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
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.