Receiving Reports of Interpersonal Violence

To increase accountability, legislation requires certain employees to report certain disclosures to the Title IX Coordinator. As a university employee, you may be required to report crimes that you observe or know about. 

There are two types of roles that have reporting requirements.

1. Campus Security Authority (CSA)

A CSA is someone who has responsibility for campus security and is usually associated with campus police, security personnel, an organization where students and employees can report crimes, or an official who has a significant responsibility for student and campus activities.

2. Responsible Employee

A Responsible Employee is a Title IX term that indicates an employee who has the authority to address sexual violence or who has been given the duty of reporting. It may also be an employee who a student reasonably believes has this duty and authority.

CSA’s and Responsible Employees must report incidents of sexual misconduct involving students to the Title IX Coordinator.

If you do not have specific obligations for reporting, you can still give others support or refer them to someone who can help.

If you are  unsure of your specific role, check with your Title IX Coordinator or speak with your supervisor to understand your responsibilities.

Student Disclosure Procedures

If a student shares information about a sexual assault, or any type of unwanted incident with you, here is what you should do:

1. Affirm the student's decision to share information with you.

  **If you are a Responsible Employee, in addition to affirming, you must also interrupt and inform the student of your role and reporting obligations.

2. Interrupt before details of the incident are revealed. 

3. Inform the student of your role and obligations to report. 

Interrupt and Inform Sample Script

Here is an example of what you can say to interrupt and inform a student of your reporting obligations:

“Thank you for coming to me with this, and I want you to know that I’m here to support you the best I can. I do need to stop you for a moment because it sounds like you might have experienced something that I may be required to report. I care about you and want you to get the resources you need, but there are certain things that some employees, like myself, have to report, which would include giving your name and some of the details you share with me to our Title IX Coordinator.

I want you to make an informed choice about what you disclose to me today. If you’re going to tell me something that I might have to report, you may instead want to talk to someone who can help protect your confidentiality. I am more than happy to connect you with a confidential resource if you’re not ready to report this officially.

If you’re comfortable sharing information with me, I’m here to support you the best I can and connect with you resources that I think will be helpful to you.”

Providing Support & Handling Disclosures

For more information about how to provide support to someone who discloses an incident of interpersonal violence, click here

Questions & Answers on Title IX and Sexual Violence

For more information regarding guidelines set forth through Title IX for Responsible Employees please click here

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