Sexual Harassment/Sexual Assault
Title IX Coordinator
Sexual Harassment/Sexual Assault
Sexual violence includes sexual assault, sexual battery and sexual coercion. All such acts are forms of sexual harassment and covered under Title IX. Back to top.
The Texas Penal Code - Section 22.011 defines sexual assault in several ways. Generally, sexual assault is any unwanted, non-consensual sexual contact against any individual by another. Sexual assault can occur either forcibly (against a person's will) or when a person cannot give consent (under the age of consent, intoxicated, developmentally disabled, mentally/physically unable to consent, etc.).
For more information on determining whether a sexual assault has occurred, please visit the Rape Abuse & Incest National Network’s (RAINN) information page entitled “Was I Raped?” Back to top.
3. How do I know if I’ve been sexually harassed?
Sexual harassment is any unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or verbal/physical conduct of a sexual nature when:
– Submission to such conduct is made explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of employment, student status or participation in University activities.
– Such conduct is sufficiently severe or pervasive that it substantially interferes with an individual's education, employment, or participation in University activities; or
– Such conduct is intentionally directed towards a specific individual and unreasonably interferes with that individual's education, employment, or participation in University activities.
Sexual harassment includes any criminal offense of a sexual nature under the Texas Penal Code.
Examples of sexual harassment include displays of sexually suggestive materials or content, sexual jokes or innuendos, sexual touching, unwelcome flirting or advances, pressuring you for sex, repeated requests for dates, persistent email or social network communications, requiring sexual favors in exchange for a grade, a favor or some other benefit, sexual contact, sexual assault. Back to top.
Sexual harassment is a form of unlawful discrimination and is prohibited by UTSA policy: For more information, please see UTSA’s Handbook of Operating Procedures (HOP) Section 9.24 Sexual Harassment and Sexual Misconduct. Back to top.
If you believe you are a victim of sexual violence, please contact UTSAPD. If it is an emergency, please contact (210) 458-4911. Otherwise contact (210) 458-4242 (nonemergency number). Back to top.
No, both females and males can be victims of sexual harassment and/or sexual violence. For more information regarding sexual assaults on males please visit the RAINN’s information page regarding Male Sexual Assault. Back to top.
Yes. If you have been subjected to unwanted sexual contact or sexual harassment, your gender and the gender of the alleged perpetrator are irrelevant. Such conduct is prohibited by Title IX and UTSA policy. Back to top.
Find a safe place away from the assailant and call the police.
The Title IX Coordinator also can coordinate other assistance including no contact orders, escort services, relocation of the individuals involved, and reassignment of schedules if the victim and the accused have similar schedules. Back to top.
In certain situations, a person does not have the capacity to agree to participate in consensual sex. Examples include individuals who are under the age of consent, intoxicated, developmentally disabled, mentally/physically unable to consent, etc. Anyone engaging in sexual contact with someone who is unable to give consent may be committing sexual assault. Back to top.
Yes, if the incident has sufficient ties to UTSA (if it occurs at a UTSA event, if it involves a UTSA student, staff member or faculty member, etc.) then UTSA can investigate and provide resolution. Back to top.
UTSA’s priority is to prevent sexual harassment and sexual violence. While the specifics of the situation will be considered, UTSA’s primary focus will be to address the sexual harassment or violence. UTSA does not want the involvement of alcohol or drugs to prevent the reporting of such serious misconduct. Also, the use of alcohol or drugs will not excuse sexual violence or harassment. Back to top.
Do not contact the alleged victim through any means – in person, by phone, by mail, by social media or electronic communication or through someone else. Familiarize yourself with UTSA’s EOS policy/process for investigating complaints of sexual harassment (HOP 9.24) so that you know what to expect. If you have questions about the EOS process, contact the Title IX Coordinator. If you need support, contact UTSA's Student Counseling Services. Back to top.
Sexual harassment and acts of sexual violence should be reported to the Title IX Coordinator and/or to the UTSAPD. Back to top.
Sexual harassment and sexual violence are potential crimes but they also are violations of Title IX and UTSA policy. Sometimes, specific conduct may not constitute a crime, but it still constitutes a violation of Title IX and UTSA policy. UTSA is committed to addressing and preventing sexual harassment and sexual violence, regardless of whether such activity constitutes a crime. Back to top.
If you believe you have been sexually assaulted or a victim of any other crime, then you should contact UTSAPD. Back to top.
The privacy of the parties is a priority to UTSA. However, sometimes, limited information must be disclosed in order to fully investigate a complaint. If you are concerned about confidentiality, discuss this issue with the Title IX Coordinator. Back to top.
Your confidentiality will be protected to the maximum extent possible, but anonymity may hinder an investigation into your complaint. Back to top.
Yes, in order to conduct a thorough investigation, the alleged perpetrator must be identified. Back to top.
Yes. If you have concerns for your safety, UTSA can provide escort services and take other steps to assist you. In addition, UTSA has a strong retaliation policy that is aggressively enforced if a complainant or a witness is retaliated against for participating in an EOS investigation. Back to top.
Be supportive – listen to what she or he has to say then encourage your friend to report the incident to the police or to the Title IX Coordinator. You should also consider reporting the incident yourself. You may also suggest that they contact UTSA's Student Counseling Services. Back to top.
You also can report to the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights. However, UTSA is committed to addressing and preventing sexual harassment and sexual violence, and UTSA is best able to do that when it is made aware of possible violations. Back to top.
Title IX Coordinator
The Title IX Coordinator is the university official responsible for ensuring UTSA complies with Title IX, including responding to and investigating all complaints of gender discrimination (including sexual harassment and sexual violence) at UTSA. Back to top.
No, not entirely. Title IX addresses discrimination based on sex/gender. Title IX considers sexual harassment as a form of sex/gender discrimination and it requires that all incidents of sexual harassment be viewed as discrimination and be investigated. Back to top.