The University of Houston-Downtown encourages individuals who have experienced sexual misconduct to seek support services. All employees are required to report incidents of sexual misconduct. Read more below to learn more about your reporting obligations under Texas Senate Bill 212 (SB 212). If you have any other questions about SB 212 or related policies, please contact:
Lauri S. Ruiz
Interim Title IX/Equal Opportunity Officer
As of January 1, 2020, Texas universities are required to annually post online SB 212 reporting data. The data may not identify any person and must include:
- the number of reports received under Texas Education Code Section 51.252;
- the number of investigations conducted as a result of those reports;
- the disposition, if any, of any disciplinary processes arising from those reports;
- the number of those reports for which the institution determined not to initiate a disciplinary process, if any; and
- any disciplinary actions taken under Texas Education Code Section 51.255.
Please see below for SB 212 reporting data for the University of Houston-Downtown from January 1, 2020 through June 30, 2020, as well as explanatory notes:
Number of reports received under Section 51.252||
|Number of confidential reports under Section 51.252||7|
Number of formal investigations conducted under Section 51.252*||
Disposition of any disciplinary processes for reports under Section 51.252:|
|a. Concluded, No Finding of Policy Violation||--|
|b. Concluded, with Employee Disciplinary Sanction||--|
|c. Concluded, with Student Disciplinary Sanction||2|
|d. Pending formal investigation||--|
Number of reports under Section 51.252 for which the institution determined not to initiate a disciplinary process:|
|a. Unidentified or unaffiliated respondent||38|
|b. Confidential report (unidentified complainant)||7|
|c. Insufficient information to investigate||2|
|d. Complainant requested no investigation||2|
|e. Other administrative closure or informal resolution||2|
|f. Preliminary investigation pending||--|
Number of reports received that include allegations of an employee’s failure to report or who submits a false report to the institution under Section 51.255(a)||
|Any disciplinary action taken, regarding failure to report or false reports to the institution under Section 51.255(c):|
|a. Employee termination||--|
|b. Institutional intent to termination, in lieu of employee resignation||--|
| * The Title IX Coordinator conducts a preliminary investigation into all reports received under Section 51.252. A formal investigation indicates a formal complaint was filed, followed by a full investigation and disciplinary process, if applicable.
* The total number of cases includes five "historical cases" or incidents that happened before the complainant became a member of the UHD community.
Notes on the table above:
Investigations: The Title IX Coordinator conducts a preliminary investigation into all reports received under Texas Education Code Section 51.252. A "formal investigation" indicates a formal complaint was filed, followed by a full investigation and disciplinary process, if applicable. A formal investigation is initiated when the complainant or University files a formal complaint against the respondent.
Confidential reports: “Number of confidential reports” is a sub-set of the total number of reports. Confidential reports are provided in a non-identified format by a confidential employee or office (for example, a university health or counseling facility).
Dispositions: “Disposition” means “final result under the institution’s disciplinary process” as defined in the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s rules for the Texas Education Code Section 51.259. Therefore, pending disciplinary processes will not be listed until the result is final.
No Finding of Violation: “No Finding of a Policy Violation” refers to instances where there is no finding of responsibility after a formal investigation and an appeal process.
Determination Not to Initiate Discipline Process: The reasons to not initiate a discipline process can include but are not limited to: administrative closure; insufficient information to investigate further; confidential employee reporting (no identifiable information for complainant); the respondent’s identity was unknown or not reported; the respondent was not university-affiliated; the complainant requested the university not investigate the report further; an informal resolution was completed; an investigation is ongoing; or the formal investigation was completed with no finding of a policy violation.
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