Title IX : Faculty & Staff Resources

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Responsible Employees

A responsible employee includes any employee who has the authority to take action to redress sexual violence; who has been given the duty of reporting incidents of sexual violence or any other misconduct by students, faculty or staff to the Title IX coordinator or other appropriate school designee; or whom a student could reasonably believe has this authority or duty.

Responsible Employee Checklist

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Address any imminent medical needs or threats to safety

If the student requires medical attention, or if there is an immediate threat of danger or injury to the student or campus community, contact Public Safety at 404-525-6401.

Advise the student that you can protect their privacy, but you cannot promise confidentiality

Tell the student that you are required to report the incident to the College’s Title IX Coordinator/ Deputy Title IX Coordinator. Let the student know that the someone will be touch with them.

Listen, Affirm, Inform, Refer & Report

  • Listen without judging or interrogating
  • Affirm and offer support by acknowledging the student's decision to get support
  • Gently interrupt and inform the student of your duty to report
  • Refer the student to disclosure and/ or reporting offices
  • Report information shared with you via an incident report
    • In cases of an emergency, notify the Sexual Misconduct Response Line at 678-873-5884

Inform the student of their disclosure & reporting options

Confidential Disclosure - Counseling, Health Services, Religious Life

  • These areas provide confidential support to assist students with their physical, mental and spiritual health following an incident of sexual misconduct.
  • These areas can assist students in addressing short term and long-term effects of sexual and gender based violence as well as process their reporting options.

Confidential disclosure– Off- Campus Resources (Rape Crisis Centers, Support Groups, Hotlines)

  • Off Campus agencies offer crisis intervention, victim advocacy, support groups and counseling.

Reporting to Campus Officials – Deputy Title IX Coordinators and/ or the Title IX & Compliance Office

Reporting to Law Enforcement – Public Safety / Local Law Enforcement

  • Law Enforcement walk students through the process of filing a criminal complaint

Note: Anything disclosed to housing and residence life staff must be reported.

Remind the student that the incident is not their fault

Remind the student that acts of sexual misconduct such as sexual assault, relationship violence, and stalking are never the fault of the student. Thank the student for telling you what happened and reassure him/her. Share that you have information about resources on campus or off campus which might be useful. You can also ask if they would like you to check in on them in a few days/week.

Encourage the student to contact the Title IX Coordinator/ Deputy Title IX Coordinators

The Title IX Coordinator/Deputy Coordinators can help students to obtain services, implement measures, and accommodations, and will explain the student’s options for filing a complaint.

Inform the student of the availability of support services, regardless of whether they want to file a complaint

Inform the student that the College wants to help, and there are people on campus who can help the student feel safe. Offer to accompany the student or arrange an appointment.

Advise the student that action may be taken

Advise the student that there may be times when the College must take action against a perpetrator, even if that is against the student’s wishes. If a victim does not wish for their name to be shared, does not wish for an investigation to take place, or does not want a formal resolution to be pursued, the victim may make such a request to the Title IX Director or Deputy Coordinators, who will evaluate that request in light of the duty to ensure the safety of the campus and comply with federal law. In cases indicating pattern, predation, threat, weapons and/or violence, the College will likely be unable to honor a request for confidentiality. In cases where the victim requests confidentiality and the circumstances allow the College to honor that request, the College will offer interim supports and remedies to the victim and the community, but will not otherwise pursue formal action. A reporting party has the right, and can expect, to have reports taken seriously by the College when formally reported, and to have those incidents investigated and properly resolved through these procedures. Failure of a non-confidential employee, as described in this section, to report an incident or incidents of sex or gender harassment or discrimination of which they become aware, is a violation of college policy and can be subject to disciplinary action for failure to comply with college policies.

Key Contacts

Title IX Coordinator
404-270-5060
njohns74@spelman.edu

Title IX Office 
404-270-4005
titleixteam@spelman.edu

Public Safety
404-525-6401

Counseling *
404-270-5293

Student Health Services *
404-270--5249

Religious Life *
404-270-5728

Spelman Public Safety
404-565-6401

24-Hour Response Hotline
678-873-5884

*Indicates Confidential
Report an Incident

Sexual Misconduct Brochure (PDF)