Receiving a Report of Sexual Misconduct
As a University employee, you may learn of an incident of sexual misconduct, dating violence, domestic violence or stalking. Your response is very important and may determine whether a victim/survivor chooses to tell anyone else or seek professional assistance.
University policy requires that you immediately report the information that you have learned to the Title IX Coordinator. Do not initiate your own investigation. Even with the best intentions, doing so may exacerbate a situation or compromise an investigation. When approached by an individual in active disclosure, be sure to:
Be clear about your role, your responsibility to report the information shared and your ability to help.
Do not promise confidentiality. Rather, be prepared to offer the victim/survivor information about where they can report confidentially, should they prefer to do that. Confidential reporting can be made on campus to Counseling & Psychological Services staff, Student Health Services staff, members of the clergy and the Employee Assistance Program (EAP).
Notify the victim that he or she may request that the University refrain from initiating or conducting an investigation.
Inform the victim of their right to file a complaint with both law enforcement and the University, simultaneously.
Advise the victim that victim advocacy services, support and information regarding reporting options are available from the Advocacy Center for Sexual Violence, the Title IX Coordinator and Employee Assistance Program.
Listen, but do not investigate.
Promptly notify the Director of Equity and Compliance and Title IX Coordinator, Amelia Barbadoro, of the allegation.
The Director of Equity & Compliance and Title IX Coordinator is also available to answer any questions that you may have regarding your rights and responsibilities as a University at Albany employee.
Title IX Syllabus Language
Instructors who want to offer Title IX information to their students are encouraged to include the language below in their syllabi.
Including this information is optional, not mandatory. However, if an instructor opts to include Title IX language in their syllabus, they may not change the language provided below.
Instructors who want to include a Title IX statement that at all differs from what is provided below must contact the Director of Equity & Compliance and Title IX Coordinator Amelia Barbadoro at 518-442-3800 or [email protected].
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in federally funded education programs and activities.
The University at Albany Sexual Violence Prevention & Response and Title IX Grievance policies prohibit offenses defined as sexual harassment, sexual assault, intimate partner violence (dating or domestic violence), sexual exploitation, and stalking. These policies apply to the entire University at Albany community, including students, faculty, and staff of all gender identities. The University at Albany provides a variety of resources for support and advocacy to assist individuals who have experienced sexual offenses.
Confidential support and guidance can be found through Counseling & Psychological Services (518-442-5800), Student Health Services (518-442-5454) and Interfaith Services (518-442-5565). Individuals at these locations will not report crimes to law enforcement or university officials without permission, except for in extreme circumstances, such as a health and/or safety emergency.
The advocates at the University at Albany's Advocacy Center for Sexual Violence (518-442-2273) are available to assist students request academic and residential accommodations, help them navigate the conduct process, and provide other guidance and support.
Sexual offenses can be reported non-confidentially to the Title IX Coordinator within the Office of Equity & Compliance (518-442-3800, Hudson Building, Room 117) and/or the University Police Department (518-442-3131).
Please note, faculty members are considered "responsible employees" at the University at Albany, meaning that they are required to report all known relevant details about a complaint of sexual violence to the University's Title IX Coordinator, including names of anyone involved or present, date, time, and location.
In an emergency, please call 911.