Appendix H. Prohibition of Sexual Assault
The following policy is under revision at presstime. If changes are approved, they will be made to this on-line edition of General Information.
It is the policy of the University of Texas at Austin to strive to maintain an environment that is free from intimidation and one in which students may be educated to their fullest potential. The University should foster an understanding of difference and cultivate the ethical and moral issues that are the basis of a humane social order. Therefore, the University will not tolerate physical abuse, threats of violence, physical assault, or all forms of sexual assault, including but not limited to acquaintance or date rape.
A student who individually, or in concert with others, participates or attempts to participate in a sexual offense, including but not limited to sexual assault or abuse of, threats against, or the unwanted touching of an intimate area of any other student, s subject to disciplinary action by the University, notwithstanding any action that may or may not be taken by the civil authorities. In addition to incidents that occur on the University campus, the University may take disciplinary action in response to incidents that take place during official functions of the University, or those sponsored by registered student organizations, or incidents that have a substantial connection to the interests of the University of Texas at Austin regardless of the location in which they occur.
Anyone who is a victim of any form of sexual assault should immediately call the police (911). Reporting an assault does not mean that the victim must press charges or take the case to criminal trial or a University disciplinary hearing. The police will provide transportation to the closest emergency room for medical treatment and evidence collection. Even if a victim has not decided whether to press charges, calling the police and going to the hospital will allow for his or her emotional and medical needs to be cared for and will preserve the option of the victim to press charges.
A student may file a complaint against another student by directly contacting the Student Judicial Services area of the Office of the Dean of Students at (512) 471-1201. Students may choose to file a complaint with the Student Judicial Services staff whether or not they choose to press criminal charges. Students who wish to file a complaint against a faculty or staff member may contact the associate dean of students at the same number; however, this policy does not apply to cases involving an assault by faculty or staff. See Appendix D, "Policy on Sex Discrimination and Sexual Harassment"; and Appendix J, "Prohibition of Campus Violence."
The University of Texas at Austin Counseling and Mental Health Center [(512) 471-3515] and the nonprofit organization SafePlace [(512) 440-7273] are available to provide support services for anyone affected by any form of sexual assault. Students who may have been assaulted by someone who is not affiliated with the University may contact any of the available University support services listed under "Programs and Support Services."
When a student reports that the campus regulations prohibiting sexual assault have been violated, informal procedures that provide for the protection of the emotional health and physical safety of the complainant may be invoked. For example, a student who lives on campus may be moved to another campus living environment if he or she chooses or may be allowed to drop a class. Such arrangements will be facilitated through the Office of the Dean of Students. If the complainant provides credible evidence that the accused student presents a continuing danger to person or property or poses an ongoing threat of disrupting the academic process, the Office of the Dean of Students may take interim disciplinary action against the accused student as appropriate.
Students who wish to file a complaint that will be addressed by the University disciplinary system will work with the Student Judicial Services area of the Office of the Dean of Students. The details of the University conduct rules as well as possible sanctions that may be imposed against a student found guilty of a violation of University rules and regulations, may be found in Appendix C, chapter 11.
Notwithstanding the rights of the accused student, a complainant under this policy is entitled to the following rights:
Programs and Support Services
Below is a list of educational and preventive programs and support services on campus that address the issue of sexual assault. Brochures and other printed materials are available from each office. Additional information may be obtained by calling the numbers listed.
Counseling and Mental Health Center, (512) 471-3515
Office of the Dean of Students: Greek Life and Education, (512) 471-9700
University Health Services: Health Promotion Services, (512) 471-6252
Office of the Dean of Students: Undergraduate Orientation Programs
Programs to provide awareness of sexual assault on campus and resources for prevention and support
University of Texas Police Department
University Residence Halls
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