Title IX Compliance at Southeast Missouri State University

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, is a federal law that prohibits sex discrimination in education. It reads: “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.” Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and its implementing regulation at 34 C.F.R. Part 106 (Title IX).

Sex discrimination includes sexual harassment and sexual assault.

While it is often thought of as a law that applies to athletics programs, Title IX is much broader than athletics and applies to many programs at Southeast Missouri State University. While compliance with laws is everyone’s responsibility at Southeast, listed below are the staff members who have primary responsibility for Title IX compliance.

Title IX Coordinator

For complaints against faculty, staff and visitors:

Sonia R. Rucker
Coordinator of Institutional Equity & Diversity
Office of Institutional Equity & Diversity
Academic 010
(573) 651-2524

If you have a complaint against a Southeast faculty or staff member or visitor for sexual harassment, sex discrimination, or sexual assault, you should contact the Coordinator for Institutional Equity and Diversity. The Coordinator for Institutional Equity and Diversity is responsible for Title IX compliance in matters involving faculty and staff, including training, education, communication, investigation, and administration of the grievance procedure for all complaints against faculty, staff, visitors, including complaints filed by students.

Title IX Deputy Coordinators

For complaints against students:

Dr. Randy Carter
Assistant Dean of Students
UC422, MS1500
(573) 651-2264
lrcarter@semo.edu

If you have a complaint against a Southeast student for sexual harassment, sex discrimination, or sexual assault, you should contact the Office of Student Conduct. The Assistant Dean of Students is responsible for Title IX compliance in matters involving students, including training, education, communication, investigation, and administration of the grievance procedure for all complaints against Southeast students.

For Students and Employees in Athletics:

Cindy Gannon
Senior Associate Director of Athletics/Senior Woman Administrator
1221 Broadway, MS0200
(573) 651-2997
cmgannon@semo.edu

If you have a complaint against a Southeast student, coach, or administrator for sexual harassment, sex discrimination, or sexual assault, you may contact one of the offices above or contact the Associate Director of Athletics/Senior Woman Administrator, who will facilitate the handling of the complaint with the appropriate office.

Gender Equity in Athletics:

If you have a complaint about gender equity in Southeast athletics programs, you should contact the Associate Director of Athletics/Senior Woman Administrator, who is responsible for Title IX compliance in matters related to gender equity in Southeast athletics programs.

Additional Resources:

Sexual Assault
To file a complaint of sexual assault, you may contact on the offices above, depending on who the complaint is against (faculty/staff, visitor or student) and you may contact

Department of Public Safety (On-campus Reporting)
1401 N Sprigg St
(573) 651-2215
dps@semo.edu

Cape Girardeau Police Department  (Off-campus Reporting)
40 S Sprigg St
911 or (573) 335-6621.
police@cityofcapegirardeau.org

Links:
Notice of Nondiscrimination
Office of Student Conduct
Violence Prevention Program

Sexual Assault Policy

Reporting an Incident

If you feel that you have been discriminated against on the basis of race, color, gender, national origin, or disability, or if you feel that you have been sexually harassed, complete the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity (OIED) Reporting Form. For more information, to discuss your situation further or to make a complaint in person, you may also visit the office. Please call or email to make an appointment by contacting:

Coordinator for Institutional Equity & Diversity

One University Plaza
Academic Hall 010, MS 3375
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701
(573) 651-2524 Phone
(573) 651-2108 Fax
equityissues@semo.edu

Sex discrimination and/or harassment should be reported to the Coordinator of Institutional Equity & Diversity.

  • The preferred method of reporting is through the online Office of Institutional Equity & Diversity reporting form.
  • Reports can be made by email, phone or in person.

Reports made using this form are sent directly to the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity. Upon receipt of the report and depending on the detail of the information provided, the institution will take reasonable steps to investigate the matter, stop the harassment, prevent its recurrence and remedy its effects.

Click here to fill out an online incident report