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Human Resource Office
Fort Hays State University
Sheridan 112
600 Park Street
Hays, KS 67601
Phone: 785-628-4462
Fax: 785-628-4006

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Title IX Policy

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, 20 U.S.C. Sec. 1681, et. Seq., prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any federally funded education program or activity. Any of the following actions, when taken on the basis of gender, may constitute a violation of Title IX and this policy, and could give rise to a complaint and investigation pursuant to this policy:

  1. Sexual violence, which is a physical sexual act perpetrated against a person’s will or where a person is incapable of giving consent, and may include rape, sexual assault and sexual battery;
  2. Sexual harassment, as defined elsewhere in this policy;
  3. Threatening or causing physical harm, extreme verbal abuse, or other conduct which threatens or endangers the health or safety of any person;
  4. Discrimination, defined as actions that deprive members of the university community of educational or employment access, benefits or opportunities;
  5. Intimidation, defined as implied threats or acts that cause an unreasonable fear of harm in another;
  6. Hazing, defined as acts likely to cause physical or psychological harm or social ostracism to any person within the university community, when related to the admission, initiation, pledging, joining, or any other group-affiliation activity;
  7. Bullying, defined as repeated and/or severe aggressive behavior likely to intimidate or intentionally hurt, control or diminish another person, physically or mentally;
  8. Violence between those in an intimate relationship or partnership;
  9. Stalking, defined as a repetitive and/or menacing pursuit, following, harassment and/or interference with the peace and/or safety of a member of the university community; and,
  10. Retaliation.

Complaints of actions in violation of this policy should be directed to one of the University’s Title IX Officers. The Chief Title IX Coordinator and person to whom complaints of Title IX violations by students and against students or employees should be submitted is:

Keegan Nichols, Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs
Fort Hays State University
600 Park Street
Sheridan Hall, Room 208
Hays, KS 67601
785-628-5824 (phone) 785-628-4113 (fax)
knnichols@fhsu.edu

The Deputy Title IX Coordinator responsible for investigating complaints of Title IX violations by employees or third parties and against students or employees is:

Carrie Lane, Human Resource Specialist and Equal Employment Opportunity Officer
Fort Hays State University
600 Park Street
Sheridan Hall, Room 110
Hays, KS 67601
785-628-4462
cdlane@fhsu.edu

The Deputy Title IX Coordinator responsible for investigating complaints of Title IX violations arising out of participation in intercollegiate athletics at the University is:

Dixie Balman, Senior Women’s Administration and Assistant Athletic Director for Compliance
Fort Hays State University
600 Park Street
Cunningham Hall, Room 134
Hays, KS 67601
785-628-4372
dbalman@fhsu.edu

Complaints to the Chief Title IX Coordinator and the Deputy for athletics-related complaints will be investigated and adjudicated pursuant to the Student Code of Conduct. Complaints to the Deputy for employee-related complaints will be investigated and adjudicated pursuant to the Fort Hays State University Discrimination and Harassment Complaint Procedure.

Approved by President’s Cabinet (09-07-11).

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