Graduate College

Beginning in Fall 2015, UTRGV became one of the first new major universities of the 21st century.  Our mission is simple- to offer world-class academic programs and research opportunities that will enhance life in the Valley, the Americas, and the global community.  As a graduate student here, you’ll be on the forefront of the most innovative work being done in the sciences, health care, business, the arts and humanities, information science, mathematics, education, engineering and all points in between.

The Graduate College provides centralized coordination of and administrative leadership for all graduate programs.  We oversee all processes related to graduate students including marketing to prospective students, extending offers of admission to the university, enrollment of students, and maintaining permanent student records and certification of graduate degrees.  In addition, we are responsible for reviewing policies related to graduate education, overseeing the application of current and subsequent graduate policy, and assisting in the development of new graduate programs.

Notice of Non-Discrimination

Title IX of the U.S. Department of Education’s Education Amendments of 1972 (“Title IX”) prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex/gender in any aspect of a federally funded education program or activity. Such discrimination includes, but is not limited to: sexual harassment, sexual violence, sex or gender‐based bullying, hazing, stalking, domestic violence, dating violence, and failure to provide equal opportunity in admissions, activities, employment and/or athletics.

As a recipient of federal funds, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) complies with Title IX and has designated a Title IX Coordinator to oversee all complaints of sex discrimination. The Title IX Coordinator is responsible for identifying and addressing any patterns or systemic problems that arise during the review of such complaints. Additionally, other responsibilities include the coordination of training, education, and communications regarding Title IX procedures for the University community.

Title IX Deputies receive and process Title IX complaints; respond to inquiries from students, staff, and faculty regarding their rights and responsibilities; and assist the Title IX Coordinator in oversight and implementation of the Title IX compliance efforts.

UTRGV has designated the following individuals to serve as the Title IX Coordinator and Deputy Coordinators:

Role Name Position Title Dept. Location Contact Info
Title IX Coordinator: Florence Nocar Interim Director,
Office of Institutional Equity
Office of
Institutional Equity
ESSBL 5.101 ‐
Edinburg Campus
Deputy Coordinator:
Douglas Stoves Associate Dean for
Student Rights and
Student Rights and
Cortez Hall #204 –
Brownsville Campus
956‐ 882‐5140 
Assistant Deputy
David Marquez Assistant Director for
Student Rights and
Student Rights and
Cortez Hall #211 –
Brownsville Campus
Deputy Coordinator:
Farrah Manthei Associate Athletic
Director for
EHPE1 1.102 ‐
Edinburg Campus
Deputy Coordinator:
Staff & Faculty
HR Business Partner Human Resources
EMASS 2.140 ‐
Edinburg Campus

Students, Staff, Faculty, Applicants for Admission or Employment, or visitors who believe that they have been discriminated against on the basis of sex, may file a complaint with the Title IX Coordinator or a Deputy Coordinator. The Title IX Coordinator or Deputy Coordinator will assist the individual in identifying the appropriate University policy and corresponding grievance procedure to resolve the complaint in a prompt and equitable manner.

Sexual Violence
To file a complaint of sexual violence, please contact the Title IX Coordinator or a Deputy Coordinator listed in the table above, depending upon whom the complaint is against. In addition, you may also contact:

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Police Department                   Emergency: 911
Non‐Emergency: (956) 882-7777                                   Online:

Inquiries about Title IX and UTRGV’s compliance may also be directed to:

Office of Civil Rights – U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20202
Hotline: (800) 421‐3481
TDD#: (800) 521‐2172

For more information, visit our Office of Institutional Equity at