Title IX at UT Southwestern
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 protects people from sex discrimination, including sexual misconduct, harassment, and violence in educational programs and activities at institutions that receive federal funding. The Title IX Office supports UT Southwestern Medical Center’s vision by holding each student and employee to our standards of conduct while proactively providing training and resources designed to create and foster a campus environment free from all forms of sex discrimination.
New changes to Title IX guidelines, effective Aug. 14, 2020
- Narrowed Definition of Harassment: The new regulations significantly restrict the definition of sexual harassment that constitutes prohibited conduct under Title IX.
- Live Hearing Requirement: If the facts of a case meet the jurisdictional standard under this narrowed definition, such cases will now require a live hearing to adjudicate the matter.
- Advisors Must Be Present During the Title IX Hearing: Both the Complainant and the Respondent must have an Advisor for the purpose of cross-examination.
Letter to the campus community from our Title IX Coordinator
UT Southwestern is committed to ensuring that all members of our community are afforded a working and learning environment that is free from discrimination and harassment.
Read the letter
UT Southwestern’s Commitment to Safety & Non-Discrimination
UT Southwestern is committed to maintaining a safe and healthy educational and work environment that recognizes the value of every person, fosters tolerance, sensitivity, understanding, mutual respect, and where no member of the University community is subjected to unlawful discrimination or harassment in any University program or activity.
UT Southwestern will continue to investigate the full range of complaints of sexual misconduct complaints that it receives under the new Title IX Sexual Harassment Policy as well as other key University policies on Sexual Harassment and Sexual Misconduct.
Mandatory Reporting of Sexual Harassment
Senate Bill 212, passed by the Texas Legislature earlier this year, expanded the reporting responsibilities of all employees of Texas universities. The legislation also created new consequences and penalties for individuals who do not uphold those responsibilities. Please see FAQ, Policies, and Training to learn more.