Frequently Asked Questions

What is Title IX?
Title IX of the Education Amendments on 1972 prohibits discrimination in educational programs and activities based on sex and gender.
“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 education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”
 
How can I report a sexual misconduct issue?
        Online report form located at http://www.brazosport.edu/ixreport  
        Email titleix@brazosport.edu
        Contact Title IX Coordinators
        All Brazosport College employees are considered “Responsible Employees” and are required to report any incident of sexual harassment or discrimination.
·         Reports can also be made to law enforcement. 
o   Daryl Bissett, Director of Campus Safety and BC Chief of Police
o   979-230-3579, daryl.bissett@brazosport.edu, Office: J-118
 
What happens when a report is made?
When a sexual misconduct report is made, a trained Title IX staff member will reach out to the person who may have experienced sexual misconduct to share information about available options and resources.  It is up to the person who may have experienced sexual misconduct whether to meet with the Title IX staff.  If a sexual misconduct violation is suspected, a team of trained investigators will interview all parties in the case and collect any evidence related to the case.  Using a preponderance of the evidence standard (more likely than not), the Title IX Coordinator will then determine if the case should be moved to the student conduct or employee grievance process.
 
Is the information confidential?
The Title IX coordinator shall make every effort to respect a student’s request for confidentiality; however, there are situations in which the College District may be unable to guarantee complete confidentiality in order to meet its Title IX obligations. 
 
If an incident occurs off campus, can the college investigate?
Yes, Brazosport College can investigate an incident which occurred at another location if there is a connection to a college academic, educational, extracurricular, athletic, and other programs of the school.  This administrative investigation will occur regardless of any criminal complaint that may have been made.
If a student or employee is victimized at an off-campus location that is not related to any college program or activity, steps can be taken to protect the victim from contact with the accused at on-campus facilities. 
 
Title IX supports and enforces:
Prompt and Equitable processes for both parties
Complaint processes are in place to provide prompt and equitable procedures for both parties (victim and accused), including impartial investigations of complaints, opportunities to present witnesses and other evidence, dual notices of outcomes, and the right to appeal disciplinary actions.
 
Protection for Pregnant Students and Parents
The U.S. Department of Education's regulation implementing Title IX specifically prohibits discrimination against a student based on pregnancy, childbirth, false pregnancy, termination of pregnancy, or recovery from any of these conditions
 
Protection Against Retaliation
Federal and state laws make it unlawful to retaliate against an individual for the purpose of interfering with any right or privilege secured by these laws.  Individuals who file sexual misconduct complaints shall not be subjected to retaliation. Witnesses and other individuals who participate in the investigation process or related proceedings likewise are protected from unlawful retaliation. 

Contact Us

Kelli Forde Spiers
Title IX Coordinator
kelli.fordespiers@brazosport.edu
979-230-3355
Office: J-117 D


Victoria Young
Deputy Title IX Coordinator
Victoria.young@brazosport.edu
979-230-3303
Office: C-114


titleix@brazosport.edu