Frequently Asked Questions

Does Title IX only protect students? I thought it was only for women?

Title IX protects all community members, including students, faculty, staff, and visitors. We know that people of all genders and sexual orientations can experience sex discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual misconduct, interpersonal violence (including dating and domestic violence), and stalking.

If something happened while I was drinking, will I get in trouble?

No. Any student who in good faith reports to the institution, being a victim of, or witness to, an incident under Title IX, may not be subject to formal disciplinary action by the Office of the Dean of Students.

I am afraid of how people will treat me after I report. Can anything be done to protect me?

No one should be treated adversely just because they asked for help, or reported an incident. Examples of retaliation include, but are not limited to, denying a promotion, denial of job benefits, demotion, exclusion, threats, intimidation, reprisals, harassment or actions related to an individual’s employment or education. Retaliation is prohibited and will not be tolerated, and the university will take appropriate steps to assure that a person who in good faith reports, complains about, or participates in a Title IX related investigation will not be subjected to retaliation. We encourage prompt reporting of retaliation, and acts of retaliation are subject to disciplinary action.

I am not sure if I want to share my name, or want an investigation to occur. Is that okay?

You may report an incident without disclosing your name, identifying the respondent, or requesting actions. Many people report to just receive support and accommodations. Keep in mind that many university faculty and staff are responsible employees (mandatory reporters) under Title IX, and cannot remain confidential.

What is an informal resolution process?

The informal resolution process is an alternative to a Title IX formal investigation. It is an option to provide an educational opportunity to learn about the impact of alleged conduct. and to provide an opportunity to learn how not to harm others in the future. The process includes a mutually agreeable outcome. However, the outcome is not a policy violation or a disciplinary record. The informal resolution process is not an available in cases involving alleged sexual assault or interpersonal violence (including dating and domestic violence).

I have been notified that I am a Respondent in a Title IX investigation. What happens now?

If you are a student, then Title IX Trainings and Investigations in the Office of the Dean of Students will request a meeting with you to explain the process and your rights within the process. If you are an employee, then the Office for Inclusion and Equity will follow similar steps. It is important to know that you have the same rights and access to resources on campus as Complainants.

I was asked to be a witness or adviser in an investigation. What does that mean?

A witness is someone who may have information that is relevant to an incident that is being investigated. Witness statements and names will be included in the final investigation report. An adviser is a person that a Complainant or Respondent can choose to be present during meetings, proceedings, and/or disciplinary hearings at which the individual is present. An advisor is limited to being present only; advisors are not allowed to actively participate in the process. Click to read more about what to expect as a witness or adviser.

I experienced an incident while studying abroad. What should I do?

You can report to the university no matter where the incident occurred. While studying abroad, we encourage you to report to a faculty liaison on the program, or with the International Office who can help connect with local resources available and UT resources that you can access remotely.

My friend told me they were harmed. How can I help?

Firstly, say thank you. Make sure they are safe and don’t need immediate medical attention. Second, it’s important to be supportive, and listen. It is okay to offer resources, such as counseling or reporting options, but be respectful of whatever your friend chooses.

I am an employee of the university. What are my obligations?

Most employees of the university are designated as responsible employees (i.e. mandatory reporters). If you become aware of an incident of sex discrimination, sexual harassment, or any other situation under Title IX, you have a duty to report it to the Title IX Office (or designee).