Texas College has released a statement after a student took to social media saying they had been sexually assaulted by a college employee.
Texas College President Dwight Fennell released a statement on Friday in response.
“Texas College endorses and supports the safety of all students. The administration supports areas and groups that assist with this when matters are brought to our attention and when individuals wish to comply,” Fennell said in the statement.
“During the 2018-19 school year (March 2019), a student informed administration of an incident that allegedly occurred away from the campus premises several weeks earlier. The administration strongly encouraged the student at the time to report the matter to local law enforcement and seek their assistance if a crime had been committed. The administration is uncertain as to why the situation is being brought up through social media at this time.”
Generally, in cases of sexual assault, if the accused is an employee of the higher education institution, federal law requires administrators to report the complaint to the campus Title IX coordinator to review and investigate the matter, regardless of whether the victim contacts police. In the Texas College situation, it is unclear if an investigation was opened. Fennell declined to comment further when his office was contacted to clarify.
Texas College also declined to comment on whether the person named in the complaint was or is an employee at the college.
Starting Sept. 1, in addition to the federal requirement, a new state law, Senate Bill 212, requires employees of public and private higher education institutions who witness or receive information about incidents of sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating violence or stalking against a student or employee to report the information to the institution's Title IX coordinator.