Reporting - Sexual Harassment, Sexual Misconduct & Discrimination

All Vaqueros are encouraged to report sexual harassment, sexual misconduct and discrimination.  If prior to making a report, you would like to speak to someone confidentially, UTRGV confidential resources are available, such as, the Office for Victim Advocacy & Violence Prevention (OVAVP), the Vaqueros Crisis Line and the Counseling Center.

At UTRGV, students, faculty and staff have many reporting options:

Let Us Know- Your Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity

You can submit a report to:

Florence Nocar, Chief Equity and Diversity Officer
Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity & Title IX/EO/AA (504) Coordinator
Office: (956) 665-2452
Direct: (956) 665-2103
oie@utrgv.edu

When making a verbal report, please include the following information, if available:

  • Your name and contact details
  • Names of the implicated persons (complainants & respondents)
  • Approximate date and time that the incidence(s) occurred
  • Where the incidence(s) occurred
  • What happened or what you think happened (if you, or someone you know, was asleep or incapacitated)
  • Whether you are seeking immediate help from the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity, such as with a no contact order or a housing accommodation.
  • Whether you made an earlier report and to whom

You can also complete the Vaqueros Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity Report It and email it to oie@utrgv.edu or send it to The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity, Attn: Title IX Coordinator, 1201 W. University Drive, Edinburg, Texas 78539.

If you choose, you can make an anonymous verbal or written report to the Title IX Coordinator or a Title IX Deputy Coordinator.

Title IX Responsible Employees

You can also inform a Title IX Responsible Employee.  UTRGV is committed to maintaining an environment free of sex discrimination, and many employees are designated as Title IX Responsible Employees. If you wish confidentiality, ask if the person you are speaking with is a Title IX Responsible Employee.  Title IX Responsible Employees are mandated reporters who must inform the Title IX Coordinator or a Deputy Coordinator whenever they receive a report of sexual harassment or sexual misconduct. 

Vaqueros Report It

Student Rights and Responsibilities provides an online reporting system, called Vaqueros Report It, which allows students, staff and faculty a way to report violations of the Student Code of Conduct, sexual misconduct, sexual discrimination, discrimination and other matters of concern.

Compliance Hotline

The Compliance Hotline is another available UTRGV resource for complainants, witnesses and others that wish to report sexual misconduct or discrimination anonymously. The Hotline is available 24/7. Calls can be taken in English or in Spanish.

Toll Free Hotline: (877) 882-3999

Law Enforcement

  • Call 9-1-1 (if an emergency) or contact local law enforcement.
  • UTRGV Police Department (University Police):   (956) 665-7151 or (956) 882-8232
  • City of Edinburg Police (Edinburg Police):              (956) 289-7700
  • City of Brownsville Police (Brownsville Police):    (956) 548-7000

If you wish, the Title IX Coordinator and Title IX Deputy Coordinators can help you contact these law enforcement agencies.

Also, if you have protective or restraining orders relevant to a UTRGV report of sexual harassment or sexual misconduct, we encourage you to provide a copy to University Police.

External Reporting:

  • Office of Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education (OCR)
  • U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
  • Texas Workforce Commission, Civil Rights Division (TWC)