Frequently Asked Questions
- What is the Campus Climate Response Team?
- Why should I report a campus climate incident?
- How do I report a campus climate incident?
- What will happen to my report form?
- Is it possible to remain anonymous?
- Will my conversation be confidential?
What is the Campus Climate Response Team?
The CCRT reports to the Vice President for Diversity and Community Engagement and is jointly coordinated through the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement and the Division of Student Affairs. It serves as a university-wide strategy resource team that will develop and facilitate the implementation of appropriate responses to campus climate incidents impacting the UT Austin community.
Why should I report a campus climate incident?
The University of Texas at Austin is committed to addressing incidents that impact our campus climate, especially those that are bias-related. Your assistance in bringing these incidents to our attention will enhance our ability to systematically identify and respond to such events.
In addition, through the work of the CCRT, potential gaps in UT Austin policies and procedures that may impede the university's ability to minimize campus climate incidents may be addressed, increasing the likelihood of creating a more welcoming and inclusive environment.
How do I report a campus climate incident?
Reports may be submitted by various individuals impacted by the incident, including but not limited to the victim(s), witness(es) or any third party who was informed of the event but was not present at the time of its occurrence.
What will happen to my report form?
Once a report is filed, the CCRT Lead Team members will follow standard intake procedures to determine whether the situation, as reported, falls within the parameters of a campus climate incident or whether the incident should be referred to other response teams or offices. For example, the CCRT Lead Team members will assess whether the incident would be more appropriately handled by one of several other response teams on campus, such as the Critical Incident Response Team or the Behavior Assessment Team, and will also determine if there is a possible violation of the university's Institutional Rules on Student Services and Activities or other polices outlined in the General Information Catalog.
If it is determined that the situation would best be managed by an entity other than the CCRT, CCRT Lead Team members will address, partner and/or refer the incident appropriately. For example, incidents involving individual students who have allegedly violated institutional rules may be referred to Student Judicial Services; incidents involving student organizations engaged in possible violation of institutional rules may be forwarded to Student Activities. As another example, after consultation a case may be referred to Division of Housing and Food Service staff to determine whether the incident involves university residence hall students. If the situation involves university faculty or staff possibly violating a university policy, the director of the Office of Institutional Equity will respond to the incident and refer it to appropriate university offices as applicable.
If it is determined that the situation is best managed by convening a broader group of university representatives from several offices, a CCRT meeting will be organized. The Campus Climate Response Team will evaluate the incident in terms of providing:
- Mediation for impacted student(s), staff and faculty
- Support and information to targeted student(s), staff and faculty
- Support and information to student(s), staff or faculty who initiated the incident
- Educational programming and resources for the community
Is it possible to remain anonymous?
Anonymous reports will be accepted, however, in many cases, a more effective response to the campus climate incident can be developed if university staff have the opportunity to ask follow-up questions if necessary.
Will my conversation be confidential?
All reports will be kept confidential to the extent possible. If we receive information requesting no further action, please be aware that we do have a legal obligation to respond institutionally to situations that may threaten the safety of the UT Austin community or potentially violate the Institutional Rules on Student Services and Activities and university policy.