Editor's Note: UTSA President Taylor Eighmy sent this email to UTSA faculty, staff and students today.
(Sept. 6, 2019) -- Dear Roadrunners,
You probably saw recently that UTSA has been named one of the safest college campuses in the nation by ASecureLife, a company that researches and reviews the security industry. We are proud of that designation because it reflects our shared commitment to creating an environment where students can learn, succeed and flourish. We especially benefit when our students freely share their ideas, concerns and solutions for improvement.
At the same time, we recognize that UTSA is an environment where young adults can be exposed to inappropriate behavior including sexual misconduct. It is important that you know just how seriously we take our responsibility to ensure the safety and well-being of the entire Roadrunner community.
That is why we have put in place a number of programs to help students confront these issues and establish boundaries of appropriate behavior. These efforts are coordinated by Dean of Students LT Robinson and the task force for the President’s Initiative on Preventing Sexual Assault and Misconduct, which is helping to cultivate a zero-tolerance environment for all forms of sexual assault and misconduct at UTSA.
Visit our safe campus website to learn about the initiatives we have underway, the training programs we offer and the campus resources that are available to you. We encourage you to become informed, to speak up and to report any concerns you have about inappropriate behavior of any kind.
We also want to make sure you have the latest information on matters that have occurred on campus and how they are being addressed. You may be aware that, early this past summer, a student was arrested for molestation involving a relative who he brought to campus in early 2019. Because it was an active criminal investigation in which we were involved, and because the victim was a minor, we were restricted in what we could say at that time. The suspect, who is no longer a student, is now going through criminal prosecution, and we have taken important learnings from this matter to strengthen our policies regarding minors in campus housing, even when they are relatives of students. You can read the new policy in our Resident Handbook.
Also last year, we received complaints of sexual misconduct by several current and former students. The university conducted thorough investigations on each of these reports, handled by our Equal Opportunity Services (EOS)/Title IX office. We updated the community about this in an email on June 14, 2019 from the task force on the President’s Initiative on Preventing Sexual Assault and Misconduct. In the coming weeks, EOS will release a comprehensive report for the 2018-2019 fiscal year assessing our overall efforts, investigations and outcomes. You will be receiving an email update on that report.
When issues arise at UTSA, we want you to be aware of them, and we practice transparency to the fullest extent possible. We actively post information in the new campus issues section of our Campus Alerts page.
As we begin this new academic year, I am looking forward to continuing our important work in this area, ensuring that UTSA remains a university where all Roadrunners can safely study, live, work and thrive.
As always, I am energized by the collective commitment by all of you – students, faculty and staff alike – to talk about these tough issues and address them head on as a learning community.
Celebrate UTSA’s 50th Anniversary and share social media posts about the 50th using the hashtag #UTSA50.
The Roadrunner community and nearby residents are highly encouraged to cast their votes at UTSA, a designated early voting site for the March 3 Texas presidential primary election.H-E-B Student Union, Bexar Room (HSU 1.102), Main Campus
Join UTSA Honors College for "A Conversation With Shea Serrano", a San Antonio native, the author of three New York Times best sellers, and a current staff writer at The Ringer.Retama Auditorium, Student Union (SU 2.02.02), UTSA Main Campus
A 50-year perspective and special tribute to Sen. Joe Bernal. Discussions of UTSA's historical legal struggles led by Al Kaufman, Rosie Castro and Leticia Van de Putte.Buena Vista Theater (BV 1.328), Downtown Campus
UTSA Associate Professor Stephen Ackley, a specialist in sea ice, will discuss scientific explorations in Antarctica in the casual environment of San Antonio's Friendly Spot.The Friendly Spot, 943 S. Alamo St., San Antonio
Watching Neutron Stars: The NICER instrument onboard the ISS. Free and open to the public.Flawn Science Building (FLN 2.02.02), Main Campus
The best way to learn what UTSA has to offer is to experience it for yourself. Come to our Open House and see all that UTSA has to offer. The day features admissions and financial aid workshops and presentations, campus tours and much more.Various Locations, Main Campus
If you’re interested in pursuing a career in health care, you won’t want to miss UTSA’s 14th annual Health Professions Day. Meet with representatives of health professions programs at schools such as Texas Tech University Health Science Center, University of Texas Medical Branch, University North Texas Health Science Center, University of the Incarnate Word, and many more. Free and open to UTSA students, local area college and high school students, and community members.Student Union, Retama Galleria (SU First Floor Corridor), Main Campus
The University of Texas at San Antonio is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge through research and discovery, teaching and learning, community engagement and public service. As an institution of access and excellence, UTSA embraces multicultural traditions and serves as a center for intellectual and creative resources as well as a catalyst for socioeconomic development and the commercialization of intellectual property - for Texas, the nation and the world.
To be a premier public research university, providing access to educational excellence and preparing citizen leaders for the global environment.
We encourage an environment of dialogue and discovery, where integrity, excellence, inclusiveness, respect, collaboration and innovation are fostered.