Duty to Report
If you are a responsible employee and you receive a complaint of sexual misconduct, including any assault, harassment or other sexual violence, it is your duty to report the incident. The university is deemed to be on notice and must take immediate and appropriate steps to investigate or otherwise determine what occurred.
Responsible Employees play a crucial role in assisting the Title IX Coordinator or Deputy Title IX Coordinator in connecting students, staff, and faculty who have been impacted by sexual and gender-based violence by providing them appropriate reporting options and resources.
Who are responsible Employees?
Responsible employees shall include all administrators, unclassified staff, and resident assistants. These individuals are those who have the authority to take action redress sexual misconduct or whom a student could reasonably believe has the authority or duty.
Employees with confidentiality obligations include: University Counseling Center staff, University Health Center staff, and any clergy.
What does a Responsible Employee do?
When someone discloses an incident of discrimination, harassment, or sexual misconduct to a Responsible Employee, that employee must share that information with the Title IX Coordinator or Deputy Title IX Coordinator. They are required to share as much information as they know, such as name of perpetrator, affected person, date of incident, location of incident.
What happens when responsible employees report incidents?
The purpose of reporting an incident is to help ensure the safety and well being of the person(s) affected. Upon receipt of the report, the Title IX Coordinator or Deputy Title IX Coordinator will reach out to the affected person via email to inform them of their rights to seek medical attention, to notify law enforcement, and their options for seeking support and reporting the incident. The affected person can choose whether they want to meet with the Title IX Coordinator or Deputy Title IX Coordinator, but they are not required to do so.