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Confidential Advocates

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:

Contact

To schedule a non-urgent appointment with a confidential advocate:

Additional Resources

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, 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.