Frequently Asked Questions for Complainants

How do I report what happened?

Reporting to the University (Title IX Complaint)

Complaints against students, contact:

Complaints against employees or third parties, contact:

Any complaint can be reported to the TAMU Title IX Coordinator:

Dr. Anne Reber
Dean of Student Life

White Creek Student Life 3

(Bldg #0072) Rm 101

College Station, TX 77843-1257

(979) 845-3111
studentlife@tamu.edu

Website http://studentlife.tamu.edu

Mr. Kevin McGinnis

Chief Compliance Officer

General Services Complex

750 Agronomy Road, Suite 2101  College Station, TX 77843-1280

(979) 458-0883

Mcginnis@tamu.edu

Website

https://urc.tamu.edu/

Ms. Jennifer M. Smith

Title IX Coordinator

General Services Complex

750 Agronomy Road, Suite 2101  College Station, TX 77843-1280

(979) 845-0977

TitleIX.Coordinator@tamu.edu 

Website https://urc.tamu.edu/title-ix/

 Local Campus Contacts:

  • Students - Dr. Todd Sutherland, Assistant VP of Student Affairs, Texas A&M University at Galveston, Seibel Student Services Center #101G, Galveston, TX 77553 at (409) 740-4598 or TitleIXStudents@tamug.edu
  • Employees or Third Parties - Mr. Jeff Boyer, Executive Director of Human Resources, Texas A&M University at Galveston, Aggie Special Events Center #115E, Galveston, TX 77553 at (409) 740-4503 or TitleIXCoordinator@tamug.edu

You may also report the incident to Texas A&M University by submitting a Campus Community Incident Report online or by emailing the Office of Community Standards at ocs@tamug.edu. Please click here for the Incident Report Form.

For more information please refer to the TAMUG Title IX site.

Reporting to Law Enforcement

You have the option of notifying law enforcement authorities including University and local police.  An anonymous “Jane/John Doe” report can be filed with the police while deciding whether to pursue criminal charges.  Below is a list of local law enforcement agencies. Reports should be filed with the agencies where the incident occurred.  The Dean of Student Life or staff in Student Assistance Services is available to assist those who choose to notify law enforcement authorities. 

Name Phone
University Police Department 409-740-4545
City of Galveston Police Department 409-765-3702

Is filing a report with the University the same as filing a police report?

No. You must submit individual reports to each agency that you wish to file a report with. Complainants have the option to file a report to any and all agencies that they wish to. Any action by the University should not be interpreted to preclude your right to file a report with law enforcement.

What happens once I make a report?

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How long will the investigation and any other processes take?

All attempts are made to investigate the incident and, if necessary, adjudicate the case within 60 business days from when it is reported to the University. However, there are some reasons a case may be delayed beyond that timeframe. If you ever have questions about the status of your report, you may contact the Office of Community Standards at ocs@tamug.edu 

What guidelines apply to me as a complainant in the student conduct process?

Guidelines that apply to student conduct conferences in cases of alleged sexual misconduct, sexual harassment, dating violence, domestic violence, or stalking can be found here in Student Rule section 24.1.4 (For Student Rule section 24.1.4 only, "complainant" means any person who is the alleged recipient of alleged behaviors concerning sexual misconduct, sexual harassment, dating violence, domestic violence, or stalking that are currently under review by the Office of Community Standards)

What are my options for participation in the student conduct process?

If the accused student is charged, you will be notified of the charges that trigger your participation as a complainant, the date of your information session with a staff member, and the date of the conduct conference. At your information session, the staff member you meet with will review the applicable sections of the student rules, your options for participation in the conduct conference, and answer any questions you may have regarding the conduct process. You will also have a file that contains the investigation and any other information that may be used during the conduct process, which you may review during our normal business hours, Monday-Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm.

There are a variety of options for participation in the accused student’s conduct conference. You can choose to do one or more of the following:

  • You may choose to not participate at all.
  • You may choose to submit a written statement of fact or other information you have regarding the incident and/or an impact statement or other information you wish to have considered if the accused student is found responsible for a violation.
  • You may choose to provide information during the conduct conference over the phone.
  • You may choose to provide information during the conduct conference in person in the same room as the accused student (with or without a screen barrier) or from another room in our office.
  • You may choose to observe the process without participating.

