A report of a violation of the UH System Sexual Misconduct Policy does not automatically begin the formal complaint procedures. The University will determine the appropriate response to each report based on the information available at the time of the report and, whenever possible, with the input of the alleged victim. When the University receives a report from anyone regarding an alleged violation of the policy, it will take reasonable measures to contact the alleged victim to notify them of their rights and options, implement any appropriate interim measures and complete a preliminary investigation, as appropriate. A formal complaint will begin a full investigation and could lead to disciplinary actions against a UHV employee or student who has been found to have violated the policy. For more information, speak to a Title IX Coordinator or review the UH System Sexual Misconduct Policy.
When you speak with the Title IX Coordinator, they will explain the complaint process and answer any questions you may have. Remember that filing a formal complaint is different and separate from filing a criminal or police report.
The University will protect the confidentiality of all individuals involved in a report or a complaint by refusing to disclose their identifying information to anyone outside the University to the maximum extent permitted by law. Information will be shared within the University only to those individuals with a legitimate need to know. Individuals may request that their report be investigated by the University without providing their name to the Respondent or witnesses. However, this may reduce the University’s ability to thoroughly investigate a report. When the University cannot fully investigate a report or take appropriate disciplinary action because of a request for a confidential investigation, the University will pursue other steps to limit the effects of the alleged violation, attempt to prevent its reoccurrence, and respond to the impact on the involved parties and the community.
In some instances, the University may need to make a brief safety-related announcement of the nature of the violation, but the University will not include personally identifiable information in the announcement. The University also must statistically report the occurrence on campus of major violent crimes, including some sex offenses, in an annual report of campus crime statistics. This statistical report does not include personally identifiable information.
Per the UH System Sexual Misconduct Policy, the Title IX Coordinator will provide a copy of the formal complaint to the Respondent within five (5) business days after receiving a formal complaint. For more information about the complaint process, speak to a Title IX Coordinator or review the UH System Sexual Misconduct Policy.
Anonymous reports can also be made online at the Fraud & Non-Compliance Hotline or by calling 1-800-461-9330. However, the reporter should know that during the course of an investigation, his or her identity may be discovered as a possible witness. If that occurs, the report will receive the same confidentiality safeguards offered to those who make a formal report under the policy.
Yes, if you want formal disciplinary action to be taken against the alleged perpetrator. Other services (housing changes, academic services, etc.) may be available without identification of an alleged perpetrator.
If you file a criminal report, you will work with UHV police and/or local law enforcement where the offense occurred. Law enforcement officials or their victim advocates can talk with you and explain the criminal justice process and rights of crime victims. Remember that filing a criminal report is different and separate from filing a Title IX report or formal complaint.
Do not contact the alleged victim. You may immediately want to contact someone who can act as your advisor. You may also contact the Title IX Coordinator who can explain procedures for dealing with sexual misconduct complaints. You may also want to talk to a confidential counselor at the counseling center.
If a Title IX Coordinator notifies you that you have been accused of sexual misconduct, you have the right to due process which includes the right to:
- Know who is making the allegations;
- Know what the allegations are;
- Have an opportunity to respond to the allegations;
- Be kept informed throughout an investigation;
- Receive in writing notice of case updates, the outcome of an investigation, any sanctions, and any appeal rights; and
- Have the opportunity to appeal any Title IX finding and any Title IX-related sanction.
If you want to make a UHPD report, call the local police or the campus UH Police at 361-570-4357 (361-570-HELP). The sooner you make a report, the more likely the police will be able to collect important evidence. A prompt call can also strengthen the case for prosecution. However, even if some time has passed since you were sexually assaulted, it is never too late to make a UH campus police report or report to local law enforcement, or seek help from other victim assistance agencies, the UHV Title IX Coordinator or UHV's Confidential Advisor (contact the Counseling Center for more information) who may be able to connect you with police or accompany you when you make a police report.
You can provide as much detail as you can remember in your report. If you remember details after you make the police report, you can contact the police to provide them with additional information.
The reasons to make a police report to:
- Regain your personal sense of control and power,
- Document the crime that was committed against you,
- Preserve evidence of the assault, and
- Protect others from being sexually assaulted--most rapists are repeat offenders. If you report your crime, it may help the police identify a pattern or an assailant who has attacked others.