As a higher education employee, what do I need to know in terms of Title IX and Sexual Harassment?
Title IX is a federal law that prohibits sex discrimination in education, including in employment, at any educational institution receiving federal funds. Title IX imposes certain obligations on schools that center on the prevention of, and response to, incidents of sex discrimination, which incudes sexual harassment and sexual violence. You should know that many school employees are considered “responsible employees” meaning that once those employees are aware of an incident of sex or gender discrimination, the school is required to respond, under federal law. You should know that Title IX is enforced by the Department of Education, and failure to comply with Title IX can have serious consequences for a school. You should know that every school has a Title IX Coordinator, who oversees the school’s compliance with Title IX and who can speak with you in detail about how Title IX works on your campus. In addition, you should know that Title IX prohibits retaliation, which is adverse action directed against anyone who brings forward a complaint under Title IX or who supports a reporting party, assists a reporting party, or who provides information relevant to an allegation, when the adverse action occurs because of one’s participation in the report. You should also know that the federal government has imposed upon schools extensive obligations to train students, faculty, and staff about these issues.
What should an employee do if (s)he has witnessed/heard of a sexual assault?
Many staff members and most faculty members are considered “responsible employees” and when a responsible employee learns of a sexual assault, that triggers certain legal obligations on behalf of the school. The role of responsible employees is to promptly report to the Title IX Coordinator – beyond that, employees should protect the privacy of the parties involved and avoid interfering with the investigation by not asking questions or attempting to gather information. If you are unsure whether or not you are a responsible employee, you should contact BYU’s Title IX Coordinator at 801-422-8692 to find out.
Can a faculty or employee make an anonymous report?
If the faculty member or employee receives the report while in their role as a faculty member or employee of BYU, no, the report cannot be made anonymously. If the report/information is obtained while the faculty member or employee is not functioning in their employment role, reports can be made anonymously. If you are unsure whether or not you can make an anonymous report, please contact BYU’s Title IX Coordinator at 801-422-8692.
How can I make a report to the Title IX Office?
There are many ways a report can be made to the Title IX Coordinator:
- In person at 1085 WSC
- By phone at 801-422-8692
- Through email at email@example.com
- Online at titleix.byu.edu/report
The names, office addresses, and telephone numbers of the Title IX Coordinator and the deputy coordinators are also posted on the university’s Title IX website at titleix.byu.edu/contact-us. In addition, individuals may submit anonymous reports through EthicsPoint, the university’s 24-hour hotline provider by telephone at 888-238-1062. Anonymous reports may also be made online at https://secure.ethicspoint.com/domain/en/default_reporter.asp.