Title IX uses the concept of notice, and imposes obligations for a “prompt and effective remedy” on colleges and universities when notice of a sex/gender discrimination or harassment is given to a “responsible employee.” A school has notice if a reasonable employee knew, or in the exercise of reasonable care should have known, about the harassment.
A responsible employee:
- Has the authority to take action to redress the harassment,
- Has the duty to report sexual harassment to appropriate school officials,
- Is an individual who a student could reasonably believe has this authority or responsibility.
At Plymouth State University, all faculty and staff are considered responsible employees. The only exceptions are those whose position has privilege for confidentiality (Health Services, Counseling Center and Campus Ministry are the only offices on campus that are not required to report, though they do have responsibility to report non-identifiable information for accuracy in our federal Clery report).
If a student or colleague discloses to you that they have been sexually harassed or assaulted, explain to them that you are required to report the information to the Title IX Coordinator. Share that your role in assisting them is private, but cannot be confidential.
Plymouth State University’s primary resource referral is Voices Against Violence, our local crisis agency with legislatively protected confidentiality. Voices works with survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating and relationship violence, stalking and more. Our protocol is to involve an advocate from Voices as soon as possible. Advocates can support a survivor at any stage including medical, emotional, legal and more. Please refer to the resource cards we have provided for their contact information.
As a responsible employee, you must report the information to one of the following:
Title IX Coordinator
Office of the Dean of Students
Speare Administrative Building
Director of Human Resources
Deputy Title IX Coordinator
We will meet with the victim/survivor and share in detail what services are available and what choices they have to take action, should they decide to do so. This is done with the empowerment of the victim/survivor in mind.