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Responsible Employee

NIU employees are Responsible Employees. The university will not tolerate sex discrimination in the form of sexual misconduct. Under Title IX, a Responsible Employee must report incidents of sexual misconduct to the Title IX Coordinator. 

Responsible Employee Checklist


YOU ARE A RESPONSIBLE EMPLOYEE IF:

  • You have the authority to take action to redress sexual misconduct.
  • You have been given the duty of reporting sexual violence or any other misconduct to the Title IX Coordinator.
  • You represent an employee a student or co-worker would reasonably believe has this authority or duty.

Obligations

As a Responsible Employee you are required to advise a student and/or employee of your obligation to:

  1. Report the incident of sexual misconduct to the Title IX Coordinator.
  2. Advise the student/employee of their right to request confidentiality and/or to speak directly to available confidential resources.
  3. Inform the student/employee of their right to file a Title IX complaint and/or police report.

What to report

When reporting an incident to the Title IX Coordinator, you should be prepared to discuss:

  1. Relevant details of the incident
  2. Name of the alleged offender
  3. Name of the victim/survivor
  4. Names of witnesses
  5. Date, time and location of incident

How to help

Here are important tips on how to help a student or employee discuss a report of sexual misconduct.

SUPPORT them by actively listening.

INFORM the victim/survivor of your reporting obligations as a responsible employee.

REFER the victim/survivor to confidential resources that are available.

REPORT the incident to the Title IX Coordinator.

OBTAIN support for yourself.