What is Title IX?

What is Title IX?

“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 (20 U.S.C. § 1681)

Title IX is a federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex (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 students from unlawful sexual harassment in school programs and activities.

Sexual misconduct is unacceptable and will not be tolerated at McMurry University. The University is committed to providing an environment free of gender discrimination, including sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, sexual assault, relationship (dating and domestic) violence, and stalking. The University provides resources and reporting options to students, faculty, and staff to address concerns related to sexual harassment and sexual violence prohibited by Title IX and University policy. (See the McMurry Sexual Misconduct Policy, found in the Employee Handbook and the Student Handbook.)

Title IX Coordinator and Deputy Title IX Coordinators at McMurry University

McMurry University has designated Lecia Hughes, Director of Human Resources to serve as its Title IX Coordinator and has designated Jessica Nguyen, Director of Residence Life & Housing to serve as Title IX Coordinator. The University has also designated Cammie Petree, Head Volleyball Coach and Senior Woman’s Administrator, as well as, Dr. Allen Withers, Dean of Students & Campus Life to serve as Deputy Title IX Coordinators. 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

Title IX Coordinator:
Jessica Nguyen, M.S., L.P.C.
Director of Residence Life & Housing
GCC, Room 103
1 McMurry University Box 215
Abilene, TX 79697
Phone: 325-793-6550

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

Deputy Title IX Coordinator:
Dr. Allen Withers
Dean of Students & Campus Life
President Hall, Room 100
1 McMurry University
Box 716 Abilene, TX 79697 |
Phone: 325-793-4680

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.

The OCR Office for Texas is located at:

Dallas Office
Office for Civil Rights
U.S. Department of Education
1999 Bryan Street, Suite 1620
Dallas, Texas 75201-6810

Telephone: 214-661-9600
FAX: 214-661-9587;
TDD: 800-877-8339

Information regarding OCR can be found at