Title IX

ENMU-R does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its educational programs, activities, employment and admission, and the University is required by Title IX and 34 C.F.R. Part 106 not to discriminate in such a manner. In accordance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Eastern New Mexico University – Roswell campus administration is committed to providing students with an environment that is as safe as possible, including safety from discrimination based on gender, including sexual harassment and sexual violence, whether committed by students, faculty, staff, or third parties, such as prospective students, campus visitors, community members, etc. The Office will act as swiftly as circumstances permit when sexual misconduct is reported to protect the safety of the reporting person and the educational environment while respecting the due process rights of the accused student. The ENMU-Roswell Student Handbook explains behavioral expectations for students and the process by which possible violations are addressed. Besides enforcement under the Student Code of Conduct the office can support victims of sexual misconduct in a variety of ways when a report is made.

Inquiries concerning the application of Title IX and 34 C.F.R. Part 106 may be referred to ENMU-R’s Title IX Coordinator or to the Assistant Secretary for the Office for Civil Rights of United States Department of Education.

ENMU-R’s Title IX coordinator is:

Dr. Linda Neel
Executive Director of Admission & Financial Aid/Title IX Coordinator for Students
52 University Blvd,
Roswell, NM 88203

For inquiries to the Assistant Secretary for the Office for Civil Rights of United States Department of Education:

U.S. Department of Education
Office for Civil Rights
400 Maryland Ave. SW
Washington, DC 20202-1100
Customer Service: 800-421-3481
Fax: 202-453-6012
TDD: 877-521-2172
E-mail: OCR@ed.gov
Web: https://www.ed.gov/ocr

To report an incident:

As a student at ENMU-Roswell, if you believe you have been a victim of sexual violence that include sexual assault, sexual harassment, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking, you may contact the following to file a report and/or a complaint:

  • ENMU-Roswell Security Department – 575-624-7180 – especially if you feel an eminent or immediate threat of danger to yourself or the campus community
  • Title IX Coordinator/Deputy Coordinators
    • Linda Neel, Title IX Coordinator for Students – 575-624-7142
    • Rutherford Rankin, Deputy Coordinator – 575-624-7012
    • Carolyn Vigil, Deputy Coordinator – 575-624-7379
  • Any Administrative-Level employee, including the Vice President of Student Affairs, the Vice President of Academic Affairs, Instructional Area Assistant Vice Presidents, or the Executive Director of Human Resources.
  • Any responsible party that is a member of the campus community who can refer you to one of the above campus representatives.
  • The Office of Civil Rights – 800-421-3481

Once a report is filed, ENMU-R Security staff can assist you in contacting law enforcement to file a report and, if appropriate and if you wish, in obtaining Temporary Restraining Order, contacting local shelters for victims of sexual or relationship violence and/or contacting other appropriate community resources. Security can also have an Officer report to your location and escort you to class or any campus location as necessary to ensure your safety.

The Title IX Coordinator or Deputy Coordinator assigned to your case will work hard to insure your safety and will assist you in arranging temporary remedies that may be appropriate to your situation such as working with faculty to manage missed classwork, changing class sections or arranging for administrative services to be provided in an alternate way. Note that these are examples and may not be appropriate in your situation.

ENMU-Roswell does adhere to FERPA guidelines regarding confidentiality of student information and records; however, the University can release information if necessary in situations of safety to self or others.

Following are steps taken if it is determined that a Title IX investigation is warranted:

  • The complainant files a report and completes the Title IX Complaint/Intake Form;
  • ENMU-R Security is notified immediately if danger is eminent to the alleged victim or the campus community;
  • The Title IX Complaint/Intake Form is referred to and reviewed by the Title IX Coordinator;
  • If a Title IX Investigation is warranted, ENMU-R Security will be notified and a Deputy Coordinator will be assigned to the case;
  • The alleged perpetrator will be notified of the complaint filed against them;
  • The investigative team, which consists of the Title IX Coordinator, the interviewers, the Vice President of Student Affairs, and the Executive Director of Human Resources (in the involvement of faculty or staff) will meet to review the complaint, and compile a pre-determined list of questions for the interview;
  • ENMU-R Security staff will contact the complainant and the alleged perpetrator to schedule interviews:
    1. During the interview, the interviewee may have one representative present. The advisor may be spoken to by the interviewee; however, the representative may not speak on behalf of the interviewee.
    2. A member of ENMU-Security and the Deputy Coordinator assigned to the complaint will be present and may ask questions
    3. Members of Security may be posted outside the interview room, as deemed necessary to ensure safety
    4. All interviews will be audio and/or video recorded
    5. The interviewee may submit any pertinent evidence that was preserved to support the complaint or response. It is important to preserve any and all evidence related to the incident;
    6. The Interviewee may submit a list of preferred witnesses during the interview; the list will be reviewed and subsequent witness interviews may be scheduled
  • Once interviews are completed, an Investigation Report will be submitted by ENMU-R Security to the Title IX Coordinator;
  • The Title IX Coordinator will review the evidence and a decision will be made, based on a preponderance of the evidence, whether or not a Title IX Violation most likely occurred.
  • The decision will be reviewed by the investigative committee for approval;
  • The complainant and the respondent will be notified of the findings and any sanctions or disciplinary actions imposed as a result of the investigation.
  • ENMU-Roswell provides an appeal process for both the complainant and the respondent.

The University will complete the investigation as timely as possible, and optimally within 60 days of the filing of the complaint.

Local Resources

La Casa Community Behavioral Health Services

110 E Mescalero Rd

Roswell, NM 88201

Should you determine that there is an additional need for protection while on campus, you may contact the ENMU-Roswell Security Department at 575-624-7180.

Should you determine that there is an additional need for protection off-campus, you may seek assistance through the City of Roswell law enforcement, and may wish to consider filing a restraining order for a stricter enforcement of the law for your protection.