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UTSA to continue requiring mandatory reporting despite Title IX changes

The North Paseo Building (center, back) holds the Title IX office on the fourth floor. UTSA will continue using mandatory reporters even though it is no longer federally required.

Jaida Sloan, Staff Writer

October 27, 2020

The Department of Education officially rescinded the Obama administration’s Title IX policy, known as “The Dear Colleague Letter,” and released a series of Title IX regulation changes, marking the end of federally mandated mandatory reporting. Despite the changes, Krista Anderson, the UT Systemw...

How the federal Title IX rule changes impact the UTSA community

The Main Building at UTSA's Main Campus.

Jaida Sloan, Staff Writer

October 6, 2020

A series of major Title IX and sexual misconduct policy changes were approved by the UT-System Board of Regents to remain in compliance with federal Title IX modifications on Aug. 12. The main four Title IX policy changes were narrowing the definition of sexual harassment, minimizing Title IX obligations,...

Title IX Annual Report

Graphic by Emma Reeves

Heather Montoya

October 23, 2019

UTSA released its first Title IX Annual Report, an outcome of the Presidential Initiative on Preventing Sexual Assault and Misconduct. A link to the report was included in an email Suzanne Patrick, director of equal opportunity services and Title IX coordinator, sent to the UTSA community on Oct. 16. “The...

Students rally against sexual assault

Students rally against sexual assault

Alejandro Lopez

February 13, 2019

Students involved in the #ChangeRapeCulture group organized a rally under the Sombrilla on Feb. 13 at 12 p.m. The purpose of the rally is to raise awareness of the group’s call to action and make their presence known. “We're hosting the protest to let people know that #ChangeRapeCulture is more t...

Students make claims on sexual assault

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Alejandro Lopez

November 28, 2018

The flyers posted on campus last week regarding sexual assault have a poignant message: “We, the women of UTSA, are choosing to take a stand against the rampant sexual assault and abuse on campus and in the world.” “To see the flyer hung up on campus was revolutionary. As someone who has personally e...

Title IX Office renamed the Office of Student Advocacy, Violence Prevention and Empowerment

The Office of Student Advocacy, Violence Prevention and Empowerment. 
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Alejandro Lopez

June 9, 2018

The newly established Title IX Services Office has a new name: the Office of Student Advocacy, Violence Prevention and Empowerment. Jessica Muniz, director and prevention coordinator, believes the name change better reflects the goals and services of the office.  The Office of Student Advocacy, Violence Preve...

#MeToo in academia

Cristal Martinez, president of student psyche association, speaks during the “#MeToo: A Conversation about Sexual Harassment in Academia” event on April 12. 
Photo courtesy of Alejandro Lopez

Alejandro Lopez

April 17, 2018

UTSA hosts panel on sexual harassment at universities The Student Psychology Association and Active Minds hosted a panel discussion, consisting of faculty and students, about the #MeToo Movement and sexual harassment in academia. Students and faculty gathered in the SU Denman Ballroom last Thursday, A...

Sexual assault and harassment reports increase at UTSA

Heather Montoya

January 31, 2018

UTSA’s 2017 Annual Security and Fire Safety Report, listed five incidences of rape on campus, one incident of rape off campus, four incidences of fondling and one incident of statutory rape were made at UTSA’s main campus in 2016. In 2015, two incidences of rape and two reports of fondling were made...

Title IX may face challenges under Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos

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Nicole Rowse

February 15, 2017

The education amendment act that protects students from gender discrimination and sexual assault, Title IX, may face challenges under new Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. On Feb. 7, DeVos was confirmed to the position. In a statement, DeVos said she was honored to help Trump “make American educ...

Trump’s choice for Education Secretary is a threat to Title IX

Trump's choice for Education Secretary is a threat to Title IX

Editorial staff

January 18, 2017

Regardless of how we voted in the 2016 presidential election, we should all be paying very close attention to Donald Trump’s proposed policy changes for higher education, and more specifically, his selection of Betsy DeVos for Education Secretary. DeVos is a philanthropist and former chairwoman of the Mi...