When victims are doubted or blamed, they are less likely to get the help they need or report their experience. Students sometimes turn to trusted faculty and staff members, and employees may turn to trusted colleagues to talk about their experience.
All USU employees are required to report any disclosures of sexual misconduct or gender discrimination to the USU Title IX Coordinator, so the university can take prompt and effective steps to end the misconduct, prevent its recurrence and remedy its effects. The only exceptions are for confidential resources - those who provide health care, mental health services and victim advocacy - as well as for most student employees.
Follow these steps to support an individual who discloses to you:
Step 1: Inform
Inform them you will respect their privacy, but you may have to share some of what they tell you with the Title IX Coordinator. You may have to interrupt them early in the conversation to do this.
For example, you could say: “It sounds like you’re about to share something very important. Before you continue, I would like to let you know the limits of my confidentiality. I may need to report certain information you tell me to the Title IX Coordinator. How can I support you?
Title IX can offer many support services and accommodations to help a student succeed in school.
Step 2: Listen
Listen without blame if they would still like to discuss their experience with you. Avoid questioning or placing blame on them.
Step 3: Refer
Refer the individual to services listed in the Sexual Misconduct Resource Guide.
Step 4: Report
You can also reach out directly to the Title IX Coordinator:
firstname.lastname@example.org | 435-797-1266
Your report to Title IX will provide a first step for the Title IX Coordinator to reach out to the individual who experienced the misconduct.
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