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Title IX at Pittsburg State University
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Report an Incident

Anyone can make a report of concern whether you are an involved party, concerned friend/faculty member, or bystander.

 

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Talk to your Title IX Coordinator

Discuss your options with Jamie Thayer, Director of Institutional Equity and Title IX Coordinator. “I can tell you regulations, I can tell you official steps."

 

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Immediate Survivor Support

Get medical and safety services. Treat injuries, test for drugs, perform a rape evidence collection procedure, and other health services.

 

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Title IX Formal Complaint Report

Begin a full investigation that could lead to disciplinary action. This path is if you have experienced a Title IX or sexual misconduct violation. Read the Title IX policy before proceeding.

 

If you are a survivor of...


  • Sexual assault
  • Sexual harassment
  • Domestic/dating violence
  • Stalking
  • Sex-based discrimination
  • Pregnancy discrimination

...We are here to help.

Report an incident

For Title IX questions or concerns, please contact Title IX Coordinator Jamie Thayer: titleix@pittstate.edu, 620-238-7675 (text line), or 620-235-4189 (call line).

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Get help and support navigating life as a survivor.

Pittsburg State provides professional therapy services for trauma caused by assault, abuse, or violence.

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Resources for pregnant and parenting students.

Pregnant students are entitled to accommodations. Learn more about the discrimination policy for parenting students.

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Safehouse is a confidential crisis center partnered with PSU.

Free advocacy services include assisting with the Title IX trial process, working with prosecutors, going to the hospital, and more.

FAQs about Title IX:


  • What is Title IX?
  • What the difference between an incident report and a formal complaint?
  • I was under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Is my case still valid?
  • I'm worried about retaliation.
  • I don't want to talk to a PSU resource.

Title IX prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in educational programs and activities receiving federal financial assistance.

The University responds to reports of sexual harassment, including sexual assault, sexual violence or other sexual misconduct, as part of its efforts to stop harassment, prevent its recurrence, and address its effects.

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 states:

“No person in the U.S. 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.”

The University is committed to responding promptly and effectively when it learns of any form of possible discrimination based on sex.

Complaints will be addressed following the University’s Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities or discrimination complaint procedures. PSU provides many resources to students, faculty and staff to address concerns relating to discrimination on the basis of sex, including all forms of sexual misconduct.

Incident Report (Sexual Harassment)

report of concern initiates a preliminary review and explanation of services:
  • Anyone can make a report of concern whether you are an involved party, concerned friend/faculty member, or bystander.
  • A report of concern does not automatically begin the formal complaint process. 
  • Pittsburg State will determine the appropriate response based on the information available at the time of the report.
  • If a report identifies a possible affected party, Pittsburg State will take reasonable measures to contact that person with information about rights and options.
  • Pittsburg State will provide services and complete a preliminary investigation, as appropriate.

Formal Complaint (Title IX)

formal complaint will begin a full investigation and could lead to disciplinary actions:

If you have experienced a possible Title IX or sexual misconduct violation, you may file a formal complaint against an employee or student to seek an investigation and possible sanction(s) or disciplinary process.

For more information, contact the Title IX Coordinator or review the Sexual Misconduct Policy. 

The safety and well-being of students is PSU’s primary concern and encourages reporting of sexual misconduct.

PSU recognizes that students may be reluctant to report an incident of sexual misconduct because of a concern that they will be charged with a policy violation like underage alcohol consumption.

Any other policy violations will be addressed separately from a sexual harassment allegation.

The University will not tolerate retaliation in any form.

University policy and state and federal law prohibit retaliation against an individual for reporting discrimination, sexual violence or harassment, or for participating in an investigation.

Retaliation is a serious violation that can subject the offender to sanctions independent of the merits of the allegation. Allegations of or questions about retaliation should be directed to the Title IX Coordinator, Jamie Thayer.

Whether you are an involved party, a witness, or an investigator you will be protected from retaliation.

If you do not wish to contact PSU University resources, there are other options.

The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) with the U.S. Department of Education

Kansas’ regional OCR office is located in Kansas City and is available to provide assistance:
Email: OCR.KansasCity@ed.gov
Telephone: (816) 268-0550

Safehouse Crisis Center

Email: brooke.safehouse@gmail.com
Hotline: (800) 794-9148
Textline: (620) 670-0754