Report Sexual Misconduct
Reporting Sex or Gender-based Discrimination
Examples of prohibited conduct which can be reported under Title IX and related Federal laws include:
- Sex or gender-based harassment.
- Sexual exploitation.
- Sexual assault, non-consensual sexual intercourse and non-consensual sexual contact.
- Intimate partner violence/dating violence.
- Stalking and cyberstalking.
- Retaliation against a reporter (person who reports a potential violation of Title IX or related laws).
What options are available to me as a student or employee?
You have options in deciding whether and when to report potential sex or gender-based discrimination. You may:
Contact and report the conduct or incident to the Department of Public Safety.
Contact and report the conduct or incident to the Title IX Coordinator or a Deputy Title IX Coordinator so interim measures may be evaluated and determined to best provide for your physical and emotional safety in your educational environment. Additionally, determination whether to investigate a potential Title IX violation will also take place and steps to ensure your privacy and protect against retaliation will also be put in place.
Not report the conduct or incident.
The decision whether to report rests with you. The Title IX coordinator or deputy coordinators can assist you in filing a complaint and will also work with you to provide other forms of assistance whether you file a report or not.
When reports are made to the Title IX office, the Title IX coordinator oversees and, in many instances, completes investigations. Every attempt is made to investigate and conduct witness interviews and obtain other helpful information as quickly as possible.
While it is often helpful to file a Title IX complaint as close in time as possible to occurrence of potential sex or gender-based discrimination or misconduct, you may decide to file a report in the future. There is no deadline for filing of a report. However, the more time that elapses before filing a report, the more difficult the process of investigation.
Can my professors, advisors, work/study employers, and resident advisors be considered confidential resources if I ask them to maintain my confidence if I disclose potential sex or gender-based misconduct to them?No. With rare exception, faculty, administration and staff are not considered confidential resources under Title IX laws and are obligated to report potential sex and gender-based discrimination to the Title IX office. Reporting is made by employees and resident advisors to protect students and employees from continued sex or gender-based discrimination and to allow the Title IX office to assess and determine recommended course of action. Given their obligation to report, an individual with one of the job titles listed above is obligated to share information with the Title IX office to assist in ensuring your safety and that of other students and employees on campus.
Tell me more about confidential resources
Students and employees who are uncertain or undecided whether to report potential prohibited conduct may contact a confidential resource. Going to a confidential resource will not foreclose the opportunity to make a report. Confidential resources can help students and employees understand available reporting options in the Title IX office, Department of Public Safety, or local police department. Confidential resources include licensed mental health therapists who work for the university in job titles and functions that align with their licensure.