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
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.
Deputy, vice, assistant, and associate deans, provosts, and department chairs
Individuals who directly report to any of the above roles
All Resident Advisors, Residence Directors, Area Coordinators, and other Center for Student Engagement (RA, RD, AC, CSE) staff
Anyone who directly supervises student workers, faculty, or other staff
Vice presidents, managers, coordinators, program heads, directors (including deputy, vice, assistant or associate positions)
Anyone employed in the Division of Student Affairs, including GW Housing and the Center for Student Engagement and any other student facing
Deputy Title IX coordinators
Anyone else designated as such by their department
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:
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.
Inform them about confidential support resources that do not require a report to the Title IX office.
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.
Tell them that they have the option of filing a police report or a conduct 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.
Record only what the survivor volunteers. Your role is not to fact find, investigate, or determine reliability.
Listen with empathy and without judgment.
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.
Provide the student, faculty, or staff member with information about their resources and options to get help.
Ask the survivor for permission to connect them with the Title IX office or to contact the Title IX office on their behalf.
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.