Student Health and Wellness
We encourage all members of the university community to be aware of the consequences of sexual assault, partner violence, stalking, harassment, hazing, assault and sexual exploitation, and the options available to survivors.
The university response program to assist victims of interpersonal violence is called Campus Assault Response Effort (CARE). The UT Tyler Police Department also provides various resources to aid in staying safe on campus.
In order to best support survivors and work to prevent future incidences of interpersonal violence we use the following functional definitions to recognize the many forms violence can take (this list is not exhaustive).
Sexual Assault is unwanted contact that can include, but is not limited to: kissing, stroking, fondling, grabbing, pinching, holding, pressing against, restricting movement or penetration by any means.
Partner Violence is any act, attempt or threat of force by a current or past dating or domestic partner. This can include, but is not limited to intimidation (destroying property, displaying weapons, restricting movement), threats (to harm, to commit suicide), isolation (limiting time with friends/family/activities, excessive calling/texting), emotional abuse (blaming, accusing, ignoring).
Stalking is repeated incidents of unwanted contact that can include, but is not limited to phone calls, emails, texts, hacking, following, tracking, or showing up unexpectedly. For more information, go to the National Center for Victims of Crime Stalking Resource Center.
Harassment and Intimidation is conduct that creates an objectively hostile environment that interferes with or diminishes the ability of an individual to participate in or benefit from certain services, activities or privileges. This includes, but is not limited to irritating or persistently tormenting another to get a desired effect or degrading based on personal or group attributes. For information on university policies related to sexual harassment and sexual misconduct, see the Handbook of Operating Procedures.
Hazing is any activity expected of someone joining a group (or to maintain full status in a group) that humiliates, degrades or risks emotional and/or physical harm, regardless of the person's willingness to participate. These may be subtle, harassing or violent. For more information, see StopHazing.org. Myths & Facts About Hazing
Assault is attempting to cause bodily injury to another, which may include, but is not limited to slapping, hitting, kicking, shoving or spitting.
Sexual Exploitation includes, but is not limited to exposure of another without their consent, creating or sharing images or audio recordings without consent, peeping, knowingly misrepresenting status and transmission of HIV or STD, incapacitating for the purpose of having sex. This can also include taking advantage of power differentials, such as sexual contact by a helping professional.