Complaints Under Title IX

Students

If you are a student who believes you have been a victim of sexual misconduct by another college student, college employee, or third party, you may report such conduct or file a complaint under Title IX with the Title IX Coordinator or Deputy Coordinator.

Employees

If you are an employee who believes you have been subjected to sexual misconduct or discrimination under Title IX, or who wishes to file a complaint under Title IX, you can do so with the Director of Human Resources or the Title IX Coordinator. A good faith effort to complete an investigation within 60 calendar days will be made, unless otherwise noted in writing to the Claimant. Complex cases may take longer than the outlined timeframe.
 

Investigation Procedures

  1. Complainant files a report.

  2. Title IX Coordinator will review the complaint and investigate the matter. The Title IX Coordinator may assign the investigation to a Deputy Coordinator or Investigator and advise the Complainant of the name and contact information of the individual assigned.

  3. The Investigator will contact the Complainant and schedule initial meeting.

  4. Investigator will determine and implement interim measures as appropriate and necessary for the Complainant’s safety and to limit potential retaliation.

  5. At the outset of the investigation, the Investigator will provide Respondent prompt notice of the allegations against him or her in writing together with a copy of the Sexual Misconduct Policy.

  6. The Title IX Coordinator will review the Report of Investigation and will make a written finding as to whether

    1. no reasonable grounds exist that the Sexual Misconduct Policy was violated and the matter is closed or
    2. it is more likely than not that Respondent violated the Sexual Misconduct Policy, and which specific sections of the policy were violated.

  7. The finding shall include the Title IX Coordinator’s basis for the decision and recommended sanctions, if any. The Coordinator will communicate the findings in writing simultaneously to the Complainant, Respondent, and appropriate Component Administrator.

For additional details regarding the investigation procedures and protocols, please refer to Sections 10 through 14 of the Sexual Misconduct Policy.

** Individuals may file anonymous reports. Anonymous reports may be difficult for the College to follow up/or take action on, where validating information is limited.
 

Confidentiality

When considering reporting options, Victims should be aware that certain personnel employed by Lamar State College-Port Arthur can maintain strict confidentiality, while others have mandatory reporting and response obligations.

LSC-PA personnel that are not confidential reporters and who receive a report of alleged sexual misconduct are required to share the information with appropriate administrative authorities for investigation and follow up. Lamar State College-Port Arthur will protect a Complainant's confidentiality by refusing to disclose his or her information to anyone outside the College to the maximum extent permitted by law.

As for confidentiality of information within the College, the College must balance a Victim's request for confidentiality with its responsibility to provide a safe and non-discriminatory environment.