Title IX promotes equal opportunity by providing that no person may be subjected to discrimination on the basis of sex under any educational program or activity receiving federal financial assistance. Western must respond promptly and effectively to sexual harassment, including sexual violence, that creates a hostile environment. When responsible employees know or should know about possible sexual harassment or sexual violence they must report it to the Title IX coordinator, Sue Guenter-Schlesinger, so that Western can take action to support the survivor and prevent future similar actions.
At Western, all University faculty, staff (except confidential support professionals), resident assistants and graduate teaching assistants are responsible employees and must promptly report sexual misconduct, including sexual violence, to the Title IX Coordinator. Responsible employees must report known or suspected sexual misconduct involving students or university employees, whether or not they witnessed the conduct directly or learned about it from a survivor or another source.
Staff in professional confidential support positions – psychologists, mental health counselors, survivor advocates, and other health care professionals – are not responsible employees.
Students who work or volunteer as peer counselors, with CASAS, or in Resource and Outreach Programs Offices (including the Sexual Awareness Center, Women’s Center, and Queer Resource Center) are not responsible employees, and are therefore not required to report sexual violence they learn about to the Title IX Coordinator. However, it is helpful for these offices to provide the Title IX Coordinator with aggregate data (omitting personally-identifying information) that can be used to help inform Western’s prevention and response efforts.
For more information, visit Western’s Policy on Preventing and Responding to Sex Discrimination, Including Sexual Misconduct.