Reporting of such conduct is encouraged so that the University can take appropriate steps to prevent the situation from creating an environment which is hostile to education.
Some examples of matters which are appropriate to report and file a Title IX complaint:
- A complaint of sex discrimination or sexual / gender harassment carried out by university employees, other students, or third parties. This may include sexual violence, dating violence, domestic violence, staling or other forms of sexual harassment.
- A complaint of gender inequity in any program of the university, including athletics
How do I report?
If a member of the University community observes any behavior that may involve sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, stalking, or other forms of sexual harassment, you may make a report in person, in writing, by phone, by mail, or by email to:
- Susan Owens, Vice President for Human Resources & Title IX Coordinator
(254) 295-4527 firstname.lastname@example.org
- Dr. Brandon Skaggs, Vice President for Student Life & Deputy Title IX Coordinator
(254) 295-4496 email@example.com
- Darla Kirby, Associate Athletic Director & Deputy Title IX Coordinator
(254) 295-5046 firstname.lastname@example.org
- If you have immediate safety concerns, first call 911, then call the Campus Police at (254) 295-5555.
If a complaint is made in writing, the following information should be included (these elements can be discussed in the meeting if the complaint is made in person):
- A description of the problem which is the basis for the complaint
- When the conduct which is the basis of the complaint occurred
- The names and contact information, if known, of any persons whose conduct has created the problem or the complain
- The names and contact information, if known, of any persons who can provide information about or confirmation of the complaint
- What, if any, consequences or effects the problem is causing for the student
- The action or solution requested in order to resolve the complaint
The University will take appropriate steps to eliminate unlawful sex discrimination as quickly as possible. In some cases interim measures may be taken before the investigation and any related disciplinary process has been completed in order to eliminate or diminish the opportunity for additional discrimination or harassment or to alleviate the effects of the conduct which is the subject of the complaint. Any interim measures will respect the rights of all students to be treated with fundamental fairness.
You may also use the online report form:
Title IX Online Report Form
You are encouraged to provide your contact information on this form so the Title IX Coordinator can contact you confidentially to further discuss your options and rights. You may submit the online report form anonymously. Any log-in required to access the report form will not be used by the university to identify you, if you elect this option. However, it is important to note that reports submitted anonymously or with limited information may limit the university’s ability to follow up on an incident.
Reports may also be submitted to the U.S. Department of Education: 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20202
More About Reporting Sexual Violence
Students who experience incidents of sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence or stalking have the right to file a Title IX sex discrimination complaint with the university as described on the preceding pages and students also have the right to file a separate criminal complaint with the Belton Police Department. Although students have the right not to make an official report, UMHB encourages students to report sexual assaults, dating violence, domestic violence or stalking to the university and/or to the Belton Police Department. If you choose to report, you are encouraged to do so as soon as possible, enabling the university or the Belton Police Department to act quickly and thoroughly.
Filing a report will not obligate you to prosecute, but it will help the university take steps to provide a safer campus for you and others. With your report, the university can keep a more accurate record of the number of incidents involving students; determine whether there is a pattern of crime with regard to a particular location, method, or assailant; and alert the campus community to potential danger.
All individuals participating in the university investigation, including but not limited to making an initial report, are expected to tell the truth. Individuals participating in an investigation regarding an allegation of sexual assault and sexual misconduct will not be disciplined for minor violations of the student rules of conduct. However, if there is a concern about a person’s safety, including but not limited to the use of alcohol/drugs, the university may recommend counseling or other educational resources to the person.
Intentional False Reporting Is Prohibited
Sexual harassment and particularly sexual assault often is not witnessed by others and reports of such incidents cannot always be substantiated by additional evidence. Lack of additional evidence should not discourage an individual from reporting an incident. However, individuals who make reports that are later found to have been intentionally falsified or made maliciously without regard for truth, may be subject to disciplinary action and/or criminal prosecution.
Susan Owens, Title IX Coordinator
900 College Street, Belton, TX 76513
email@example.com • (254) 295-4527
Page last updated January 12, 2018