Staff and Faculty are not immune to power-based violence in the workplace or in the community at large. More than 1 in 5 American adults report having experienced sexual harassment at work at some point in their career. Less than a third of adults who experienced sexual harassment felt they could report the harassment without fear of retaliation (Edison Research, 2018).1 According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 16,890 workers in the private industry experienced trauma from nonfatal workplace violence in 2016.2

Incidents of violence at home can also impact the workplace. A survey of American employees found that 44% of full-time employed adults personally experienced domestic violence’s effect in their workplaces, and 21% identified themselves as victims of intimate partner violence3

UTRGV staff and faculty members have multiple resources to assist them in responding to incidents of power-based violence. The Office of Victim Advocacy & Violence Prevention offers FREE AND CONFIDENTIAL support services to staff and faculty. In addition, staff and faculty may access the following resources:

  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP) offers staff, faculty, and their family members can access convenient and confidential services at no cost to them. The EAP offers a variety of services including counseling consultation services with a licensed mental health professional, legal and financial resources, and worklife referrals. To speak with an EAP representative or to obtain a referral for legal/financial/worklife services, please call 713-500-3327 or 800-346-3549.
  • The Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity (OIED) promotes UTRGV's commitment to provide a diverse and inclusive learning and working environment that is free of discrimination, sexual harassment, and retaliation. OIED investigates and responds to internal and external complaints of discrimination, sexual harassment, and retaliation and coordinates and administers the University’s Title IX response and compliance requirements. You can contact OIED via email at or by calling 956-665-2103.
  • UTRGV Police Department protects and serves the campus community of students, faculty, staff and visitors throughout the Rio Grande Valley Region by providing professional law enforcement services and actively promoting community involvement through progressive community policing partnership strategies and a commitment to education. The department is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. In the event of an emergency, please call 956-882-4911. For non-emergencies, you can call 956-665-7151.
  • UT Health RGV Employee Health Clinic, the clinical practice of the UTRGV School of Medicine, is an innovative and growing academic medical center focused on providing you and your family with the highest quality and personalized patient care in South Texas. UT Health RGV provides confidential services at low costs to staff and faculty through the Employee Health Clinic on the Edinburg campus, with plans to open a Brownsville location. You can contact the Employee Health Center by calling 956-296-1731.
  • BlueCross BlueShield of Texas offers Health & Medical plans for UTRGV employees. Those who have a plan through BCBSTX can obtain information about contracted service providers in their area through the BCBSTX website or by calling Customer Service at 1-866-882-2034.
  • SB212 Faculty Guidance 


Please view our comprehensive lists of campus resources and community resources.


1 Edison Research (2018). Sexual Harassment in the Workpace: #metoo, women, men, and the gig economy

2 Bureau of Labor Statistics (2016). TABLE R4. Number of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses involving days away from work by industry and selected events or exposures leading to injury or illness, private industry, 2016.

3The National Domestic Violence HOTLINE Get the Facts & Figures