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Whenever one person stands up and says, “Wait a minute, this is wrong,” it helps other people do the same.Gloria Steinem
Whenever one person stands up and says, “Wait a minute, this is wrong,” it helps other people do the same.
Do I tell students I am a responsible employee?Yes! Please share with them your role as an employee of EOU. It is important to inform the student you are required to report any information the student reports to you. The following statement is suggested to have available to inform the student:
Who are confidential employees?
EOU has several resources to choose from for confidentiality. The following are contacts that victims can share their story with and is not reported without consent from the victim.
Responding with compassion, validation, and support when an individual discloses that they may have been a victim of emotional, physical, sexual or gender-based harassment or misconduct, can be an important part of their healing process. Sometimes, the most valuable advice comes from someone that individual already trusts.
Believe what your friend shares with you.Validate that they are not at fault and deserve care.Support their choices.Consider seeking support for yourself as you care for your friend.
Confidential Resources at EOU
You have options to report
The Bystander Effect
Also known as the Bystander Effect, Genovese Effect is named after an incident where a woman was murdered in the 1960’s, her neighbors heard her screaming but failed to react. This apathetic approach sparked much interest and controversy, asking the question if society had reached a new low. This same kind of phenomenon can also happen within organizations when stories or incidents are occurring and employees and team members look the other way for a variety of reasons. Reasons can include rationale such as the following:
I am third person on a storyHaving knowledge regarding another student or employee in this situation, you are expected as a Responsible Employee, to pass this information onto the Title IX Coordinator. It is important to provide support to a victim of sexual assault. Sometimes this person is ashamed by the incident and afraid of what may happen by reporting, such as retaliation. These steps are designed to help best support and assist with the person’s physical and emotional needs, while also protecting the EOU community.
I am not sure if this is a story to reportYou do not have to determine IF you should report. The Title IX Coordinator is trained to hear your story and make an determination. The best thing to do is share the story so we can see if follow up is necessary.
Most faculty, staff and some students are required by University policy to report incidents of interpersonal violence of which they become aware. This first group is considered non-confidential and is categorized as a Responsible Employee. A University employee cannot guarantee complete confidentiality, but the individual can guarantee privacy. Information is disclosed only to select University personnel who have an essential need to know in order to carry out their University responsibilities. As is the case with any educational institution, the University must balance the needs of the individual student with its obligation to protect the safety and well-being of the community at large. Therefore, depending on the seriousness of the alleged incident, further action may be necessary, including a campus security alert. The alert, however, will never contain information identifying the student who brought the complaint.
Some staff are designated as Confidential Resources meaning they are not required under University policy or the law to divulge information about interpersonal violence. These employees are also referred to as Privileged contacts. Students who are uncertain about reporting their assault may find comfort in first meeting with a Confidential Resource to explore options available to them, and to receive information about campus and community supports.
Not quite sure what to do next?
If you are still unsure about reporting, connect with our Privileged Campus Advocate. Information you share with the Privileged Campus Advocate is not shared without your consent.
EOU prohibits retaliation against individuals who engage in reporting a complaint of sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, dating or domestic violence, and/or stalking. Retaliatory behavior is regarded as additional misconduct and may lead to increased sanctions.
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Privileged Campus Advocate
Have questions but confidentiality is important? Connect with our Privileged Campus Advocate!
Privileged Campus Advocate
Title IX Coordinator and Director of Student Relations
Inlow Hall 113A
firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Deputy Title IX Coordinator and Director of Human Resources
Inlow Hall 209
Deputy Title IX Coordinator and Head Volleyball Coach