Cultural Adjustments, Fair Treatment and The Law
As an international student or scholar, International Student and Scholar Services knows you have a challenging task of pursuing your academic goals in the midst of different cultural rules and behaviors from those you’re familiar with, as well as different laws. This guide can help you navigate those.
Help with the Transition: Advisors in International Student & Scholar Services understand the adjustment and transition issues that international students and scholar face while living in the United States. Advisors can help refer students and scholars to appropriate resources on campus.
Student Emergency Services (SES): SES helps students and their families during difficult or emergency situations. We can help with outreach, advocacy, intervention, support, and referrals to relevant campus and community resources.
Counseling & Mental Health Center (CMHC): UT students may call CMHC Crisis Line at 512-471-2255 to speak with a trained counselor about their situation. CMHC also has information available on its website.
Behavior Concerns Advice Line (BCAL): BCAL provides a central resource to anyone who is concerned about an individual and may not be sure about how best to help them. By calling the advice line (512-232-5050), or submitting information online, campus and community support networks may be accessed; optimizing the chance that individuals will receive needed assistance. Contact BCAL if you are concerned about someone and want to help.
If You Feel You’ve Been Treated Unfairly
Student Ombuds Services: The Student Ombuds is available to listen to your concerns in a safe setting about life at the university and confidentially discuss interpersonal difficulties, university policies, university bureaucracy, and conflict resolution techniques.
Report a Bias Incident: The University of Texas at Austin is committed to addressing incidents that impact our campus climate, especially those that are bias-related. Your assistance in bringing these incidents to the university's attention will enhance our ability to systematically identify and respond to such events. Please use the online form to report a bias incident to the Campus Climate Response Team.
Title IX Office: The university is committed to maintaining a learning environment that is free from discriminatory conduct based on gender. The University encourages anyone to immediately consult with or report incidents of sex discrimination, sexual harassment (including sexual violence) or sexual misconduct to the university's Title IX Office.