In April 2011, the Office for Civil Rights in the Department of Education issued a Dear Colleague Letter, which provided guidance to universities for responding to sexual misconduct. UTC has worked to insure that we are compliant with all aspects of Title IX and the guidance provided in the Dear Colleague Letter. At UTC, Dr. Bryan Samuel has been appointed the Title IX Coordinator and oversees all aspects of implementation of polices and compliance to Title IX. UTC has developed comprehensive policies and procedures to insure the University protects the rights of all students.
If you are the victim of sexual harassment or violence while at UTC, you have rights to the following:
- Report to and investigation by the appropriate police jurisdiction
- Report to and investigation by the Dean of Student’s office (425-4761)
- Report of a Title IX violation to the Title IX Coordinator (425-5468)
- Confidential services of the campus victim advocate through the Transformation Project (425-5605)
- Sexual Assault Nurse Exam at the Partnership's Rape Crisis Center (24-hour Hotline-755-2700)
- Free and confidential counseling from the Counseling and Career Planning Center (425-4438)
- Referral to off campus professionals including mental health professionals, legal aid services, and advocacy groups
If you are the victim of sexual harassment or violence while at UTC, you need to be aware of the following policies:
- If you decline reporting to the police, the Dean of Students, or the Title IX Coordinator, no further investigation will be conducted within their respective offices unless they determine the safety and security of the community is in jeopardy.
- In addition to or in lieu of filing a criminal complaint you have the right to file a complaint through the University even if police conclude they do not have sufficient evidence of criminal violation.
- At any time you can make a report to the above mentioned offices to initiate an investigation.
- University officials will not only take steps to prevent retaliation, but also take strong action if it occurs.
- UTC (with the exception of specified victim advocates and licensed mental health professionals) may weigh the request for confidentiality against the following factors:
- The seriousness of the alleged harassment
- The complainant’s age
- Whether or not there have been harassment complaints about the same individual
- The alleged harasser’s right to receive information contained in their “education record.” (complainant’s name and identifying information will be redacted)
- Whether or not there have been other harassment complaints in a similar location
Title IX at UTC Brochure (PDF)