What To Do If You Are Sexually Assaulted
A 24-hour, year round, confidential hotline has been made available for students to access a sexual assault advocate.
The advocates provide information and support to victims as they make decisions about
- personal needs
UTD Sexual Assault Policy
It is the policy of the university to strive to maintain an environment that is free from intimidation and inappropriate sexual conduct. In particular, the university will not tolerate any form of sexual assault, including, but not limited to, acquaintance rape, date rape, sodomy, and sexual assault with an object, fondling or any other form of non-consensual sexual activity.
A student who individually, or in concert with others, participates or attempts to participate in a sexual offense, regardless of whether it takes place on or off campus, is subject to disciplinary action, not withstanding any action that may or may not be taken by the police.
The university encourages any person who is the victim of a forcible or non-forcible sexual offense to immediately report the incident to a campus authority (university police, office of the Dean of Students, university residence life personnel and Deans, Directors, Department Heads). Other university personnel, who may be contacted, are Student Health Services, the Women's Center and the Student Counseling Center. Additional resources outside the university are available.
There is no requirement to notify law enforcement authorities of the identity of a victim of a sexual offense if the victim wishes to remain anonymous; however, the university encourages all victims to do so. University personnel will assist in notifying the university police to report a sexual offense. University police should be notified as soon as possible (the preservation of evidence is crucial in a sexual offense case).
Do not bathe, shower, douche or change clothing. If needed, contact one of the above mentioned resources, or a support person for assistance. University police will handle all cases that occur on campus. If transportation is needed to obtain a medical examination, the university police department will arrange for transportation to the hospital. For the protection of the victim, a pseudonym can be used in the report process.
When a student reports that the campus regulation prohibiting sexual assault has 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 and if accommodations are reasonably available. Similarly, a complainant may be allowed to make changes in his or her class schedule. Such arrangements will be made through the Office of the Dean of Students. If the complainant provides credible evidence that the accused student has engaged in prohibited sexual assault, the dean may take interim disciplinary action against the accused student as appropriate.
A student who wishes to file a complaint that will be addressed by the University disciplinary system should contact the dean at 972-883-6391. A student may choose to file a complaint with the dean whether or not the student chooses to press criminal charges. A student who wishes to file a complaint against a faculty or staff member may contact the dean as well. Procedures for discipline and dismissal of staff and faculty are outlined in the university Handbook of Operating Procedures.
Not withstanding, the rights of the accused student, faculty or staff member, a complainant under this policy is entitled to the following rights:
- The right to present his/her testimony during the disciplinary hearing.
- The right to have a support person present. This person is not entitled to represent the complainant nor to assist the complainant with his or her testimony. If the support person is to act as a witness, the hearing officer may require him or her to testify prior to the hearing.
- The right not to have evidence of his or her past sexual history with third parties admitted as evidence.
- The right to have the hearing closed to spectators.
- The right to know the outcome of the hearing to the extent permitted by federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.