Notice of Non-Discrimination

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 Prohibits discrimination based on sex in educational programs and activities that receive federal financial assistance. To ensure compliance with Title IX and other federal and state civil rights laws, Northwestern State University has developed internal policies that prohibit discrimination and sexual misconduct on the basis of sex.

Coordinator for Faculty & Staff Complaints

The Executive Director of Institutional Effectiveness & Human Resources/EEO Officer located in #111 Caspari Hall (318-357-6359) is the designated Coordinator of Title IX issue for faculty and staff at Northwestern State University. University employees are encouraged to seek assistance from the Director of this Office with issues related to Title IX.

*If the conduct is criminal in nature, students should immediately contact University Police at 318-357-5431.

Coordinator's Responsibilities

  1. Notification & Education
  2. Consultation, Investigation & Disposition
  3. Assists in institutional compliance & liaison to Provost
  4. Record Maintenance & Report

Policy, Definitions and Grievance Procedures

Sexual assault and sexual harassment information (definitions, policy and guidelines for filing complaints) can be found in the Northwestern State Faculty & Staff Handbook on pages 16-17.

NOTE: Sections of this document are under revision to comply with Department of Education policy and Web site information.

The procedures for processing complaints vary according to the parties involved. Therefore, University employees are encouraged to resolve Title IX complaints with the assistance of the EEO Officer/Title IX Coordinator. Complaints may be formal or informal and when appropriate, faculty and staff may elect address the complaint directly with the party involved or with supervisor of that person if he or she is a University employee. In all cases, employees may elect to work with an advocate.

University Obligations

To take immediate and appropriate steps to investigate an incident.
To take prompt action to protect victims, end the harassment, resolve the situation and prevent future incidents.
To notify complainant and the alleged harasser of outcomes.

The Law

Title 34 Education Part 106:  http://www2.ed.gov/policy/rights/reg/ocr/34cfr106.pdf 

US Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights:  http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/tix_dis.html