Appendix E. Policy on Sexual Misconduct
It is the policy of the University of Texas at Austin to provide an educational
and working environment for students, faculty, staff, and visitors that is free from
sexual misconduct. The University encourages students, faculty, staff, and visitors
to promptly report incidents of sexual misconduct and will respond
appropriately, including taking disciplinary action when warranted, in response to sexual
misconduct by its students, faculty, staff, visitors, and contractors.
Sexual misconduct is behavior or conduct of a sexual nature that is
unprofessional and/or inappropriate for the educational and working environment.
Behaviors that may constitute sexual misconduct include but are not limited to
- Repeatedly engaging in sexually oriented conversations, comments, or
horseplay, including the use of language or the telling of jokes or anecdotes of a
sexual nature in the workplace, office, or classroom, even if such conduct is not
objected to by those present
- Gratuitous use of sexually oriented materials not directly related to the
subject matter of a class, course, or meeting even if not objected to by those present
- Failure to observe the appropriate boundaries of the supervisor/subordinate
or faculty/student relationship, including the participation of a supervisor,
teacher, adviser, or coach in an unreported consensual romantic or sexual
relationship with a subordinate employee or student
There are a number of ways in which concerns or complaints related to sexual
misconduct can be addressed; however, no student, faculty, staff member, or visitor is required
to report or allege a violation of the sexual misconduct policy to the person who is
the subject of the complaint. Concerns will be kept confidential to the extent permitted
under the law.
Faculty, staff, students, and visitors who wish to complain about sexual
misconduct may raise their concerns directly with Equal Opportunity Services (EOS).
Incidents should be reported as soon as possible after the time of their occurrence,
preferably within ninety days. EOS will work with affected University units to resolve
the concern. If the complainant is a student, EOS will work with the dean of
students office to determine how the complaint will be handled.
Students may also complain of sexual misconduct directly to the Office of the
Dean of Students, which will work with Equal Opportunity Services to determine how
the complaint will be handled. Incidents should be reported as soon as possible after
the time of their occurrence, preferably within ninety days. Allegations of
sexual misconduct that concern another student will be handled through Student
Judicial Services, in accordance with Appendix C, chapter 11.
University faculty and staff members may also bring an allegation of sexual
misconduct to their immediate supervisor or to another University administrator or
official in their supervisory chain. The reports should be made as soon after the incident
as possible, preferably within ninety days. Supervisors, administrators, and
University officials are responsible for promptly contacting Equal Opportunity Services
to discuss incidents of sexual misconduct prior to taking action in response to them.
Supervisors, administrators, and University officials who become aware of
possible sexual misconduct on the part of faculty, staff, or students do not need to wait for
a complaint to respond to it; however, they need to consult with the Office of
Equal Opportunity Services about the matter before taking action.
Equal Opportunity Services will document the existence and resolution of
incidents of sexual misconduct. It will maintain the confidentiality of those documents to
the extent permitted by law.
A faculty or staff member receiving discipline as a result of this policy may file
a grievance/appeal through the use of the appropriate grievance/appeal procedure.
Any student receiving discipline as a result of this policy may file an
appeal through the use of the appeal process outlined in Appendix C, subchapter
For assistance: Students with questions regarding this policy are directed to the Office
of the Dean of Students. All other questions may be addressed to Equal Opportunity Services.
Handbook of Operating Procedures, Policy 4.A.3