Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct Syllabi Statements

The Office of Equity encourages faculty members to include statements in their syllabi regarding USU's discrimination and sexual misconduct policies, employee reporting obligations, and bystander intervention practices. Below is suggested syllabi language for the three topics.

General Overview

USU strives to provide an environment for students and employees that is free from discrimination and sexual misconduct. If you experience sexual misconduct or discrimination at any point during the semester inside or outside of class, you are encouraged to contact the USU Title IX Coordinator via Old Main room 161 in Logan, 435-797-1266, titleix@usu.edu, or at equity.usu.edu/report. You can learn more about the USU resources available for individuals who have experienced sexual misconduct at sexualrespect.usu.edu. Resources for individuals who have experienced discrimination are listed at equity.usu.edu/resources.

Resource Connection Employee Reporting Obligations

The instructor is designated by USU as a "resource connection employee." This means that if you share information about sexual misconduct (sexual harassment, sexual assault, relationship violence, or sex-based stalking) with the instructor, they will not report that information to the USU Title IX Coordinator. However, the instructor is required to tell you about designated confidential resources, supportive measures, and how you can file a report with the USU Title IX Coordinator.

Bystander Intervention

Short Version: USU encourages students to be Upstanders when they witness problematic situations or behaviors. Bystander intervention can happen before, during or even after an incident occurs, and you can be an Upstander in five ways: direct, delegate, distract, delay, or document. More information about being an Upstander is available at upstander.usu.edu.

Long Version: USU encourages students to be Upstanders when they witness problematic situations or behaviors. Bystander intervention can happen before, during or even after an incident occurs, and you can be an Upstander in five ways:

  1. Addressing the situation directly by talking to the individuals involved.
  2. Delegating by asking others to help or referring the individuals to a campus or community resource.
  3. Creating a distraction to disrupt or stop the situation.
  4. Delaying your response to the situation by waiting to address it until after it has happened.
  5. Documenting what is happening or what happened in the situation.

More information about being an Upstander is available at upstander.usu.edu.