For Faculty, Administrators, and Staff
The following steps focus on services that should be explained and offered to victim/survivors of sexual assault, intimate partner violence, stalking, and sexual harassment after the disclosure of such an incident. An administrator, faculty, or staff member’s goal is to offer support and get the student to the appropriate professional resources. If you have questions at any time, please call a SART advocate at (845) 437-7333, SAVP Director at (845) 437-7863, or the Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action/Title IX Office at (845) 437-7924.
1. Determine safety: If a weapon was used, the perpetrator is unknown, or the student does not feel safe from the perpetrator, call 911 or Security immediately at 437-7333.
2. Explain your reporting duties.
- See Responsible, Private, or Confidential?
- If you are a responsible employee, you are required to notify the College’s Title IX Coordinator of the disclosure.
- To do so, you may email or call the Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action/Title IX Office at firstname.lastname@example.org/(845) 437-7924 or fill out an online notification form located at https://eoaa.vassar.edu/title-ix/reporting/.
- Following your notification, a Title IX representative will provide outreach to the victim/survivor. The victim/survivor has a right to file a formal complaint as well as the right not to respond to outreach from the Title IX representative.
- If a student would like to speak with someone without the Title IX office being notified, they may contact a SART advocate or the SAVP Director (both private resources), who will fill out an anonymous report form (with no names or identifying information).
3. Provide support:
- Listen and thank them for trusting you.
- Validate and empathize feelings and concerns.
- Mirror their language (i.e. Do they say victim or survivor? What pronouns do they use?)
- If the incident happened in the context of an ongoing relationship, do not tell them they need to immediately leave the relationship, doing so without a safety plan is often dangerous.
- Allow them to make decisions on the next steps.
4. Offer resources: