UTSA President Taylor Eighmy says the University of Texas System Board of Regents has hired a prominent law firm, Ice Miller, to conduct a full Title IX investigation into sexual assault allegations raised by students in fliers posted around campus, and on social media, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.
"As I stated in my previous communication, UTSA firmly and unequivocally condemns all forms of sexual violence and misconduct. These behaviors have no place at our university – under any circumstances," Eighmy sasid in an e-mail to 'the UTSA community.'
The issue of sexual assault at UTSA has been bubbling under the surface for some time, but Eighmy says this issue got real this week, when the fliers and social media posts actually named alleged perpetrators.
Eighmy urged UTSA students who have been victims to approach the UTSA Office of Equal Opportunity Services or through a hot line set up specifically for this purpose.
He also urged any students who may have been named as perpetrators of sexual assault.
"We have designated staff members on campus to ensure that you receive due process as investigations advance," he wrote.
According to UTSA students, the fliers were signed by a group of woman and called out “rampant sexual assault, and abuse on campus and in the world.”
"I applaud these women for their desire to raise awareness of an important issue," Eighmy said. "Sexual misconduct of any kind is unacceptable, and UTSA must be an institution of zero tolerance. My position on this issue is straightforward and unyielding."