Faculty & Staff Reporting Obligations
Unless your professional role on campus requires you to have confidential status, please be aware that you are under obligatoin to report any student disclosure of sexual or relationship violence including sexual harassment, sexual misconduct/assault, and stalking, domestic or dating violence. Your reporting obligations require that you report this information to either the Office of the Dean of Student Life or the Office of Equity & Compliance, pursuant to Section 2.1 of PSU’s Prohibited Discrimination & Harassment Policy.
We encourage staff and faculty to notify students of their reporting obligations in all student employee training materials, course syllabi and in individual conversations (if it appears a student may be about to share personal information). A potential template you could use to let the student know of your reporting obligations would be:
"Thank you for coming to talk to me. Before you start talking to me about anything sensitive, I want to make sure you know that I have certain reporting obligations as a faculty/staff member. I am obligated to report to university officials any information I receive about discrimination or harassment, including sexual harassment and sexual misconduct/assault. If you would like to speak to someone confidentially at PSU then you can:
- Speak with an IPV Advocate in the Women’s Resource Center and/or Queer Resource Center;
- Go to the Center Student Health and Counseling (SHAC), or
- Go to Student Legal Services."
If you have any questions about reporting obligations, please contact Julie Caron, Title IX Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.