The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) is a landmark piece of federal legislation that sought to improve the criminal justice and community-based responses to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking in the United States. The passage of VAWA in 1994, and its reauthorization in 2000, 2005 and again in 2013 (Section 304) has changed the landscape for victims of intimate partner violence, sexual assault and stalking.

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX), 20 U.S.C. 1681 et. seq. and its implementing regulations, 34 C.F.R. Part 106, prohibit discimination on the basis of sex in education programs or activities operated by recipients of Federal financial assistance. Sexual harassment of students, which includes acts of sexual violence, is a form of sex discrimination prohibited by Title IX.

Pursuant to Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 and 34 C.F.R. Part 106, the University of Missouri St. Louis Title IX Coordinator is the designated agent of the University with primary responsibility  for coordinating University Title IX compliance efforts. In broad terms, the Title IX Coordinator oversees monitoring of University policy in relation to investigation and disposition of complaints; provision of educational materials and training for the campus community; conducting and/or coordinating investigations of complaints received pursuant to Title IX; ensuring a fair and neutral process for all parties; and monitoring all other aspects of the University's Title IX compliance.

Title IX Coordinator:

Deborah Burris, Director
Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity
127 Woods Hall, 1 University Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63121
Phone: 314.516.5695

The University has also assigned the following staff members as deputy Title IX coordinators:

D'Andre Braddix, Ed.D. Student Affairs 314.516.5211

Dana Beteet Daniels

Equal Opportunity & Diversity


Marisa Smith

Institutional Safety - Police


Lori Flanagan




Additional Resources:

In addition to the Title IX Coordinator, above, there are many other resources at the University who may be of assistance depending on your circumstances. If you have any questions, please consult with your Title IX Coordinator who can help you determine the best way 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.

The University has also assigned the following staff members as additional resources:

Tanisha Stevens, Ph.D.        Academic Affairs       314-516-5371   

Robin Kimberlin, MSW    

    Social Worker, Sr.