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Sexual Misconduct and Title IX

Tips for Faculty and Staff

Tips for Faculty and Staff

Faculty and staff members are required to report all forms of sexual misconduct and gender discrimination to the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs/University Title IX Coordinator or Designated Reporting Representatives. These include sexual harassment, sexual assault, intimate partner violence, stalking and discrimination based on an individual’s gender.

When sexual misconduct or gender discrimination is reported to you:

  1. Let the reporting individual know that you are required to report incidents of sexual misconduct and gender discrimination to the University Title IX Coordinator or Designated Reporting Representative.;
  2. Provide a list of confidential resources for the reporting individual. It is alright if the student would like you to serve as their support person. As long as there is not a conflict of interest;
  3. Support the reporting individual. Validate the reporting individual’s feelings;
  4. Respect the privacy of the reporting individual. Do not discuss the information shared with you to anyone outside of the Title IX Coordinator.

Things to avoid:

  • Conducting an independent investigation;
  • Notifying the respondent of the complaint;
  • Attempting to mediate the issue;
  • Discouraging the complainant to file a report; and
  • Asking bias or weighted questions that could be viewed as blaming.