“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)
University Notice of Nondiscrimination and Abuse
Reporting Violations or Making Inquiries Regarding Equal Opportunity and Non-discrimination (including sexual harassment)
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, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, genetic information or veteran status. 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. Further, Texas A&M University at Galveston will strive to maintain a work and educational environment free from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression.
Sexual harassment is a form of discrimination based on sex. It is defined as unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature, which includes unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, nonverbal, or physical conduct of a sexual nature. Sexual violence, which includes rape, sexual assault, sexual battery, sexual coercion, and sexual exploitation, is a form of sexual harassment.
Any Texas A&M University at Galveston employee who witnesses, is subjected to, or is informed about incidents of discrimination, sexual harassment, and/or related retaliation is required to report the incident to one of the Designated Officials listed below who investigates alleged violations perpetrated by students, faculty, staff, and visitors. All other members of the campus community or public are strongly encouraged to report any such incidents.
If you have questions or need support, please contact the Office of the Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs (students), the Office of the Dean of Faculties (faculty members), or the Office of Human Resources (staff and visitors) as indicated below.
Reporting Abuse or Neglect
The safety of our students, faculty, staff and visitors is a top priority at Texas A&M University at Galveston. State law requires all persons having cause to believe that an elderly or disabled person is in the state of abuse, neglect, or exploitation, report this information immediately.
The law also imposes strict requirements for “professionals,” which is defined as an individual who is licensed or certified by the state or who is an employee of a facility licensed, certified, or operated by the state and who, in the normal course of official duties or duties for which a license or certification is required, has direct contact with children. The term includes teachers, nurses, doctors, day-care employees, employees of a clinic or health care facility that provides reproductive services, juvenile probation officers, and juvenile detention or correctional officers. If a “professional” has cause to believe that a child has been abused or neglected, the professional is required to make a report not later than 48 hours after learning of the abuse or neglect. A professional may not delegate to or rely on another person to make the report.
Finally, 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 to law enforcement, even if the belief is premised upon incomplete or dated information.
For emergencies call 9-1-1, the University Police Department (409-740-4545), or any local law enforcement agency including the Galveston Police Department (409-765-3702) or Galveston County Sheriff’s Office (409-766-2300). For non-emergency cases of suspected or ongoing abuse or neglect, call the Texas Abuse Hotline at 1-800-252-5400.
Regarding discrimination, harassment, abuse, neglect, or exploitation: Students, faculty, staff, visitors, and applicants for employment or admission should notify the appropriate Designated Official below who investigates alleged violations perpetrated by students, faculty, staff, and visitors. Employees may also notify their supervisor (if that person is not the suspected offender), although they are not required to do so.
If the alleged offender is a Student or Student Employee, the Designated University Official is Dr. Todd Sutherland, Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs, Texas A&M University at Galveston, Seibel Student Services Center #101G, Galveston, TX 77553, 409-740-4598, TitleIXStudents@tamug.edu
If the alleged offender is a Faculty Employee or Graduate /Postdoctoral Student working in an academic area, the Designated University Official is Dr. Blanca Lupiani, Associate Dean of Faculties, Texas A&M University, 108 YMCA Building, 1126 TAMU, College Station, TX 77843, 979- 845-4274, Dof@tamu.edu
If the alleged offender is a Non-faculty Employee, Graduate /Postdoctoral Student working in a non-academic area, or Unrelated Third Party, the Designated University Official is Jeff Boyer, Executive Director of Human Resources/Title IX Campus Coordinator, Texas A&M University at Galveston, Powell Marine Engineering Complex, Suite #123, Galveston, TX 77553, 409-740-4503, TitleIXCoordinator@tamug.edu
Inquiries about Title IX also may be referred to Margaret (Peggy) Zapalac, Title IX Coordinator for Texas A&M University, 979-845-8115, TitleIXCoordinator@tamu.edu; the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (employees) at 1-800-669-4000; or the U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights (students) at 214-661-9600.
Reports of discrimination, sexual harassment, and/or related retaliation will be kept private to the extent possible; however, identification of parties on a need-to-know basis may be required in order to conduct a thorough investigation.
For confidential assistance and support, students and employees may contact one of the counselors listed below in the Student Counseling Center, Texas A&M University at Galveston, Seibel Student Services Center, Suite #104, Galveston, TX 77553.
Ken Bailey, MA, Director of Counseling and Career Services, 409-740-4725, firstname.lastname@example.org
Daisey McCloud, Assistant Director of Counseling and Career Services, 409-740-4537, email@example.com
Diane Manley, Student Development Specialist, 409-740-4739, firstname.lastname@example.org
Employees may also contact the Employee Assistance Program at UTMB by calling 409-772-2485.
If a complainant requests that the university not take action against an accused person, the university may be limited in its ability to fully respond to the incident. In order to provide a safe environment for all employees and students, the university may need to take action in any case when violence, threat, predation, pattern, or weapons are involved.
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