Make a Report
Texas A&M strongly encourages students to report incidents of sexual assault, sexual exploitation, or sex discrimination — including discrimination of the basis of gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation — in addition to sexual harassment, dating and domestic violence, related retaliation, and stalking.
How Can I Report Prohibited Conduct?
You may file a report with the University if you are seeking support and resources, and/or disciplinary remedies such as probation, suspension, or expulsion (for students), or termination of employment (for employees).
Anyone who feels that s/he has been the victim of prohibited conduct is encouraged to bring it to the attention of the University’s Title IX Officer. She is empowered to provide supportive remedies and academic adjustments to all individuals involved in these situations and to protect the safety of the campus community through these measures.
Texas law requires any employee of a college or university in Texas to report to the Title IX Coordinator or Deputy Coordinator any information regarding an alleged incident of sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating violence, or stalking, committed by or against a person enrolled at or employed by the institution at the time of the incident. The law requires colleges to terminate employment for employees who fail to report such matters and imposes criminal penalties of up to a year in jail.
The obligation to report applies whenever an employee receives, in the course and scope of employment, information about an alleged incident which reasonably constitutes sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating violence, or stalking committed by or against a person who was a student or employee at the time of the incident. The report must include all information known to the employee which would be relevant to an investigation or redress of the incident, including whether the alleged victim has expressed a desire for confidentiality. A party’s desire for confidentiality does not relieve the employee’s obligation to report.
If you are seeking criminal penalties (such as incarceration or sex offender registration), you should file a report with the relevant law enforcement agency.
You may report without sharing your name by using the electronic reporting form found at tellsomebody.tamu.edu. Your report will be forwarded to the Title IX Officer for review. Depending on the amount of information disclosed, the University’s ability to investigate and respond to the report may be limited.
Unsure about Reporting?
Whether an incident occurred recently or in the past, help is still available. Resources are available even if an individual chooses not to file a formal complaint to law enforcement or the university.
Employees are required to report if they witness, are subjected to, or are informed about incidents of sexual assault, sexual exploitation, sex discrimination (including discrimination of the basis of gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation), sexual harassment, dating and domestic violence, and/or related retaliation.
Can I Report on Behalf of Someone Else?
Anyone can report sex based-discrimination, sexual harassment, or related retaliation.
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Reporting to the police or reporting to the Title IX Officer: What’s the difference?
A Complainant may choose to make a report to the University and may also choose to make a report to law enforcement. A Complainant may pursue either or both of these options at the same time. A Complainant may also choose to report to neither the University or to law enforcement.
As set forth in Texas A&M Rule 08.0.01.M1, a Complainant who wishes to pursue criminal action in addition to, or instead of, making a report to the University should contact law enforcement directly
During a criminal investigation, investigators gather evidence in order to determine whether someone broke the law. If a person is found guilty of breaking a law, a judge assigns criminal penalties (like incarceration or sex offender registration).
A Complainant seeking criminal penalties should file a report with the relevant law enforcement agency.
A Complainant seeking University support and resources and/or disciplinary remedies should file a report with the University’s Title IX Officer. University investigations are conducted by the Department of Civil Rights and Equity Investigations at Texas A&M University.
During a University investigation, investigators gather evidence in order to make conclusions about whether a System regulation or University rule or policy has been broken. If a person is found responsible for a rule or policy violation, a University administrator issues sanctions such as probation, suspension, or expulsion (for students) or termination of employment (for employees).
Please consult the University’s Title IX Student Sanctioning Matrix for a fuller explanation of the range of student sanctions.