If you are Faculty or Staff seeking support resources and options related to sex discrimination and harassment, sexual violence, partner violence, or stalking that you have experienced, please visit the Report an Incident / File a Complaint Tab on the Title IX webpage.
For information about supporting and assisting students, employees, and visitors in the TSU community, see below.
Texas Southern University – Support Resources
Texas Southern University is committed to offering support resources to University Community members when sex discrimination and harassment, sexual violence, partner violence and stalking incidents occur. The University understands that it can be upsetting for individuals, especially when impacted by sex discrimination and harassment or when responding to sex discrimination and harassment allegations.
The University has listed below information that individuals impacted by or involved in sex discrimination and harassment matters may find helpful to support them. These support resources may provide Complainants and Respondents with the help that they need while navigating the myriad of concerns and questions that come up. The University will continue to address sex discrimination and harassment matters in an equitable manner while carefully taking steps to prevent and stop sex discrimination and harassment within the University community.
Office of Title IX
Title IX Grievance Process and Procedures
Office of Title IX – www.tsu.edu/titleix
Health / Counseling / Crisis Intervention
- University Counseling Center – www.tsu.edu/ucc / 713.313.7804 main number / After Hours Crisis Number – 713.313.7863
- University Health Center – www.tsu.edu/health / 713.313.7173
- Employees - University Employee Assistance Program - www.uteap.org / 800.346.3549
- University Public Safety/Police – 713.313.7000 (on-campus) or Dial 911 (off campus)
- University Student Advocacy – PAWS (Peer Advocates for Wellness) – visit University Health Center for more information – www.tsu.edu/health / 713.313.7173
- Texas Southern University has a Memorandum of Understanding with the Parris Foundation and provides advocacy support resources.
Residential Life and Housing / 713.313.7206
Academic and Employment Support
- Office of Provost – Ombudsperson / 713.313.7040
- Employee Relations / 713.313.7037
City of Houston Community Support Resources
- Domestic and Sexual Violence Centers and Shelters
- Houston Area Women’s Center (HAWC) – www.hawc.org/resource-list
- Domestic Violence Hotline – 713.528.2121 / 800.256.0551
- Sexual Assault Hotline – 713.528.3691 / 800.256.0661
- Mercy House – https://mercyhousesite.org/get-help
- Love is Respect – www.loveisrespect.org/about
- Family Violence Program Center – https://hhs.texas.gov/services/safety/family-violence-program
- Domestic Shelters in Houston – www.domesticshelters.org/help/tx/houston
- Daya Houston – www.dayahouston.org/gethelp
- Bay Area Turning Point – www.bayareaturningpoint.org
- The Bridge Over Troubled Waters – www.tbotw.org / 713.473.2801
Health and Medical Help
- Houston Methodist Hospital – 6565 Fannin Street, Houston, TX 713.790.3311
- Kindred Hospital Houston Medical Center – 6441 Main Street, Houston, TX 713.790.0500
Crisis Intervention/Mental Health for Individuals
- Crisis Intervention Hotline – www.crisishotline.org / 832.416.1177
- NAMI Greater Houston – www.namigreaterhouston.org/crisis-info / 866.970.4770
- Open Counseling – www.opencounseling.com/crisis-lines/texas/houston / 832.416.1177 or text 281.201.4430
- Memorial Herman Mental Health Crisis Centers – 3033 Gessner Road, Houston, TX – 713.329.7517
- The Harris Center for Mental Health Helpline – 9401 Southwest Fwy. Houston, TX – 713.970.7000
Law Enforcement Assistance
Houston Police Department - Sex Crime Unit / Family Violence Unit www.houstontx.gov/police/divisions/special_crimes/ / Emergencies dial 911
*Texas Southern University has a Memorandum of Understanding with Local Law Enforcement Agencies to provide criminal support resources to faculty, staff, and students.
National Support Resources
- National Coalition for Anti-Violence Programs (LGBTQ Victim Hotline): 1.212.714.1141
- Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN): 1.800. 656.HOPE (4673)
- National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1.800. 799.SAFE(7233)
- Stalking Resource Center: 202.467.8700
- National Sexual Violence Resource Center: 1.877.739.3895
- National Coalition Against Domestic Violence: 303.839.1852
Faculty/Staff Support Resources
- Texas Southern University is committed to ensuring students attending Texas Southern University enjoy an inclusive and welcoming university environment and students are not negatively impacted when they must respond or be involved in Title IX matters. Students should be given equal opportunity to continue their educational experience while responding to incidents that fall under Title IX guidance (i.e., sexual harassment, sexual violence, partner violence and stalking).
- As Faculty members, you are uniquely positioned to assist students when they must respond to incidents. Academic support serves as a method that Faculty members can utilize to help students continue to meet essential course requirements, continue to actively participate in the course, feel safe on campus after traumatic event(s), and allow them to participate in ongoing investigative processes.
- Faculty members may receive notices that a student has requested academic support from the University. As a reminder to Faculty members, when students may need academic support due to a Title IX incident, Texas Southern University is obligated to provide academic support that is reasonably available so that the students’ education experience is not negatively impacted.
- Do not ask the student for details or specifics about the Title IX incident they are involved in;
- Trust that the Office of Title IX has reviewed and verified that the request for academic support is related to a Title IX matter;
- Understand that a request for academic support does not trigger any University reporting obligations;
- Recognize that talking about the subject may be difficult or uncomfortable with students, so if Faculty Members have questions regarding academic support, feel free to contact the University’s Title IX Coordinator or Provost Office;
- If the academic support options seem reasonable to the Faculty member, please discuss details and specific expectations with the student;
- Faculty members should remember that academic support is an alternate method to utilize that may help students continue their education uninterrupted while responding to Title IX incidents.
- Guidance information to help Faculty members understand the importance of using academic support.
- Safety – Avoiding people or places on campus;
- Scheduling reasons – Students may need to attend meetings with University Officials and Law Enforcement regarding university and criminal investigations;
- Effects of Trauma – Students involved in and responding to Title IX incidents may have symptoms that can interfere with their ability to achieve their educational goals. Symptoms may include:
- Changes in thinking, feeling, relating, and functioning;
- Diminished capacity to cope with the demands of daily life;
- Inability to concentrate and focus on tasks;
- Lack of energy, depression, and anxiety;
- Amending attendance policy, excusing absences
- Make up assignments;
- Extended time to complete assignments;
- Testing alone or in a small group;
- Alternative test dates;
- Moving to online classes;
- Changing class sections;
- Withdrawing from school without penalty;
- Faculty members should communicate expectations about the specific academic support (i.e., guidelines for make up work, due dates);
- Faculty members should keep in mind that Undergraduate, Graduate and Professional Students may have very different types of requests, depending on the program. Make sure to speak with the student regarding what type of academic support they may need;
- Faculty members who are unsure or unable to provide specific academic support, contact the Title IX Coordinator or Provost Office;
- Faculty members must respect and uphold the privacy of the student regarding the Title IX matter.
If you have any questions about this document or attached guidance, please feel free to contact Texas Southern University’s Title IX Coordinator at 713.313.1371 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your assistance and cooperation.
As Faculty members it may be helpful to provide information in your syllabus so that Students are aware of your reporting responsibility. The Office of Title IX provides some examples of language you may consider using in your syllabus to advise students of your reporting responsibility.
- Texas Southern University is committed to fostering a safe learning environment. As professor, one of my responsibilities is to help create a safe learning environment in class. Texas Southern University and Federal Regulations (Title IX) policy prohibit discrimination based on sex and this includes sexual harassment, sexual violence and misconduct, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking. Texas Southern University understands that these incidents can undermine a student’s academic success, so Texas Southern University encourages students who have experienced sexual conduct prohibited by university policy to report these incidents when they happen to the University’s Title IX Coordinator or University Confidential Resource so that the student can get the help they may need.
- It is my goal that you feel able to share information related to your life experiences in classroom discussions, in your written work, and in one-to-one meetings. I will seek to keep information you share private to the greatest extent possible. However, I also have a mandatory responsibility to notify the University’s Title IX Coordinator when I become aware of incidents of prohibited conduct that violate the university’s Title IX policy.
- Students may speak confidentially to the University Counseling Center. Please feel free to visit their website www.tsu.edu/ucc for more information about their services. Also, students may speak with the University’s Title IX Coordinator by calling 713.313.1371 or emailing email@example.com.