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 RISE at (806) 742-2110 if you have any further questions or would like to speak to someone in person.
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.
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.
Staff in the RISE Office are available to assist as Process Advisers for students who have experienced an incident. These Advisers 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. RISE staff members and the Office of the Dean of Students 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.
For more information about the remedies and resources the University may be able to provide for students experiencing a crisis or trauma, contact the Dean of Students Office.
Student Counseling Center
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 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.
- 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!"