Confidential advocates are trained professional staff who provide individual support and accommodations to UT Austin students who have been impacted by interpersonal violence and are not mandated to report to Title IX. These services are available to any UT Austin student impacted by interpersonal violence, including students who have been impacted personally or through the experience of someone they know.
About Confidential Advocates
Confidential advocates are full-time staff members that provide private, free, and trauma-informed services for UT Austin students who have been impacted by sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking, sexual harassment, and gender-based discrimination. These services go beyond support, and can include academic, housing, medical, and/or financial accommodations.
The confidential advocates also coordinate the Interpersonal Violence Peer Support (IVPS) Program. The program was paused while access to campus was limited due to the pandemic. IVPS is currently recruiting Peer Supporters to serve for the 2022-2023 Academic Year.
How Confidential Advocates Can Help
Confidential advocates empower students by providing information, tools and resources, and by allowing students to determine the course of action that best fits their needs. Confidential advocates are trained to listen and work with students respectfully in whatever decision they make. When meeting with a confidential advocate, students may share as much or as little as they feel comfortable.
Services include, but are not limited to:
- Offering a safe and private setting to discuss questions, concerns, and experiences regarding an incident of interpersonal violence
- Engaging in respectful, active listening and emotional support
- Providing information about students' rights and options regarding the Title IX reporting and investigation process
- Exploring academic, housing, medical and/or financial accommodations and remedies
- Referrals for on and off campus resources
To schedule a non-urgent appointment with a confidential advocate:
- Additional campus confidential resources:
- For information on reporting options, please visit Title IX.
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, action will be taken to ensure safety.
Confidential 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, the confidential may be required to respond.