Faculty and Staff are mandatory reporters
Faculty and Staff Obligations
- All University faculty or staff members are responsible employees, or mandatory reporters for Title IX. This includes housing and residential staff, RAs and RDs, GTAs and GRAs.
- The only exceptions to this requirement are people directly employed by one of the three confidential resources on campus: CAPE, the HCC or the University Chaplain.
- A Title IX concern can be received by any DU employee about:
- A Student;
- Staff; or
- Faculty member.
- Reportable concerns are typically verbal and informal
- To report a concern you can:
- Fill out a report
- Contact Jean McAllister, Director of Title IX and Title IX Coordinator at 303-871-7481 or Jean.McAllister@du.edu
- It is not your responsibility to investigate
- If anyone, including a student, asks to speak to you about something confidential, it is your responsibility to inform them that if it is something about gender-based discrimination, harassment or violence, you are a mandatory reporter
- If they choose not to tell you, it is important to tell them you want them to have someone to speak with, and refer them to a confidential resource on campus
- Do not ask for detail the survivor does not readily disclose – others through counseling support or the investigation will address the details with the survivor
- Be sure to let the survivor know you are reporting and that the Title IX Coordinator will reach out to them
- If the survivor is concerned, remind them that they will learn about their options and they are not required to participate in an investigation
- You can also refer them to CAPE, the HCC or the University Chaplain for support. None of these referrals substitutes for a report to Title IX
SUPPORTING A SURVIVOR WHO DISCLOSES TO YOU
If you have both a survivor and a respondent in your class, or under your supervision:
- You do not need to take sides
- Do not share any information with the respondent that the survivor has shared
- Do not inform the respondent that a report has been made. Title IX has that responsibility and there are legal requirements regarding how the notice is given.
If a respondent shares with you that they are being investigated:
- Acknowledge being a respondent is difficult and can be scary
- Refer the respondent to support services
- University Chaplain
- Reassure that the investigation process is equitable
- Avoid asking: Why? Did you? What were you thinking?
- Do not assume you know what a respondent may have or have not done based on a respondents' behavior with you