TAMUG Title IX - Sexual Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, Sexual Assault & Violence

“No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance…”
(20 U.S.C. Section 1681)

Notice of Nondiscrimination and Abuse

Texas A&M University at Galveston provides equal opportunity to all employees, students, applicants for employment or admission, and the public regardless of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender identity.  Texas A&M University at Galveston will promptly investigate all complaints of discrimination, sexual harassment, and related retaliation in accordance with applicable federal and state laws.

Sexual Harassment Defined

Sexual harassment is a form of discrimination based on sex. 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.  Sexual violence, which includes rape, sexual assault, sexual battery, and sexual coercion, constitutes sexual harassment, as does non-consensual sexual contact, non-consensual sexual intercourse and sexual exploitation.  Texas A&M University at Galveston addresses dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking when it is sex based and results in sexual harassment.

Reporting Violations Regarding Discrimination

A university employee who witnesses, is subjected to, or is informed about incidents of discrimination is responsible for promptly reporting the incident.  Other members of the campus community and the public should also promptly report such incidents. 

Confidentiality and Reporting Discrimination Based on Sex and Sexual Harassment to include Sexual Violence

If a student or employee begins to reveal information that he or she may wish to keep confidential, inform them of your obligations to report incidents of discrimination, sexual harassment (including sexual violence), and related retaliation.  In most cases, this does not apply to licensed counselors in the Office of Student Counseling who are not required to, nor may, report an incident that in any way identifies the student or employee concerned without their consent.  For confidential assistance, students and employees can contact a licensed counselor in the Office of Student Counseling by visiting the Seibel Student Services Center, Suite #104; calling (409) 740-4736; or contacting one of the individuals listed below directly.  Employees may also contact the Employee Assistance Program at UTMB for confidential assistance by calling (409) 772-2485. 

Mr. Ken Bailey, MA, Director of Counseling and Career Services, (409) 740-4725, baileyk@tamug.edu

Ms. Daisey McCloud, Assistant Director of Counseling and Career Services, (409) 740-4537, mccloudd@tamug.edu

Ms. Diane Manley, Student Development Specialist, (409) 740-4739, manleyd@tamug.edu

While the university cannot guarantee the confidentiality of a report or inquiry involving sexual harassment, it will consider the wishes of the complainant/survivor and will restrict the information to those with a reasonable need to know.  If a person does not disclose any identifying information about him/herself or any other party involved, response on the part of the university may be limited.

Where to Report

Designated Officials:

Students, faculty, staff, third parties, and applicants for employment or admission should notify the appropriate Designated Official below who handles alleged violations committed by students, faculty, staff, and third parties. 

If the alleged offender is a:

Student Employee

Faculty Employee

Non-Faculty Employee
Third Party

Then the official contact is:

Dr. Todd Sutherland
Assistant VP of Student Affairs
Texas A&M University at Galveston
Seibel Student Services Center #101G
Galveston, TX 77553
(409) 740-4598

Dr. Blanca Lupiani
Interim Dean of Faculties
Texas A&M University
108 YMCA Building
College Station, TX 77843
(979) 845-4274

Mr. Jeff Boyer
Executive Director of HR & Title IX Campus Coordinator
Texas A&M University at Galveston
Powell Marine Engineering Complex #123
Galveston, TX 77553
(409) 740-4503

  • Texas A&M University (Main Campus) Title IX Coordinator:

For reporting incidents or making inquiries regarding discrimination based on sex, you also may contact Margaret (Peggy) B. Zapalac, TAMU Title IX Coordinator at (979) 845-0977 or at TitleIX.Coordinator@tamu.edu.

  • Texas A&M University at Galveston Title IX Campus Coordinator:

For reporting incidents or making inquiries regarding discrimination based on sex, you also may contact Jeff Boyer, TAMUG Title IX Campus Coordinator at (409) 740-4503 or at TitleIXCoordinator@tamug.edu.

  • Supervisors:

Employees may also notify their supervisor.

  • Federal Agencies:

Inquiries or complaints about discrimination also may be directed to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission at 1-800-669-4000 or to the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights at (214) 661-9600.

  • Texas A&M System Hotline:

Risk, Fraud & Misconduct Hotline

Reporting Abuse or Neglect

State law requires all persons having cause to believe that a child’s physical or mental health or welfare has been adversely affected by abuse or neglect to immediately make a report (even if the belief is premised upon incomplete or dated information) to: any local or state law enforcement agency; the Department of Family and Protective Services; the state agency that operates, licenses, certifies, or registers the facility in which the alleged abuse or neglect occurred; or the agency designated by the court to be responsible for the protection of children.  Further, employees must report suspected instances of the abuse, neglect, or exploitation of those 65 years or older, or adults with disabilities to the officials designated above.

For Emergencies

Call 9-1-1
Texas A&M University at Galveston Police Department (409) 740-4545
Galveston Police Department (409) 765-3702
Galveston County Sheriff’s Office (409) 766-2300
Or any local law enforcement agency

For non-emergency cases of suspected or on-going abuse/neglect

Call The Texas Abuse Hotline at 1-800-252-5400.