The decision to report is personal and complicated. There is no right or wrong response to the experience of interpersonal violence. VAV provides options and information so that survivors can make informed decisions that are right for them.
Confidential staff are University staff members who can provide private and confidential support regarding an incident of interpersonal violence without making a report to the Title IX Office.
University employees who provide confidential support include:
Student Emergency Services also offers Interpersonal Violence Peer Support (IVPS), through which trained undergraduate and graduate students provide private peer support for students impacted by interpersonal violence. For a full list of confidential resources, visit Title IX Campus Resources.
UT employees who are not designated as “Confidential” are considered “Responsible Employees” (also known as mandatory reporters) and are required to report incidents of alleged prohibited conduct under Title IX to the university. Responsible employees include, but are not limited to, administers, faculty, TAs, academic advisors, residence life staff, and coaches. For more information about mandatory reporting, visit the Title IX Office.
If a student survivor is not sure or not ready to report to the university, they can speak with a CMHC or UHS employee, an SES Advocate, or an IVPS peer supporter to discuss options in a private setting.
The university is committed to providing an educational and working environment for its students, faculty, and staff that is free from sex discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual misconduct, interpersonal violence, and stalking. For more information and to view the relevant university policies, visit the Title IX Office’s website.
All students have the right to report incidents of interpersonal violence under federal law. Student survivors have the right to report to and work with either, both, or neither campus offices and law enforcement. Student survivors can schedule a VAV Advocacy appointment for private and confidential support and to learn about reporting options and resources.
To file a Title IX report, submit a report on the Title IX Office’s website or call (512) 471-0419.
Title IX is a federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any federally funded education program or activity. Title IX protects all members of the campus community who experience sex discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual misconduct, interpersonal violence (including dating and domestic violence), talking, or discrimination on the basis of pregnancy. For more information, visit the Title IX Office’s website.
For an overview of the Title IX process and student rights within the process, visit https://titleix.utexas.edu/process.
UT Austin Police Department (UTPD)
Incidents that occurred on campus can be reported to UTPD. If the incident is in progress and posing immediate harm, dial 911. UTPD can be contacted by calling (512) 471-4441 or going to the University Police Building at 2201 Robert Dedman Drive. To learn more visit the UTPD site.
Austin Police Department (APD)
If the incident occurred in Austin, but off campus, a report can be filed with the Austin Police Department (APD). If the incident is in progress and posing immediate harm, dial 911. Access the online reporting portal or call Austin 311.
If the alleged incident occurred in another city, contact the local police department that has jurisdiction over that area.
For more information on your options under Texas criminal law, including statutes of limitations for reporting a sexual assault, please visit the Texas Department of Criminal Justice or contact an attorney. For a brief introduction to legal resources, please visit:
If the respondent is also a UT Austin student, you may file a complaint with Student Conduct and Academic Integrity within the Office of the Dean of Students at (512)471-2841. When a student may have violated a university rule, SCAI investigates as a neutral third party. For more information visit the Student Conduct and Academic Integrity site.
If the respondent is a UT Austin employee, visitor, or contractor, a student survivor may file a complaint with the Office for Inclusion and Equity. To learn more about the reporting, resolution, and disciplinary procedures concerning sexual harassment and discrimination, please visit equity.utexas.edu or contact a staff member at the Office for Inclusion and Equity at (512) 471-1849
Another option is to pursue a civil lawsuit. In civil lawsuits, an alleged respondent could be ordered to pay money to compensate a claimant for physical and/or emotional damages. In limited situations, a claimant may also be able to hold a third party responsible. A civil attorney can help explore options.
Legal Services for Students (LSS)
If the alleged respondent was not a currently enrolled UT Austin student at the time of the assault, Legal Services for Students can provide you with an initial consultation regarding your legal options and may provide you with a referral to an outside attorney.
Sexual Assault Legal Services and Assistance (SALSA)
A Project of the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault
Phone: (888) 343-4414
Free and confidential legal assistance for people who have had an unwanted sexual experience.
Texas Advocacy Project
Phone Main Line (Austin): 800-374-HOPE (4673)
Legal advice from attorneys on issues of family violence, dating violence, and sexual violence.
Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid (Austin)
Phone: (512) 374-2700
Civil legal representation and advice to those who cannot afford an attorney.
Texas State Bar Lawyer Referral Service
Referrals for lawyers in your community and information on legal representation for low-income Texas residents (Client Attorney Assistance Program).