The Texas Tech Police Department is investigating a student's accusation against a professor. She says he sexually assaulted her Thursday.
The University reports the student says she was in the kinesiology building alone with the professor in a lab for academic purposes. She said the professor fondled her breasts.
Tech has identified the professor and is taking steps to block him from students and campus facilities, according to an e-mail to the Tech community. No charges have been filed as of Thursday evening.
The campus is currently closed, an action taken before Thursday, in response to COVID-19. Tech reports there does not appear to be an ongoing threat.
Below is more of an e-mail sent to the Tech community:
The Texas Tech Police Department encourages prompt reporting of any similar offenses by contacting our dispatch center 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 806-742-3931 or 806-743-2000.
Texas Tech University is committed to providing and strengthening an educational, working, and living environment where students, faculty, staff, and visitors are free from sex discrimination and assault of any kind. TTU has adopted new policies and complaint procedures for sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual misconduct, and Title IX. These new policies are published as TTU System Regulation 07.06. In addition, TTU Operating Policy 40.03 provides additional contacts and resources specific to the TTU community. These policies apply to all TTU students, employees, visitors, applications for admission to or employment with, and affiliates and others conducting business on TTU campuses and provide students and employees with their rights and options and also explains how TTU will proceed once it is made aware of allegations of prohibited conduct.
The following links are being provided in order to meet institutional obligations under Title VII, Title IX, the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), the Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act (SaVE), the Texas Education Code, and other applicable laws and regulations.
ADDITIONAL SEXUAL VIOLENCE RESOURCES