Austin College urges persons who believe they have been victims of sexual violence to engage on-campus procedures to address their situation and/or to pursue criminal charges against the person or persons they believe to have committed the assault. Regardless of their choices in the matter under criminal or civil law, victims of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment are strongly encouraged to speak with someone on campus, in order to ensure they receive the necessary support. Retaliation against an individual who brings a complaint, participates in an investigation, or pursues a criminal charge is prohibited and will not be tolerated. Any person who thinks he/she has been the victim of retaliation should contact the Title IX coordinator immediately.
Immediate On-Campus Help:
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Director of Counseling
Chaplain and Director of Church Relations
Director of Health Services
Vice President for Student Affairs
Title IX Coordinator
Wright Campus Center 251
Jackson Technology Center 100
|Office of Student Engagement, Enrichment, and Development (S.E.E.D)
Wright Campus Center 201
Night duty phone – 903.815.3705
Student participants in a sexual misconduct investigation are entitled to an advisor/advocate of their choosing to accompany and assist them throughout the campus resolution process. The advisor/advocate can be a friend, faculty mentor, family member, attorney or any other supporter a participant may choose to help them who is both eligible and available. People who may be called as witnesses may not serve as advisor/advocate(s). The College maintains a group of trained (non-attorney) advisor/advocates from among the faculty and staff that are available to all participants.
The participants are entitled to be accompanied by their advisor/advocate in all meetings and interviews at which participants are requested to be present, including intake, interviews, hearings and appeals. Advisor/advocate(s) may help their participant prepare for each meeting.
All advisor/advocate(s) are subject to the same campus rules, whether or not they are attorneys. They may not present on behalf of their participant in a meeting, interview, or hearing. He/she may confer quietly with their participant as necessary, as long as it does not disrupt the process. Advisor/advocate(s) are expected to refrain from interference with the College’s investigation and resolution. Those who step out of their role in any meeting under the campus resolution process will be warned. Continued disruption or failure to respect the limits of the role will result in removal from the meeting, interview or hearing.
The College expects the advisor/advocate to adjust their schedule to allow them to attend College meetings, interviews, or hearings when scheduled. The College does not typically change such scheduled meetings to accommodate an advisor/advocate’s ability to attend. Other accommodation for participation may be considered (e.g. phone, Skype).
Participants must inform the College of the identity of their advisor/advocate at least 2 days before the date of their first meeting with staff/investigators involved in the process. A participant may change advisor/advocate(s) during the process for any reason. Participants must provide timely notice of a change in advisor/advocate(s).
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Immediate Off-Campus Help:
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Sherman Police Department
317 S. Travis Street – Sherman, TX 75090
903.892.7290 or dial 911
Texoma Medical Center
5016 South US-75 – Denison, TX 75020
Wilson N. Jones Medical Center
500 North Highland Avenue – Sherman, TX 75092
Grayson Crisis Center
4200 N. Travis Street – Sherman, TX 75092
National Sexual Assault Hotline*
Seek medical care as soon as possible at any emergency medical facility such as Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano. To preserve your legal options, it is important to have a medical exam to assess for physical injuries and to collect evidence. You may have the exam and then decide not to pursue legal action. To preserve evidence of a sexual assault you should not wash or use the restroom in any way until you have been examined. Evidence may deteriorate quickly so victims are encouraged to seek an exam as quickly as possible. A Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) can be found at:
Medical Center of McKinney
4500 Medical Center Drive
McKinney, TX 75069
Hunt Regional Healthcare
4215 Joe Ramsey Blvd.
Greenville, Texas 75401
North Texas Regional Hospital
1900 Hospital Blvd
Gainesville, TX 76240
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano
6200 West Parker Road – Plano, TX 75093
Student(s) needing assistance with transportation are encouraged to call Campus Police directly (903.813.2555).