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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).
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.
For complaints against faculty, staff and visitors:
Sonia R. Rucker
Assistant to the President for Equity & Diversity
Dean of Students
Title IX Coordinator
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 Assistant to the President Equity and Diversity. The Assistant to the President 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.
For complaints against students:
Dr. Randy Carter
Associate Dean of Students
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 Associate 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.
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.
Dr. Shannon Yates
Associate Director of Athletics/Senior Woman Administrator
Department of Athletics – MS0200
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
Cape Girardeau Police Department (Off-campus Reporting)
40 S Sprigg St
911 or (573) 335-6621.
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:
One University Plaza
Academic Hall 010, MS 3375
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701
(573) 651-2524 Phone
(573) 651-2108 Fax
Sex discrimination and/or harassment should be reported to the Assistant to the President Equity & Diversity.
Reports made using this form are sent directly to the Assistant to the President 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