About DTS

Abuse and Discrimination Policy

Within DTS’s Abuse and Harassment Policy the term “sex” is to be interpreted in accordance with the DTS Statement on Marriage and Human Sexuality.

Title IX Statement

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits sex discrimination — which includes sexual violence — in educational programs and activities. Students, staff, faculty, and other employees have the right to pursue education, including athletic programs, scholarships, and other activities, free from sex discrimination, including sexual violence, sexual misconduct, stalking and harassment. As used herein and in Title IX, the term “sex” historically, textually, and logically refers to an individual’s immutable sex – either male (man) or female (woman) – as objectively determined by genetics or physiology present by or before birth.

Within the context of its theological convictions and mission, Dallas Theological Seminary (DTS) does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, age, national and ethnic origin, or disability.

DTS is committed to maintaining an environment conducive to learning for all students and a professional workplace for its employees; as such, we take active measures against discriminatory harassment, and sexual harassment, including any type of violence or misconduct.

If you believe that you are a victim of sexual discrimination including sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, sexual assault, stalking, dating violence or rape at Dallas Theological Seminary, know that you have the following rights:

  • To receive basic information about services designed to assist you
  • To recover your losses to the extent possible, through restitution and the return of property that was seized as evidence when it is no longer needed
  • To seek or have sought on your behalf as soon as possible counseling and medical attention as needed including at the nearest hospital emergency room
  • To report the crime to the public law enforcement agency and the DTS campus police
  • To be informed of the outcome of any disciplinary proceeding held
  • To have the option of changing your academic and living situations if so requested and if the changes are reasonably available
  • To request that the seminary implement a “no-contact” mandate with the perpetrator and to not “work it out” with the alleged perpetrator through mediation. Dallas Theological Seminary does not consider mediation to be appropriate in cases involving sexual violence.

Reporting Discrimination and Harassment

Any student, staff or faculty member who believes he or she has been the victim of discrimination, discriminatory harassment, or sexual harassment, including any type of violence or sexual misconduct is urged to report the matter.

Students, staff or faculty who witness or learn of another person becoming the victim of discrimination, discriminatory harassment, or sexual harassment, including any type of violence or sexual misconduct are also urged to report the matter.

If you see an act of violence, have suspicions that violence is occurring or fear that violence is imminent, call 911 immediately.

Response Plan for Violence and Abuse Reports

DTS Will Respond Promptly and Effectively to Sexual Violence

  • You have the right to report the incident to Dallas Theological Seminary, have Dallas Theological Seminary investigate what happened, and have your complaint resolved promptly and equitably.
  • You have the right to choose to report an incident of sexual violence to seminary officials and/or local law enforcement. A criminal investigation does not relieve Dallas Theological Seminary of its duty under Title IX to respond promptly and effectively to a complaint of sexual harassment or sexual violence.
  • Dallas Theological Seminary has published policies and procedures prohibiting sexual misconduct and for reporting complaints of sex discrimination, including sexual violence. 

DTS Will Conduct an Adequate, Reliable, and Impartial Investigation

  • Both parties have the right to be notified of the timeframes for all major stages of the investigation.
  • Both parties have the right to present witnesses and evidence.
  • Both parties have the right to be accompanied at all hearings and meetings by the advisor of their choice.
  • Dallas Theological Seminary must resolve your complaint based on what seminary officials believe is more likely than not to have happened based upon an investigation.
  • You have the right to be notified in writing of the outcome of your complaint and any appeal, including any sanctions that directly relate to you.
  • The appeal process is equally available for both parties.
  • You have the right to review any proceedings documented, which may include written findings of fact, transcripts, or audio recordings.

DTS Will Provide Remedies as Necessary

  • If an investigation reveals that sexual harassment/sexual violence created a hostile environment, Dallas Theological Seminary must take prompt and effective steps reasonably calculated to end the sexual harassment/sexual violence, eliminate the hostile environment, prevent its recurrence, and, as appropriate, remedy its effects.
  • Appropriate remedies will generally include disciplinary action against the perpetrator, but may also include remedies to help you get your education back on track (like academic support, retaking a class without penalty, and counseling). These remedies are in addition to any interim measures you received.
  • Dallas Theological Seminary may also determine that it’s most appropriate to provide remedies for the broader student population (such as training) or change its services or policies to prevent such incidents from repeating.

