Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity

Sex Discrimination, Harassment and Sexual Violence (Title IX)

 

Sex discrimination is prohibited by law in all educational programs and activities. Title IX of the 1972 Education Amendments applies to all students and employees at the University and prohibits unequal treatment based on sex as well as sexual harassment and sexual violence.

Title IX (Education) versus Title VII (Employment)

The substantive law (definitions and rights) prohibiting sex discrimination is consistent whether dealing with students or employees of the university. However, the employment laws do not require the extensive notice that is presented here. Therefore, this notice has been geared to the needs of students. Note that employees who take classes would be covered by Title IX when they believe alleged discrimination interfered with their educational rights. Conversely, if discrimination is alleged to affect student workers in the context of their employment, then Title VII and  UMSL’s human resource policies would be the better resources. Both students and employees should feel free to contact the Title IX Coordinator  for assistance in determining the appropriate avenue for pursuing their complaints.

Definitions

There is a specific application of Title IX to Athletics, ensuring that women and men have equitable access to opportunities in sports.

See also the following sexual harassment policies:

If you believe you have been discriminated against, what are your rights?

You have the right to be emotionally and physically safe.

You have the right to privacy.

You have the right to a prompt, fair, and impartial resolution of your claim.

You have the right to be free of retaliation when you pursue a discrimination claim.

Who do I contact for help?

The Title IX Coordinator has been designated to coordinate the University’s compliance with laws governing sex discrimination in education. If you have any questions about sex discrimination, sexual harassment, or sexual violence, you may contact:

 

Deborah J. Burris
Office of Equal Opportunity & Diversity
Director & Chief Diversity Officer
127 Woods Hall
St. Louis, MO   63121
(314) 516-5695
burrisd@umsl.edu

 

Or:  

D’Andre Braddix
Division of Student Affairs
Assistant Dean of Students
301 Woods Hall
St. Louis, MO    63121
(314) 516-5205
DAndreBraddix@umsl.edu

For Title IX complaints regarding gender equity in MU athletics:
Lori Flanagan
Athletics
Director of Athletics
225 Mark Twain Building
St. Louis, MO   63121
flanaganlo@umsl.edu

 

For Title IX complaints regarding Sexual Assault:

Marisa Smith
Institutional Safety - Police
Police Sergeant
7700 Florissant Road
St. Louis, MO     63121
smithmx@umsl.edu

 

If you want to file a complaint regarding sex discrimination, sexual harassment, or sexual violence, or you have questions or concerns about Title IX compliance you may contact the Title IX Coordinator. If she is not the best person to assist you, she will refer you to other resources.

Filing informal and formal complaints

For complaints against students

D’Andre Braddix
Division of Student Affairs
Assistant Dean of Students
301 Woods Hall
St. Louis, MO    63121
(314) 516-5205
DAndreBraddix@umsl.edu

For all other complaints, including complaints against faculty and staff

Deborah J. Burris
Office of Equal Opportunity & Diversity
Director & Chief Diversity Officer
127 Woods Hall
St. Louis, MO   63121
(314) 516-5695
burrisd@umsl.edu

 

Office for Civil Rights

If you do not wish to contact one of the above University Title IX Coordinators or other designated University resources (see below) with your questions or concerns regarding sex discrimination at the University, you may contact the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights in the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) with the U.S. Department of Education.

Missouri’s regional OCR office is located in Kansas City and is available to provide assistance:

U.S. Department of Education
Office for Civil Rights
One Petticoat Lane
1010 Walnut St., Suite 320
Kansas City, MO 64106
Telephone: 816-268-0550
Fax: 816-268-0599
E-mail: OCR.KansasCity@ed.gov

 

 

Additional Resources

In addition to the Title IX Coordinators, above, there are many other resources at the University who may be of assistance depending on your circumstances. If you have any question about which of these resources may be best to consult, your Title IX Coordinator can help you figure out how to proceed.

This list below is not exhaustive. There are many concerned individuals at UMSL, including faculty, residence hall personnel, academic advisors and others, whom you may prefer to contact. However, please note: these individuals are usually required to act on your concerns or to pass the complaints on to persons, like those listed, with the responsibility for investigating and correcting discrimination. Discussions with such trusted individuals about incidents of discrimination will not be considered confidential. Only physicians, lawyers, licensed counselors, and certified mediators are entitled to maintain your confidentiality without a corresponding duty to report to designated university officials.

Helpful contacts for students:

Tanisha Stevens
Academic Affairs
Student Advocate
426 Woods Hall
(314) 516-5304
smithtn@umsl.edu

 

Robin Kimberlin
Division of Student Affairs
Social Worker, Sr.
144 Millennium Student Center
(314) 516-6369
KimberlinRM@umsl.edu

Criminal complaints and personal safety issues

Health and well-being issues

*Note: physicians and mental health counselors can provide you with confidential advice.

 

 

 

Community assistance for sexual violence