MD Anderson strongly encourages the prompt reporting of incidents of sex discrimination (including discrimination on the basis of gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation), sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual misconduct, dating/domestic violence, and stalking. All MD Anderson workforce members MUST report all information known about incidents of sexual assault, sexual harassment, dating violence and stalking committed by or against an MD Anderson student or workforce member to the Title IX Coordinator. Confidential workforce members must report only the type of incident to the Title IX Coordinator.
Knowingly failing to report an incident as required could lead to termination of employment and possible criminal charges under state law (SB212). If you have questions about your reporting obligations, please contact the Title IX Office.
How to report an incident or Title IX concern:
- Contact MD Anderson’s Title IX Coordinator, Sheri Wakefield
- Contact the Title IX Office
The University recognizes that deciding whether to make a report and choosing how to proceed can be difficult decisions. The University encourages any individual who has questions or concerns to seek the support of campus and community resources. These professionals can provide information and assistance regardless of when or where the incident occurred.
Reporting to Law Enforcement
The University also encourages complainants to pursue criminal action for incidents that may also be crimes under state criminal law, including sexual violence, relationship violence, assault, or stalking. The University will assist a complainant, at the complainant’s request, in contacting local law enforcement and will cooperate with local or campus law enforcement agencies if a complainant decides to pursue the criminal process.
911 or 713-792-STOP (7867)
Commitment to Privacy and Confidentiality
All Title IX concerns are treated as confidential, and the Title IX Office will only share information with authorized individuals as necessary and/or required by law. All MD Anderson workforce members must report any incidents of sexual harassment, sexual violence, domestic/dating violence, or stalking committed by or against a student, resident, trainee or workforce member. This reporting requirement does NOT apply to Confidential Workforce Members, which includes counselors in Employee Assistance Program, or members of the clergy. Workforce members who learn about incidents under other confidential circumstances (such as attorneys or treating health care providers) are also exempt from the reporting requirement. Confidential workforce members are only required to report the type of incident and may not include any information that would violate an individual’s privacy.