Being accused of misconduct can be stressful. It may be the first time some students encountered a formalized disciplinary process. The Dean of Students Office provides support to students who are involved in reports of alleged sexual misconduct. This support is to enable students navigate academic, personal, and community impact; receive advice on policy and procedures; and connect to campus and community resources that could be beneficial. A respondent advocate can discuss housing & academic accommodations, schedule appointments, and connect students to a variety of support services available.
UNT addresses allegations of sexual misconduct that involves students as an alleged violation of the Code of Student Conduct. Within the University’s processes, the person making the allegations is referred to as the Complainant. The person whom the allegations have been brought against is referred to as the Respondent.
Respondent Advocate Services and Information
The Dean of Students Office provides support to Respondents who are involved in reports of alleged sexual misconduct. This support is to enable students to navigate academic, personal, and community impact; receive advice on policy and procedures; and connect to other community resources that could be beneficial.
A Respondent Advocate is able to:
- Provide a safe listening space
- Assist Respondents in navigating options related to academic and personal issues as necessary
- Support and connect Respondents with campus and community resources
- Attend conduct meetings as a support person
- Assist Respondent throughout investigation process, if required
A Respondent Advocate is not:
- An advisor on behalf of a Respondent in an investigation or hearing
- A participant in the investigation or resolution of the allegation
- A confidential resource. As defined by UNT Policy 16.005, Confidential Employees are licensed professional mental health counselors, health care professionals, and attorneys working in those capacities for the University
- Legal counsel. Respondents seeking legal advice should consult an attorney.
A Respondent may contact Renee McNamara to set up an appointment or learn more.
If you are experiencing a crisis, please contact Counseling & Testing Services at 940-565-2741.
The UNT Peer Advocates are students and part-time employees of the Dean of Students Office. They provide free, private consultations to students to help them prepare for conduct meetings and can answer questions about the conduct process. Peer Advocates can help students with preparation for a DOS conference or committee review, answer questions about sanctions imposed through the conduct process, explain options to request a review of a conduct decision, and make referrals to UNT resources.
Peer Advocates also provide outreach and programming to students and student groups. Call the Dean of Students Office (940.565.2648) to schedule an appointment to speak with a Peer Advocate.