Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (20 U.S.C. § 1681) is a federal law that prohibits discrimination based on gender in educational institutions which receive federal financial assistance. Title IX also prohibits sexual harassment, which includes sexual assault and sexual violence.
If you believe you have been the victim of sexual harrassment, sexual assault or sexual violence, you may file a report with either the UTSA Police Department (UTSA PD) or the UTSA Office of Equal Opportunity Services (EOS). UTSA PD offers a criminal process to address the concerns, and EOS offers an administrative process to address the concerns. When you report, UTSA staff will take immediate steps to protect your safety.
UTSA Police Department
- 210-458-4911 (for emergencies)
- 210-458-4242 (for non-emergencies)
- Through the LiveSafe App (download from Google Play or the App Store)
Equal Opportunity Services
- Report an Incident- Students Involved
- Report an Incident- Employee Only Incidents
- Main Phone Line: 210-458-4120
Suzanne Patrick, Director of Equal Opportunity Services and Title IX Coordinator
Esther Miller-Brown, Assistant Director of EOS and Deputy Title IX Coordinator
Other Options for Reporting
- Anonymously report via the UTSA Hotline: (877) 270-5051
- Anonymously report online: www.reportlineweb.com/utsa
Process for reporting to Equal Opportunity Services
Contact the UTSA Office of Equal Opportunity Services (EOS) as soon as possible. You will have the opportunity to provide EOS with information of witnesses or individuals with knowledge of the sexual harrassment, sexual assault or sexual violence.
If the assault occurred within 96 hours, you will be strongly urged to seek medical treatment and consent to a Sexual Assault Forensic Exam at Methodist Specialty and Transplant Hospital or another local hospital to preserve evidence. UTSA PD will provide you with transportation to and from the hospital, if needed.
Under the EOS complaint process, you have the option to choose a formal investigation or an informal investigation; however, keep in mind the informal complaint process is not permitted for Sexual Assault or Sexual Violence cases (For more information, see Handbook of Operating Procedures (HOP) Policy 9.24.) At the conclusion of the investigation, you will be notified of the findings of the investigation and next steps.
Disciplinary steps will be taken, if needed. (Students may learn more about disciplinary review by reading the Student Code of Conduct, Section 701. Faculty should review HOP Policy 2.34. Staff should review HOP Policy 3.03 and HOP Policy 3.04.)
Reporting to other UTSA offices
What happens when I report to UTSA Counseling Services?
- All of your discussions with Student Counseling Services will be confidential.
- Counseling Services will advise you of your right to file a complaint with EOS or UTSA PD.
What happens when I report to the UTSA Police Department?
- A detective or police officer will call you immediately to discuss the case and meet with you at an on-campus location you choose. The detectives or officers will also immediately collect evidence at the scene of the crime to prevent its destruction and/or removal.
- You will be advised of your right to file a complaint with EOS and will be referred to Student Counseling Services and Student Health Services.
- UTSA PD’s Crime Victim’s Liaison will discuss safety plans, crime victim rights, available UTSA resources and other concerns with you.
- The police report will be forwarded to UTSA PD’s Criminal Investigation Section.
- With your consent to prosecute, UTSA PD may opt to file its findings with the Bexar County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.
What happens when I report to a Student Ombudsperson, UTSA Ombudsperson or to the UTSA Office of Student Advocacy, Violence Prevention and Empowerment?
- The UTSA staff member is obligated to report the incident to EOS, which will conduct an investigation.
- Students will be referred to Student Counseling Services, Student Health Services and UTSA PD to discuss safety plans, crime victim rights and the option to file a police report to initiate the criminal process.
- Additional resources outlined at https://www.utsa.edu/studentadvocacy/resources.html will also be shared with the student.
- If the incident occurred off-campus, students will be advised of their right to report the incident to the San Antonio Police Department or the Bexar County Sheriff’s Department.
What happens when I report to UTSA Student Conduct and Community Standards (SCCS)?
- SCCS is obligated to report the incident to EOS, which will conduct an investigation and report its findings to the UTSA Dean of Students.
- You will be assigned a SCCS case worker.
- A summons will be sent for both parties to meet as quickly as schedules allow (generally within 1-2 weeks).
- You may choose an administrative disposition or a hearing.
- If an administrative disposition is requested, you will sign a Waiver.
- If a hearing is chosen, a hearing officer will be confirmed and a hearing letter will be sent to both parties no later than 10 days prior to the hearing.
- Should one or both parties advise SCCS they will have an attorney, SCCS will request and coordinate the availability of a UT System Office of General Counsel attorney and offer one to the hearing officer as well.
- A decision is requested within two weeks of the hearing.
- An appeal of the hearing decision may be made within 14 days of the hearing decision. The Vice President for Student Affairs (VPSA) has 30 days to respond with a decision.
- The VPSA’s decision is final.
What happens when I report to Student Health Services (SHS)?
- SHS will assess whether the incident occurred on campus or off campus. If the perpetrator is known, it will assess whether the individual is a UTSA student.
- The survivor will discuss what happened, if comfortable. SHS will provide STD testing even if the survivor doesn’t want to discuss the incident. If STD tests are positive, SHS will provide treatment.
- SHS will evaluate the student for any other injuries that may have been sustained.
- SHS will ask if the survivor wants to report the incident to UTSA PD.
- If yes, SHS calls UTSA PD and UTSA PD will interview the student at SHS. The survivor will then be referred to Methodist Hospital for SANE exam, evidence collection, testing etc. The survivor is also provided with information for EOS, Counseling Services and the rape crisis hotline.
- If no, the survivor will be provided with information for UTSA PD, Methodist Hospital, EOS, Counseling services and the rape crisis hotline.
- SHS does not provide emergency contraception or blanket antibiotic treatment.
- HOP Policy 9.04 – Consensual Relationships - investigated under procedures outlined in HOP 9.24
- HOP Policy 9.24 – Sexual Harassment and Sexual Misconduct