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NMT Office of Student Life

Title IX Office

"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 

Notice of Non-Discrimination

Reporting Options & Procedures



Title IX is a federal law that prohibits discrimination based on sex or gender in educational programs and activities that receive Federal financial assistance.  Examples of programs and activities that are subject to Title IX include admissions, recruitment, financial aid, academic programs, athletics, housing, and employment.  Title IX protects students and employees from sexual harassment, including sexual violence, such as rape, relationship violence, stalking, and other forms of sexual misconduct or gender-based discrimination. Tech collectively refers to these prohibited behaviors or conduct as sexual misconduct. These prohibited behaviors are also considered a violation of New Mexico Tech’s Sexual Misconduct Policy that applies to all Tech’s students and employees.

New Mexico Tech’s Title IX Coordinator monitors and oversees the university’s compliance with Title IX and related laws in the prevention of sex harassment and discrimination. This includes the coordination of education and training activities and the response to Title IX complaints. Students, faculty, administrators, staff, or others who participate in Tech’s education programs and activities with questions, concerns, or complaints about sex/gender-based discrimination, stalking, intimate partner violence, sex harassment or other forms of sexual misconduct are encouraged to contact Tech’s Title IX Coordinator:

Title IX Coordinator

Peter Phaiah, Ph.D.
Assistant Vice President for Student Life
Fidel Student Center 238
801 Leroy Place
Socorro, NM 87801
(575) 835-5953 Off.
(575) 322-0001 Cell.
Email: titleixcoordinator@workplacemeds.com 

Dr. Phaiah is available to meet with students or employees who need information or guidance about gender-based, sexual misconduct, and Title IX offenses. Normal office hours are Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. but appointments also can be made outside of these hours. 

Title IX inquiries can also be directed to:

Title IX Deputy

Randy Saavedra
Affirmative Action/EEOC Director &
ADA Compliance Officer
Cramer Hall 111
801 Leroy Place
Socorro, NM 87801
(575) 835-5005.
email: randy.saavedra@workplacemeds.com 
Webpage: dxw6.workplacemeds.com/affirmative-action

Title IX Investigator

Theresa Kappel 
Fidel Student Center 261
Socorro, NM 87801
Phone: 575-835-6209
Email:  theresa.kappel@workplacemeds.com

For more information see New Mexico Tech Sexual Misconduct Policy or Procedures for Reporting Incidents of Misconduct or Title IX Offenses below.

If you have any questions, you are welcome to contact us.

Recent Update

Some of you may have heard about new regulations recently issued by the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR). Tech has initially modified its New Mexico Tech Sexual Misconduct Policy  accordingly and to be in compliance with, the Clery Act, Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), and applicable New Mexico law. There is a need to continually to collaborate with many constituents to address those related issues that outside the scope or jusidiction of Title IX but that are still needed and will be covered by the NMT Sexual Misconduct policy and our Student Code of Conduct. Tech remains firmly committed to our work in preventing, educating, and responding to issues of sexual misconduct and intimate partner/relationship violence.    

Related Policies and Procedures

The following policies and procedures govern Tech’s response to complaints of sexual misconduct and prohibited conduct:

Title IX Office FERPA Authorization

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974, as amended (sometimes referred to as the Buckley Amendment), is a federal law that protects the privacy of education records of all students enrolled in schools beyond the high school level. Schools are required to maintain that privacy, primarily by restricting release of records and the access provided to those records. Under FERPA, education records are defined as records that are directly related to a student and are maintained by an education agency or institution or by a party acting for the agency or institution. The information may be recorded in any way, including, but not limited to, handwriting, print, computer media, videotape, audiotape, film, microfilm, microfiche, and e-mail.

Any educational institution that receives funds under any program administered by the U.S. Secretary of Education is bound by FERPA requirements. Institutions that fail to comply with FERPA may have funds administered by the Secretary of Education withheld. The U.S. Department of Education maintains a website with information about FERPA.

Students may grant the Title IX Office permission to release information about their records to a third party (including parents, step-parents, etc.) by completing the FERPA Authorization online. Please notice, you must complete a separate entry for each parent, family member, or other individual to whom you wish to grant access to information regarding your case.  Please click here to get access to the release form. If you do not have a Tech student account, please contact titleixcoordinator@workplacemeds.com to obtain the form via email.  

Once completed and submitted to the Title IX Office, we will reach out to student to confirm that the Authorization is in place.  

Rights of the Parties

Complainant’s Rights Related to Gender-based Discrimination/Sexual Misconduct, Stalking, Relationship Violence, and Retaliation Cases

Respondent’s Rights Related to Gender-based Discrimination/Sexual Misconduct, Stalking, Relationship Violence, and Retaliation Cases


While the University encourages an individual who has experienced sexual misconduct to make an official report, whether the person chooses to do so, they are urged to seek appropriate help. There are numerous resources and interim safety measures for students and employees on campus at NMT or externally in the community or region. Specific resources, either on or off campus for medical treatment, legal evidence collection, obtaining information, support, counseling, understand rights, and officially reporting an incident of sexual misconduct are listed below: 

NMT Sexual Misconduct Reporting Options & Procedures

NMT Sexual Misconduct Reporting Options & Procedures- Spanish Vesrion

On-campus Emergency Resources:

On-campus Non-emergency Resources:

Community Resources & Partners:

Confidential Reporting Options/Resources for NMT Students:


Confidential Reporting Options/Resources for NMT Employees:

Training Information

Required  Sexual Misconduct and Title IX Awareness Training for New Students

Required Sexual Misconduct and Title IX Awareness Training for New Employees

Required Sexual Misconduct and Title IX Awareness Training for New Employees (Spanish Version)

Required Title IX Coordinator Training

Required Title IX Investigator Training

Required Title IX Adjudicator Training

Articles and Information

Teen Dating Violence Can Lead To Homicide — And Girls Are The Most Common Victims (NPR, April 15, 2019)

Preventing Intimate Partner Violence Across the Lifespan: A Technical Package of Programs, Policies, and Practices (CDC)

Frequently Asked Questions

Employees' Obligation to Report Sexual Misconduct to the Campus Title IX Office

NMT Responsible Employees Talking Points & FAQ

How to Fulfill Your Responsible Employee Obligations

Investigations and Accommodations


Supervisor Obligations

Date Rape Drugs- FAQ

Miscellaneous Items



Please contact NMT’s Title IX Coordinator at titleixcoordinator@workplacemeds.com  or (575) 835-5953 for more information.