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Sexual Misconduct

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Sexual misconduct will not be tolerated. Every individual who serves our university must feel valued, respected and free to learn and work in a safe environment.

UT Austin takes all allegations of sexual misconduct seriously and investigates them expeditiously. It has actively taken steps to to address the grave national problem of sexual assault both from a prevention standpoint and through creation of an atmosphere that encourages reporting.

The University of Texas at Austin released a report March 24, 2017 that details the prevalence of sexual assault and misconduct at UT Austin. The data is drawn from the Cultivating Learning and Safe Environments (CLASE) survey that the University of Texas System conducted at 13 UT institutions across the state. Researchers from UT Austin’s Institute on Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault designed the survey.

President Gregory L. Fenves wrote in a message to campus:

“The results of this survey of our students are of tremendous concern to me, and I know these findings are deeply troubling to every member of our community. This survey reveals a problem in our university, as well as society, that has existed in the shadows for too long…. This survey is a wake-up call to me, as it should be for every student, faculty member and staff member at UT Austin. I have said throughout my presidency that sexual misconduct will not be tolerated. Every individual who serves our university must feel valued, respected and free to learn and work in a safe environment. But what this survey makes clear is that many on our campus have not had that experience. We have let them down and we need to improve — not in a year, not in a month, but right now.”

Click here to see what UT Austin is doing to help combat sexual misconduct. The document reflect the past two years of work from campus partners and leadership from 2016 to 2018.

Messages to campus

Results of Sexual Assault Survey – From President Gregory L. Fenves – March 24, 2017


Cultivating Learning and Safe Environments (CLASE): An Empirical Study of Prevalence and Perceptions of Sexual Harassment, Stalking, Dating/Domestic Abuse and Violence, and Unwanted Sexual Contact

UT Austin Experts 

Noel Busch-Armendariz, Professor, School of Social Work; Associate Dean for Research, School of Social Work 

To speak with the university’s Title IX coordinator, please contact Shilpa Bakre in UT Austin’s media relations office or contact the media relations office front desk at 512-471-3151.

Additional Resources

University Health Services
Counseling and Mental Health Center
Voices Against Violence
Safe Alliance
Legal Services for Students
Confidential Advocates
Interpersonal Violence Peer Support
University Ombuds Services


Report On Sexual Assault At UT Austin Is A ‘Wake-Up Call’ To Community – KUT Radio – March 24, 2017

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