Complaint FAQs

Dear TCU community

Recently, the University restructured the Title IX office into two separate units – the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the Office of Institutional Equity. The Office of Institutional Equity, or OIE, will process and investigate student and employee reports of discrimination and harassment (i.e., age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, ethnic origin, disability, genetic information, covered veteran status, and any other basis protected by law), sexual misconduct and retaliation. This includes reports related to Title IX specific sexual harassment issues.

The OIE is located in the new administrative building, The Harrison, in Suite 1800. You can find OIE’s new policies (TCU Policy 1.008 and TCU Policy 1.009) posted on this website in the policies tab. These policies will apply to conduct occurring on or after August 14, 2020. Spanish versions will be posted soon. Conduct occurring on or before August 13, 2020 will be addressed using the Prior Policy.

Lastly, you can still report a Title IX issue or other harassment and discrimination by emailing us at TitleIX@tcu.edu, or calling us at 817/257-8228.

Thank you for your patience as we update our website to the Office of Institutional Equity.

 

This overview is a brief description of how to file a complaint of discrimination, harassment, sexual misconduct and/or retaliation at Texas Christian University. All individuals are encouraged to report discrimination, harassment, sexual misconduct and retaliation so that prompt effect action can be taken.

Who may file a complaint?

Any person (e.g., student, staff, faculty, visitor) may report what they believe to be an act of discrimination, harassment, or retaliation to the Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Officer/Title IX Coordinator or to a Deputy Title IX Officer.

For immediate assistance, anyone who feels physically threatened or who has been a victim of a physical assault, including sexual assault, should call 911. You can also contact TCU Police at 817-257-7777 who have access to the appropriate TCU administrator twenty-four (24) hours a day, seven days a week, or the Fort Worth Police Department.

How do I file a complaint?

Complaints or reports should be made as soon as possible after an incident. All individuals are engaged to report discrimination, harassment, sexual misconduct and retaliation so that prompt effective action can be taken.All complaints and third-party reports of conduct in violation of this policy should be made to the Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Title IX Coordinator or to a Deputy Title IX Officer. All complaints against a student will be referred to Glory Robinson, Associate Dean of Campus Life.

There are several ways to submit a complaint or report:

  • Leave a private message for the Title IX Coordinator at 817-257-8228
  • File a written complaint with the Title IX Coordinator
  • Make an appointment to see the Title IX Coordinator or one of the Deputy Title IX Officers
  • Complaints against a student for conduct alleged to have been committed by a student in violation of this policy can also be made to Campus Life-Dean’s Office

Who is the Title IX Coordinator?

The contact information for the Title IX Coordinator is:
Andrea Vircks
TCU Box 298980
The Harrison Bldg Office 1800
Fort Worth, Texas 76129
817-257-5557 (main number)
817-257-8228 (compliance number)
a.vircks@tcu.edu

What are the duties of the Title IX Coordinator?

The Title IX Coordinator coordinates and tracks all complaints and reports of conduct alleged to violate TCU’s Discrimination, Harassment, Sexual Misconduct and Retaliation Policy. The Title IX Coordinator may handle a complaint alleging a violation of this policy, or it may be handled by one of the Deputy Title IX Officers, or another appropriate University official. The Title IX Coordinator and/or Deputy Title IX Officers may confer with one another or others when deemed appropriate. Additionally, the Title IX Coordinator can provide information about TCU’s policies regarding Title IX and will ensure that such complaints are addressed by the appropriate University officials. The Title IX Coordinator will assist the parties in receiving support services and will facilitate any interim measures during the investigation.

How does the Resolution process work at TCU?

Upon receipt of a complaint or report alleging conduct in violation of this policy, TCU will take prompt and equitable action consistent with University policy, applicable laws and regulations. If a person chooses to file a complaint, he/she can pursue an informal resolution when permissible, or formal resolution. In cases involving allegations of sexual assault, informal resolution is never appropriate, even if both the complainant and the respondent request or agree to an informal resolution.

Initial Inquiry

The Title IX Coordinator or his/her designee will make an initial inquiry and determination of whether this policy applies.

Informal or Formal Process and Resolution

If the Title IX Coordinator or his/her designee determines this policy applies, an informal process may be appropriate to resolve this compliant. If the formal resolution process is invoked, the Title IX Coordinator or his/her designee will provide information to the complainant and respondent about the policy and procedures and will also consider whether interim measures are deemed appropriate under the circumstances.

Appeals Process

Both a complainant and respondent may appeal as set forth by submitting a written appeal, outlining the basis for the appeal, within three (3) business days of receiving written notice of the outcome and/or corrective action, as applicable.

For more information and greater detail about the Complaint and Resolution Process, please click here.

Where can I learn more about Title IX?

For additional information or inquiries regarding Title IX, you may visit Office for Civil Rights for the address and phone number of the U. S. Department of Education office that serves your area, or call 1-800-421-3481.

Where can I find TCU’s policy on Discrimination, Harassment, Sexual Misconduct and Retaliation?

Texas Christian University’s policy on Discrimination, Harassment, Sexual Misconduct and Retaliation can be found by clinking on this link: TCU’s Discrimination, Harassment, Sexual Misconduct and Retaliation Policy.

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