The University of Texas at Austin is committed to creating and maintaining an educational and work environment free from all forms of sexual harassment, sex discrimination, exploitation and intimidation where all students, faculty, and staff can learn, work and thrive.
At the School of Information, every member of our community has the right to feel safe and deserves to be heard, believed, and supported. Federal and state laws provide legal protections to all members of our campus community and mandates that all university employees must promptly report any incidents that involve a student or employee.
Title IX is a federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any federally funded education program or activity. Title IX protects all members of our campus community who experience sex discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual misconduct, interpersonal violence (including dating and domestic violence), stalking, or discrimination on the basis of pregnancy. These protections apply to students, faculty, staff, contractors, applicants and campus visitors. We are committed to creating and fostering a campus environment free from all forms of sex discrimination.
Senate Bill 212 (SB 212)
This Texas state law addresses reporting requirements for incidents of sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating violence, or stalking. All employees who witness or receive information about sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating violence and stalking that involve a current student or employee—or was committed by or against a person who was a student enrolled at or an employee of the institution at the time of the incident—must promptly report the incident to the University’s Title IX Coordinator or a Deputy Title IX Coordinator.
Student employees are encouraged, but not required, to report under SB 212; however, if the student employee is designated as a “responsible employee”, such as graduate teaching and research assistants, then they are still required to report under federal Title IX law.