This email was sent as a university wide communication on Thursday, January 5, 2020.
Dear UT Community,
Senate Bill 212 (SB 212) was signed into state law after the 2019 Texas legislative session and is now in full effect as of January 1, 2020. All new reporting obligations and penalties in the law must be followed.
The law addresses reporting requirements for incidents of sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating violence, or stalking at certain public and private institutions of higher education, including UT. For a detailed definition of these terms, please review University HOP 3-3031.
As a reminder:
- As of January 1, all employees who witness or receive information about sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating violence and stalking that involve a current student or employee must promptly report the incident to the University’s Title IX Coordinator or a Deputy Title IX Coordinator. Reports can be made by phone: (512) 471-0419; email, or online.
- Reports to the Title IX Coordinator must include all relevant information that is known about the incident.
- Student employees are encouraged, but not required, to report under SB 212. However, if a student employee is designated as a responsible employee, they are still required to report under Title IX and their responsible employee duties.
- Retaliation against persons who make a good faith report is prohibited.
- An employee who does not report an incident or who makes a false report can be charged with a criminal offense (Class B or Class A Misdemeanor). If an employee fails to make a required report or makes a false report, the law requires that the employee be terminated.
- Employees who have been designated by the university as confidential or private employees are only required to report the type of incident. Students can talk to confidential employees about a Title IX related matter with assurance that confidential employees may not reveal the student’s identity or other identifying information. A list of confidential and private employees is available on the Title IX Website.
- The Title IX Coordinator must submit a written report of the reports received by the institution, to the President at least quarterly
The Title IX Office is offering open workshops to learn more about Title IX at UT Austin, including your duties as a responsible employee under this new legislation. We will also offer two live webcasts of our Title IX Basics Workshop.
If you can’t make one of our open workshops and would like to schedule a training for your department instead, please submit your request online.
If you have immediate concerns, please email Adriana Alicea-Rodriguez, Title IX Coordinator.
You can also find additional information on the Title IX SB 212 FAQ’s page.
The university takes all allegations of misconduct and assessing potential threats to student safety seriously. Our processes surrounding misconduct are thorough, fair, and of the utmost importance to our mission and we continue to proactively seek ways to ensure our community members feel safe.
Title IX Coordinator
Chief Compliance Officer