Under Title IX, Augusta University is obligated to investigate and potentially take
action when an incident of sex or gender discrimination or sexual misconduct is made
known to a “responsible employee.” A responsible employee is defined as: (a) any employee
who has the authority to take action to redress the harassment, discrimination or
misconduct; (b) any employee who has the duty to report harassment, discrimination
or misconduct to appropriate school officials; or (c) an individual who a student
could reasonably believe has this authority or responsibility.
The University System of Georgia has further defined an employee’s role in reporting
sexual discrimination and misconduct, and refers to such individuals as “mandatory
The university system has made the following guidelines available to mandatory reporters:
- Mandatory reporters are defined as all faculty, staff (excluding confidential and
privileged resources) and all resident assistants, student employees, and graduate
assistants, unless specifically designated as a confidential or privileged employee.
Student Counseling and Psychological Services, Student Health Services and Pastoral
Counseling are considered confidential or privileged resources. Staff working in
these areas are not considered mandatory reporters for purposes of Title IX and do
not have an obligation to report incidents of sex or gender discrimination or sexual
misconduct unless requested by the individual. Obligations for reporting child abuse
however, may exist under state law.
- A mandatory reporter must promptly contact the Title IX coordinator when he or she
received information concerning an alleged act of sex or gender discrimination or
sexual misconduct. The mandatory reporter must provide all reported information including
the names of the victim and the accused, as well as details concerning witnesses,
- A mandatory reporter, as much as possible, should preemptively inform a student or
member of the Augusta University community that the university will attempt to maintain
confidentiality but that he or she is required to report all allegations, including
the names of those involved, to the university. While confidential resources are available,
no employee should promise confidentiality.
- The Title IX coordinator will promptly notify public safety and other university officials,
when appropriate. At the request of the disclosing individual – mandatory reporters
may contact law enforcement or other resources.
- Sanctions for mandatory reporters failing to report incidents of sex or gender discrimination
or sexual misconduct may include disciplinary action up to and including termination
from the university.
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