Title IX - Policies, Reporting and Resources

What is Title IX

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 states:

No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subject to discrimination under any educational program or activity receiving Federal financial aid.


EAC's Commitment

Eastern Arizona College is committed to providing a safe and positive learning, living, and working environment. The College has a responsibility to ensure that all students, faculty, staff, and visitors can enjoy the benefits and opportunities the College has to offer in an environment free from discrimination on the basis of gender, including:

  • Sexual Harassment
  • Sexual Assault
  • Domestic Violence
  • Bullying
  • Sexual Misconduct
  • Dating Violence
  • Stalking
  • Retaliation

Title IX protects people in all academic, educational, extra-curricular, athletic, and other school programs, including school-sponsored or condoned activities. It may cover activity occurring off school grounds if there is carry-over into the educational setting.


Policy and Procedures

EAC has adopted a one policy, one process program to promptly, thoroughly and fairly address all concerns and complaints of harassment or discrimination. This policy on Civil Rights Equity:

  • Assures EAC is compliant with Title IX and all other forms of civil rights laws and relevant grievance processes.
  • Establishes a process for determining when sexual misconduct has occurred.
  • Authorizes the College to take actions to stop the conduct, to remediate its effects, and to provide information to prevent sexual misconduct.
  • Applies to all of EAC’s operations and programs, including additional campuses and locations.

Civil Rights Equity Policy and Procedures


Duty to Report

Any employee who receives a complaint of discrimination, harassment, or sexual misconduct or becomes aware, directly or indirectly, of a behavior that violates Title IX is required to report the alleged misconduct immediately to one of EAC’s Title IX Co-Coordinators.

EAC is required by law and College policy to investigate good faith complaints of sexual misconduct. All complaints, formal or informal, will be investigated in a manner that is prompt, adequate, and impartial.

RETALIATION of any kind against individuals who report Title IX behavior violation concerns or who participate in an investigation process is prohibited.


Eastern Arizona College also complies with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, 20 U.S. Code § 1092(f) and the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008, by distributing an Annual Security and Fire Safety Report. The report is intended to inform the campus community of campus safety information, Clery Act crime statistics, on-campus housing fire data and statistics, and policies and procedures relating to sexual violence, emergency response, and other safety factors. A copy of EAC’s Annual Security and Fire Safety Report can be found at http://www.eac.edu/About_EAC/Consumer_Information/report.pdf. Additional copies are available at the Alumni Library (Thatcher Campus), the Learning Resource Center (Payson Campus), and the library (Gila Pueblo Campus). A paper copy of the report will be provided upon request at EAC’s District Office, located at 615 N. Stadium Avenue, Thatcher, AZ.


Resources and Information

All complaints of discrimination, harassment, or sexual misconduct are submitted to one of the Title IX Officers. Reports can be made in person, by telephone or by email.


EAC Title IX Officers

Title IX Co-coordinators

Jeanne Bryce
Vice President of Academic & Student Affairs

(928) 428-8261

Lauri Avila
Director, Administrative Support / HR

(928) 428-8915

Title IX Deputies - Graham County

Tim Curtis
Vice President of Finance

(928) 428-8220

Gary Sorensen
Dean of Students

(928) 428-8354

Kenny Smith
Assistant Dean of Counseling

(928) 428-8346

Jim Bagnall
Director, Athletics

(928) 428-8414

Title IX Deputies - Gila County

Patricia Burke
Gila Pueblo Campus Dean

(928) 425-8481, ext. 122

Pamela Butterfield
Payson Campus Dean

(928) 468-8039, ext. 25


Civil Rights Equity Grievance Form

This form is designed to provide Title IX Officers with a method to gather uniform and specific information related to an alleged incident(s) of discrimination, harassment (including sexual misconduct), or retaliation. The College will use the information provided to begin an investigation, which may include contacting the complainant, respondent, and/or any potential witnesses.


Other Resources

Emergency Medical or Police
911, or 9-911 (EAC)

Campus Police
Daytime: (928) 428-8240 or (928) 428-8241 
After Hours: (928) 965-8240 

Sheriff's Department (24-hour dispatch)
(928) 428-0808
Dispatch will contact Campus Police

Southern Arizona Against Sexual Assault (24-hour crisis line)   

Mt. Graham Safe House
(928) 348-9104

Director of Student Life & Housing Office
(928) 425-8605



Information received by Title IX officers will be treated as private and will be disclosed on a limited basis and only as needed to properly and thoroughly conduct an investigation or when required to do so by state or federal laws.