Vols A.C.T. was developed in response to Chancellor Donde Plowman’s charge to the Office of Title IX to expand the culture of “Vols Help Vols” among graduate students, faculty, and staff.
The goal of Vols A.C.T. is to better define the role of our faculty, staff, and graduate students to create, maintain, and expect a culture that is free from sexual harassment and sexual misconduct.
Volunteers A.C.T. encompasses three critical steps to being an active bystander:
- Acknowledge the situation.
- Consider your options.
- Take action.
- Develop a shared understanding of what constitutes sexual harassment.
- Identify sexually harassing behaviors and red flags.
- Understand the effects of sexual harassment in academia.
- Understand the role of active bystander.
- Apply VOLS ACT to potential real-world situations.
Since 2012, the Center for Health Education and Wellness (CHEW) has worked to develop a campus culture of Volunteers who look out for each other. The Office of Title IX, through cross collaboration with CHEW and the UT Action Collaborative, will serve to customize a robust resource for faculty, staff, and graduate students mirroring the existing bystander and prevention work for students.