A College employee who has the authority to redress sexual discrimination, harassment or misconduct, who has the duty to report incidents of such or other student misconduct, or who a student could reasonably believe has this authority or duty is a Responsible Employee. When a student victim tells a Responsible Employee about an incident of sexual discrimination, harassment or misconduct, the student victim has the right to expect the College to take immediate and appropriate steps to investigate what happened and to resolve the matter promptly and equitably.
A Responsible Employee must report to the Title IX Coordinator all relevant details about the alleged sexual violence shared by the student victim and that the College will need to determine what happened – including the names of the student victim and alleged perpetrator(s), any witnesses, and any other relevant facts, including the date, time and specific location of the alleged incident.
To the extent possible, information reported to a Responsible Employee will be shared only with people responsible for handling the College’s response to the report.
The following categories of employees are the College’s Responsible Employees:
- College Administrators (Vice Presidents, Deans, Assistant Deans and Directors)
- Title IX Coordinator
- Campus Police
- All faculty members
- Manager of Diversity and Employment
- Code of Conduct and Student Life Office full-time staff members
- Head Coaches of college athletic teams
- Advisors of student clubs/organizations officially recognized by the college
Before a student victim reveals any information to a Responsible Employee, the employee should ensure that the student victim understands the employee’s reporting obligations – and, if the student victim wants to maintain confidentiality, direct the student victim to the confidential resources listed on this site.
If the student victim wants to tell the Responsible Employee what happened but also maintain confidentiality, the employee should tell the student victim that the College will consider the request, but cannot guarantee that the College will be able to honor it. In reporting the details of the incident to the Title IX Coordinator, the Responsible Employee will also inform the Title IX Coordinator of the student victim’s request for confidentiality.
Formal reporting still affords privacy to the reporter, and only a small group of officials who need to know will be told. Information will be shared as necessary with investigators, witnesses and the responding party. The circle of people with this knowledge will be kept as tight as possible to preserve a reporting party’s rights and privacy.