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Respondent Advocacy

Contact the Dean of Students Office for information about Respondent Advocacy.

A University Advocate for respondents to allegations of sexual misconduct

  • will treat respondent with respect, dignity, and sensitivity throughout the process as you seek services from a university advocate
  • will consider all facts you share with them when providing you with appropriate resources and information
  • seek to help respondent with a client-centered approach
  • are not confidential/anonymous reporters, however will keep information provided as confidential as possible
  • provides advocacy before, during, and after an investigation
  • explains university policy including supportive measures and safety measures
  • connects respondent to campus and community resources
  • helps to explain university vs. criminal procedures
  • informs how to recognize and report retaliation for their involvement in the investigation

Under Title IX, sexual violence is a severe form of sexual harassment. Sexual violence is unacceptable and will not be tolerated at the University of New Mexico. Sexual violence may be committed by a stranger, an acquaintance or someone with whom the victim is involved in an intimate or sexual relationship. Victims of sexual violence are encouraged to report what happened to law enforcement and seek assistance from any of the resources, on and off campus, listed in this publication. 

Please contact UNM's Title IX Coordinator, Heather Cowan, at hbcowan@unm.edu for more information about Title IX.