Title IX

Title IX

1 - What is Title IX?

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is the federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex(gender) in any educational program or activity that receives federal funding, which includes Delta State University.

Delta State University is committed to creating an environment free of any Sexual Misconduct, which is a term that broadly defines any unwelcome behavior of a sexual nature and includes but is not limited to Sexual Discrimination, Exploitation, Harassment, Intimidation, Assault, and Violence.

2 - Who is the Title IX Coordinator?

Aja Rodriguez, Director of Engagement and Advocacy, serves as the Title IX Coordinator.

Office Location: Union 307

Contact Info: (662)721-4159; arodriguez@deltastate.edu

3 - Where do I report?

Email: titleix@deltastate.edu

Call: Title IX Coordinator at (662)846-4159

Online: Follow the “File A Report” link on this page

In person: Title IX Coordinator Office in Union 307

Immediate Emergency: Call University Police at (662)846-4155 or 911

4 - What happens if I report?

The reported information is kept private to the greatest extent possible and the complainant involved will be contacted by the Title IX Coordinator to determine their wishes regarding a formal report and investigation. For safety reasons, interim measures can be granted such as campus housing accomodations, class changes, temporary workplace leave, etc. An investigation and then potentially a hearing will happen where both parties will be granted the same rights and privacy before a decision is reached.

You will be heard, your information will be kept private, and you will be in control of the direction the procedure goes as much as possible.

5 - Why should I report?

The incident has negatively affected your academics or employment.

You need someone to confide in and seek assistance and support, but don’t want a formal investigation.

You are concerned about your safety or the safety of others.

Your report could stop the behavior from continuing to hurt others.

Reporting helps the University provide support, resources, and accommodations to all impacted as well as help to change the culture through education etcetera.

6 - What if someone reports me?

You will have the same rights and privacy as all parties involved in the investigation.

The Title IX Coordinator and then an Investigator will be contacting you to give your account of what has been reported.

The same supportive measures and resources are available to you throughout this process as all parties involved.

7 - What if I see something?

Please make sure you have removed yourself from any situations where you are in danger. Record the details of the incident to preserve them for reporting purposes as time and the trauma of seeing Sexual Misconduct can cause memory problems. Contact the Title IX Coordinator to discuss what you witnessed. Know that you are beginning a conversation that may or may not lead to an investigation.

Your information will be protected and kept as private as possible. If you stay silent, the problem is allowed to continue and this could lead to more people being hurt.

8 - Where can I learn more?

Please review the rest of the information linked to this page addressing Delta State University’s Title IX Policy, Definitions, Procedures, and further resources.

You are welcome to contact the Title IX Coordinator to request a training about Title IX. You can also request customized trainings about boundaries, communication, and healthy relationships.

For more information about Title IX, see the Office of Civil Rights website.

9 - Why can't I joke about it?

Sexual Misconduct is not a joke and, when we resort to humor, this is an indication that we don’t have a lot of understanding about it. Title IX should not be casually used as a threat or for comical reasons. It is important to understand that the words you use impact your beliefs, actions, and the culture around you. Joking about Title IX leads to further misinformation about Sexual Misconduct, which can cause people to be hurt, not report situations, and/or possibly not understand they have been hurt.

Report Incident

If you are in immediate danger, please call the University Police at (662) 846-4155 or 911

Otherwise, please contact the Title IX Coordinator

Aja Rodriguez

(662) 846-4159 (Office)

Union 307

You can also file a report directly at the link below:

File a Report

Full Statement on Equal Opportunity & Sexual Harassment

Delta State University expects that all members of the University community – students, faculty, staff – should be able to pursue their work and education in a safe environment, free from sex/gender-based misconduct. To this end, the University is committed to maintain a working and learning environment free of sexual misconduct. The term sexual misconduct includes, but is not limited to, sexual assault, sexual exploitation, sexual intimidation, sexual harassment, stalking, dating violence, and domestic violence. The University aims to eradicate sexual misconduct through education, training, clear policies, and serious consequences for violations of this policy.

An Abridged Version of this Policy appears on all first-contact materials sent out from the University, and in Syllabi. This policy statement succinctly reads:
Delta State University is committed to maintaining a learning and working environment free from sexual and gender-based discrimination or harassment. Our goal is for all to have equal access to the many great services and opportunities we offer. For more information, or to report an incident, see https://www.deltastate.edu/titleix/ or email titleix@deltastate.edu.