Faculty and staff reporting best practices
Best practices when working with a reporting person(s):
A faculty or staff member is often the first person at the university an individual will tell if they have experienced gender-based violence.
A student may share the information for a variety of reasons, such as:
- Requesting a different seat in class
- Requesting a room change in the residence hall
- Explaining an absence or requesting an extension
- Asking not to be placed in a group with a certain student
- Stepping down from leadership in a student organization
- Complaining about a colleague’s behavior
- Explaining uncharacteristic classroom behavior
- Requesting assistance or support
All faculty and staff should be able to identify Title IX-related concerns when they are raised by individuals to ensure that students receive appropriate support, resource information, and complaint options. Faculty and Staff must contact the Equity and Access Office, 928-523-3312, or Office of the Dean of Students, 928-523-5181 to report the incident.
Tips to keep in mind:
- When possible, speak to the individual(s) in a comfortable location
- Share that you support the individual’s right to be treated seriously and with respect
- Be aware that the individual may be experiencing a wide range of emotions including shame, anger, fear, and denial
- Interrupt to inform the individual about your limits to confidentiality and that you will only report to those who have a need to know
- Explain the option of discussing the incident with confidential resources such as Counseling Services, 928-523-2261
- Remember that:
- Victims are not responsible for causing their assaults, only offenders are to blame for sexual assault, rape, and other forms of gender violence.
- People of all genders and gender identities can impacted by gender-based violence.
- Avoid asking why questions. It is not your role to determine what happened.
- College students are at high risk for sexual assault.
- College-aged women are four times more likely to be sexually assaulted than women of any other age group.
- Minimize the situation
- Express personal biases
- Try to explain the differences between “sexual assault”, “rape”, “stalking” and other forms of gender violence. The distinction might be immaterial to the feelings the reporter may be experiencing about the incident.