If a student discloses that a sexual assault has recently occurred, stay with him/her in a safe place. Contact UNTHSC Police at 817-735-2600. Although you are contacting UNTHSC Police, please know that this does not require the student to make a report, but will begin the process of ensuring that the student has the safety, health, and other support resources needed.
Remember that you are not expected to, nor should you, act as a counselor. UNTHSC does expect that you will always refer the student to appropriate services as soon as possible and provide non-judgmental support.
Here are some steps to guide you through the process:
Step 1: Explain the limits of confidentiality.
UNTHSC requires all university officials to report sexual assaults, so it is best to inform the student of this as early on in the conversation as possible. Information about other campus and off-campus resources and levels of confidentiality can be found here.
Step 2: Provide support and basic crisis intervention.
Be supportive, non-judgmental, and empathic. Encourage the survivor to make her/his own choices and avoid giving advice. Know that the Care Team is also here to help you provide support to students. More information about resources and options can be found here.
Step 3: Help the survivor identify options for obtaining help.
A detailed list of options for obtaining help can be found here.
Step 4: Notify your supervisor and Student Affairs.
UNTHSC’s sexual assault policy requires all university employees to report sexual assaults, even if the survivor does not wish to file a formal report.
The following information is needed to accurately report incidents in accordance with the Clery Act:
- Is the survivor a student?
- Is the perpetrator a student??
- Did the incident happen on or off campus?
This page was last modified on October 1, 2017