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Required Reporting

All employees, students, and third parties are strongly encouraged to immediately report any incidents of alleged sexual misconduct to their Title IX Coordinator.

Per state law and UHS policy, all employees who receive a report of Sexual Misconduct must promptly share that information with the Title IX Coordinator and cannot maintain confidentiality with the exception of:

  • The staff of a counseling or health center
  • Individuals who are associated with the University in the role of a pastoral counselor or confidential advisor
  • Sexual Misconduct Support Services

In addition, some individuals who are not Responsible Employees who must share reports of Sexual Misconduct with the Title IX Coordinator  include, but are not limited to:

  • Resident Advisors
  • Members of Student Government Associations
  • Individuals, including students, serving as responsible persons, even if they are volunteers, at a University-affiliated activity. These individuals could be teaching, graduate, and research assistants, chaperones, peer mentors and retreat counselors.

These individuals are required to report because they are either in a position to do something about the alleged actions, may be perceived to be able to do something about the alleged action, or would otherwise have to report known or suspected incidents of Sexual Misconduct.

However, employees are not required to report incidents or sexual misconduct disclosed at a public awareness event. Public awareness events such as “Take Back the Night,” candlelight vigils, protests, “survivor speak outs,” or other forums in which members of the community disclose incidents of violations of this Policy are not considered notice to the University for the purpose of triggering its obligation to investigate. However, information regarding rights under this Policy will be available to anyone who discloses Sexual Misconduct at one of these types of events.

Employees who fail to report as required or knowingly make a false report of sexual misconduct are subject to mandatory termination and may incur criminal liability per state law.