Texas A&M University is committed to providing an environment of academic study and employment free from harassment or discrimination to all segments of its community and will promptly address all complaints of discrimination, sexual harassment including sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, stalking and related retaliation, in accordance with applicable federal and state laws. As an institution, we have the resources and options to support any student involved in a situation involving sexual misconduct. As Aggies, and family members of Aggies, we must be willing to assist those who may be afraid to come forward or who may not know where to turn for help.
This summer, Texas A&M University conducted internal and external reviews of our policies and processes related to discrimination, sexual harassment including sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, stalking and related retaliation. As a product of these reviews, we are engaging in ongoing improvements of our existing practices and communication. One way we hope to engage our community is through you as family members. Family members can encourage their Aggies to participate in educational program offerings on these topics and learn as much as they can. As we know and as we say, knowledge is power. We want our students, through their knowledge of these topics, to feel empowered to help themselves and one another when faced with situations involving sexual discrimination and sexual harassment.
Each new student has received an email indicating a requirement to complete our online Sexual Assault Prevention training. The training covers information about discrimination, sexual harassment including sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, stalking and related retaliation, including support services, resources, and ways to get involved. Students who did not complete this requirement had a hold placed on their registration (preventing spring semester registration). Any student who failed to complete their training by the September 21, 2018 deadline will need to complete the training in order for the hold to be lifted. Students may check their holds by logging into Howdy. If you are a family member of a new student to Texas A&M, please encourage your student to complete this training if they have not done so already.
As we continue this semester, please know that the Offices of the Dean of Student Life is here to support students. If your student knows a student affected by violence or other forms of discrimination, please let them know they can always reach out to Student Assistance Services at 979.845.3113 or contact the Offices of the Dean of Student Life at 979.845.3111.