If either you or the accused student choose to submit any information or participate in the process, both parties will have access to the information, the ability to listen to any verbal statements, and the ability to ask the other party questions through a staff member.

What are the possible outcomes?

There are a number of possible outcomes once the incident is reported to Texas A&M University. Based on the information provided in the investigation, the accused student may or may not be charged with one or more student rule violations. If the accused student is charged, they will have a conduct conference where decisions about whether they are responsible or not responsible for a student rule violation will occur. If the accused student is found responsible, one or more sanctions from Student Rule 27 will be assigned to them. If the accused student is found not responsible, they will not receive any sanctions, and there will not be a conduct record regarding those charges attached to their name with our office.

To find a student responsible for a violation of the Student Conduct Code, the University must reach a Preponderance of the Information to indicate that a violation occurred. The Preponderance of the Information standard is 51%, or to state it another way, it is whether a reasonable person believes it is more likely than not that a particular behavior or event took place.

Can I appeal the outcome of the student conduct process? Can I participate in the appeal process?

The answer to both questions is yes. Whether the accused student was found responsible or not responsible during their conduct conference, both you and the accused student will have 5 business days from the date of the conduct conference to appeal the decision. Regardless of who appeals, you will have the option to participate in the appeal process. More information about appeal processes can be found under Student Rule 51 and Student Rule 58.

Will I be notified of the status and the outcome throughout the process?

Yes, unless you specifically request to not be notified. Regardless of what the outcome of the investigation is, you will be notified at the same time as the accused student.

If the accused student is not charged with a student rule violation, you will be notified of one of the following:

  • The investigation is complete and there will be no further action; or
  • The accused student is required to complete a Call-In Meeting with a staff member.

If the accused student is charged with a student rule violation, you will be notified of the charges that trigger your participation as a complainant, the date of your information session with a staff member, and the date of the conduct conference.

Once the conduct conference has concluded, you will be notified of the findings for the charges that trigger your participation as a complainant, the sanctions associated with those charges (if any), and information about the appeal deadline and process.

If either you or the accused student choose to appeal the outcome, the other party will be notified.

If there is an appeal process, you will be notified of what that appeal process is, what your options for participation are, and what the final outcome is.

When is the outcome final?

There are several points in the investigation and adjudication processes where any outcome may become final:

  • When the decision is made to not charge the accused student with a student rule violation.
  • When the outcome of the conduct conference is not appealed by either party after the 5 business day appeal deadline.
  • When the appeal process is complete.

Can I drop the charges?

Student conduct proceedings and actions are not subject to challenge or postponement on the grounds that criminal or civil charges involving the same incident have been dismissed, reduced, or are pending in criminal or civil court. Individual complainants and/or witnesses cannot force charges to be dropped.

I'm concerned about retaliation. What can I do to protect myself or report retaliation?

If you feel threatened in any way during the process, please contact the University Police Department at 409.740.4545. You may also file a report with the Office of Community Standards. The Student Conduct Code prohibits any verbal or physical intimidation or retaliation against any participant in the investigation and/or conduct process (see Abuse of Student Conduct Process in Student Rule 24.4.23), and may result in charges if any individual retaliates against you.

What campus and community resources are available to me as a complainant?

Counseling, health, mental health, advocacy, legal and other services available both on campus and in the community.  Below is a brief list of available resources.

Name Phone Address Website Email
Counseling Services (409)740-4736 Building 3030, Seibel Student Services Center, Suite 104

 

https://www.tamug.edu/counsel/ studentservices@tamug.edu 

 

Medical and Health Services

Name Phone Address Website
University of Texas Medical Branch

 

(ER has a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner and a special forensic unit)
Patient Care:
(409) 772-2222
(800) 917-8906
301 University Blvd, Galveston, TX 77555 https://www.utmbhealth.com/support-pages/access-center

Support, Advocacy, and Other Resources

Name Phone Address Website
National Sexual Assault Hotline 1-800-656-HOPE
Sexual Assault Resource Center (SARC) 979-731-1000 http://www.sarcbv.org