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Title IX Frequently Asked Questions

Sexual Harassment/Sexual Assault

1. What is sexual violence?

2. How do I know if I’ve been sexually assaulted?

3. How do I know if I’ve been sexually harassed?

4. What is UT ARLINGTON’s policy regarding sexual harassment?

5. What should I do if I think I’ve been sexually harassed or victimized?

6. Are women the only victims of sexual harassment or sexual violence?

7. Is it possible to be sexually harassed/assaulted by someone of the same gender?

8. If I think I’ve been victimized and I don’t feel safe, what can I do?

9. The definition of sexual assault says it can occur either forcibly (against a person's will) or when a person cannot give consent. What does “when a person cannot give consent" mean?

10. If an incident of sexual violence occurs off-campus, can the University investigate?

11. If an incident occurred at a party and I was drinking, will I get in trouble?

12. Someone has filed a complaint against me, what do I do?

Reporting

1. To whom should I report that I’ve been sexually harassed/assaulted?

2. I’ve already gone to the police, so why do I need to go to the Title IX Coordinator or EOS?

3. If I reported being sexually harassed or sexually assaulted to EOS, do I still need to go to the police?

4. Will my complaint remain confidential?

5. What if I want to remain anonymous?

6. Do I have to identify the alleged perpetrator?

7. I'm concerned that reporting might make matters worse. Should I still file a complaint?

8. My friend told me he or she was assaulted. What can I do to help?

9. Do I have to report to UT ARLINGTON? Is there someone outside UT ARLINGTON I can report to?

Title IX Coordinator

1. What is a Title IX Coordinator?

2. Who is the Title IX Coordinator?

3. Isn’t Title IX just about Athletics?


Sexual Harassment/Sexual Assault

1. What is sexual violence?

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

2. How do I know if I’ve been sexually assaulted?

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

4. What is UT ARLINGTON’s policy regarding sexual harassment?

Sexual harassment is a form of unlawful discrimination and is prohibited by UT ARLINGTON policy: For more information, please see UT ARLINGTON’s Procedure 14-2 Sexual Harassment, Sexual Misconduct and Consensual Relationships. Back to top

5. What should I do if I think I’ve been sexually harassed or victimized?

Contact the Title IX Coordinator at 817-272-2103 or 817-272-2106, by email, or you may also fill out a complaint form and deliver it or fax it to the Title IX Coordinator at 817-272-5806.

If you believe you are a victim of sexual violence, please contact UT ARLINGTON P.D. If it is an emergency, please contact 817-272-3003. Otherwise contact 817-272-3381 (non-emergency number). Back to top

6. Are women the only victims of sexual harassment or sexual violence?

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

7. Is it possible to be sexually harassed/assaulted by someone of the same gender?

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 UT ARLINGTON policy. Back to top

8. If I think I’ve been victimized and I don’t feel safe, what can I do?

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

9. The definition of sexual assault says it can occur either forcibly (against a person's will) or when a person cannot give consent. What does “when a person cannot give consent" mean?

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

10. If an incident of sexual violence occurs off-campus, can the University investigate?

Yes, if the incident has sufficient ties to UT ARLINGTON (if it occurs at a UT ARLINGTON event, if it involves a UT ARLINGTON student, staff member or faculty member, etc.) then UT ARLINGTON can investigate and provide resolution. Back to top

11. If an incident occurred at a party and I was drinking, will I get in trouble?

UT ARLINGTON’s priority is to prevent sexual harassment and sexual violence. While the specifics of the situation will be considered, UT ARLINGTON’s primary focus will be to address the sexual harassment or violence. UT ARLINGTON 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

12. Someone has filed a complaint against me, what do I do?

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 UT ARLINGTON’s EOS policy/process for investigating complaints of sexual harassment 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 UT ARLINGTON's Student Counseling Services. Back to top

Reporting

1. To whom should I report that I’ve been sexually harassed/assaulted?

Sexual harassment and acts of sexual violence should be reported to the Title IX Coordinator and/or to the UT ARLINGTON P.D. Back to top

2. I’ve already gone to the police, so why do I need to go to the Title IX Coordinator or EOS?

Sexual harassment and sexual violence are potential crimes but they also are violations of Title IX and UT ARLINGTON policy. Sometimes, specific conduct may not constitute a crime, but it still constitutes a violation of Title IX and UT ARLINGTON policy. UT ARLINGTON is committed to addressing and preventing sexual harassment and sexual violence, regardless of whether such activity constitutes a crime. Back to top

3. If I reported being sexually harassed or sexually assaulted to EOS, do I still need to go to the police?

If you believe you have been sexually assaulted or a victim of any other crime, then you should contact UT ARLINGTON P.D. Back to top

4. Will my complaint remain confidential?

The privacy of the parties is a priority to UT ARLINGTON. 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

5. What if I want to remain anonymous?

Your confidentiality will be protected to the maximum extent possible, but anonymity may hinder an investigation into your complaint. Back to top

6. Do I have to identify the alleged perpetrator?

Yes, in order to conduct a thorough investigation, the alleged perpetrator must be identified. Back to top

7. I’m concerned that reporting might make matters worse. Should I still file a complaint?

Yes. If you have concerns for your safety, UT ARLINGTON can provide escort services and take other steps to assist you. In addition, UT ARLINGTON 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

8. My friend told me he or she was assaulted. What can I do to help?

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 UT ARLINGTON's Student Counseling Services. Back to top

9. Do I have to report to UT ARLINGTON? Is there someone outside UT ARLINGTON I can report to?

You also can report to the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights. However, UT ARLINGTON is committed to addressing and preventing sexual harassment and sexual violence, and UT ARLINGTON is best able to do that when it is made aware of possible violations. Back to top

Title IX Coordinator

1. What is a Title IX Coordinator?

The Title IX Coordinator is the university official responsible for ensuring UT Arlington complies with Title IX, including responding to and investigating all complaints of gender discrimination (including sexual harassment and sexual violence) at UT Arlington. Back to top.

2. Who is the Title IX Coordinator?

Title IX Coordinator:
Jean Hood, SPHR
Vice President of Human Resources
Phone: 817-272-5554
Email: jmhood@uta.edu
Office Location: 1225 W. Mitchell, J.D. Wetsel Building 20, Arlington, Texas 76019

                

 
3. Isn’t Title IX just about Athletics?

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