About the Campus Climate Team (CCT)

This website is a reporting and monitoring tool to support members of the UTSA community who believe that they may have been subjected to targeting for their beliefs or backgrounds while supporting the freedoms of speech, expression and assembly.

The CCT actively addresses bias and other incidents and their impact on the UTSA community by monitoring, reporting and assessing responses to potential violations of the university's freedom of expression policies. While UTSA students, faculty and staff and registered student, faculty and staff organizations are permitted to distribute literature expressing various opinions, non-affiliated individuals or organizations are not allowed to place materials on campus.


Free Speech and Bias Incidents

UTSA believes that a university campus is the ideal setting for open and healthy discourse between students of different backgrounds, values and beliefs. As a marketplace of ideas, the university is committed to providing an educational experience that engages our students in new and differing opinions.

As a limited public forum, students, faculty and staff may peaceably assemble and speak anywhere on campus, provided they do not disrupt the university’s educational mission or its ongoing programs or operations. This includes petitioning, posting signs, distributing literature, setting up tables and exhibits and/or peacefully demonstrating.

Bias incidents are events that involve or may involve the targeting of an individual or group based on their protected characteristic(s) such as race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, age or religion, or their political views and affiliations.

Although UTSA condemns hate speech, it recognizes that most forms of offensive speech are protected by the First Amendment. UTSA has zero tolerance for activities that do not fall within the protection of the First Amendment such as harassment, true threats, fighting words and incitement to imminent lawless action. An individual may not be coerced, intimidated or badgered into viewing, listening to or accepting any communication.


How to File a Report

We encourage all UTSA community members to act as active bystanders (RECOGNIZE potential harm, CHOOSE to respond, and take ACTion) and report suspected incidents so that we may effectively foster a safe campus climate.

Interpersonal Incidents

If you believe you have experienced or witnessed a person-to-person incident, please access the following UTSA resources:

  • If you believe you have been sexually harassed or have been the victim of sexual violence contact the Office of Equal Opportunity Services by calling (210) 458-4120. EOS is committed to developing and sustaining a learning and working environment that is diverse, inclusive and free of illegal discrimination and harassment in any form.
  • Students who believe they have been victims of sexual harassment, which includes sexual violence, sexual misconduct, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking, should contact the Office of Student Advocacy, Violence Prevention and Empowerment at studentadvocacy@utsa.edu or (210) 458-4077. UTSA’s confidential advocates can advise students about support services and reporting options available to them. They can also help victims of sexual harassment make reports to the university’s Title IX Coordinator.
  • To report behavior that is disruptive, concerning, or potentially harmful to self or others, please contact the Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT).
  • Anyone encountering a situation that requires immediate police, medical or other emergency services should call 911 or the UTSA Police Department at (210) 458-4911.
  • Additional information is available on each of the preceeding departmental websites. For other issues and concerns not listed above, a student may wish to contact the Student Ombudsperson either by email, calling at (210) 458-4136.

On-Campus or Online Postings

Members of the UTSA Community who want to report postings, including on-campus or online postings that reference UTSA or its students (e.g., posters, event flyers, websites, social media, email, videos, etc.) should use this On-Campus or Online Postings Reporting Form.


Postings Reported to Campus Climate Team

Reports are added to the table after they have been reviewed by the Campus Climate Team. Existing reports are updated regularly with any new information. The posting of a report does not represent a finding that a BIAS Incident has occurred.

Report
Number
Report
Date
Report Location Posting Type Organization Referenced on Posting Actions
Taken
20180006 August 24, 2018 JPL Flyer AbolishICESatx Removed,
Documented for identifying trends.
20180005 August 23, 2018 JPL Flyer AbolishICESatx Removed,
Documented for identifying trends.
20180004 April 5, 2018 Multiple Locations, Main Campus Posters and Stickers TBD Removed,
Documented for identifying trends.
20180003 April 3, 2018 Multiple Locations, Main Campus Several Posters TBD Removed,
Documented for identifying trends.
20180002 April 3, 2018 MH Building Poster Patriot Front Removed,
Documented for identifying trends.
20180001 March 21, 2018 Sombrilla Poster David Horowitz Freedom Center Removed,
Contacted Concerned Parties,
UTSA PD issued Criminal Trespass Warning.

CCT Action Taken

Submissions may have varying possible responses. As matters are reported, one or more of the following responses may be implemented.

  • Contacted Individual: Once the CCT receives a report, if contact information is provided by the reporting individual, the CCT attempts to contact the individual who submitted information within two business days (Monday through Friday, except for university holidays) to gather additional information and provide resources.
  • Unable to Contact Individual(s): Since the CCT accepts anonymous reports and it is optional for the individual submitting information, the CCT may be unable to contact the individual(s).
  • Contacted/Referred to Community/University Entity: Based upon the report, the CCT may contact a community/university office or refer the matter to a university office, if applicable, to coordinate a response.
  • Provided Information: During the report response process, the CCT may provide information about relevant university resources to the individual(s) submitting information.
  • Documented for Trends: The CCT will document matters as they arise to determine and/or identify trends.

Anyone encountering a situation that requires immediate police, medical or other emergency services should call 911 or The UTSA Police Department at 210-458-4911.

If you have concerns regarding someone's behavior, you may also contact the UTSA Behavioral Concerns Assistance Team (BIT).