The College's Administrative Rule 3.10.003, Prohibition of Sexual Misconduct, along with the corresponding Guidelines/Procedures has been put in place to maintain an environment for students, employees, and visitors that is free of all forms of discrimination and harassment, including sex-based discrimination.
The following are options for assistance for any ACC student or employee who experiences or is affected by violations under the College's policy.
- Confidential Support: ACC Confidential Mental Health and Counseling Resources: Any student in need of immediate emotional or mental health support should contact ACC District Clinical Counseling Services and request to speak with a confidential counselor. To schedule a meeting with a clinical counselor, please call the centralized confidential reporting line at: (512) 223-2616. To schedule online: https://www.austincc.edu/students/counseling.
- For employees, Austin Community College's Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provides free and confidential assessment, short-term counseling, prevention, education, and referral services for employees and their dependents. Trained counselors are available 24/7, 365 days of the year and employees have access to a number of confidential sessions with a counselor at no cost. More information on accessing the EAP may be accessed at: http://www.austincc.edu/eap. Employees are also encouraged to utilize the College’s Ombudsperson as a resource. If an employee has experienced Prohibited Conduct but is not ready to, or does not wish to make a report, the College’s Ombudsperson provides a neutral, informal, and independent forum to listen to faculty and staff concerns, help identify options and next steps, facilitate communication between parties, clarify policies and procedures, and discuss resources. Ombudsperson: 512-223-1070. ACC faculty and staff may make an appointment online at https://calendly.com/acc-ombuds.
- Victims (employees or students) may also contact SAFE (an off-campus non-profit sexual violence resource center) to speak with a confidential advocate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by calling (512) 267-SAFE (7233). Access SAFE’s website at http://www.safeaustin.org/learn-more/sexualassault.
- Reporting: Students and employees who experience sexual misconduct are strongly encouraged to report this to College authorities and to the police in order to protect themselves and others. A victim is not required to make a formal incident report or file charges. Support and safety measures will be available regardless of whether a formal incident report is made, or charge filed. To file a report, any person can contact any of the following:
- District Title IX Coordinator: (available during regular business hours) Charlene Buckley, District Title IX Coordinator, 5930 Middle Fiskville Road, Austin, TX 78752 Email: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. Phone:(512) 223-7964.(Reporting to the District Title IX Coordinator will not result in a criminal investigation but will result in a victim receiving resources and options and may result in an administrative investigation to determine if this Rule was violated. If the incident occurred on campus, limited information will be shared with the District 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.)
- The ACC District Police Department (ACCPD): http://www.austincc.edu/police. (Visit their website to access the correct address and/or telephone number for the appropriate campus or see contact information for each campus in the Compliance Resource Guide either online at the following link or by requesting a copy from the Compliance Office.) (Reporting to the ACC District Police may initiate a criminal investigation into your complaint. The District Chief of Police 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.)
- Local police and sheriff’s departments: (available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week). Call 911 for emergencies, 311 for non-emergencies. Updated contact information for local police departments near all ACC campuses are included in the Compliance Resource Guide either online at the following link or by requesting a copy from the Compliance Office. Important note: Local police departments may not share the details of your report with ACC (however, the ACC District Police must notify the District Title IX Coordinator of a report made to their office). If you report to local or city police, you should also report to the District Title IX Coordinator so on campus supportive measures and resources may be provided.