Employee Reporting Obligations

University employees have different obligations based on their job titles and duties when they receive a disclosure of sexual misconduct. An employee's obligations are based on whether the employee is a designated confidential resource, reporting employee, or resource connection employee.

Designated Confidential Resources

The university has designated professional counselors, non-professional counselors, and advocates as confidential resources so individuals who have been impacted by sexual misconduct can have access to support services in a confidential setting. Information about sexual misconduct that is shared with designated confidential resources is not reported to the USU Title IX Coordinator. More information about designated confidential resources is available in the Sexual Misconduct Resource Guide.

Resource Connection Employees

Most university employees are designated as resource connection employees, which means they are not required to report information they receive about sexual misconduct to the USU Title IX Coordinator. Resource connection employees are instead required to share information about how to report to the USU Title IX Cooordinator and designated confidential resources with individuals who have been impacted by sexual misconduct.

Reporting Employees

Some university employees are designated as reporting employees, which means they must report all information they receive about sexual misconduct to the USU Title IX Coordinator. An overview of how reporting employees should respond to sexual misconduct disclosures is below.

Responsible Employee Handout

Responding to Sexual Misconduct

If an individual discloses an incident of sexual misconduct to you, follow these steps:

1

Inform

Inform them you will respect their privacy, but you may have to share some of what they tell you with the USU Title IX Coordinator. You may have to interrupt them early in the conversation to do this.

For example, you could say: “It sounds like you’re about to share something very important. Before you continue, I would like to let you know the limits of my confidentiality. I may need to report certain information you tell me to the USU Title IX Coordinator. How can I support you?"

2

Listen

Listen if they would still like to discuss their experience with you. Avoid questioning or placing blame on them.

3

Refer

Refer the individual to services listed in the Sexual Misconduct Resource Guide.

4

Report

Report the disclosure online at equity.usu.edu/report within 24 hours.

If you have questions or concerns about reporting, please contact the USU Title IX Coordinator:

titleix@usu.edu | 435-797-1266

Your report will provide a first step for the USU Title IX Coordinator to contact the individual who experienced the sexual misconduct.

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