The Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights (OCR), which puts forth guidance for institutions in meeting Title IX obligations, states that any “Responsible Employee” that knows or should know about possible sexual harassment or sexual violence must report it to the University Title IX Coordinator or other school designee (Deputy Title IX Coordinators), so that necessary and appropriate actions can be taken to respond appropriately. Responsible Employees include any employee who has the authority to take action to redress sexual violence; who has been given the duty of reporting incidents of sexual violence or any other misconduct by students to the Title IX Coordinator or other appropriate University designee; or whom a student could reasonably believe has this authority or duty. At ISU, Responsible Employees include, but are not limited to:
All instructors, including full-time professors, adjuncts, lecturers, Adjunct Instructors, and any others who offer classroom instruction or office hours to students;
- All advisors
- All coaches, trainers, and other athletic staff that interact directly with students
- All student affairs administrators
- All residential hall staff
- Employees who work in offices that interface with students
- All supervisors and university officials.
Confidential Employees (those specifically identified on campus as mental health counselors, those working in campus health care centers, and victim advocates) do not have an obligation to report information known to them, and students may speak to them with anonymity if desired. Confidential Employees may not share personally identifying information with university officials without an individual’s consent.