When individuals experience sexual misconduct, they may turn to a trusted faculty or staff member or colleague to talk about their experience.
Most Utah State University employees are “responsible employees” under federal Title IX law and must report any form of sexual misconduct (sexual harassment, gender discrimination, sexual assault, relationship violence or stalking) they hear about or witness in the campus community. As a responsible employee, you must share everything you know.
When you report sexual misconduct, the Office of Equity reaches out to the individual who experienced the misconduct to let them know about support services and reporting options. However, that does not mean they are obligated to respond to the invitation to meet with the Office of Equity.
Reports from responsible employees ensure the university can take prompt and effective steps to end the misconduct, prevent its recurrence and remedy its effects. The only exceptions are for confidential resources - those who provide health care, mental health services and victim advocacy - as well as for most student employees.
Steps to End Misconduct
If an individual discloses an incident to you, follow these steps:
Inform them you will respect their privacy, but you may have to share some of what they tell you with the Office of Equity. 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 Office of Equity. How can I support you?"
Listen if they would still like to discuss their experience with you. Avoid questioning or placing blame on them.
Refer the individual to services listed in the Sexual Misconduct Resource Guide.
If you have questions or concerns about reporting, please contact the Office of Equity (Title IX Coordinator):
firstname.lastname@example.org | 435-797-1266
Your report to the Office of Equity will provide a first step for the Title IX Coordinator to contact the individual who experienced the misconduct.