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2023 - 2024 Catalog 
    
2023 - 2024 Catalog

Nondiscrimination Statement



Texas Lutheran University (TLU) policy prohibits discrimination based on sex and gender in employment and education programs and activities both on and off campus. Prohibited conduct is set forth in this policy, including under definitions. This policy applies to all student, employee, third-party vendor, and visitor conduct on the campus or on property owned or controlled by the University, at University-sponsored events, in buildings owned or controlled by the University’s recognized student organizations, and through technology resources, including those provided by or used at TLU.

Both TLU policy and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex in employment and education programs and activities. Title IX protects all persons from sex discrimination, which includes sexual harassment and sexual violence. TLU will process all sex and gender discrimination complaints it receives, including complaints of sexual harassment and sexual violence, regardless of where the conduct occurred in order to determine whether the conduct occurred in the context of an employment or education program or activity or had continuing effects on campus. If alleged off-campus sexual harassment or sexual violence occurs in the context of an education program or activity or had continuing effects on campus, the complaint will be treated the same as a complaint involving on-campus conduct. This includes complaints of sexual violence or sexual harassment by students, employees, third-party vendors, and visitors.

TLU strongly urges students, third-party vendors, and visitors to promptly report incidents of conduct prohibited under this policy. All TLU employees, including student employees and volunteer (unpaid) employees, are required to report any incidents of conduct prohibited under this policy within 48 hours of learning of that conduct.

Title IX Team

Complaints of sexual violence, sexual harassment, or other conduct prohibited under this policy and inquiries concerning the application of Title IX and its regulations should be directed to the TLU Title IX Coordinator or the Deputy Title IX Coordinators listed below:

Title IX Coordinator
Dr. David A. Ortiz

Vice President of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Beck Administration Building, Suite 104
1000 West Court Street
Seguin, TX 78155
830-372-6349; dortiz@tlu.edu

Title IX Deputy Coordinator
Ms. Trish Snow

Interim Director of Title IX & Equity Compliance
Area Coordinator - South Halls

Beck Administration Building, Suite 104
1000 West Court Street
Seguin, TX 78155
830-372-6861; plsnow@tlu.edu

Title IX Deputy Coordinator
Ansley Jenkins

Area Coordinator for Campus Living
Centennial Hall, Office 106
1000 West Court Street
Seguin, TX 78155
830-372-8069; ajenkins@tlu.edu

Title IX Deputy Coordinator
David Legore

Professor and Chair of Dramatic Media,
Weston Center C203
1000 West Court Street
Seguin, TX 78155
830-372-6021; dlegore@tlu.edu

Title IX Deputy Coordinator
Dr. Monica Matocha

Associate Professor, Athletic Training
Athletic Training Lab, Rm 108
1000 West Court Street
Seguin, TX 78155
830-372-6557; mamatocha@tlu.edu

Title IX Deputy Coordinator
Erica Miller

Director of Financial Aid
Beck Administration Building, Suite
101F
1000 West Court Street
Seguin, TX 78155
830-372-8077; emiller@tlu.edu

Title IX Deputy Coordinator
Rob Spence

Director of IT and Auxillary Services
Blumburg Library, Suite 202
1000 West Court Street
Seguin, TX 78155
830-372-6880; rspence@tlu.edu

Title IX Deputy Coordinator
Toi Turner

Director of Human Resources
Beck Administration Building, Suite 104
1000 West Court Street
Seguin, TX 78155
830-372-8019; tturner@tlu.edu

Title IX Deputy Coordinator
Tim Westmoreland

Director of Residence Life
Alumni Student Center, Suite 107
1000 West Court Street
Seguin, TX 78155
830-372-8066; twestmoreland@tlu.edu

Title IX Deputy Coordinator
Dr. Sycora A. Wilson

Director of Student Success and Retention
Blumburg Library, B14
1000 West Court Street
Seguin, TX 78155
830-372-6305; sawilson@tlu.edu

The responsibilities of TLU’s Title IX Deputy Coordinators for students, faculty and staff employees, third-party vendors, and visitors include investigating or overseeing the investigation of all incidents of alleged sexual violence or sexual harassment; ensuring that consistent standards and practices apply to all investigations; being available to meet with students and employees who believe sexual violence or sexual harassment has occurred; and assisting campus security and local law enforcement, as needed.

Deputy Title IX Coordinators for students, faculty and staff employees, third-party vendors, and visitors report incidents to the Title IX Services office, which is directed by the Director of Title IX Services with oversight by the Title IX Coordinator. These reports allow the Title IX Coordinator to identify patterns in a particular area within the university and to coordinate compliance with federal regulations.

Want to file a complaint?

Internal Reporting

Texas Lutheran University is committed to providing a workplace and educational environment, as well as other benefits, programs, and activities, that are free from discrimination and harassment based on a protected category, and retaliation for engaging in a protected activity.

Members of the community have the right to have disputes resolved through the TLU Disciplinary System as outlined in the Civil Rights Equity Resolution Policy and Procedures, Student Code of Conduct, Employee Handbook, and Faculty By-Laws and Manual. Student standards of conduct and other policies are outlined in the TLU Student Handbook.

To file a complaint, students, employees, third-party vendors, or visitors may:

  1. Call the Campus Conduct Hotline at 866-943-5787 (available 24/7)
  2. Submit an Incident Reporting Form at http://my.tlu.edu/TIXreport (available 24/7)
  3. Contact the Title IX Services Office at titleix@tlu.edu or 830-372-6327, or
  4. Contact in-person, email, or call the Title IX Coordinator or any of the Deputy Title IX Coordinators (contact information above)

For additional information regarding the investigation and resolution process, see the TLU Civil Rights Equity Resolution Policy and Procedures (available on my.tlu.edu under the Employee or Title IX tabs or at https://www.tlu.edu/life-at-tlu/health-safety/title-ix/policies).

External Reporting

All student and employee complaints must first be addressed internally. If all internal resources have been exhausted and the complaint is not satisfactorily resolved, the student may file an external complaint with any of the following entities:

Office for Civil Rights (OCR)
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20202-1100
Customer Service Hotline #: (800) 421-3481
Facsimile: (202) 453-6012
TDD#: (877) 521-2172
Email: OCR@ed.gov
Web: http://www.ed.gov/ocr

Office for Civil Rights (OCR), Dallas Office
U.S. Department of Education
1999 Bryan Street, Suite 1620
Dallas, TX 75201-6810
Telephone: (214) 661-9600
Facsimile: (214) 661-9587
Email: OCR.Dallas@ed.gov
Website: http://www.ed.gov/ocr/complaintprocess.html

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
Website: http://www.eeoc.gov/contact/

Texas Workforce Commission (TWC)
Telephone: (888) 452-4778 or (512) 463-2642
Facsimile: (512) 463-2643
Website: https://www.twc.state.tx.us/

Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB)
1200 E. Anderson Lane, Austin, TX 78752
Telephone: (512) 427-6101
Facsimile: (512) 427-6127
Website: http://www.thecb.state.tx.us/

Complaint Resolution by the Accreditation Agency

Texas Lutheran University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). Information on their complaint policies, procedures, and complaint form can be found at: http://www.sacsoc.org