Information for Students:
It is important to know that if you discuss an incident with a faculty or staff member at Western other than a psychologist, mental health counselor, survivor advocate, or other health care professional, that person is required as a “responsible employee” to report the incident to the Title IX Coordinator. “Responsible employees” are required to report such information as soon as possible to the Title IX Coordinator so a review of the situation may commence. Western is required to take immediate and appropriate steps to investigate or otherwise determine what occurred and, if the investigation determines that the sexual misconduct created a hostile environment, Western must take appropriate actions to address the circumstances. The university has this obligation regardless of whether you choose to file a formal complaint.
You may talk confidentially with the resources listed here. Additionally, 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.
When you report sexual violence to the Title IX Coordinator, University Police, or the Student Conduct Officer, the University will keep that report confidential to the greatest extent possible while also providing protective measures and accommodations requested by you and taking any necessary action to keep others safe. If you request that your name not be disclosed to an alleged perpetrator or ask that Western not investigate the report, Western will discuss with you the limitations this places on Western’s ability to hold the perpetrator accountable.