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Title IX


Southwestern Oklahoma State University (SWOSU) acknowledges the Department of Education changes made to Title IX complaint investigation procedures under the guidance of Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Sex in Education Programs or Activities Receiving Federal Financial Assistance (2020).

SWOSU values student participation and recognizes Title IX in addressing issues related to sexual harassment and sexual violence. To address instances of sexual harassment, and to ensure an educational environment free of harassment and discrimination, SWOSU has developed the Title IX Policies & Procedures Handbook to address conduct violations under the policies held therein. These policies and procedures ensure a fair and prompt due process for Complainants and Respondents under Title IX guidance.


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Non-Discrimination Statement

SWOSU’s policy is in compliance with Title VII and Title IX. SWOSU does not discriminate against any individual on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, alienage or national origin, citizenship status, age, sex, gender identity, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, marital status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law in any of its policies, practices or procedures. This policy includes, but is not limited to, admissions, employment, financial services, residential life, educational programs, and other activities the university operates.

Zero Tolerance Environment

SWOSU is a zero tolerance environment related to any kind of discrimination or harassment.  This includes sexual related discrimination as covered by Title IX and Title VII, respectively. 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 educational program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.”

Retaliation Policy

SWOSU prohibits retaliation against anyone who has submitted a complaint for discrimination, harassment, or sexual misconduct under this policy or local, state, or federal laws. SWOSU also prohibits retaliation against someone participating in an investigation, or assisting another to submit a complaint of discrimination or harassment.

If you are experiencing retaliation or aware of retaliation, please notify the Title IX Officer or Deputy Title IX Officer.

Dean of Students serves as the Title IX Officer and the Assistant Vice President of Human Resources serves as the Deputy Title IX Officer for incidents within the entire SWOSU community. Any concerns should be immediately reported using the forms provided on the Dean of Students website or by directly contacting the Dean of Students.

Title IX Policies & Procedures


If you or someone you know is the victim of domestic or dating violence, discrimination, harassment, or sexual assault, you may submit a report to the Title IX Coordinator by using the links below.

Employee Training

Process Advisor Training

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Title IX Investigator Training:

New Title IX Regulations: Nine Key Takeaways for Fall Planning
June 24th, 2020 1.0 hour


Decoding Digital Abuse: Prevention Strategies for 2020
and Beyond + Insights on Pending Title IX Regulations
April 22, 2020 1.0 hour


Sexual Assault Prevention: It Takes a Campus
September, 17, 2019
Dr. Kimberly Dickman
6 hours
OCCC Campus


Sexual Misconduct Institute
January 2019
24 hours over 3 days
Orange County, CA

Deputy Title IX Investigator Training:

Do’s and Don’ts for Internal Investigations of Employment Issues
April 5, 2019
1.5 hours
Sexual Assault Prevention: It Takes a Campus
September 2019
Kimberly Dickman
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
OCCC Campus
Creating a Culture of Inclusion on Campus
October 8, 2019
Phyliss Brzxton-Frierson
1.5 hours
Where is the law headed in due process and fair process in Title IX cases?
October 14, 2019
University of Vermont
Joshua Richards and Joseph Starch
1.5 hours
Conducting Hearings in Title IX/Clery Act Cases: Lessons from the Trenches
October 14, 2019
University of Vermont
Chantelle Cleary, Marjory Fischer, Jeffrey Nolan
1.5 hours


Housing & Residence Life Training

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