Title IX Frequently Asked Questions
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.).
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 UT ARLINGTON policy: For more information, please see UT ARLINGTON’s Procedure 14-2 Sexual Harassment, Sexual Misconduct and Consensual Relationships. Back to top
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
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 UT ARLINGTON 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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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, 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
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
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
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.
Title IX Coordinator:
Jean Hood, SPHR
Vice President of Human Resources
Office Location: 1225 W. Mitchell, J.D. Wetsel Building 20, Arlington, Texas 76019
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
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