Reports can be made at any time. The university strongly encourages the prompt reporting of incidents of sex discrimination (including discrimination of the basis of gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation), sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual misconduct, interpersonal violence (including dating and domestic violence), and stalking.
- The incident has negatively affected your academics or employment.
- You have concerns about your safety or the safety of the community.
- You need someone to confide in or want to seek assistance and support, but you are not seeking action or do not want to name the Respondent.
- You want the university to pursue disciplinary action against the Respondent.
- You want a No Contact Directive to be put in place between you and the Respondent.
- You would like to be provided with resources.
Types of Reporting
- Anonymous Reports: A report can be made without sharing your name. You may pick this option if you'd like to make the university aware of incidents or general trends but you may not be seeking any further action. Depending on the information provided, the university’s ability to respond may be limited.
- University Reports: Reports can be made with as little or as much information as you feel comfortable providing. If the name of the Complainant is reported, the university provides information about resources available to the Complainant, and offers to help coordinate remedies, as appropriate. If both the name of the Complainant and Respondent are reported, the university provides an informal resolution process or a formal investigation of an alleged policy violation. (Note: The informal resolution process is not available for allegations of sexual assault or interpersonal violence - including dating and domestic violence.) Resources and support services are available for Complainants and Respondents.
- Police Reports: Police reports can be made as an option to pursue criminal action, file a protective order, and access victim services, or you can file a police report without pursuing criminal action. Criminal action is separate from a Title IX university investigation process. We do not share information with the University of Texas Police Department (UTPD) or Austin Police Department (APD) unless the Complainant gives us specific permission to do so, there are immediate safety concerns, the victim is a minor under state law, or we are compelled to do so by a subpoena or court order.
- Civil Reports: Reports can also be made to external federal or state agencies.
Find out more about your reporting options on the links provided, or by visiting our Reporting Resources page.
What Happens Next?
What happens next is up to you. The appropriate office will outreach to discuss next steps, and figure out what resources best fit your needs. You can choose whether you'd like to respond to that outreach or not. For more information on support options are available to you, please visit the Get Help page. Please be aware that you are not required to participate in any informal or formal process after making the report. For more information on the Title IX process, please visit the Process page.
Commitment to Privacy & Confidentiality
After making a report, student information will be handled in accordance with the regulations established by the Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). FERPA is a federal law that protects the privacy of student educational records, and information contained in educational records cannot be shared without the student's written consent. All reports are treated with the greatest degree of confidentiality possible. Confidentiality is maintained on a need-to-know basis with respect to the university's obligations to investigate allegations of sexual misconduct and take the appropriate corrective action.