Students who experience incidents of sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence or stalking have the right to file a Title IX sex discrimination complaint with the university as described on the preceding pages and students also have the right to file a separate criminal complaint with the Belton Police Department. Although students have the right not to make an official report, UMHB encourages students to report sexual assaults, dating violence, domestic violence or stalking to the university and/or to the BeltonPolice Department. If you choose to report, you are encouraged to do so as soon as possible, enabling the university or the Belton Police Department to act quickly and thoroughly.
Filing a report will not obligate you to prosecute, but it will help the university take steps to provide a safer campus for you and others. With your report, the university can keep a more accurate record of the number of incidents involving students; determine whether there is a pattern of crime with regard to a particular location, method, or assailant; and alert the campus community to potential danger.
Any student who is the victim of sexual assault, sexual violence, stalking, or other conduct which may constitute a crime is encouraged to report the matter to a Campus Security Authority:
- UMHB Police Department
- Ray Martin, Dean of Students
- Susan Owens, Title IX Coordinator
- Dr. Byron Weathersbee, Vice President for Student Life
- Donna Plank, Director of Residence Life
- Debbie Rosenberger, R.N., Student Health Services Coordinator
- Darla Kirby, Associate Athletic Director
The report will be forwarded confidentially to the university’s Title IX Coordinator for review.
UMHB understands that many victims have a strong desire for their report of sexual violence to be treated confidentially. If a student requests that his or her name not be disclosed to the accused person or that the University not investigate or take disciplinary action against the accused person, the University will carefully consider the request and honor it if possible.
If the university determines that it can keep a report confidential, all reasonable steps will still be taken to respond to the complaint consistent with the request for confidentiality. For example, it may be helpful to make changes to a housing situation, class schedule, etc. Any request for confidentiality can be withdrawn at any time, and the university will proceed to investigate the report fully and take appropriate action.
However, honoring a request not to reveal a victim’s name to the accused person, not to conduct an investigation, or not to punish the accused person will limit the university’s ability to respond fully to the assault and take any appropriate disciplinary action. There are situations in which the university must override a request for confidentiality in order to meet its obligations under federal law to provide an educational environment which is safe and free from sexual violence. If the accused person has been accused before of committing similar acts or if the circumstances indicate that the accused person is likely to harm others, the university may have to investigate the report and take appropriate action to make the campus safe. If an investigation must take place, the information reported will be shared only on a need-to-know basis.
A student who wants to be assured that a sexual assault report will be kept confidential can make an anonymous complaint or report the assault to a therapist, doctor, or attorney who is legally obligated to maintain patient or client confidentiality. Students who choose this option are requested to ask their doctor, therapist, or counselor to make a confidential report of the assault without including facts that would reveal the student's identity. While the university will probably notbe able to take any disciplinary action against the person accused of the assault,university officials will have a better picture of crime on the campus and may beable to warn the campus community about methods or patterns of attacks.