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If you are in immediate danger, call 911 or the GW Police Department.

      Call 911      Call 202-994-6111 (GWPD)

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If you are not in immediate danger, call GW Sexual Assault Response & Consultation (SARC) for help.

Call 202-994-7222


If you would like to report an incident of sexual or gender-based harassment, sexual assault, sexual exploitation, intimate partner violence or stalking.

Report an Incident

Faculty & Staff Reporting Responsibilities

If a GW community member (student, staff, faculty, or program participant) tells you about an incident of sexual harassment, sexual assault, or relationship abuse, you may be required to report this information depending on the role you hold at the university.

This applies to direct disclosures and times when someone tells you about an incident they themselves did not directly experience.

Determine if You’re a Responsible University Employee

“Responsible Employees” are required to promptly report any information they learn about suspected Prohibited Conduct or potential violations of this policy. Responsible Employees include those university employees who have the authority to redress harassment or the duty to report harassment, and individuals who university community members would reasonably conclude have the responsibility or duty to report.

While not an exhaustive list, Responsible Employees include:

  • President, Vice Presidents, Deans, Provost and Department Chairs
  • Deputy, Vice, Assistant and Associate, Deans, Provosts and individuals who directly report to any of the above roles
  • Faculty
  • Athletic Director, Coaches, Assistant Coaches, Graduate Assistants and other Athletics Department employees
  • All Residence Directors, Resident Advisors and Area Coordinators
  • Anyone who directly supervises student workers, faculty or other staff
  • Managers, coordinators, program heads, directors (including deputy, vice, assistant or associate positions)
  • All staff in the Enrollment and the Student Experience unit
  • Deputy Title IX coordinators
  • Academic Advisors
  • All staff in the Office for Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement
  • All Human Resources Staff
  • GW Police Department Staff and all other Division of Safety and Security employees
  • Individuals designated as Campus Security Authorities under the Clery Act

If you are in one of the following roles, you are required to report information shared with you about incidents of sexal harassment, sexual assault, or relationship abuse.


Know the Duties of a Responsible Employee

If a student, staff, faculty, or program participant shares information with you about an incident of sexal harassment, sexual assault, or relationship abuse that they’ve experienced or know someone else has experienced, report the incident or contact the Title IX office at 202-994-7434.

If the survivor is in immediate danger, contact the GW Police Department at 202-994-6111.

Follow these guidelines:

  1. Before they disclose if possible, explain that you are required to inform the Title IX office about any allegations of sexual harassment or sexual assault.

  2. Inform them about confidential support resources that do not require a report to the Title IX office.

  3. Explain that their information will be kept private by the Title IX office and their wishes regarding confidentiality will be honored to the fullest extent possible.

  4. Tell them that they have the option of filing a police report or a formal complaint complaint with the university at any time. These options are not required just because they talk to or make a report with the Title IX office.

  5. Record only what the survivor volunteers. Your role is not to fact find, investigate, or determine reliability.

  6. Listen with empathy and without judgment.

  7. Encourage the survivor to preserve any relevant evidence.

Actions to Take if You’re a Not a Responsible Employee

Even if you are not required to report incidents to the Title IX office, you play an important role in helping the university respond effectively to incidents of interpersonal violence. 

  1. Provide the student, faculty, or staff member with information about their resources and options to get help.

  2. Ask the survivor for permission to connect them with the Title IX office or to contact the Title IX office on their behalf.

  3. Assess for immediate safety concerns and refer to campus or local law enforcement, if necessary.

How to Engage and What to Say

  • Listen: Provide a non-judgmental outlet for the survivor to discuss their concerns.

  • Support: Your role is not to fact find, investigate or determine facts. Listen with empathy and compassion.

  • Assist: Ask “How can I help you through this difficult time?” or tell them “I’d like to help connect you to resources that can assist you.”

  • Connect: You do not need to be an expert counselor, a fixer or a best friend. Help the survivor identify the next best step (according to their goals and needs) and help coordinate a warm handoff.