The confidential advocate is a trained staff member who provides individual support, resources, and accommodations to UT Austin students who have been impacted by interpersonal violence. The confidential advocate is not a mandatory reporter and does not have to report incidents to the Title IX Office. Their services are available to any UT Austin student impacted by interpersonal violence, including students who have been impacted personally or through the experience of someone they know.
About the Confidential Advocate
The confidential advocate is a staff member that provides private, free, and trauma-informed services for UT Austin students who have been impacted by sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking, sexual harassment, and gender-based discrimination. These services go beyond support, and can include academic, housing, medical, and/or financial accommodations.
How the Confidential Advocate Can Help
The confidential advocate empowers students by providing information, tools, and resources, and by allowing students to determine the course of action that best fits their needs. They are trained to listen and work with students respectfully in whatever decision they make. When meeting with a confidential advocate, students may share as much or as little as they feel comfortable.
Services may include, but are not limited to:
- Offering a safe and private setting to discuss questions, concerns, and experiences regarding an incident of interpersonal violence.
- Providing information about students' rights and options regarding the Title IX reporting and investigation process.
- Exploring academic, housing, medical and/or financial accommodations and remedies.
- Referrals for on and off campus resources.
To schedule a non-urgent appointment with a confidential advocate:
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Call us at 512-232-2860
- Book your appointment here.
In case of emergency, please dial 911.
- Additional campus confidential resources:
- For information on reporting options, please visit Title IX.
Information disclosed during appointments will not be shared with anyone without the student's written permission. However, in the situation where there is reasonable fear of imminent harm to the student or the campus community, action will be taken to ensure safety.
Confidential advocates are non-mandatory reporting resources but are not protected under Texas law as confidential. If a student's record is requested under certain legal circumstances (e.g. subpoena or court of law) or open records request, the confidential advocate may be required to respond.