If you, or someone you care about, have been the victim of misconduct such as sexual assault, interpersonal violence, stalking, or harassment, we want you to know that you are not alone. 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. A summary of services is provided below, but we encourage you to call the Office for Student Rights and Resolution at 806.742.7233 if you have any further questions or would like to speak to someone in person.
Reporting Options and Support - Title IX
A comprehensive explanation of the university's policies, procedures, and resources related to Title IX can be found on the Title IX homepage, here. You can also file a report online through this page, or set up an appointment to make a report in person by calling 806.742.7233.
Need immediate assistance, especially after hours? Call the Texas Tech Crisis HelpLine at (806) 742-5555 to speak to a licensed mental health professional, 24/7/365.
CARE Coordinators in the Office for Student Rights and Resolution (commonly called the Title IX Office) for students who have experienced an incident. These individuals are available to assist students by explaining the process of reporting, making appropriate referrals, and helping a student better understand the processes and the options for them. They can also connect a student with resources at the University and hep them navigate the process of getting academic and personal support. They can connect students with the Office of the Dean of Students and can help you with remedies and resources, regardless of whether you choose to pursue investigation. You can also share this information with a friend that may be unsure of what to do next.
To contact a CARE Coordinator, call or stop by the Office for Student Rights and Resolution at 806.742.7233 in Student Union Building, Room 232E. Or, you can file an online report and note that you'd like to talk to a CARE Coordinator.
The Texas Tech Student Counseling Center is available for all currently enrolled students. Appointments are available M-F, 8am to 5 pm, and walk-in hours are available daily 12:30-3:30 pm.
How do I support someone who has been assaulted/hurt?
BELIEVE THEM! Strong responses are important. You may be the first and only person the victim tells. If they don't have a supportive response, it can deter them from seeking help.
Listen to hear, not respond. It's not your job to get all the details of what happened to them, or ask personal questions. Listen with empathy and care, and avoid judgement
Ask about needs. Victims (survivors) typically need control and support. Ask the person what they need or might need. Confirm your willingness to help them through the process as little or as much as they need. If you cannot help them – refer them to someone who can!
Check-in periodically. This event could have happened a long time ago, but it doesn't mean the pain is gone. Help the survivor understand you care about their well-being. Think time/place/manner – it is important to check in, appropriately.
Self-care. Helping others in need can be difficult; make sure you also do wellness self-check-ins often so you can also stay healthy mentally and know when to get support for yourself! If you're feeling overwhelmed don't be afraid to reach out to a mentor, adviser, counselor or RISE!"
Still don't quite understand this topic, or have questions? That's OK!
Contact a professional staff members in the Title IX or the RISE office. Request a Sexual Assault and Consent workshop. Request a Healthy Relationships workshop. Call, email, DM, or come by the RISE office. We can be reached at 806.742.2110, firstname.lastname@example.org, @TTURISE, or Drane 247.