Unless specifically exempted, all employees – including all faculty members – are required to report actual or suspected sex discrimination or harassment to the Title IX coordinator in accordance with the university’s Sex Discrimination Reporting Policy and federal law.
You may find it useful to provide language in syllabi to reflect your role as a mandatory reporter (see below). This may assist students in making an informed decision about sharing their personal experiences with you and other staff.
You may also decide it is beneficial to review your role as a mandated reporter during the first day of class, to be transparent with students. If a student later discloses an incident of sexual or gender-based misconduct to you, you may review your role with the student again and continue to develop a trusting and supportive relationship, while upholding university policy and best practices.
Model Language – Reporting Requirements
“As a faculty member at The University of Tulsa, I am committed to facilitating a safe and inclusive learning environment for students. I also have mandatory reporting responsibilities. It is my goal that you feel able to share information related to your experiences during class discussions, in your written work or in meetings with me. I will keep the information you share with me as private as possible; however, as part of my job responsibilities, I am required to share information about sexual misconduct with the Title IX coordinator. Students may speak with someone confidentially by contacting TU’s Counseling & Psychological Services Center at 918-631-2200 or the 24/7 Domestic Violence Intervention Services advocate hotline at 918-743-5763.”
Model Language – Title IX Syllabi Language
“Sexual misconduct is prohibited by Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 (“Title IX”) and will not be tolerated within the TU community. Sexual misconduct encompasses all forms of sex and gender-based discrimination, harassment, abuse, violence, and assault, as well as unwelcome sexual conduct, dating violence, domestic violence, interpersonal violence, stalking, sexual coercion, exploitation and any act of retaliation based on a complaint of sexual misconduct. If you or someone you know has experienced any of these prohibited acts or if you have questions about violence prevention resources available to you, please contact any of the following campus and community resources:
Title IX coordinator 918-631-2321
Survivor advocate 918-631-2965
Office of Violence Prevention 918-631-2324
TU Counseling & Psychological Services 918- 631-2241
Campus Safety & Security 918-631-5555
Domestic Violence Intervention Services 918-585-3163 or 918-743-5763
Tulsa Police Department 918-596-9222 or 911 (emergency situations)
For more information about your rights under Title IX, please visit our Policies and Laws page on the TU website or contact the Title IX coordinator. Every student on our campus has the right to resources. Please come forward and ask questions, report, and help us eradicate sexual misconduct by stopping the silence surrounding it.”