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Title IX

TITLE IX | SEXUAL AND GENDER-BASED HARASSMENT

Wade College is committed to maintaining and safe and accepting atmosphere welcoming to anyone who will strive to achieve his or her personal best. Wade College possesses and values diversity among the individuals who make up its community. This is one of Wade College's greatest strengths. Every member of the Wade College community enjoys certain rights. At the same time, individuals who work, study, live, and teach within this community are expected to refrain from behavior that threatens the freedom, safety, and respect deserved by every community member.

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (hereinafter, “Title IX”), and its implementing regulations prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs or activities operated by recipients of Federal Financial assistance. Sexual harassment of students, which includes acts of sexual violence, is a form of sex discrimination prohibited by Title IX.

Sexual harassment is unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature. It includes unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, nonverbal, or physical conduct of a sexual nature. Sexual violence is a form of sexual harassment that is prohibited by Title IX. Title IX protects students from sexual harassment in a school's education program and activities; this includes all academic, educational, extracurricular, and other programs of the school, whether they take place at a school's facilities or any other location where students are engaging in academic pursuits.

If a school knows or reasonably should know about harassment that creates a hostile environment, Title IX requires that the school take immediate action to eliminate the harassment, prevent its recurrence, and address its effects. Title IX states that schools have the obligation to respond to sexual harassment, sexual violence, and sexual discrimination. Educational programs and literature promoting the prevention and awareness of rape, acquaintance rape, and other sex offenses are provided to all Wade College students and employees via campus training through Get Inclusive at https://www.getinclusive.com/.

This Title IX Sexual Harassment policy is based on definitions set forth in regulations published by the U.S. Department of Education under Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 effective August 14, 2020. By providing more specific definitions of sexual harassment than previous regulations, this policy limits the scope of Title IX Sexual Harassment to which the institution is required to respond. In order to address incidents of sexual misconduct that do not fall within the definition of Title IX Sexual Harassment, the college has two policies that address sexual misconduct: (1) the Title IX Policy Handbook and (2) the Wade College Sexual and Gender-Based Harassment Policies and Procedures Handbook. These interconnected policies should be read together.

The college will respond to reports or formal complaints of conduct prohibited under this policy with measures designed to stop the prohibited conduct, prevent its recurrence, and remediate any adverse effects of such conduct on campus or in College-related programs or activities. The College will not deprive an individual of rights guaranteed under federal and state law (or federal and state anti-discrimination provisions; or federal and state law prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sex) when responding to any claim of Title IX Sexual Harassment.

REPORTING AN INCIDENT OF SEXUAL MISCONDUCT

Any member of the Wade College community can report issues of sexual harassment, violence, or other misconduct directly to the college's Title IX Coordinator or another responsible administrator or faculty member with the assurance of support, guidance, and respect, and without fear of retaliation. Information regarding key members of the Title IX Team follows.

Students can also report incidents via the sexual misconduct report form on the Wade College website (https://www.wadecollege.edu/forms/sexual_misconduct_report).

TITLE IX AND OFFICIALS WITH AUTHORITY

Wade College has appointed a Title IX Coordinator to coordinate and assist with the college's efforts to coordinate the institution's compliance with Title IX and conduct policies related to sexual misconduct. The Title IX Coordinator is Elizabeth Johnston, the Dean of Academic and Student Affairs.

The Title IX Coordinator will be informed of all reports or formal complaints of violations of this policy, and will oversee response to ensure compliance with Title IX and the 2013 Amendments to the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). The Sexual Misconduct/Title IX Coordinator's responsibilities include (but are not limited to):

  • Communicating with all members of the college community regarding Title IX and VAWA, and providing information about how individuals may access their rights;
  • Reviewing applicable college policies to ensure institutional compliance with Title IX and VAWA;
  • Monitoring the college's administration of its own applicable policies, including this policy and the Sexual Misconduct Policy and all related record keeping, timeframes, and other procedural requirements;
  • Conducting training regarding Title IX, VAWA, and prohibited conduct defined in this policy and related policies; and
  • Responding to any report or formal complaint regarding conduct that violates this policy. For any report of which the College has actual knowledge (and any formal complaint), the Title IX Coordinator shall oversee and implement the explanation and provision of any supportive measures. For any formal complaint, the College Title IX Coordinator oversees the investigation and resolution of such alleged misconduct, directs the provision of any additional supportive measures, and monitors the administration of any related appeal.

The college may substitute a trained designee to carry out certain responsibilities in compliance with Title IX regulations.

The Title IX Coordinator's contact information is as follows:

Elizabeth Johnston
Dean of Academic & Student Affairs
1950 N. Stemmons Freeway
Suite 4080
Dallas, Texas 75207
ejohnston@wadecollege.edu
(214) 637-3530 Ext. 5

The Title IX Liaisons/Investigators' contact information is as follows:

Lisa Hoover
Director of Compliance and Finance
lhoover@wadecollege.edu
(214) 637-3530 Ext. 4

John Conte
Executive Vice President
Jconte@wadecollege.edu
(214) 637-3530 Ext. 3

The Title IX Decision Makers' contact information is as follows:

Rouse Frets White Goss
Gentile Rhodes, P.C.
1100 Walnut Street, Suite 2900
Kanas City, Missouri 64106

Certain campus professionals are designated Confidential Resources. Information shared with Confidential Resources (including information about whether an individual has received services) will be disclosed to the College Title IX Coordinator or any other individual only with the individual's express written permission, unless there is an imminent threat of serious harm to the individual or to others, or a legal obligation to reveal such information (e.g., if there is suspected abuse or neglect of a minor). This allows individuals to explore their options in a non-pressured environment while they make informed decisions. An individual who is not prepared to make a report or formal complaint, or who may be unsure how to label what happened, but still seeks information and support, is strongly encouraged to contact a Confidential Resource.

