AlamoCARES

The Alamo Colleges District is committed to provide equal employment and educational opportunities for all qualified persons without regard to race, color, sex, pregnancy, religion, creed, national origin (including ancestry), citizenship status, physical or mental disability, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender, transgender status, gender identity, gender expression, veteran or military status (including special disabled veteran, Vietnam-era veteran, or recently separated veteran), predisposing genetic characteristics, domestic violence victim status, any other protected category under applicable local, state or federal law, or persons who have opposed discrimination or participated in any complaint process on campus or before a government agency.

We are further committed to hiring the best-qualified person to fill each available position and reward each employee based on his or her job performance.  We will ensure that all personnel and academic actions will be administered without regard to race, color, sex, pregnancy, religion, creed, national origin (including ancestry), citizenship status, physical or mental disability, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender, transgender status, gender identity, gender expression, veteran or military status (including special disabled veteran, Vietnam-era veteran, or recently separated veteran), predisposing genetic characteristics, domestic violence victim status, any other protected category under applicable local, state or federal law, or persons who have opposed discrimination or participated in any complaint process on campus or before a government agency.

Title IX is a federal law that prohibits discrimination based on sex (gender) of employees and students of educational institutions receiving federal financial assistance. Title IX's prohibition of discrimination includes acts of sexual harassment and relationship violence. 

The Alamo Colleges District does not tolerate sex discrimination, sexual harassment, or sexual violence of any kind. To ensure compliance with Title IX, the Alamo Colleges District have designated a District Title IX Coordinator and a Deputy Title IX Coordinator at each college.

Filing an External Complaint:

The United States Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights enforces Title IX. Any student, employee, or visitors to campus may direct a complaint directly to that office.

Office of Civil Rights
US Department of Health and Human Services
1301 Young St. Ste 1169
Dallas, TX 75202
Voice phone (800) 368-1019
*All reports made to the Office of Civil Rights must be filed within 180 days of the alleged incident.

Retaliation

San Antonio College encourages individuals to bring forward information/complaints about sexual harassment and sexual violence. Retaliation against any individual who reports or participates in the investigation of alleged violations is strictly forbidden and will be enforced by the college administration.

Title IX Complaint Form

Title IX – Sexual Misconduct Policy: H.1.2 (Policy) Civil Rights Discrimination, Harassment and Retaliation

Title IX – Sexual Misconduct Complaint Procedure: H.1.2.1 (Procedure) Civil Rights Complaint and Resolution 

Title IX – Sexual Misconduct Complaint Appeal Procedure: H.1.2.2 (Procedure) Civil Rights Complaint Appeal

Title IX and Alamo Colleges Policies

Title IX is a federal law that prohibits discrimination based on sex (gender) of employees and students of educational institutions receiving federal financial assistance. Title IX's prohibition of discrimination includes acts of sexual harassment and relationship violence.

The Alamo Colleges District does not tolerate sex discrimination, sexual harassment, or sexual violence of any kind. To ensure compliance with Title IX, the Alamo Colleges District has designated a District Title IX Coordinator and a Deputy Title IX Coordinator at each college. 

Filing a Report

Any student or employee who believes he or she has been a victim of sex discrimination, sexual harassment, or sexual violence is encouraged to contact the District Title IX Coordinator or the college Vice President for Student Success.

Filing an External Complaint

The United States Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights enforces Title IX. Any student, employee, or visitors to campus may direct a complaint directly to that office.

Office of Civil Rights

US Department of Health and Human Services
1301 Young St. Ste 1169
Dallas, TX 75202
Voice phone (800) 368-1019

*All reports made to the Office of Civil Rights must be filed within 180 days of the alleged incident

Retaliation

The Alamo Colleges District encourages individuals to bring forward information/complaints about sexual harassment and sexual violence. Retaliation against any individual who reports or participates in the investigation of alleged violations is strictly forbidden and will be enforced by the College administration.

How Can I Get Additional Information?

Alamo Colleges District Equal Education and Employment Opportunities Policy  

Haven-Required Student Training (PDF)    (Student Flyer / Access Information)

AlamoCARES Resources

US Department of Education / Office for Civil Rights - Questions and Answers on Title IX and Sexual Violence  

Not Alone  - The First Report of the White House Task Force to Protect Students From Sexual Assault

Strategies of Behavioral Intervention (SOBI) Guide (PDF)

Complaint Form

The Alamo Colleges do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation or disability with respect to access, employment programs, or services.

