Title IX Policy
Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) is a Catholic institution, sponsored by the Congregation of Divine Providence. The staff and faculty at OLLU place a high commitment to the core values of community, integrity, trust and service, and it is our policy to provide an educational experience and workplace free of sexual misconduct. Sexual misconduct includes, but is not limited to, sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence and stalking, as well as gender-based discrimination. Sexual misconduct is not tolerated at OLLU, and we have a responsibility to address sexual misconduct in accordance with several federal laws including, but not limited to, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Clery Act and the Campus Save Act as well as Texas state laws set forth in Ch 51 of the Texas Education Code.
University programs and activities that receive federal funding must comply with all federal and state laws. No individual shall be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity operated by the university. These programs and activities include, but are not limited to, admissions, recruitment, financial aid, academic programs, student services, counseling and guidance, discipline, classroom assignment, grading, vocational education, recreation, physical education, athletics, housing and student employment.
OLLU not only complies with all state and federal statutes, regulations, executive orders and federal government contracts/programs, but it also instituted comprehensive education and primary prevention programs as well as grievance procedures which strive to ensure integrity and trust when complaints regarding sexual misconduct, including sexual violence, dating violence, domestic violence and stalking emerge.
Sexual misconduct is a violation of OLLU policy and can also be a crime. OLLU prohibits sexual misconduct, including sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence or stalking. Victims of sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence or stalking have the right to report the incident to OLLU and receive a prompt and equitable resolution of the report. Victims of a crime have a right to choose whether to report the crime to law enforcement. Nevertheless, it is important that a victim go to a hospital for treatment and preservation of evidence, if applicable, as soon as practicable after the incident. Preserving evidence may assist in proving that the alleged criminal offense occurred or may be helpful in obtaining a protection order.
We believe that all human beings are inherently sacred and deserve dignity and respect and every community member is expected to be respectful in all interactions as part of the learning experience.View Full Title IX Policy and Grievance Procedures
Title IX Coordinators
The university has appointed a team of individuals to serve as Title IX Deputy Coordinators. These individuals are tasked with ensuring responsive actions at the individual and university levels.
The Title IX Deputy Coordinators at OLLU are primarily responsible for:
- serving as the main contact to individuals bringing complaints;
- assessing a student's request for confidentiality in the context of the school's responsibility to provide a safe and nondiscriminatory environment for all students;
- acting as an impartial source of assistance in the resolution of disputes;
- upon receiving complaints, investigating the incident, overseeing the investigation of the incident, or otherwise ensuring that an investigation takes place given access to school law enforcement unit investigation notes and findings as necessary for the Title IX investigation, so long as it does not compromise the criminal investigation;
- making recommendations regarding sanctions against accused individuals and any necessary actions to redress the effects of sexual misconduct to the Title IX Coordinator; and
- identifying and implementing necessary interim measures.
The Title IX Coordinator at OLLU is primarily responsible for:
- ensuring University responsibilities are met, especially those related to training of students, staff, faculty and those with Title IX responsibilities;
- coordinating the work of all OLLU departments that are engaged in Title IX efforts and overseeing the school's response to Title IX reports and complaints;
- assigning complaints to Title IX Deputy Coordinators for investigation and recommendation;
- making determinations regarding the need to assign an outside independent investigator if deemed necessary;
- receiving recommendations from the Title IX Deputy Coordinators
- ensuring that the University Grievance Committee receives training;
- ensuring complaints are handled through consistent practices and standards;
- reviewing all complaints received to identify and address any patterns or systemic problems or potential problems;
- monitoring the overall climate o the university for the purpose of addressing areas of concern and identifying primary prevention and education needs;
- providing assistance to school law enforcement unit employees regarding how to respond appropriately to reports of sexual violence; and
- assessing a student's request for confidentiality in the context of the school's responsibility to provide a safe and nondiscriminatory environment for all students.
The Title IX Coordinator
Nicole Monsibais, JD, Compliance Officer and Title IX Coordinator
Moye Hall, Room 107, San Antonio Campus
Title IX Deputy Coordinators for Complaints Submitted by Students
Sal Castillo, Head Tennis Coach
UWAC, Room 117, San Antonio Campus
Brittany Chozinski, PhD, Assistant Professor of Sociology
Moye Hall, Room 203, San Antonio Campus
Cullen Grinnan, PhD, Associate Professor of Education
Moye Hall, Room 303, San Antonio Campus
Kevin Harris, PhD, Assistant Professor of Counseling
Moye Hall, Room 405, San Antonio Campus
Madison Taber-Smith, Coordinator for Institutional Effectiveness and IRB
Providence Hall, Room 2G, San Antonio Campus
Title IX Deputy Coordinator for complaints submitted by staff and faculty
Maria "Bonnie" Becerra, Assistant Director of Human Resources
Main Building, Room 125B, San Antonio Campus
Title IX Deputy Coordinator for complaints submitted by staff, faculty and students on the Rio Grande Valley (La Feria) campus
Patricia M. Blanco, PhD, RGV Campus Director
La Feria Campus
Title IX Deputy Coordinator for complaints submitted by staff, faculty and students on the Houston campus
Melinda Kirtley, Houston Campus Director
The Title IX Coordinator and all Title IX Deputy Coordinators are available to serve all constituents at OLLU. You are not required to go to the coordinator assigned to you as you can go to whoever you feel most comfortable. The Title IX Deputy Coordinators may reach out to the Title IX Coordinator and to other Title IX Deputy Coordinators within the OLLU community for assistance and to coordinate complaint investigation and resolution as they deem necessary and appropriate. Please note that all online faculty, staff and students should submit complaints to the San Antonio Campus contacts. Reports involving the Rio Grande Valley and Houston campuses will be investigated jointly by the contact on that campus an the San Antonio campus contacts.
We encourage all students, faculty and staff to report incidents of sexual misconduct, including sexual harassment, sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking and discrimination.