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Oct. 9, 2014 Volume 36, No. 7

Title IX Office expands website

Online form available to submit report

The University of Missouri Title IX Office has expanded its website to make it easier for the campus community to report sexual misconduct. The addition offers online reporting of an incident, information in emergency situations and rights and responsibilities. There is also general information on Title IX reporting and procedures.

Reports can be filled out anonymously or with identifying information.

Besides expanding its website, the office has been reaching out to students, faculty and staff in an effort to educate them and answer questions about the rules and regulations surrounding sexual discrimination on campus. In the past two months, the team has spoken to more than 1,250 students.

Title IX, part of the 1972 Education Amendments that applies to students and employees at the university, prohibits sex discrimination. Sex discrimination is an umbrella term that includes sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, stalking on the basis of sex, dating and intimate partner violence, and sexual exploitation.

Last month, Salama Gallimore, the office's Title IX investigator, spoke at an informational session called “What Is Title IX? Requirements, Reporting and Responsibility.”

When it comes to reporting, Gallimore said it’s better to be safe than sorry — even if a possible Title IX violation is only a rumor.

“If there’s something that’s not right or you don’t feel like it’s right or you’re hearing rumors that are concerning, there’s nothing wrong with letting us know,” Gallimore said. “We’ll encourage you to report that because we’re in the business of figuring everything out and getting to the truth of the matter.”

If a victim of sexual discrimination approaches a mandated reporter (all employees other than those who have a legal obligation to maintain confidentiality), Gallimore suggests assessing the person’s safety and the need for an emergency response. If no present danger, Gallimore recommends disclosing mandatory reporter status as soon as possible, as the student might want to speak with someone in confidence.

“If they don’t want to speak to you, physically walk them to the [Relationship and Sexual Violence Prevention] Center or the Counseling Center,” Gallimore said. “We found students are much more likely to use these resources if you can physically take them there or follow up with them.”

If the student shares the situation with you, be an empathetic listener. “Remember, it’s not the time to educate them on not drinking or being more safe,” Gallimore said. “This is the time for you to listen.”

Then offer campus resources, make referrals and submit a report at the Title IX site.

Although faculty and staff need to report Title IX violations, they can also help in prevention and education by connecting students to campus resources such as the Relationship and Sexual Violence Prevention Center, the Women’s Center, the LGBTQ Resource Center, the Student Health Center and the MU Counseling Center. 

“We want the community to know that this university does not stand for sex discrimination,” Gallimore said. “Not only did we address the problem, but we also took the extra step of providing education to the community.”

Title IX team members include:

Linda Bennett

Title IX coordinator

321 Townsend Hall, Suite Office 1



Salama Gallimore

Title IX investigator

304A Tate Hall



Cathy Scroggs

Vice chancellor for student affairs/Title IX deputy for student affairs

Memorial Union S1



Sarah Reesman

Executive associate athletic director/Title IX deputy for athletics

1 Champions Drive, Suite 200



Noel Ann English

Director of MU Equity/Title IX deputy coordinator

S303 Memorial Union



Phil Shearrer

Organizational development consultant for MU Health Care/ Title IX deputy and grievance officer 


MU confidential reporters include those at the following centers: 


RSVP (Relationship and Sexual Violence Prevention) Center

G210 MU Student Center


Student Health Center

1020 Hitt St.


MU Counseling Center

119 Parker Hall

— Kelsey Allen