Inquiries or complaints concerning these matters should be brought to the attention of:

Linda Boyer-Owens 
Title IX/VII/ADA/504 Coordinator 
201 W. Sheridan St., Bldg. A 
San Antonio, Texas 78204 
210-485-0200

Complaint Form

Title IX VII ADA 504 Complaint Form

 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Title IX and what does it cover?

Title IX a federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in federally funded education programs and activities. All public and private elementary and secondary schools, school districts, colleges, and universities receiving any federal financial must comply with Title IX.

What is Sexual Misconduct?

Sexual misconduct encompasses unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that is prohibited by Title IX and Alamo Colleges. It includes, but is not limited to, sexual harassment, sex/gender discrimination, sexual assault, rape, stalking, and relationship violence (including domestic and dating violence). It is a violation of this policy and the law, including Title IX, to commit these acts or to attempt to commit them, Sexual misconduct can occur in any sex or gender configuration (i.e., between the opposite sex or same sex) regardless of sex and gender identity. Sexual misconduct on the part of employees and students is strictly prohibited by Alamo Colleges.

What is Sexual Violence?

Sexual violence refers to physical acts perpetrated against a person's will or where a person is incapable of giving consent (e.g., due to the student's age or use of drugs or alcohol, or because of an intellectual or other disability prevents the student from having the capacity to give consent).

Sexual Violence is defined as:

  • Any intentional sexual touching, however slight
  • With any object or part of the body
  • By a person upon another person
  • That is without consent and/or by force
  • Or other intentional bodily contact of a sexual nature

Sexual touching includes any bodily contact with the breasts, groin, genitals, mouth or other bodily orifice of another individual, or any other bodily contact in a sexual manner. Sexual violence is a form of sexual harassment which is prohibited by Title IX, Title VII, and state law.

What is Sexual Harassment?

Federal and Texas law regards sexual harassment as a form of sex/gender discrimination and, therefore, as an unlawful discriminatory practice. Sexual harassment consists of:

Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, visual, or physical conduct of a sexual/gender nature when (1) submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual's employment, educational environment, or academic status, (2) submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis of employment, educational, or academic decisions affecting such individual, or (3) such conduct is sufficiently severe, pervasive or persistent that it has the effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual's work, educational environment, or academic performance by creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working, educational, [residential] and/or social environment.

Is there a Texas law that defines what is sexual assault?

For purposes of the Texas Penal Code § 22.011(b), a sexual assault is without consent for a number of reasons, including the following: 

(a) the actor compels the other person to submit or participate by the use of physical force; 
(b) the actor compels the other person to submit or participate by threatening to use force or violence against the other person and the other person, and the other person believes the actor has the present ability to execute the threat; 
(c) the other person has not consented and the actor knows the other person is unconscious or physically unable to resist; 
(d) the actor knows that as a result of mental disease or defects the other person is at the time of the sexual assault incapable either of appraising the nature of the act or of resisting it; 
(e) the other person has not consented and the actor knows the other person is unaware that the sexual assault is occurring; 
(f) the actor has intentionally impaired the other person’s power to appraise or control the other person’s conduct by administering any substance without the other person’s knowledge; 
(g) the actor compels the other person to submit or participate by threatening to use force or violence against any person, and the other person believes the actor has the ability to execute the threat; and 
(h) the actor is a public servant who coerces the other person to submit or participate. In Texas, a minor (meaning a person under the age of 18 years) cannot consent to H.1.2 (Policy) Civil Rights Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation Responsible Department: Title IX/VII/ADA/504 Coordinator Board Adoption: 10-28-14 Last Board Action: 10 of 17 
How does a school violate a student's rights under Title IX?

A school violates a student's rights under Title IX regarding student-on-student sexual violence when the following conditions are met:

  • The alleged conduct is sufficiently serious to limit or deny a student's ability to participate in or benefit from the school's educational program, i.e. creates a hostile environment;
  • The school, upon notice, fails to take prompt and effective steps reasonably calculated to end the sexual violence, eliminate the hostile environment, prevent its recurrence, and, as appropriate, remedy its effects.
What is a hostile environment?

