher education.

The U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights enforces Title IX, including investigating and resolving complaints. Additionally, the OCR provides institutions with information and guidance in order to provide support in complying with the law.


Examples of Title IX Violations

Being excluded from class or denied coursework because of pregnancy

Can be based on actual or perceived sex, sexual orientation or gender identify or expression

May include acts of aggression, intimidation, or hostility can be verbal, physical, or graphic

Not necessarily sexual in nature, like name calling, bullying, or humiliation based on a discriminatory factor

Sexual harassment, sexual assault, interpersonal violence, stalking, or gender-based harassment having occurred on or off-campus

Favoring men over women (or vice versa) in the classroom

Being asked for sexual favors in exchange for things like better grades or a recommendation letter


 What is the process for filing a complaint?

Complaints are filed with District Title IX Coordinator. The College has designated and authorized the following employee as the District Title IX Coordinator to address concerns or inquiries regarding discrimination on the basis of sex, including sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, stalking, and gender-based harassment:

Charlene Buckley
Highland Business Center
5930 Middle Fiskville Road
Austin, TX 78752
Direct Phone: (512) 223-7964
Email: charlene.buckley@austincc.edu; or equalopportunity@austincc.edu

The College’s Administrative Rules and Guidelines/Procedures regarding how it responds to complaints of sexual misconduct, including Title IX Grievance Procedures, are available at the following links:

Austin Community College is also committed to providing timely support and assistance to anyone who has been affected by sexual misconduct. “Sexual misconduct” is an umbrella term that refers collectively to the following offenses:

Sexual harassment and discrimination
Sexual assault, which includes non-consensual sexual penetration and sexual touching
Intimate partner violence, which includes dating and domestic violence
Sexual exploitation
Stalking
Gender-based harassment and discrimination that is non-sexual

 For information regarding immediate assistance, please see the following link:

Emergency Information for Immediate Assistance

Employee Reporting Requirements

The following information is provided in response to 34 C.F.R. Part 106.8 of the 2020 Title IX Regulations, mandating notice of a nondiscrimination policy and adoption and publication of grievance procedures that provide for the prompt and equitable resolution of student and employee complaints. In accordance with Title IX, the College does not, and is required not to, discriminate on the basis of sex in its educational programs or activities. The requirement not to discriminate extends to employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX may be referred to the district’s Title IX Coordinator, to the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights of the Department of Education, or both.