November 12, 2020

What Do I Report As a Responsible Employee?

Every week this month, we will be giving you information about what it means to be a Responsible Employee, and how to balance the goal of providing compassionate support to students while following the rules of Title IX reporting. Start by reading through the Responsible Employee FAQ and resources. While you’re there, bookmark the page for regular review!

Week 1: Being a Responsible Employee Is a Balancing Act

As a Responsible Employee, you must report any violation of the Sexual Misconduct Policy to Title IX Coordinator Casey Bieberich. But what constitutes a violation?**

  • Any nonconsensual sexual activity. If there’s any indication someone did not want the sexual activity, please report; you do not need to do any work on determining what consent and lack of consent means.
  • Sexual harassment. Unwanted comments or compliments, unwanted requests for dates or sexual activity, insults, and any suggestion of requesting sexual activity in return for some kind of benefit.
  • Stalking. Following, persistent social media contact, or other behavior that would reasonably cause fear or alarm.
  • Prohibited relationships. Sexual/intimate relationships in which one person maintains a direct supervisory or evaluative role over the other person.
  • Exploitation. Taking pictures or video without consent, sharing pictures or video without consent, watching without consent, knowingly transmitting an STI, exposing genitals without consent, or trying to induce incapacitation (getting someone drunk or high) in order to make someone vulnerable to nonconsensual sexual activity.

You do not have to ask questions or gather more information. In fact, please do not try to investigate! You just need to report any information you have received directly to Casey.

Important to remember: We respect students’ agency and choice, and making a Title IX report does NOT automatically initiate an investigation or action. Reporting simply allows the person best equipped to offer resources to reach out and ensure that the students involved know all of their options.

**These are abbreviated definitions. Please see our policy for full explanations of all types of prohibited conduct.

Next week: How to compassionately talk to a student.