A hostile environment is created when there is a repeated series of pervasive events that makes the student unable to participate and/or learn from the educational program. The more severe the conduct, the less need there is to show a repetitive series of incidents to prove a hostile environment, particularly if the conduct is physical. A single or isolated incident of sexual violence may create a hostile environment.

Does Title IX cover Sexual Violence from employees towards students?

Title IX also protects students from other forms of sexual harassment (including sexual violence and sexual abuse), such as sexual harassment carried out by school employees. Sexual harassment by school employees can include unwelcome sexual advances; requests for sexual favors; and other verbal, nonverbal, or physical conduct of a sexual nature, including but not limited to sexual activity. Title IX's prohibition against sexual harassment generally does not extend to legitimate nonsexual touching or other nonsexual conduct. But in some circumstances, nonsexual conduct may take on sexual connotations and rise to the level of sexual harassment. For example, a teacher repeatedly hugging and putting his or her arms around students under inappropriate circumstances could create a hostile environment. Early signs of inappropriate behavior with a student can be the key to identifying and preventing sexual abuse by college personnel.

Where can I find Alamo Colleges policies that comply with Title IX?

Title IX reference policies can be found below.

H.1.1 (Policy) Equal Education and Employment Opportunities (PDF)

H.1.2 (Policy) Civil Rights Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation: (PDF)

F.4.2 (Policy) Student Code of Conduct (PDF)

When a Title IX Complaint is received, what happens?

When a Title IX complaint is received, Alamo Colleges will take immediate and appropriate steps to investigate or otherwise determine what occurred. If an investigation reveals that sexual violence created a hostile environment, Alamo Colleges will take prompt and effective steps reasonably calculated to end the sexual violence, eliminate the hostile environment, prevent its recurrence, and, as appropriate, remedy its effects.

Alamo Colleges will protect the complainant and ensure his or her safety as necessary, including taking interim steps before the final outcome of any investigation.

The complainant will receive periodic updates on the status of the investigation and, if it is confirmed that sexual violence has occurred, Alamo Colleges will protect the complainant and ensure his or her safety, as necessary.

Alamo Colleges will also ensure that the complainant is aware of any available resources, such as victim advocacy, housing assistance, academic support, counseling, disability services, health and mental health services, and legal assistance, and the right to report a crime to campus or local law enforcement.

Are there are resources that are available to me?

There is an extensive list of resources for the eight counties served by the Alamo Colleges in AlamoCARES Student Resources. The list contains victim advocacy, housing assistance, academic support, counseling, disability services, health and mental health services, legal assistance and law enforcement contact information.

I want to report a Title IX violation; will my information be kept confidential?

If you would like a Title IX investigation completed, you can request that your information is kept confidential and Alamo Colleges will do everything to keep it as such. But if the allegation is of such a serious nature your information may be used at the discretion of the Title IX Coordinator or designee. Your personal information would only be used in the completion of the investigation and only shared with those directly involved in the Title IX investigation.

I was the victim of sexual violence. Can I report this confidentially?

Yes, it's your choice. If you would like to speak to a confidential counselor, they are provided free of charge by Alamo Colleges and the incident will not be reported, if that is what you choose to do.

College Counselor's Offices

Northeast Lakeview College 486-5000
STCM 222H Student Commons

Northwest Vista College 486-4834 or 486-4419
Cypress Campus Center 204

Palo Alto College 486-3333
CSSC Rm. 200

St. Philip's College 486-2333
Welcome Enrollment Center 106L

San Antonio College 486-0334
Moody Learning Center 100

Can I report the incident to law enforcement?

Yes, it's your option to additionally report any sexual violence to law enforcement. Any serious incident will be directed to law enforcement to ensure the safety of the student and others.

Alamo Colleges Police Department
Emergency 210-485-0911
24 Hour Dispatch 210-485-0099 dst-dpsdispatch@alamo.edu
Personal Safety http://www.alamo.edu/district/police/personal-safety/

What do I do if I am the respondent in a Title IX case?

All parties involved are given equal consideration and due process. While the Alamo Colleges District will, in the interim, ensure a safe environment for the complainant, the Alamo Colleges District will also ensure the respondent has as little disruption to their own educational experience as possible. The Title IX investigation will typically take up to 60 days to complete, with an appeal process lasting up to another 30 days. Both parties will be informed on the progress of the investigation and given the opportunity to provide witnesses or evidence. Individuals found to be in violation of Title IX will be subject to the Student Code of Conduct and disciplinary actions associated with it.