January 28, 2019
Dear UT Community,
Last night, UT students hosted a forum to discuss sexual misconduct within our community. Many of you showed great courage in sharing your personal stories and asking difficult questions about how the university addresses, and communicates about, instances of misconduct.
Several students said they are concerned about delays in Title IX investigations. I have authorized the Dean of Students’ Title IX Training and Investigations Office to hire two additional investigators to supplement the six that are currently on staff. This will allow the office to investigate complaints more quickly.
I also recognize that we need to move promptly to address the issues discussed last night. Today, I have asked Husch Blackwell, the outside firm that is reviewing UT’s sexual misconduct policies, to expedite its work and provide recommendations by Friday, February 28. The university will review those recommendations, hear feedback and use them to inform our policy decisions.
Thank you to all those who participated in the forum. It was an important conversation, and the actions today are a beginning. We will continue to listen, communicate and work together.
Gregory L. Fenves