- Responsible Employees are all faculty and staff not designated as a Confidential Resource. This Policy requires that all Responsible Employees report all potential incidents of sexual misconduct to a Title IX Coordinator. This includes all relevant details, including the name of the individual who made the report, the alleged victim (if different), and the alleged Respondent, any witnesses, and any other relevant facts.
The following is not a mandatory requirement, but rather an example of what faculty might include in their syllabi to inform students of their Responsible Employee status:
Statement as a Responsible Employee
Rutgers faculty are committed to helping create a safe learning environment for all students and for the university as a whole. If you have experienced any form of gender or sex-based discrimination or harassment, including sexual assault, sexual harassment, relationship violence, or stalking, know that help and support are available. Rutgers has staff members trained to support survivors in navigating campus life, accessing health and counseling services, providing academic and housing accommodations, and more. The University strongly encourages all students to report any such incidents to the University. Please be aware that all Rutgers employees (other than those designated as confidential resources such as advocates, counselors, clergy and healthcare providers as listed in Appendix A to Policy 10.3.12) are required to report information about such discrimination and harassment to the University. This means that if you tell a faculty member about a situation of sexual harassment or sexual violence, relationship violence, stalking or other related misconduct, the faculty member must share that information with the University’s Title IX Coordinator. If you wish to speak to a confidential employee who does not have this reporting responsibility, you can find a list of resources in Appendix A to University Policy 10.3.12. For more information about your options at Rutgers, please visit endsexualviolence.rutgers.edu
How do I support a student who discloses an act of sexual harassment, sexual violence, relationship violence, or stalking?
If a student discloses an incident of sexual violence or relationship violence:
- If you have an immediate concern for a student’s safety or if there is an active threat of violence, call 911.
- Listen without judgement.
- Explain your obligation to report to a Title IX Coordinator.
- Encourage them to contact a Confidential Crisis Response Advocate at 848-932-1181 (available 24/7)
- Share information about counseling and medical resources.
- Let the student know they have the option to also make their own report to the University and/or law enforcement.
- Respect privacy. Although you cannot be confidential, you can respect privacy by only sharing information with a Title IX Coordinator.
- Continue to support the student and help them access assistance and accommodations.
- Ask for help. You do not have to handle this alone. Student Affairs Compliance & Title IX and Violence Prevention and Victim Assistance (VPVA) are here to help.
Responsible Employees are all faculty and staff not designated as a Confidential Resource. This Policy requires that all Responsible Employees report all potential incidents of sexual misconduct to a Title IX Coordinator. This includes all relevant details, including the name of the individual who made the report, the alleged victim (if different), and the alleged Respondent, any witnesses, and any other relevant facts. You are required to report any known acts, including disclosures of acts, of sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, relationship violence, and stalking to a Title IX Coordinator as soon as possible.
If a student shares about an incident involving sexual harassment, sexual violence, relationship violence, or stalking, you can share information about that are available to them. You can learn more about resources and options at Resources for Complainants.
Do I need to make a report if a collegue shares about an incident of sexual harassment, sexual violence, relationship violence, or stalking?
In accordance with the Policy Prohibiting Sexual Harassment, Sexual Violence, Relationship Violence, Stalking, and Related Misconduct by Employees and Third Parties, you are required to report these incident to a Title IX Coordinator. To find the appropriate Title IX Coordinator to make a report to, click here.
What if I am unsure if I am obligated to report an incident because of the nature of how it was shared?
If you are unsure if you need to report an incident, please contact the Office of Student Affairs Compliance & Title IX. You will be able to talk through the general content of what was shared and how you became aware of the content. The Office will help you determine if you are required to report it. You can call the Office of Student Affairs Compliance & Title IX at 848-932-8200.