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Title IX Mandatory Reporting

At Lamar State College Port Arthur, we take sexual misconduct (in all its forms) extremely seriously. Therefore, if any LSCPA employee, supervisor, or faculty member ("Responsible Employee") is aware of an allegation of discrimination or sexual misconduct, they are required to report incidents to the Title IX Coordinator. 

Reporting to Responsible Employees

Before a victim or reporting party reveals any information to a Responsible Employee, the employee should ensure that the victim or reporting party understands the employee’s reporting obligations. If the victim or reporting party requests anonymity and confidentiality, the Responsible Employee should refer the victim to a Confidential Employee. 

If the victim or reporting party reports an incident to the Responsible Employee but also requests confidentiality or requests that the matter not be investigated, the employee should tell the victim that the College will consider the request but cannot guarantee that the College will be able to honor it. In reporting the details of the incident to the Title IX Coordinator, the Responsible Employee will inform the Title IX Coordinator of the victim or reporting party’s request for confidentiality.

Who are Responsible Employees?

Responsible Employees are employees of LSCPA that are engaged in the course and scope of their employment, including Campus Security. All LSCPA employees are responsible employees, except for Confidential Employees. Confidential Employees have been designated as being able to take confidential reports of sexual misconduct, including sexual harassment, sexual assault (including rape and acquaintance rape), domestic violence, dating violence, relationship violence, or stalking, without having to report the victim’s identity or other confidential information to the Title IX Coordinator. 

What are Responsible Employees Required to Report?

Responsible Employees must comply with their obligation to promptly report sexual misconduct, including sexual harassment, sexual assault (including rape and acquaintance rape), domestic violence, dating violence, relationship violence, or stalking, to the Title IX Coordinator. They must report all relevant details about the alleged sexual misconduct shared by the victim or reporting party.

A Responsible Employee shall share all information relevant to the investigation, and if applicable, redress of the incident, including whether an alleged victim or other necessary parties have expressed a desire for confidentiality in reporting the incident.

A Responsible Employee should not share information with law enforcement without the victim or reporting party’s consent unless the victim or reporting party has also reported the incident to law enforcement.

A Responsible Employee is required to report under the following conditions:

  • the employee is in the course and scope of employment, at the time the employee witnesses or receives information regarding the occurrence of sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating violence, or stalking, or any other sexual misconduct defined in this Policy; and,
  • the employee reasonably believes the incident constitutes sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating violence, or stalking, or any other sexual misconduct defined in this policy; and,
  • the incident of sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating violence or stalking or any other sexual misconduct defined in this policy, was either committed by or against an enrolled student or an employee of the component at the time of the incident.

A Responsible Employee is not required to report under the following conditions:

  • the person was the victim of such conduct; or,
  • the person received information due to a disclosure made at a public awareness event sponsored by LSCPA or another TSUS member institution or by a student organization affiliated with LSCPA.

Confidential Reporting

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.

Laurie Marcantel, M.Ed., L.P.C., A.T.S.
Disability Services Coordinator
Madison Monroe Education Building Rm 231B
409) 984-6241
marcantella@lamarpa.edu

Confidential source(s) listed above can assist in a crisis and provide information about possible resources, some of which may include law enforcement, medical assistance, psychological counseling, Victim advocacy assistance, and legal assistance.