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Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month: Mandatory Reporting
Department / Organization: Title IX
Continued: If a student comes to me with a report of gender-based discrimination, sexual harassment, or sexual violence, what do I do? I mean I know I have to report, but what do I do in the moment?
5. Make sure the survivor is and feels safe. They may be worried about running into the person who caused them harm. The Title IX Office can coordinate a variety of measures, (including housing accommodations, academic accommodations, no contact directives) and/or work with Mines Police to assist. A formal complaint does not need to be filed to receive this assistance.
6. Provide the survivor with options. Supply the survivor with reporting options and let them choose the correct course of action for them. (These were listed in Monday’s Daily Blast.) Assure them that Mines will deal accordingly with each incident and make sure the student feels safe throughout whichever reporting process they choose.
7. Support the survivor's decision. There are some cases that the survivor chooses not to make a formal complaint about the incident. It's very important that if the survivor decides this is the best course of action, you should not force or manipulate them into making a complaint. Instead, offer the survivor with resources and their reporting options and always remember to support them. As a mandatory reporter, you will still need to report to the Title IX Coordinator any information you have.
Go to this website for more information: https://inside.mines.edu/POGO-Title-IX-Resources
For more information, send email to: email@example.com
Published in Digest Date: Thursday, April 20, 2017