Title IX resources available for survivors of sexual assault

LUBBOCK, Texas (KCBD) – A Texas Tech student reported an aggravated assault and sexual assault at an undisclosed residence on campus early Friday morning.

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A student could be suspended or expelled if found responsible by the Title IX office. These penalties could be combined with counseling, additional training, or a reflective essay.

But it’s up to the survivor if he wants a formal disciplinary complaint to come to this point.

From January to June 2020, the office received 139 reports. Only seven led to “student disciplinary action”.

“I think a lot of people assume the only right answer is a formal investigation, a hearing, a discipline, a result – that sort of thing. And when a student wants to do that, it can be a very healing process for him. But several students come in and [say] “I can’t think of that today,” said Kimberly Simón, Title IX coordinator. “We want to make sure that we serve these students as well. “

The office also specializes in support measures such as counseling, academic support and moving homes if necessary.

Students can simply choose to report and not follow up or access these resources without having to disclose the details of an incident.

“Sexual assault, in particular, is not a one-size-fits-all process. A student should really be able to say, that’s the best thing for me right now, ”said Simón.

The Title IX office serves as an investigative body if students choose to go ahead with a formal disciplinary process. He has 120 working days to investigate. But Simon says they’re trying to work as quickly as possible.

“We are conducting a thorough and impartial investigation. We collect information from all sides. All witnesses. Students have the right to see this survey, to read this entire report, to know exactly what the university will use to make a decision.

Simón says the office will always follow the wishes of the reporting party, except in rare cases such as multiple reports or a threat to the rest of the campus.

Simón says this did not happen while she was working as the Title IX coordinator.

“We are truly a student-led process. We want to respond in whatever way is in the best interest of this student, ”she said.

In order to report an incident, a student can notify any trusted staff member on campus or go directly to the office.

More resources can be found using the QR code below:

Provides access to several Title IX resources.(Technical University of Texas)

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