Who is a Responsible Employee under Title IX?
A Responsible Employee is any employee that:
• Has the authority to take action to redress sexual harassment or sexual violence;
• Has the duty to report sexual harassment or sexual violence to appropriate officials; or
• Is someone a student could reasonably believe has this authority or responsibility.
Examples of Responsible Employees at UNC Charlotte Include:
• All faculty members,
• Teaching assistants,
• Housing staff,
• Police and public safety,
• Security personnel,
• Athletics staff including coaches and trainers,
• Human resources, and
• Staff with supervisory responsibilities.
Sex- and Gender-Based Misconduct
- Sexual Assault,
- Sexual & Gender Harassment,
- Sexual Exploitation & Exhibitionism,
- Dating & Domestic Violence,
- Stalking, and related retaliation.
How to Respond To A Student Who Reports an Incident To You
Most importantly, listen, be empathetic, and let the student know that you will help and support him/her/ them through this difficult time. Tell the student that you will need to share the information with a Title IX official so the University can respond appropriately and provide the student with helpful resources. Other than sharing the information with the Title IX Coordinator, you will keep any shared information private.
Let the student know that the Title IX Office will coordinate resources and accommodations for the victim/ survivor. A trained Title IX official will talk with the victim/ survivor about what he/she/ they want the University to do with the incident information. Except in rare cases, UNC Charlotte will honor the request of a victim/ survivor not to pursue conduct charges. A victim/ survivor will not be required to participate in student conduct proceedings if the victim/ survivor does not want to do so.
Tell the student that it is the victim/ survivor’s choice whether to report the incident to Police and Public Safety (PPS). Let him/her/them know that you can provide assistance in contacting PPS if he/she/they chooses to notify PPS. If the student wishes to proceed, call Police and Public Safety.
Tell the student about confidential campus resources including:
the Counseling Center
the Center for Wellness Promotion, and
the Student Health Center
Provide the student with a copy of the Interpersonal Violence Resource Guide, which is available at counselingcenter.uncc.edu.
What Happens After You Report An Incident
First, the Dean of Students Office will reach out to the alleged victim/survivor to schedule a care and concern meeting to discuss resources available on campus to support the student, interim measures, and the Title IX Process.
Next, the Title IX Investigator then requests a meeting with the victim/ survivor to discuss whether he/she/they wants to be confidential and how the victim/ survivor wants the University to respond to their information.
In most cases, the University can respect the student’s wishes even if they don’t want to bring formal conduct charges against the accused. Under certain circumstances the University may decide to move forward with a full investigation and conduct charges despite the victim’s wishes, but the victim/survivor is fully informed before the investigation moves forward. The Director of Student Conduct determines whether to issue conduct charges.
Finally, at the conclusion of the investigation, the Title IX Investigator drafts an Investigative Report and submits it to the Office of Student Conduct. The case is then resolved through a mutual resolution or a formal hearing.
As a Responsible Employee, everything that you know regarding an incident of sexual assault, sexual harassment, dating violence, domestic violence, stalking or other gender-based misconduct (collectively “Sex- and Gender-Based misconduct”) involving a UNC Charlotte student (as an alleged perpetrator or alleged victim) is imputed to the University.
The University has an obligation to respond to reported incidents as if it had all the information that you have.
The University cannot respond unless you share the information immediately with the Title IX Coordinator or Title IX Investigator as discussed under “Sharing Title IX information.”
In-person training is being conducted through departmental meetings and is available through the Title IX Office. Additional information about Title IX, campus policies and resources, and important contacts is available on this website. Click the tab “Resources and Policies for students, staff, faculty, and family members”.
Sharing Title IX Information
As a Responsible Employee, you must share immediately any information you have regarding an incident of Sex- or Gender-Based misconduct involving a UNC Charlotte student with the Title IX Coordinator, Title IX Investigator, or Deputy Coordinator.
- Title IX Coordinator, 704-687-6130, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Dean of Students, 704-687-0345
- Executive Director of Human Resources, 704-687-0659
- Senior Associate Director for Internal Affairs/ Senior Women's Administrator, 704-687-4955
- Associate Dean, The Graduate School, 704-687-7251
Want to learn more about Sexual Harassment?
As an employee you can check out UNC Charlotte’s Unlawful Workplace Harassment page and review Skillport courses that are helpful educational tools that are available to assist in your understanding of harassment so you are able to recognize harassing conduct, take appropriate action, and prevent this type of behavior from occurring.