Who is a “Mandatory Reporter”?
These individuals include WashU faculty members, WashU Residential Life employees, WashU athletic coaches and trainers, WashU academic deans, WashU advisers and WashU Assistants in Course Instruction.
At WashU, all faculty and most staff members are required to report all incidents of sexual harassment, sexual violence, sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking or other forms of misconduct that violate the USCC to their supervisor, the Title IX Coordinator, the Associate Title IX Coordinator, or to the Gender Equity and Title IX Compliance Office.
If you are an employee who is informed about an incident, please review the recommendations in the following guide:
What is a Mandatory Reporter’s reporting obligation?
All WashU faculty and most staff members, including student staff, who are notified about a potential incident are required to report it to their supervisor or the Gender Equity and Title IX Compliance Office as soon as possible. It does not matter how the information is learned – shared by the victim, the perpetrator, a third party or overheard; in person, via email or some other medium.
- Before a victim reveals any information they want to keep confidential, an employee should make every possible effort to ensure the victim understands the employee is required to report the incident and also provide the student with options to speak to a confidential resource.
- If the victim would like to share details about the incident but also requests to maintain confidentiality, the employee should advise that we will do our best to honor the request but cannot guarantee it.
- When reporting details of the incident to a supervisor or a member of the Gender Equity and Title IX Compliance Office, the request for confidentiality will be emphasized.
What do I do if a victim wants to remain confidential?
If a victim wants to maintain confidentiality, before discussing an incident with a WashU staff or faculty member, they should consider first consulting a social worker, therapist, or member of the clergy because they are permitted by law to assure a greater level of confidentiality.
Does reporting an incident initiate an investigation by the Gender Equity and Title IX Compliance Office?
- Once the Gender Equity and Title IX Compliance Office is made aware of an incident, a member of the team will initiate an investigation by reaching out to the victim to ensure they are safe, offer support and resources, and inform them of their options. The victim is not required to share any information about what happened or meet with a Gender Equity and Title IX Compliance Office staff member.
- The Gender Equity and Title IX Compliance Office team’s primary goal is to ensure the victim’s safety and to help resolve the matter thoroughly, respectfully and as equitably as possible for all involved individuals.
- It is the victim’s choice whether to file a formal complaint with WashU or a criminal complaint with authorities.
What information am I required to share?
If you know it, the following information will need to be shared with a member of the Gender Equity and Title IX Compliance Office as soon as possible:
- Names of those involved including all victims, perpetrators and witnesses;
- An overview of what occurred; and
- The date, time and location of the incident.
To the greatest extent possible, this information will be shared only with those involved in the Gender Equity and Title IX Compliance Office investigation and response.
Should I share information with law enforcement?
An employee should never share information with law enforcement without the victim’s consent unless the victim has already filed a criminal report or if it is required by state child abuse or neglect laws.
If a victim wants to file a formal report, who do they contact?
- To pursue a formal university complaint, a victim will be referred to the Title IX Coordinator or to the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards.
- For criminal complaints, the victim will be referred to the WUPD or WUSMPS.
How can I best support a victim?
The safety of the victim is always the first priority. The decision to file a formal complaint, whether with WashU or with the proper authorities, is entirely up to the victim.
A victim should never be pressured into determining the course of action they want to pursue. Whether they wish to move forward with a full and complete investigation or not, the victim’s wishes should be honored and supported.