Appendix J. Prohibition of Campus Violence
The University of Texas at Austin is committed to creating and maintaining an environment that is free from threatening and violent behavior. Such behavior while on University-owned or University-controlled property, or while engaged in official University business, will not be tolerated. The University encourages students, faculty, staff, visitors, and contractors to promptly report any emergency or crime to University Police (UTPD). The University will respond promptly, positively, and aggressively to deal with threatening and violent behavior.
This policy applies to the conduct of any person on University premises or at University-sponsored activities, including faculty, students, staff, visitors, or contractors while on University-owned or University-controlled property, or while engaged in official University business.
Violent behavior includes any behavior, whether intentional or reckless, which results in bodily injury to another person and/or damage to property.
Threatening behavior includes any behavior, whether intentional or reckless, that by its nature would be interpreted by a reasonable person as an intent to harm another person or damage property belonging to another. Threats may be oral, written, or communicated through conventional mail, electronic, fax, or telephonic means and may be direct or implied.
Campus violence encompasses threatening and violent behavior. Campus violence can include, but is not limited to, the following:
- Physically assaulting a person, including slapping, hitting, punching, pushing, poking, or kicking; or physical threats to inflict physical harm
- Arson, sabotage, equipment vandalism, damaging or destroying property, throwing or hitting objects
- Displaying a weapon or an object which appears to be a weapon in a threatening manner; carrying a firearm of any kind onto University-owned or University-controlled property; or using a weapon to harm someone
- Using greater physical size/strength to intimidate another; intimidating or threatening gestures, bullying, or hazing
- Intimidating, threatening, hostile, or abusive language directed toward another person that communicates the intention to engage in violence against that person and leads a reasonable person to expect that violent behavior may occur
- Stalking another person
Any person who engages in campus violence while on University-owned or University-controlled property, or while engaged in official University business, may be removed and/or barred from the premises pending the outcome of an investigation.
Any individual who experiences, is aware of, or witnesses campus violence, or
who has reason to suspect that campus violence is occurring, that may be of a
criminal nature, or poses clear and present danger should immediately contact the
University of Texas Police Department at 911.
Every supervisor, administrator, and University official is responsible for
responding promptly and thoroughly to allegations of campus violence and reporting
such behavior through normal lines of administrative responsibility, or the incident
may be reported directly to one of the appropriate following offices.
Incidents involving staff shall be directed to the associate vice president
for human resources. The associate vice president for human resources will
contact the appropriate officials and department personnel to address the
potential campus violence.
Incidents involving students shall be directed to the Office of the Dean
of Students. The dean of students office will contact the appropriate officials
and department personnel to address the potential campus violence.
Incidents involving faculty should be directed to the Office of the Executive
Vice President and Provost. The provost's office will contact the appropriate
officials and department personnel to address the potential campus violence.
Any member of the University community who takes out a protective or
restraining order against another person, or receives a protective or restraining order which
lists University-owned or University-leased premises as a protected area, shall
provide their supervisor and the University of Texas at Austin Police Department with a
copy of such order along with a photograph of the person against whom the order
has been issued when possible.
Individuals who violate this policy may be removed from campus, arrested, and
be subject to legal action. University employees and students who violate this
policy may also be subject to disciplinary action up to and including dismissal.
Any person who knowingly and intentionally files a false report shall be subject
to disciplinary action that may include dismissal, expulsion, and/or legal action.
The University shall document the report and the investigation. Such
documentation shall be retained by the University of Texas at Austin Police Department or
the appropriate office listed in II.B above. Subject to the provisions of the Texas
Public Information Act, Chapter 552, Texas Government Code, the University will
maintain the confidentiality of the report and the identity of the reporting person during
the investigation. The identity of the reporter and perpetrator may become apparent,
or disclosed, as a result of the actions taken to resolve the investigation.
A faculty, student, or staff member who retaliates in any way against an
individual who has brought a complaint in good faith pursuant to this policy or participated
in good faith in an investigation of such a complaint, is subject to disciplinary
action, including dismissal.
For assistance: Questions regarding campus violence should be directed to
Human Resource Services or the Office of the Dean of Students
Source: Revised Handbook of Operating Procedures, Policy 2.A.3