Sample Response to a Disclosure

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

  1. Affirm the individual's decision to share information with you.
    **If you are a Title IX Responsible Employee, in addition to affirming, you must also interrupt and inform the individual of your role and reporting obligations.
  2. Interrupt before details of the incident are revealed.
  3. Inform the individual 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 share with our Title IX Coordinator. I care about you and want you to get the resources you need, and 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.”

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