Title IX

Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972

Oklahoma State University, as a public educational institution, must abide by Title IX regulations because it receives federal funding though federal financial aid programs used by students.  Specifically, Title IX states: “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”

Both Title IX and University Policy prohibit discrimination in services or benefits offered by the University based upon gender.

Sexual harassment is a form of gender discrimination and therefore prohibited under Title IX.  Sexual harassment is defined as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature  and may include unwelcomed sexual advances, sexual assaults, or requests for sexual favors. This and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitutes sexual harassment when:

  • Submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual's employment or academic standing;
  • Submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for employment decisions or academic decisions affecting such individual; or
  • Such conduct is sufficiently serious that it has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual's work or academic performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working or academic environment. Harassment does not include verbal expressions or written material that is relevant and appropriately related to course subject matter or curriculum, and this policy shall not abridge academic freedom or the University's educational mission.

The following are examples of types of conduct that may constitute sexual harassment:

  • Inappropriate touching, patting, or pinching
  • Physical assault or coerced sexual activity
  • Demands or subtle pressure for sexual favors
  • Obscene phone calls, texts, email, or gestures

Any person (student, faculty, staff, or guest) who believes that discriminatory practices have been engaged in based upon gender may discuss these concerns and file informal or formal complaints of possible violations of Title IX with the Title IX Coordinator.

It is the policy of this university to provide equal employment and educational opportunity on the basis of merit without discrimination because of age, race, ethnicity, color, sex, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, veterans’ status, or disability. 

Faculty and Staff Mandatory Training

The Office for Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Education has issued additional Title IX guidelines of the Education Amendments of 1972.

Universities are under scrutiny regarding compliance with Title IX.  The Education Amendments of 1972 prohibit discrimination on the basis of gender at educational institutions that receive federal funding.  Title IX is in some ways analogous to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act that prohibits employment discrimination on the basis race, color, religion, sex, and national origin. Title VII prohibits sexual harassment in places of employment.  Title IX has broad implications.

However, the most recent emphasis has been on sexual violence and prevention.  As a result, universities are making efforts to inform members of their communities about the provisions of Title VII and Title IX and to fulfill the mandates of these important pieces of legislation.  Any university employee who works with students has federally mandated responsibilities for reporting possible incidents that are covered by this legislation.  All OSU Employees have been designated as a responsible employees and as a result are expected to take mandatory annual training on Title VII and Title IX.   We thank you for your commitment in assisting the University maintaining adherence to these federal compliance mandates and keeping our campus safe.

Below is a list of available online training specific to positions and FTE at OSU.  Once you have determined the training specific to your position, please read through the instructions carefully.  If you have any technical difficulties with the online course please contact Talent Development at 405-744-5374.  If you have questions regarding Title IX, please contact the Office of Equal Opportunity at OSU at 405-744-7773 or eeo@okstate.edu.

Title VII and Title IX Training – Faculty and Staff have access to training in the employee learning management system at http://talent.okstate.edu.  It is recommended that you access this site using Firefox or Google Chrome, watch for pop up blockers, and make sure you have java enabled on your computer.  You will log in using your O-key username and password.  Once you are logged in, you can search for your training in the top right search bar.  Simply type in "Title IX" and your course options will populate.  Once you locate the 2020 Title VII & Title IX options, you can select "Request" for an online course or an instructor-led course.  Once this training is requested, it will appear on your transcript within the learning system. 

Student Employee Title VII and Title IX Training - Student employees have access to online training at Student Employee Title VII & Title IX Training. It is recommended that you access this course using Firefox or Google Chrome, watch for pop up blockers, and make sure you have Java enabled on your computer.  This training includes a quiz and confirmation page you can print at the end of the course.  This training will take you approximately 25 minutes to complete.  Please note you must print the final page of the course and present a copy to your supervisor and a copy to the OSU Talent Development Office in 106A Whitehurst, or email at osu-trng@okstate.edu.

Title VII and Title IX Training for <.5 FTE Only can be accessed through this link: <.5FTE or Less Title VII & Title IX Training. It is recommended you access this course using Firefox or Google Chrome, watch for pop up blockers, and make sure you have Java enabled on your computer.  This training will take you approximately 25 minutes to complete.  Please note you must print the final page of the course and present a copy to your supervisor and a copy to the OSU Talent Development Office in 106A Whitehurst, or email at osu-trng@okstate.edu.

Faculty and staff may report incidents to:
Jackson Landrum
Interim Title IX Coordinator
409 General Academic Building
405-744-9153
eeo@okstate.edu

Students may report incidents to:
Student Conduct Office
328 Student Union
405-744-5470
student.conduct@okstate.edu

Anyone can report anonymously using EthicsPoint.