Experiencing any type of discrimination or assault can be extremely stressful. Our goal is to provide a clear, supportive process for the university community. Here’s information on the process.
Filing a Complaint
The process starts with a complaint. To file a complaint against a student or to communicate a concern about a student who may have experienced sexual harassment, sexual assault, stalking, dating or domestic violence, or hate crimes, complete the Student of Concern/Conduct Referral Form. Students may also contact Steven Pinkenburg, Dean of Students, at 512-448-8408.
Different people on campus have different abilities to maintain your confidentiality, depending on their roles at the university. On campus, some resources may maintain your confidentiality, offering you options and advice without any obligation to tell anyone unless you want them to. Other resources are expressly there for you to report crimes and policy violations, and they will take action when you make a report to them.
If you desire that details of the incident be kept confidential, you should speak with the Health & Counseling Center’s on-campus counselors or advocates and medical staff or off-campus rape crisis resources, who will maintain confidentiality. Campus counselors and advocates are available to help you free of charge and can be seen on an emergency basis. In addition, you may speak on- and off-campus with members of the clergy and chaplains, who will also keep reports made to them, during the sacrament of reconciliation, confidential.
You are encouraged to speak to university officials to report incidents. When the harasser is a student, you can report the concern to staff in the Dean of Students Office. When the harasser is an employee, you may report the concern to staff in the Office of Human Resources. No matter who the harasser is, you may report any concerns to the Dean of Students Office or University Police Department. We take incidents of sexual misconduct seriously, and they will be investigated and properly resolved through administrative procedures.
Immediate Response to the Reporting Party
University officials will respond quickly to ensure student safety by doing any or all of the following:
- Making a counselor available
- Providing access to medical care
- Issuing a No Contact Directive
- Changing an alleged perpetrator’s work schedule
- Moving the reported perpetrator or survivor to a different residence on campus or to a different class, at the survivor’s request
- Providing the reported survivor with transportation alternatives
- Making adjustments to address co-curricular concerns
- Coordinating academic remedies
- Providing options for legal assistance and assistance with visa and immigration concerns
- Providing advocate options
- Collaborating with Student Financial Services
- Providing disability accommodations
After the investigation is complete, an on-campus hearing will be conducted. And though legal ideas like guilt and innocence are not applicable, St. Edward’s University never assumes that a student is in violation of university policy. The university reserves the right to take whatever measures it deems necessary in response to an allegation of behaviors that fall under Title IX, state laws, and university policies to protect students’ rights and personal safety. Examples may include modification of living arrangements, interim suspension from campus pending a hearing and reporting to the local police. Not all behaviors will be deemed to be equally serious offenses, and the university reserves the right to impose differing sanctions, ranging from verbal warning to expulsion, depending on the severity of the offense and any mitigating or aggravating facts in connection with the offense. The university will consider the concerns and rights of all parties involved.
More information on the hearing process and sanctions that the university may impose are outlined in the Student Handbook.