A "responsible employee" is a College employee who has the authority to redress sexual misconduct, or who has the duty to report incidents of sexual misconduct or other student misconduct, or who a student could reasonably believe has this authority or duty.
When a victim tells a responsible employee about an incident of sexual misconduct, the victim has the right to expect the College to take immediate and appropriate steps to investigate what happened and to resolve the matter promptly and equitably.
A responsible employee must report to the Title IX Coordinator all relevant details about the alleged sexual misconduct shared by the victim. The College will need to determine what happened – including the names of the victim and alleged perpetrator(s) if known, any witnesses, and any other relevant facts, including the date, time and location.
To the extent possible, information reported to a responsible employee will be shared only with people responsible for handling the College's response to the report. A responsible employee should not share information with law enforcement without the victim's consent or unless the victim has also reported the incident to law enforcement or unless otherwise required by the law. Clery requires certain information to be provided to campus public safety.
The following employees (or categories of employees as listed on the current organizational chart and college salary schedule) are the College’s "responsible employees":
- All Executives
- All Administrators
- Title IX Coordinator/Equity Officer
- All Human Resources Staff (excluding Student Assistants)
- All Athletic Staff (excluding Student Assistants)
- All Academic Advisors, TRIO Advisors/Counselors, Campus Life, New Student Programs and Adaptive Services Staff
- All Residence Life Staff
- All Public Safety Staff
- All International Education Staff (excluding Student Assistants)
Before a victim reveals any information to a "responsible employee," the employee should ensure that the victim understands the employee's reporting obligations – and, if the victim wants to maintain confidentiality, direct the victim to confidential resources.
If the victim wants to tell the "responsible employee" what happened, but also maintain confidentiality, the employee should tell the victim that the College will consider the request, but cannot guarantee that the College will be able to honor it. In reporting the details of the incident to the Title IX Coordinator, the “responsible employee" will also inform the Coordinator of the victim's request for confidentiality.
"Responsible employees" will not pressure a victim to request confidentiality, but will honor and support the victim's wishes, including for the College to fully investigate an incident. By the same token, "responsible employees" will not pressure a victim to make a full report if the victim is not ready to do so.