A report of concern initiates a preliminary review and offer for services:
- Any employee, student or campus visitor who has experienced sexual misconduct may make a report of concern to receive information about services and available options.
- A report of a concern under the Sexual Misconduct Policy (see also HTML version) does not automatically begin the formal complaint process.
- The University will determine the appropriate response based on the information available at the time of the report.
- The University will consider the safety of the possible victim(s). If a report identifies a possible victim, the University will take reasonable measures to contact that person with information about rights and options.
- The University will provide services and complete a preliminary investigation, as appropriate.
A formal complaint will begin a full investigation and could lead to disciplinary actions:
When you speak with the Title IX Coordinator, they will explain the complaint process and answer questions about the process and policy. Remember that filing a formal complaint is different and separate from filing a criminal or police report. The person accused in the complaint will receive notice of the allegations and opportunity to respond to the Title IX Office. Both parties will have notice of the report of finding(s) and opportunity to appeal.
The University will protect the confidentiality of all individuals involved in a report or a complaint by refusing to disclose their identifying information to anyone outside the University to the maximum extent permitted by law.
Information will be shared within the University only to those individuals with a legitimate need to know.
Individuals may request that their report be investigated by the University without providing their name to the Respondent or witnesses. However, this may reduce the University’s ability to thoroughly investigate a report. The University will pursue other steps to limit the effects of the alleged violation, prevent its reoccurrence, and respond to the impact on the involved parties and the community.
In some instances, the University may need to make a concise campus safety notice. The notice will not include personally identifiable information. The University also must report certain crimes that occur on campus each year, including some sex offenses. This report does not include personally identifiable information.
Under the Sexual Misconduct Policy (see also HTML version), the Title IX Coordinator will provide a copy of the formal complaint to the Respondent within five (5) business days of receipt. The Title IX Coordinator will redact your personal contact information. For more information about the complaint process, speak to a Title IX Coordinator or review the Sexual Misconduct Policy (see also HTML version).
Anonymous reports can also be made online at the Fraud & Non-Compliance Hotline or by calling (800)461-9330. If the reporter’s identity is discovered as a possible witness during an investigation, the reporter will receive the same safeguards as those who make a report under the policy.
Yes, if you want there to be a formal complaint and possible disciplinary action. Other services (housing changes, academic services, etc.) may be available without naming an alleged offender.
If you file a criminal report, you will work with campus police and/or local law enforcement where the offense occurred. Law enforcement or victim advocates can talk with you and explain the criminal justice process and rights of crime victims. Remember that filing a criminal report is different and separate from filing a Title IX report or formal complaint.
- Do not contact the alleged victim. Contact with the alleged victim could lead to additional accusations of retaliation, intimidation or other policy violations.
- You may immediately want to contact someone who can act as your advisor.
- You may also contact the Title IX Coordinator who can explain process for responding to complaints.
- Students may meet with a confidential counselor at the Counseling Center.
If a Title IX Coordinator notifies you that you have been accused of sexual misconduct, you have the right to due process which includes the right to:
- Know who is making the allegations;
- Know what the allegations are;
- Have an opportunity to respond to the allegations;
- Be kept informed during an investigation;
- Receive in writing notice of case updates, the outcome, any sanctions, and appeal rights; and
- Have the opportunity to appeal any Title IX finding and any Title IX-related sanction.
If you want to make a campus police report, call the campus police at (361)570-4357 (361-570-HELP). The sooner you make a report, the more likely the police will be able to collect important evidence. A prompt call can also strengthen the case for prosecution. However, even if some time has passed since you a sexual assault, it is never too late to make a campus police report or seek help.
You can provide as much detail as you can remember in your police report. If you remember details after you make the police report, you can contact the police to provide them with additional information.
Reasons to make a police report:
- Regain your personal sense of control and power,
- Document the crime that was committed against you,
- Preserve evidence of the assault or other crime, and
- Protect others from similar experiences. If you report, it may help the police identify a pattern of crimes.
Services may be also available from: