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A Step-By-Step Guide for Faculty and Staff

Faculty and staff are obligated to report any and all incidents of harassment, discrimination and bias, including sexual misconduct, assault, requests for accommodation or other forms of discrimination. If a student discloses to you:

1. Show Care for the Student/Community Member

  • Ensure that they are safe.
  • Provide non-judgmental support and thank them for trusting you enough to disclose this information.
  • Do not ask detailed questions (you may further traumatize this person), but do ask, "Can I get you to someone who is an expert in these issues?"

2. Connect the Student/Community Member to Resources

  • Review the Reporting Options. 
  • Find counseling and support resources. 
  • Let them know they don't have to begin an investigation just because they report this matter to OEO - let them know OEO will not take away their agency, but will work with them to support what they need.
  • Be sure the student/community member connects to at least one resource - offer to make a call to a resource with them present or offer to email a resource for them and copy them if you are concerned they may not follow through.

3. Contact the Title IX Coordinator

Jill Zellmer
Executive Director of OEO
617-627-3298