Sexual Misconduct

Austin Community College is committed to providing timely support and assistance to anyone who has been affected by sexual misconduct. “Sexual misconduct” is an umbrella term that refers collectively to the following offenses:

  • Sexual harassment/discrimination
  • Sexual assault, which includes non-consensual sexual penetration and sexual touching
  • Intimate partner violence, which includes dating violence and domestic violence
  • Sexual exploitation
  • Stalking
  • Gender-based harassment and discrimination that is non-sexual

The college’s policy regarding how it responds to complaints of sexual misconduct is available in full in the Prohibition of Sexual Misconduct  section of the ACC Catalog.

For Immediate Assistance

  1. Any student in need of immediate emotional support may contact an ACC Counseling Office and request to speak with a confidential counselor. 
  2. Employees may contact ACC’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP), which provides free and confidential assessment, short-term counseling, prevention, education, and referral services for employees and their dependents.
  3. Both employees and students may contact Safe, an off-campus nonprofit sexual violence resource center, to speak with a confidential advocate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by calling 512-267-SAFE (7233).

Reporting

Students and employees are strongly encouraged to report sexual misconduct to college authorities and to the local police in order to protect themselves and others. To file a report, any person may contact any of the following:

ACC District Police Department (ACCPD)

Phone: 512-223-1231 (for non-emergencies)

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Note: Reporting to the ACC District Police may initiate a criminal investigation into your complaint. The ACC police chief will also determine if a timely warning notice should be sent out to the community and will capture and count crime data if the offense was reported to have occurred on campus or on a property owned or controlled by the institution. The District Police will report your complaint to the District Title IX Coordinator.

The City of Austin Police Department

Phone: 911 (for emergencies), 311 or 512-974-2000 (for non-emergencies)

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Note: The City of Austin Police Department may not share the details of your report with ACC. If you report to the city police, you should also report to the ACC Title IX coordinator so on-campus accommodations, interim protective measures, and resources may be provided.

District Title IX Coordinator, Charlene Buckley

Phone: 512-223-7964

Emailt: charlene.buckley@austincc.edu or compliance@austincc.edu.

Note: Reporting to the ACC Title IX coordinator will not result in a criminal investigation but will result in an administrative investigation to determine if ACC’s sexual harassment policy was violated. If the incident occurred on campus, limited information will be shared with ACC police for purposes of determining if a timely warning notice should be sent out to the community and for purposes of capturing and counting crime data.

Individuals who do not wish to make formal incident reports or file charges, may still have the right to other support services including reasonable accommodations and interim protective measures.