Reporting Options

File a Report

Any person may report an incident of sexual assault, interpersonal violence (including domestic and dating violence), stalking, sexual harassment, and sex discrimination to the Title IX Coordinator, via an online reporting form, via email at institutional.equity@hccs.edu, by mail at 3100 Main Street, Suite 702, Houston, Texas 77002, or by calling 713.718.8271, regardless of whether the person reporting is the person alleged to be subject to the complained-of behavior.  Also, any person may report incidents anonymously.

Why Report?

  • The incident has negatively affected your academics or employment.  
  • You have concerns about your safety or the safety of the community. 
  • You need someone to confide in or want to seek assistance and support, but you are not seeking action or do not want to name the Respondent. 
  • You want the college to pursue disciplinary action against the Respondent. 
  • You want a No Contact Directive to be put in place between you and the Respondent.  
  • Reporting an incident informs the College of the incident, which allows the institution to provide support, resources, and accommodations to the all the parties impacted by the incident and does not necessarily result in the initiation of a grievance process. 
  • You are meeting your obligation as a mandatory reporter under Senate Bill (SB) 212

Report to the College

Use the following link to report allegations of sex discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual misconduct, interpersonal violence (including dating violence and domestic violence), and stalking.

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Types of Reporting

Anonymous Reports: A report can be made without sharing your name.  You may file a report anonymously if you would like to make the college aware of incidents or general trends but you may not be seeking any further action. Depending on the information provided, the college’s ability to respond may be limited.​

College Reports: All Parties who report incidents to the Title IX Coordinator will be offered individualized supportive measures.  A decision to remain anonymous may greatly limit the College’s ability to stop the alleged conduct, collect evidence, or take action against parties accused of violating College District policy. Prompt reporting is encouraged. 

Any person subject to an alleged incident, may file a Formal Complaint to initiate the appropriate grievance process.  There are several grievance processes offered.  The Office of Institutional Equity is available to assist you and provide you information regarding your options. The College recognizes the right of a victim of sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating violence, or stalking to report the incident and to receive a prompt and equitable resolution of the report or Formal Complaint.

The Title IX Coordinator may also file and sign a Formal Complaint based on any incident report received which will initiate the appropriate grievance process track.

Police Reports: Police reports can be made as an option to pursue criminal action, file a protective order, and access victim services, or you can file a police report without pursuing criminal action.  Criminal action is separate from a Title IX college investigation process. We do not share information with the Houston Community College Police Department (HCCPD) or the Harris County Policy Department (HPD) unless the Complainant gives us specific permission to do so, there are immediate safety concerns, the victim is a minor under state law, or we are compelled to do so by a subpoena or court order.

Civil Reports: Reports can also be made to external federal or state agencies.

What Happens Next?

After a report or Formal Complaint is submitted, the Office of Institutional Equity will review the report or Formal Complaint and will reach out to the reporter, complainant, and other appropriate parties to discuss next steps and provide information on specific resources and accommodations related to the report or Formal Complaint. For more information on support options are available to you, please visit the Resources page. For more information on the grievance processes, please visit the Resources page and click on the corresponding policy whether you are an employee or a student.

Amnesty Related to Alcohol and Other Substances

Some students and bystanders are afraid to come forward because alcohol or other substances were involved with the incident. Fear of punishment should never be a reason for deciding not to get help. We have a policy not to punish drug- and alcohol-related student conduct violations that occur during the harmful incident.

Amnesty for Students Reporting Certain Incidents

  1. A postsecondary educational institution may not take any disciplinary action against a student enrolled at the institution who in good faith reports to the institution being the victim of, or a witness to, an incident of sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating violence, or stalking for a violation by the student of the institution's code of conduct occurring at or near the time of the incident, regardless of the location at which the incident occurred or the outcome of the institution's disciplinary process regarding the incident, if any.
  2. A postsecondary educational institution may investigate to determine whether a report of an incident of sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating violence, or stalking was made in good faith.
  3. A determination that a student is entitled to amnesty under Subsection (a) is final and may not be revoked.
  4. Subsection (a) does not apply to a student who reports the student's own commission or assistance in the commission of sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating violence, or stalking.
  5. This section may not be construed to limit a postsecondary educational institution's ability to provide amnesty from application of the institution's policies in circumstances not described by Subsection (a).

Commitment to Privacy & Confidentiality

After making a report, student information will be handled in accordance with the regulations established by the Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). FERPA is a federal law that protects the privacy of student educational records, and information contained in educational records cannot be shared without the student's written consent. All reports are treated with the greatest degree of confidentiality possible. Confidentiality is maintained on a need-to-know basis with respect to the college's obligations to investigate allegations of sexual misconduct and take the appropriate corrective action.

Retaliation Is Prohibited

If anyone retaliates against you because you make a report or participate in a Title IX process as a Complainant, Respondent, or witness, the college will take immediate action. Retaliation includes but is not limited to, job reprimands, removal from participating in organizations or classroom activities, negative evaluations, negative grades, threats, harassment, or other adverse treatment when the treatment is taken for a retaliatory reason. If you feel you are being retaliated against, please report the incident to the Title IX Coordinator or the Office of Institutional Equity.

David Cross

Director EEO/Compliance, Title IX Coordinator

3100 Main Street, Suite 702 , Houston, TX 77002