Sexual assault and aggravated sexual assault are serious felony crimes, and UT Arlington considers it imperative to provide sexual assault awareness programs aimed at the prevention of such crimes. The Police Department’s crime prevention officer and staff from UT Arlington Relationship Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention Program are available to coordinate programs that include representatives from Safe Haven of Tarrant County and the Women's Center of Tarrant County.
The first priority for a victim of sexual assault is to get to a place of safety; then obtain necessary medical treatment. If the assault occurred on campus, notify the UT Arlington Police Department immediately. Other campus staff such as residence hall staff or counselors may assist in reporting the sexual assault to the Police Department and the Office of Community Standards. If the assault occurred outside the UT Arlington campus, the local police department where the assault occurred should be called. Time is a critical factor for evidence collection and preservation.
Filing a report with the UT Arlington Police Department will not obligate the victim to prosecute, nor will it subject the victim to scrutiny or judgmental opinions from officers. Filing a police report will ensure that a victim of sexual assault receives the necessary medical treatment and tests at no expense to the victim; provide the opportunity for collection of evidence helpful in prosecution, which cannot be obtained later (ideally a victim of sexual assault should not wash, douche, use the toilet, or change clothing prior to a medical/legal exam); and assure the victim has access to free confidential counseling from counselors specifically trained in the area of sexual assault crisis intervention.
For detailed information about sexual offense prevention and response, including the official University policies and procedures, visit uta.edu/rvsp. To read UT Arlington’s Sexual Assault Policy, refer to the Handbook of Operating Procedures, which can be found online at uta.edu/policy.
In general, it is important for all members of the University community to be aware of their surroundings and respond to their instincts. Students, staff, and faculty areencouraged to be positive bystanders in their community, know their resources, seek help, and intervene when appropriate. Members of the community are also encouraged to report concerning behavior, including the risks associated with drug and alcohol use. Comprehensive educational programs aimed at prevention and awareness of acquaintance rape, sexual violence and misconduct, and other offenses are offered by the Relationship Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention (RVSP) program. These programs include the Clothesline Project, the Red Flag Campaign, Purple Ribbon Day, and Blue Ribbon Day. If you are a student, faculty, or staff member in need of a program, resources, or information for your class or organization, contact the RVSP coordinator at 817-272-9250.
The UT Arlington Police Department presents the Rape Aggression and Defense (R.A.D.) program free of charge to current students, faculty, and staff. The course is taught by a certified R.A.D. instructor within the Police Department and will provide each student with a workbook/reference manual. This manual outlines the entire R.A.D. physical defense system for reference and continuous personal growth. The program is designed to help women overcome the effects of sexual violence by teaching assertiveness, awareness, risk reduction, avoidance, and physical defense options and strategies.