Sexual Assault Prevention
RISE works closely with several campus departments, including the Student Resolution Center (Title IX Investigators), Office of Student Conduct, the Dean of Students, Student Counseling Center, Gender Equity Council, and Women's Studies 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 deserve to 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?" What does that mean for me?
A "mandatory reporter" is any TTU faculty or staff member (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.
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. **Please note**: without your express consent/request, confidential sources will not make any Title IX reports on your behalf. While they can provide excellent physical, mental, and spiritual health resources, they are not able to arrange for university remedies and services. They can, however, put you in touch with RISE or the Dean of Students office to access these services.
"Anonymous" reporting can be thought of as a Jane/John Doe report. An official report of an incident is made, through the RISE office, but you can elect to not have your name/identifying information tied to the report. This is a good solution for a student who would like to access remedies/support services but does not want to pursue an investigation. **Please note**: 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 (such as a RISE Support Coordinator) 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. Your basic options are:
- File a report for resources/support
- Pursue an investigation with TTU
- Pursue a criminal investigation with either TTU or Lubbock Police (depending on the jurisdiction)
You can also combine any of these options. While Tech does not do any type of criminal investigation, our Title IX Staff works closely with the Police Department when requested in order to make the process as seamless as possible for reporting parties. **Please note**: 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?
You can visit with a staff member in RISE to learn about available resources. The RISE office is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm and is closed during all University holidays. To make an appointment with a staff member, call (806) 742-2110. The Office of the Dean of Students coordinates all resources for students and can be reached at (806) 742-2984.
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. You can get more information about this process from the Code of Student Conduct or by contacting the Title IX Administrator.
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