The Wade College Confidential Resources' contact information is as follows:

Tara Valure
Wellness Coordinator
tvalure@wadecollege.edu
(214) 637-3530

Zachary Tresp
Student Success Coach
ztresp@wadecollege.edu
(214) 637-3530

Senate Bill 212 (SB 212) was signed into state law during the 2019 Texas legislative session and is in full effect as of January 1, 2020. The law addresses reporting requirements for incidents of sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating violence, or stalking. Under SB 212, employees who have been designated by the university as confidential or private employees are only required to report the type of incident. Students can talk to confidential employees about a Title IX related matter with assurance that confidential employees may not reveal the student's identity or other identifying information unless there is imminent threat of serious harm to the individual or others.

The College provides the contact information of the Title IX Coordinator and other members of the Title IX team through policy manuals and institution-wide virtual training to students, faculty, staff, applicants for admission, and applicants for employment.

TITLE IX TRAINING AND OUTREACH

Wade College promotes student health and safety for all students. The Office of the Title IX Coordinator coordinates a college-wide mandatory training for all students, staff, and faculty to focus on education, and prevention efforts for the Wade College community. The online course for students, Voices for Change, from Get Inclusive develops a shared language around terms related to domestic/dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, and consent; familiarizes students with the college's policies and procedures; highlights the warning signs of such behavior; and empowers students to advocate for themselves and others. Faculty and Staff training familiarizes all college employees with the Clery Act, Title IX, and the responsibilities of appropriately identifying and reporting instances of sexual and gender-based harassment.

In 2020-2021 academic year, training includes, but is not limited to the following:

Health & Safety

Wade College takes the health and safety of its college community very seriously. Information about the college's security and safety policies and procedures, crime statistics and reporting, and emergency response procedures can be found in the Wade College Annual Security Report and Safety Plan, which includes the Wade College Sexual and Gender-Based Harassment Policies and Procedures.

Vaccination policies for all enrolled students can be found in the Texas Meningitis Vaccination Law Information notice.

Incidents of sexual misconduct can be submitted via the Sexual Misconduct Report form.

While efforts are made to create a safe environment that is conducive to academic success, safety is primarily the responsibility of each individual. Each student is encouraged to take appropriate safety precautions to protect his/her belongings and person.

Security Alerts

In the event of an emergency, information and instruction regarding the status of the emergency will be posted on the Wade College emergency text/email notification system.

To sign up for a text/email notification system, each student will receive a text message to Opt-In to the Remind text messaging system. The service will send text messages to the student in the event of a campus closure or other emergency. There is no charge for this service, other than any standard text messaging rates that the student's carrier may apply. The alert system can transmit short notifications by email to any outside email address and/or by text message to a cell phone.

Failure to subscribe to the emergency text/email notification system constitutes the enrolled student's implied acceptance to opt out of the notification system.

Drug & Alcohol Policy

The Wade College Alcohol and Drug Use/Abuse Policy can be found in the Annual Security Report and Safety Plan and reads as follows:

Alcohol and Drug Use/Abuse Policy

Federal, state, and local laws prohibit the use, possession, and distribution of illegal drugs. Public Law 101-226, Drug-Free Schools and Communications Act Amendment, requires institutions of higher education to distribute information about and to enforce policies concerning illicit drugs and illegal consumption of alcohol. These policies apply to actions on college property and participation in any college-sponsored activity. In keeping with the college mission and the requirements of state and federal laws, Wade College maintains the following policies regarding alcohol and drug use/abuse:

  • Wade College does not accept or condone the use of illicit drugs in any form on college grounds or during college-sponsored events.
  • Employees caught using illegal narcotics or under the influence of alcohol during working hours will be subject to disciplinary action up to, and including, termination of employment.
  • Students who come to class under the influence of illegal drugs or alcohol, or are caught in possession of illegal drugs on college grounds, on college transportation, or during college-sponsored events will be subject to disciplinary action up to, and including, expulsion from the college. In the case of an expulsion, reinstatement of such an offender will occur only after the student has successfully completed a drug rehabilitation program.
  • Individuals who are dismissed on the above grounds will be referred to criminal authorities for prosecution for violations of the standards of conduct listed above.
  • Students who are convicted of violating federal, state, or local laws pertaining to illicit drugs and illegal alcohol use will be ineligible for federal financial aid.
  • In the state of Texas, anyone under 21 years of age may not legally drink or purchase alcohol. Students under age 21 cannot possess or consume alcohol on college grounds or at any college event.
  • Wade College does not allow alcoholic beverages to be consumed by students in the vicinity of the college grounds.
  • The college administration maintains the right to deny any college organization the privilege to serve alcoholic beverages at any event if it is deemed to be in the best interest of the college and students involved.