Office of the Dean of Students          

Advocacy and Support

UT Austin provides two private support programs for students who have been impacted by interpersonal violence that are not mandated to report to Title IX.

Advocates
Interpersonal Violence Peer Support
The Advocates at UT Austin are trained professional staff who provide individual support to students who have been impacted by interpersonal violence.
The Interpersonal Violence Peer Support program at UT Austin is a group of trained undergraduate and graduate students who offer peer-based support to students who have been impacted by interpersonal violence.

Who Should You Meet With?

That decision is solely based on the student's comfortable level. Some students feel more comfortable meeting with a full-time staff member, while others feel more comfortable meeting with their peers. Both programs provide private, free, and trauma informed services for UT Austin students who have been impacted primarily or secondarily by sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking, sexual harassment, and gender-based discrimination. This may include:

How We Can Help

We empower students by providing information, tools, and resources and by allowing students to determine the course of action that best fits their needs. We are trained to listen and work with students respectfully in whatever decision they make. When meeting with a confidential support person, students may share as much or as little as they feel comfortable. Services include, but are not limited to:

Make an Appointment

Advocates
Interpersonal Violence Peer Support

To schedule a non-urgent appointment with an Advocate, you can:

IVPS will relaunch in 2022. For advocacy support, please contact an Advocate at advocate@austin.utexas.edu or call CMHC's 24-hour crisis line at (512) 471-2255.

Privacy

Information disclosed during appointments will not be shared with anyone without the student's written permission. However, in the situation where there is reasonable fear of imminent harm to the student or the campus community, we will take action to ensure safety.

IVPS and Advocates are non-mandatory reporting resources, but are not protected under Texas law as confidential. If a student's record is requested under certain legal circumstances (e.g. subpoena or court of law) or open records request, we may be required to respond.

Additional Information and Resources

Advocates
Interpersonal Violence Peer Support
  • Hours: Monday-Friday, 9am-4pm
  • Location: Student Emergency Services, SSB 4.104
  • Phone number: (512) 471-5017

IVPS will relaunch in 2022. For advocacy support, please contact an Advocate at advocate@austin.utexas.edu or call CMHC's 24-hour crisis line at (512) 471-2255.

The Interpersonal Violence Peer Support program is managed by Student Emergency Services in the Office of the Dean of Students, with a partnership between the Title IX Office and Voices Against Violence at the Counseling and Mental Health Center.