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Letter from Title IX Coordinator

Dear Gators:

Lamar State College Orange is committed to providing an excellent learning and working environment free from sexual misconduct, including sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking for all faculty, staff, students, and visitors.

In April 2011, the Office for Civil Rights of the Department of Education (OCR) sent colleges and schools a "Dear Colleague Letter" (DCL) to reinforce steps to prevent discrimination based on gender. The letter also provided guidance on Title IX requirements for addressing sexual assault/violence on college campuses, including the designation of a Title IX Coordinator.

I currently serve as the Title IX coordinator for LSCO. The coordinator is responsible for overseeing the Title IX process, implementation, and education and training for the campus community. Mr. Butch Campbell serves as a Deputy Coordinator and Lead Investigator, Mrs. Sherrie Willoughby serves as a Deputy Coordinator, Ms. Alicia Jones serves as an Assistant Coordinator and Investigator, and Mr. Kerry Olson serves as an Assistant Coordinator.

Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 requires schools to take immediate and effective steps to respond to sexual violence. The DCL applies to K-12 and higher education institutions that receive federal funding. According to Title IX law, along with other applicable State of Texas laws and the policies outlined in the LSCO Administration Policies and Procedures, it is illegal to discriminate against anyone, including faculty, staff, students, or visitors on the basis of sex.

As outlined in the DCL, it is a federal requirement to train the entire campus community about what sexual violence is, how to recognize it, and how to file a complaint. Our Gator community members must be prepared to act quickly when a person who has experienced sexual violence comes to them for help. Education and training will not only reinforce the college's policy but will aid in our prevention efforts.

Thank you in advance for participating in the mandatory training designed to assist us in recognizing, responding to, and preventing sexual misconduct and sexual harassment.

We look forward to working with the entire campus in our ongoing Title IX education and compliance efforts. If you have any questions concerning Title IX, please contact me.

Sincerely,

Patty Collins

Patty Collins, MS, CAE
Executive Director, College Affairs
Title IX Coordinator