If you are a faculty or staff member at Northeastern, you a “responsible employee” and are required to report disclosures of gender based violence or discrimination to the Title IX Coordinator.
This includes disclosures about sexual assault, partner violence, stalking, or harassment. To report, you can email the Title IX coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org to set up a meeting or phone call to discuss or file a complaint online.
Do your best to share with students ahead of time that you are a “responsible employee.” It’s important that students understand your obligation to report to Title IX as soon as possible so that they can make an informed decision in choosing to tell you about what happened. Here are some examples of what you could say-
Student: “I wanted to talk to you about something that happened to me. Can you keep it confidential?”
Faculty: “You can absolutely speak with me. I always first tell all students that I’m a responsible employee at the university which means that I can’t keep all information confidential. I’m obligated to report anything related to interpersonal violence or harassment. If your safety or the safety of other students is being threatened in some way, we take that very seriously.”
You may want to communicate even prior to a scenario like this by including a statement about your obligations in a syllabus, discussing it prior to an assignment or an experience that may elicit personal experiences (like a creative writing assignment or service trip), or by bringing it up at an initial building meeting or meeting with student staff.
If you are planning an event, discussion, or class session where sexual violence will be explicitly talked about or a video will be shown, be clear with students about the nature of it. It may be helpful for someone who has experienced violence previously so that they can prepare themselves accordingly.