Faculty / Staff Information
WHAT ARE THE LEGAL REQUIREMENTS?
In accordance with Title IX, Texas Tech University is deemed to have notice of an incident of gender-based harassment or sexual violence if a Responsible Employee knew, or in the exercise of reasonable care should have known, that the misconduct occurred. This includes incidents of sexual assault, sexual harassment, sexual exploitation, stalking, and domestic/relationship violence.
All university employees (faculty, staff, administrators, and student employees) are required by federal law, as Responsible Employees, to immediately report actual or suspected harassment or sexual violence to the Dean of Students Office, the Title IX Coordinator, and/or the Deputy Title IX Coordinators. This information, once referred, will still remain private and will be shared only with those administrators who have a legitimate educational need to know, in order to best assist and support the student. When informed of an incident, employees must refer all known details to one of the above Title IX administrators.
If during a disclosure to an employee, a victim requests confidentiality or asks that no action to be taken, the employee must still refer all known information to the appropriate Title IX administrators listed above, who will evaluate requests for confidentiality with consideration for whether a continuing threat to either the victim or the campus community exists.
Additionally, a responsible employee will not share information with law enforcement without the disclosing student's permission, and even when permission is granted, that employee must still inform one of the above Title IX administrators. The University's responsibilities exist regardless of the involvement of law enforcement.
HOW DO I FULFILL MY RESPONSIBILITIES?
- First and foremost, listen to the student. Be supportive and do not probe for details or question the student. Remember, your role is not to investigate the incident, but rather to refer the student to the appropriate administrators who can most effectively provide remedial support, resources, and options for resolution.
- Say: "I want to get you connected with a staff member who can assist you with options and resources."
- You can then forward the details of an incident to appropriate Title IX administrators online, using the form found at sexualviolence.ttu.edu, or by contacting directly any of the following:
- You should encourage the reporting student to speak with one of the above administrators, even if they are unsure whether they want to file a formal report.
- Explain to the reporting student that administrators will not contact the respondent (alleged student) or otherwise escalate the situation without first consulting with the reporting student, and will provide information about available remedial support, resources, and options for resolution.
- Understand that Texas Tech University's jurisdiction for addressing sexual misconduct is not limited to only on-campus incidents. In many instances, the University is required by federal law to look into an incident regardless of where it occurred. As such, you should report any instance of sexual misconduct or harassment to the above Title IX administrators, regardless of the incident's location.
- Understand that any person can report alleged sexual misconduct or harassment, including faculty, students, staff, administration, guests, visitors, etc. These reports, like any other incident of which you become aware, are to be reported to the Dean of Students Office, the Title IX Coordinator, or the Deputy Title IX Coordinators for appropriate response.