Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (20 U.S.C. § 1681) is a federal law that prohibits discrimination based on gender in educational institutions which receive federal financial assistance.  Title IX also prohibits sexual harassment, which includes sexual assault and violence. Programs and activities which may be included are: admissions, recruitment, financial aid, academic programs, athletics, housing and employment. Title IX also protects male and female students from unlawful sexual harassment in school programs and activities.

“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…”

20 U.S.C. § 1681

McMurry University has designated Lecia Hughes, Director of Human Resources to serve as its Title IX Coordinator.  The University has also designated Cammie Petree, Head Volleyball Coach and Senior Woman’s Administrator to serve as Deputy Title IX Coordinator. They have been charged with monitoring compliance of Title IX and addressing Title IX concerns and complaints. They are responsible for receiving and investigating complaints of sexual harassment, including sexual assault and sexual violence.

Individuals with questions, concerns or a complaint related to Title IX may contact the university’s Title IX Coordinator and/or Title IX Deputy Coordinators:

Title IX Coordinator:

Lecia Hughes, M.Ed., LPC
Director of Human Resources
Maedgen, Room 218
1 McMurry University Box 87
Abilene, TX 79697
Phone: 325-793-4998
Email: hughes.lecia@mcm.edu

Deputy Title IX Coordinator:

Cammie Petree
Senior Woman’s Administrator
Hunt P.E. 113
1 McMurry University Box 188
Abilene, TX 79697
Phone: 325-793-4635
Email: petree.cammie@mcm.edu

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) is the division of the federal government charged with enforcing compliance with Title IX.  Information regarding OCR can be found at http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/index.html