Questions You Might Have

A. Responsible Employees are all faculty and staff not designated as a Confidential Resource in Appendix A to Policy 10.3.12. This Policy requires that Responsible Employees report all potential incidents of sexual misconduct to a Title IX Coordinator. This includes all relevant detail such as the name of the individual who made the report, the alleged victim (if different), the accused party, any witnesses, and any other relevant facts within 24 hours of receiving information regarding the alleged incident(s).

A. 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.

Other Suggestions:

  1. Include language about Title IX and other resources on campus so students can have it readily accessible.
  2. Encourage students to attend VPVA programs and events for extra credit or reflection opportunities.
  3. Invite a VPVA or Title IX representative to guest lecture a class/seminar.

A. If a student discloses an incident of sexual violence or relationship violence:

  1. Give them your full attention and listen without judgement.
  2. Identify any immediate safety concerns for the student/community; call 911 if needed.
  3. Acknowledge the difficulty it takes to disclose – “Thank you for telling me” is a great way to start.
  4. Explain your obligation to report to the Title IX office and that you will respect their privacy by not sharing information with anyone else.
  5. Explain that the student can also report this to law enforcement.
  6. Tell the student they are not required to talk to the Title IX office or the police.
  7. Offer to connect them to a confidential VPVA Advocate at 848-932-1181 (available 24/7).
  8. Share information about counseling and medical resources.
  9. Avoid giving advice. Once you report to the Title IX office, allow the student to make their own decision on how to proceed.
  10. Ask for help. You do not have to handle this alone. The Title IX office and Violence Prevention and Victim Assistance (VPVA) are here to help you too.

A. If a student discloses an incident involving sexual harassment, sexual violence, relationship violence, or stalking, you can share information about resources that are available to them. You can learn more about resources and options at Resources for Complainants.

A. The Office of Student Affairs Compliance & Title IX

Bishop House
115 College Ave
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
(P) 848-932-8200
(F) 732-932-4154

A. If you are unsure if you need to report an incident, please contact the Title IX office. You will be able to talk through the general content of what was shared and how you became aware of the content. The Title IX office will help you determine if you are required to report it. To find the appropriate Title IX office to make a report to, click here.

A. After the Title IX office receives a report they will reach out to the alleged victim via email to inform them that a report was made and explain their rights and resources and offer a meeting with the student. The student is not required to respond to the email. The Title IX office may contact you as the person who made the report with any follow up questions or to gather/clarify any information.