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New Texas Law Requires UNT Employees to Report Sexual Misconduct

New state legislation has been passed related to sexual misconduct that impacts every UNT employee. Senate Bill 212 requires employees of public and private higher education institutions to report sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating violence or stalking against a student or employee to the institution’s Title IX Coordinator or a Deputy Title IX Coordinator.

Employees have always been required by UNT Policy to report instances of sexual misconduct, but this policy requirement is now a state law. Most importantly, as of Jan. 1, 2020, the law requires the university to terminate any employee (including tenured faculty members) who is found to have failed to satisfy the mandatory reporting requirement. Additionally, failure to report sexual misconduct is a misdemeanor criminal offense.

Sexual misconduct is a violation of university policy and is inconsistent with the caring, creative community we value at UNT. The entire UNT community should understand the law, as it is currently interpreted. More information about the law may be found here.

All types of misconduct can be reported at report.unt.edu or via email at TitleIX@unt.edu. Contact information for Title IX Coordinators can be found online, along with additional information on sexual misconduct. They can be contacted to file a report or to answer questions regarding reporting requirements.

In an effort to better inform the University community of the requirements of the law, UNT’s Title IX Coordinator, Eve Shatteen Bell, is hosting two training sessions regarding Senate Bill 212. The training dates are Monday, Jan. 27, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in Gateway Center, Suite 131 and Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in Gateway Center, Suite 132. In addition, training is also available on Bridge at https://unt.bridgeapp.com/.

Questions regarding Senate Bill 212 or the scheduled training sessions may be directed to 940-565-2759 or OEO@unt.edu. Please note that these training sessions are limited to UNT faculty and staff.