Who to Contact

Who to Contact

Title IX Deputies

stevep [at] stedwards.edu (Steven Pinkenburg)
MB G16

melindat [at] stedwards.edu (Melinda Terry)
RCC 206

melissaesqueda [at] stedwards.edu (Melissa G. Esqueda)
Doyle Hall 131

Title IX Coordinator

lisak [at] stedwards.edu (Lisa Kirkpatrick)
MB G16

A Letter from the Title IX Coordinator

The university expects everyone within our community — students, faculty and staff — to treat others equally and does not tolerate hostile behavior toward others.

We recognize that sex and gender discrimination, as well as sexual harassment and violence, are critical issues of our society, and we consider it our responsibility to attend to these concerns within our community. As a member of our community, you should expect St. Edward’s University to not only comply with federal and state regulations as they apply to Title IX and state laws, but also to remain aligned with our Holy Cross values of community, diversity, social justice and service.

Our goal is to assist those affected by sex and gender discrimination, harassment and violence. Whether you are a survivor, the accused or a bystander of such an incident, we as a community are here to guide you through the process of resolution. We strive to be sensitive to the unique needs of different populations within our community.

Being informed is an important step in finding resolution, either for yourself, a friend, or others in our community. Through empathy and compassion, we may more readily address concerns of discrimination and violence surrounding sex and gender. Thank you for taking a step toward service to others. Together, we can bring about a better time for our community.

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Non-Discrimination Statement

It is the policy of St. Edward’s University to comply with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and associated state laws, which prohibits sex and gender identity-based discrimination (including sexual harassment and sexual violence) in the university’s educational programs and activities, including employment and admission. These laws also prohibit retaliation for asserting claims of sex and gender identity discrimination. The university is committed to a discrimination-free environment and provides resources and services to help students, faculty and staff address issues involving sex and gender identity discrimination.

Communication Updates on Title IX

The university publishes bi-weekly communication updates to the St. Edward's community regarding Title IX sexual misconduct policy, process and resources.  Read more.

What falls under Title IX and State Laws?

  • Sexual assault: Any unwanted sexual contact, including sexual contact when someone is unable to provide consent. Example: sex with someone who is incapacitated
  • Sexual harassment: Unwelcome, sex-based verbal or physical that: in the employment context, unreasonably interferes with a person's work performance or creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work environment and in the education context, is sufficiently severe, persistant, or pervasive that the conduct interferes with a student's ability to participate in or benefit from educational programs or activities.  Example: repeated requests for a date or sex and ignoring the person’s “no”
  • Dating/Relationship violence: Violence committed by a person who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with another person and where the existence of such a relationship shall be determined based on a consideration of the following factors: the length of the relationship, the type of relationship, the frequency of interaction between the persons involved in the relationship. Example: pushing a partner or physically preventing that person from leaving
  • Stalking: Engagement in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to fear for their safety or the safety of others; or suffer substanitial emotional distress. Example: repeatedly calling, texting or messaging even after being told not to
  • Hate crimes based on gender or gender expression: Any crime of violence or intimidation motivated by bias. Example: graffiti containing sexual slurs
  • For specific definitions where the accused is a student, consult the St. Edward’s University Student Handbook for terms and definitions. If the accused is an employee, consult the St. Edward’s University Employee Handbook for terms and definitions.  

Law enforcement applies specific definitions, and they can be found at: