Title IX

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If you have a complaint of Sexual Misconduct (including Title IX Sexual Harassment and/or Non-Title IX Sexual Misconduct) click here to report an incident.

Introduction to Title IX

Laredo College is committed to provide an environment that is free from sexual misconduct and any other form of sexual harassment and gender-based discrimination and violence for all members of our campus community. 


 “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


What is Title IX?

Title IX is a Federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex (gender) in education programs, activities, admission and employment.  All public and private elementary and secondary schools, school districts, colleges, and universities receiving any Federal funds must comply with Title IX. 

The U.S. Department of Education enforces Title IX and defines discrimination on the basis of sex to include gender-based discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual violence, sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking.   Other actions prohibited by Title IX include the failure to provide equal opportunity in athletics and discrimination based on pregnancy.  It also prohibits retaliation against anyone who makes or participates in a complaint.  Title IX protects students, faculty, staff, and visitors to our campus from all forms of sex discrimination.

In accordance with Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy, the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), the Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act (SaVE), Title VII, Title IX and any other federal and state law, Laredo College prohibits discrimination based on sex and other types of Sexual Misconduct*.


 *You may see Sex Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct used interchangeably, however sexual misconduct is a form of sex discrimination. The all encompassing term is sex discrimination.

What to expect from Laredo College?

The Title IX law requires Laredo College – if it knows of an incident to take immediate and appropriate steps to investigate or otherwise determine what occurred.  Laredo College will act to prevent, address and eliminate all forms of sex (gender) based discrimination and harassment, which include sexual harassment, sexual violence, sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking.  Through its policies, procedures and practices the college will facilitate prompt, thorough and fair investigations and adjudication of complaints of sexual misconduct. The college raises awareness of the culture that enables such misconduct and provides a supportive environment for those who experience sexual harassment.

Meet Laredo College's Title IX Coordinators

Raquel-headshot.jpgStudents – Title IX Coordinator

Raquel A. Peña

Student Discipline Director/Title IX Coordinator

Memorial Hall Building, Rm 230

West End Washington St.

Laredo, Texas 78040

Phone: 956.794-4988

email: rapena@laredo.edu



veronica-headshot.jpgEmployees – Title IX Coordinator

Veronica G. Cardenas

Senior Director of Human Resources

West End Washington St.

Laredo, Texas 78040

Phone: (956) 721-5138

Email: veronica.cardenas@laredo.edu