What to Do if You Are a Victim of Sexual Violence
For Victims of Sexual Violence
Any victim who experiences any form of sexual assault is encouraged to seek immediate medical care. It is important to preserve all physical evidence and to get a medical exam, regardless of whether the victim intends to report a crime, notify the police, or press criminal charges.
Individuals who have experienced a sexual assault are encouraged to have a Sexual Assault Forensic Exam (SAFE) performed by a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) as soon as possible but no later than four (4) days after the incident. With the victim’s consent, evidence collected during a SAFE can be used in a criminal investigation; however, a victim can undergo a SAFE even without contacting or intending to contact law enforcement. To undergo a SAFE, the individual should go directly to the emergency department of the nearest hospital that provides SAFE services. There are three hospitals in the city of Dallas equipped to offer SAFE services:
- Parkland Hospital – Map to Parkland
- Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas – Map Presbyterian Dallas
- Methodist Dallas Medical Center – Map to Methodist Dallas
The cost of the forensic portion of the SAFE is covered by the law enforcement agency investigating the assault or, in cases where a report is not made to police, the Texas Department of Public Safety. This does not include the cost of medical treatment that is not part of the SAFE. Additional information is available from the attorney general of Texas:
- Sexual Assault Prevention and Crisis Services
- Sexual Assault Reimbursement Guidelines
- Sexual Assault: Information for Adult Survivors
An individual who has experienced a sexual assault but who does not plan to undergo a SAFE or report to police is strongly encouraged to seek medical attention and counseling. Counseling is available for students through Student Wellness and Counseling, and for residents by contacting the Office of Graduate Medical Education.
For additional information and resources for individuals affected by sexual violence, please refer to SEC-156 Violence on Campus or contact the Title IX Coordinator, a Deputy Title IX Coordinator, or the Office of Diversity & Inclusion and Equal Opportunity.
All informal and formal complaints about sex discrimination involving students, residents, or applicants to any UT Southwestern school or training program will be handled in accordance with EDU-116P-01 Sex Discrimination Complaint and Resolution Procedure. If a final determination is made under EDU-116P-01 that this policy was violated, the individual who committed the violation will be subject to disciplinary action and sanctions, up to and including termination or non-renewal of appointment, in accordance with the applicable disciplinary policy.
Complaints of retaliation directed at students, residents, or applicants should be brought to the Title IX Coordinator or a Deputy Title IX Coordinator and will be handled in accordance with EDU-116P-01 Sex Discrimination Complaint and Resolution Procedure.
Complaints about sex discrimination (including retaliation) brought by individuals other than students, residents, or applicants will be referred to the Office of Diversity & Inclusion and Equal Opportunity in accordance with the applicable UT Southwestern policy and procedure (see ETH-151 Equal Opportunity, ETH-154 Sexual Harassment and Sexual Misconduct, and ETH-151P-01 Equal Opportunity Complaint, Investigation, and Resolution Procedure).
Interim Measures and Ongoing Assistance
UT Southwestern’s Title IX Coordinator and Deputy Coordinators are specially trained to provide education and support to individuals affected by sex discrimination, including assisting victims of sexual violence with obtaining medical or psychological treatment, reporting the incident to law enforcement, pursuing a formal complaint, and accessing support services and resources.
In addition to the resources and assistance available both on and off campus, UT Southwestern will take immediate interim measures, as appropriate, to ensure the safety and well-being of the complainant and the UT Southwestern community and to maintain an environment free from sex discrimination. For example, if the respondent is an employee accused of sexual misconduct against a student, interim measures may include suspension or reassignment of the employee while the investigation is pending. If the respondent is a student accused of sexual misconduct against another student, interim measures may include changing the complainant’s academic, living, transportation, and working situations; providing temporary or permanent on-campus housing or personal campus police escort services; or making changes to course schedules or clinical assignments.
The Title IX Coordinator and Deputy Coordinators have wide discretion to determine whether interim measures are needed, and if so, to decide what interim measures are appropriate. Interim measures will be kept as confidential as possible. Information about interim measures will only be shared on a need-to-know basis for legitimate purposes, e.g., implementing such measures and monitoring their effectiveness.
Ongoing Awareness and Training
This policy will be made available to all members of the UT Southwestern community online and also through the Police Office. Periodic notices will be sent to UT Southwestern administrators, faculty, staff, and students about this policy, including information about sexual misconduct, the complaint procedure, and applicable disciplinary policies and available resources, such as support, health, and mental health services.
UT Southwestern’s commitment to raising awareness of the dangers of sexual misconduct includes offering ongoing education through annual campuswide training regarding this policy and conduct that could constitute a violation of this policy; risk reduction; and strategies for appropriate bystander intervention. Preventive education and training are also available by contacting University Police or the Office of Diversity & Inclusion and Equal Opportunity. All Title IX Coordinators, Deputy Coordinators, investigators, and those with authority over sexual misconduct investigations and proceedings shall receive appropriate training about offenses, investigatory procedures, due process, and applicable UT Southwestern policies, procedures, and resources.