DTS Will Provide Interim Measures as Necessary

  • Dallas Theological Seminary must protect you as necessary, even before we complete any investigation. Once the incident is reported the seminary is prepared to implement interim measures as needed.
  • Once you tell Dallas Theological Seminary about an incident of sexual violence, you have the right to receive some immediate help, such as changing classes, residences, or transportation. DTS Prohibits Retaliation
  • Retaliation against someone who files a complaint or who participates in an investigation is strictly prohibited by seminary policy and by law.
  • You have the right to report any retaliation by Seminary employees, the alleged perpetrator, and/or other students.

Confidential Support Services

  • Some people, such as counselors or victim advocates, can talk with you in confidence without triggering a report or an investigation. Specifically, you can contact any of the following to report an incident of sexual harassment and/or sexual violence in confidence: DTS Director for Counseling Services.
  • When faculty and staff not involved in the office above learn about sexual harassment and/or sexual violence involving students, they have an obligation to report it.
  • Even if you do not specifically ask for confidentiality, Dallas Theological Seminary will only disclose information to individuals who are responsible for handling the response to sexual harassment and/or sexual violence.
  • You have the right to talk with Seminary officials about protecting your safety and privacy.

Campus Resources

  • Title IX Coordinators:
    • Co-Coordinator, John Bloom - 214-887-5591
    • Co-Coordinator, Karen Holder – 214-887-5221
  • Resources Coordination:
    • Dean of Students Dr. Robert Garippa -214-887-5361
    • Director of Human Resources, Karen Holder – 214-887-5221
  • General Questions & Concerns:
    • Student Services – 214-887-5360
    • Human Resources – 214-887-5221
  • Campus Safety and Security Chief John Bloom – 214-887-5591
    • Campus Police – 214-887-5590
  • Emergencies – 911 & Campus Police – 214-887-5590
    • Counseling and Emotional Support Services: Kelly Cheatham, Counseling Services, 214-887-5360

Community Resources

  • Police Information:
    Dallas City Police - Central Operations Division
    334 S. Hall St.
    Dallas, Texas 75226
    214-670-4413  
  • Medical Treatment:
    Baylor University Medical Center
    3500 Gaston Ave, Dallas, TX 75246
    Phone: (214) 820-0111  
  • Hotlines
    • Dallas Area Rape Crisis Center 24-hour hotline: 972-641-RAPE (7273)
    • Texas Council on Family Violence    http://www.tcfv.org/
    • Texas Association Against Sexual Assault (TAASA) 512-474-7190
    • National Domestic Violence Hotline 1−800−799−SAFE(7233) or TTY 1−800−787−3224.
  • Counseling and Shelters
    • Genesis Women’s Shelter & Counseling Office
      4411 Lemmon Avenue, Suite 201
      Dallas, TX 75219
      Cost: Free
      24 hour emergency shelter only abused women and children fleeing domestic violence
      24 hour hotline: 214.946.4357
      Counseling: (214) 389-7700  
    • The Family Place
      24-hour Crisis Hotline 214-941-1991
      Provides these amenities:
      Emergency Shelter: provides family violence victims with safety, food, clothing, transportation, legal services, counseling and case management services at our 100-bed Safe Campus.
      Transitional Housing, Child Development Center, Safe Campus Learning Center, Community-based Counseling, Children’s Counseling, Incest Recovery Program, Supervised Child Visitation, Battering Intervention and Prevention Program (BIPP), Legal Services, Resale Shop  
    • Hopes Door
      Crisis Line: 972-422-SAFE (7233)
      Counseling and intervention services, call (972) 422-2911v Crisis Center Locator: http://www.hopelaws.org/crisis-center-locator/