Title IX is a federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any federally funded education program or activity. Title IX protects all members of our campus community who experience sex discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual assault, interpersonal violence (including dating and domestic violence), stalking, or discrimination on the basis of pregnancy. These protections apply to students, faculty, staff, contractors, applicants and campus visitors. The University and the Law School are committed to creating and fostering a campus environment free from all forms of sex discrimination. The University has adopted a policy on the Prohibition of Sexual Assault, Interpersonal Violence, Stalking, Sexual Harassment, and Sex Discrimination.
The University’s Title IX Office, Office for Inclusion and Equity, and Department of Investigation and Adjudication are responsible for investigating all Title IX reports at UT Austin. The Law School does not have its own Title IX process. All Title IX incidents involving law students, faculty, or staff are reported to the University’s Title IX Office.
All University employees (both faculty and staff) are required to promptly report any knowledge of any incidents of sexual assault, sexual harassment, dating violence, or stalking “committed by or against a person who was a student enrolled at or an employee of the institution at the time of the incident.” Texas Education Code 51.252. If you disclose a Title IX incident to a faculty or staff member, they are required to report the incident to the University’s Title IX Office. You will then be contacted by an investigator. As a student, you always have the option to request a dismissal of the investigation or be a Reluctant Complainant in the investigation process, which means you don’t have to participate in the investigation.
If you have been affected by a Title IX incident, you may also file a report directly with the Title IX Office.
If you are not ready to file a report, the University has designated a number of Confidential Resources who are not required to report Title IX incidents that are disclosed to them. Those resources include the Counseling and Mental Health Center and trained, professional Advocates in Student Emergency Services. When meeting with a confidential support person, students may share as much or as little as they feel comfortable. Services include, but are not limited to:
- Offering a safe and private setting to discuss questions, concerns, and experiences regarding an incident of interpersonal violence
- Engaging in respectful, active listening and emotional support
- Providing information about students’ rights and options regarding the Title IX reporting and investigation process
- Exploring academic, housing, medical, and or/ financial accommodations and remedies
- Referrals for on and off campus resources
Assistant Dean Elizabeth Bangs is the Law School’s Title IX Liaison. Title IX Liaisons are designated faculty and staff members who have received comprehensive Title IX training and are available to provide resources and support.