Sexual Assault Prevention
RISE works closely with several campus departments to provide comprehensive prevention & response services for sexual assault, interpersonal violence, and stalking. RISE also offers workshops on Bystander Intervention and related areas. More information and links to these services are provided below.
Sexual violence prevention is everyone's responsibility. Sexual violence can include sexual harassment, sexual assault, (including rape), domestic violence, intimate partner violence, and stalking. Prevention efforts start the moment we decide to engage with our community. As an individual, you can support healthy relationships by educating yourself and others on consent, the impact our decisions have on others, and ways in which we can support those impacted by sexual violence.
If you, or someone you care about, has been the victim of misconduct such as sexual assault, interpersonal violence, stalking, or harassment, we want you to know that you are not alone and we are here to help. Texas Tech provides resources to students, faculty, and staff, regardless of a decision to pursue a formal investigation. The university is committed to walking you through the process and assisting with your needs.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is a mandatory reporter or responsible employee? What does that mean for me?
A mandatory reporter or responsible employee is any TTU employee (including student staff), with the exception of health providers (doctors at the Wellness Center), counseling professionals (Student Counseling Center, Family Therapy Clinic, Psychology Clinic), or clergy members functioning in their clergy role. For example, if a staff member is also a pastor at a community church, they would still be considered a mandatory reporter for any interaction that occurs in the office or classroom environment.
Mandatory reporter sounds like a scary term, but all it really means is that each person is tasked with putting students, faculty, and staff in touch with appropriate resources after they've been made aware that an incident has occurred. Incidents included in mandatory reporting include sexual misconduct,interpersonal violence, and stalking. These employees are required to contact a designated person (a Title IX staff member) about the incident, with the intention of providing support and resources to the individual. It's important to note that just because Title IX is notified, it does not mean you have to pursue an investigation. The Title IX staff member will put you in contact with resources, and will only be as involved with you as you would like. You are free to refuse all contact with the Title IX staff member if you choose.
For more information about your duties as a TTU employee, visit the Mandatory Reporting information site for TTU employees.
2. What's the difference between "confidential" and "anonymous" reporting?
"Confidential" reporting is limited to a very small group of individuals at the University. This is the group exempt from mandatory reporter requirements listed above, which includes health providers (doctors at the Wellness Center), counseling professionals (Student Counseling Center, Family Therapy Clinic, Psychology Clinic), and clergy members. Confidential sources will not make any Title IX reports on your behalf unless you ask them to. While they can provide excellent physical, mental, and spiritual health resources, they are not able to arrange for University resources and services. They can, however, put you in touch with the CARE coordinators in the Office for Student Rights and Resolution to access these services. You do not have to initiate an investigation in order to access University resources.
"Anonymous" reporting can be thought of as a Jane/John Doe report. An official report of an incident can be made online but you can elect to not have your name/identifying information tied to the report. If you wish to access resources, but not pursue an investigation, you will need to file a report with your name and contact information, so that someone can get in touch with you to help. If you wish to pursue an actual investigation, your name must be used in conjunction with the case.
Please know that whatever method you choose, even if you pursue an investigation, just because your report is not "confidential" or "anonymous," it is still private. Only the investigator, and essential staff members will know your name. Your privacy is important to us, and the University will not share your information with other parties. This also includes your parents - they will not be notified that you have filed a complaint.
3. If I make a report, do I have to proceed with an investigation?
Absolutely not. You can choose how you would like to proceed with your case. You can file a completely anonymous online report, report for resources/support, pursue an investigation with TTU, or pursue a criminal investigation with either TTU or Lubbock Police (depending on the jurisdiction).
The only exception to this question is if the individual you file a report about is determined to be a continuing threat to campus. This may be someone who has a previous history of reports, someone who practices predatory behavior, or someone who has engaged in other violent behavior. You may still decide your level of participation in the investigation- you are not compelled to participate just because the university looks into the case.
4. What if I need resources/assistance, but don't want to make a formal report?
File a report and state that in the report. You can share as much or as little information as you would like and CARE Coordinators in the Office for Student Rights and Resolution will reach out to you to offer resources and support.
5. What can Texas Tech do if someone is found responsible?
Texas Tech does not conduct criminal investigations, but rather investigations to determine if the Student Code of Conduct was violated. These investigations rely on a "preponderance of evidence," meaning it is more likely than not that a violation occurred. For more information about this process, there is information and a flow chart housed on the Title IX website.
See something, say something, do something. Texas Tech is committed to empowering all Red Raiders to be engaged bystanders, and to respond.