Victims/Survivors

South Texas College is committed to providing a safe environment for victims/survivors of sexual misconduct and seeks to help you achieve your educational goals.Sexual Misconduct encompasses a range of behavior including sexual harassment, sexual assault, nonconsensual sexual contact, non-consensual sexual intercourse, and/or sexual exploitation and any conduct of a sexual nature that is non-consensual or has the effect of threatening or intimidating the person against whom such conduct is directed. Sexual misconduct may be found in a single episode, as well as in persistent behavior.

Victims/Survivors of Sexual Misconduct may request a No Contact Directive from the Office of Student Conduct, The College may impose a No Contact Directive prohibiting contact with an individual or individuals upon a student. Violation of the order may result in suspension and/or expulsion from the South Texas College.

Administrative Student Conduct Hearings involving acts of sexual misconduct are conducted by a three member administrative panel drawn from the panel trained student conduct panelist. For sexual misconduct, discrimination and other complaints of a sensitive nature, the Office of Student Conduct reserves the right to place a privacy screen in the hearing room or allow the alleged victim/survivor to testify from another room via audio or audio/video technology.

The Office of Student Conduct defines retaliation, retaliatory discrimination or harassment as any intentional, adverse action taken by an alleged, responding individual, or allied third party against an alleged victims/survivor or any person supporting an alleged victims/survivor in an Administrative Student Conduct Hearing. These actions or expressly prohibited and consider a violation of the Student Code of Conduct and a violation of your rights.

Victims/Survivors of Sexual Misconduct should also be aware that past sexual history or sexual character of a party will not be admissible by the other party(s) in investigations or hearings unless such information is determined to be highly relevant.

No-Contact Directives (Issued by South Texas College)

South Texas College is authorized to issue a No-Contact Directive prohibiting contact between members of the campus community when there exists a reasonable concern that physical or psychological harm may result from such contact.

Information for Friends and Supports of the Victims/Survivors

Additional Resources:

  • Crime Victims Bill of Rights
  • Rights of the Alleged Victim or Survivor
  • Texas Association Against Sexual Assault (TAASA): http://taasa.org/ – The Texas Association Against Sexual Assault is committed to ending sexual violence in Texas through education, prevention and advocacy. In the meantime, we desire to support survivors on their paths to hope, healing and justice. TAASA is the voice of the sexual assault movement in Texas. We are a unifying force bringing together parties involved in and affected by sexual assault as a catalyst for change.
  • https://www.rainn.org/about-rainn/ – RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) is the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization. RAINN created and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline (800.656.HOPE, online.rainn.org y rainn.org/es) in partnership with more than 1,000 local sexual assault service providers across the country and operates the DoD Safe Helpline for the Department of Defense. RAINN also carries out programs to prevent sexual violence, help victims, and ensure that perpetrators are brought to justice.
  • http://www.nsvrc.org/ – The NSVRC provides leadership in preventing and responding to sexual violence through collaboration, sharing and creating resources, and promoting research.
  • Restraining Orders
  • Protective Orders
  • What Is A SANE?
  • What Is A Rape Kit?

Resources for Victims of Stalking

If you are a victim of stalking, it can be critical to maintain a log of stalking-related incidents and behavior, especially if you choose to engage with the criminal or civil justice systems. Recording this information will help to document the behavior for protection order applications, divorce and child custody cases, or criminal prosecution. It can also help preserve your memory of individual incidents about which you might later report or testify.