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Message to All University Faculty & Staff

In an effort to maintain a safe and welcoming environment at each of the CSCU the BOR established a policy concerning sexual misconduct and intimate partner violence in January of 2015.  The policy requires the reporting of sexual misconduct and intimate partner violence in an effort to ensure that each member of the community has the opportunity to fully participate in the process of education and development. This policy is intended to supplement and work in congruence with the requirements of Title IX and Connecticut Public Act 14-11.

As a Southern Connecticut State University employee, you may find yourself responding to a student or other employee’s report or disclosure of sexual misconduct or intimate partner violence.  All university employees are mandated reporters as stipulated in the BOR policy, other than those employees whose official responsibilities provide confidentiality (health providers, professional counselors, and pastoral counselors whose official responsibilities include providing mental-health counseling to members of the University community).  This mandate is a result of the University’s obligation to stop the conduct, prevent its reoccurrence, remedy its effects, provide care and support for the reporting or disclosing person, and ensure the safety and security of our community. At its core, what we are mandated to do is provide a supportive and safe environment for our community and to provide survivors with support and advocacy services.

In an effort to be in compliance with the University’s obligation under Title IX, Connecticut Public Act No. 14-11, and the Board of Regents Policy on Sexual Misconduct Reporting, Support Services and Processes, SCSU has developed the attached protocol for employees to follow if they find themselves in a position in which a student or other employee has disclosed or reported being a survivor of sexual misconduct or intimate partner violence. This protocol describes your reporting requirements and a process for the University to inform, in a timely manner, those who report or disclose any type of sexual misconduct or intimate partner violence of all of their rights and options, including the necessary steps and potential outcomes of each option.

We understand and recognize the significant trust relationship and the difficult situation you are placed in when a student/employee requests confidentiality. To help mitigate these challenges students/employees have been informed that all faculty, staff and administrators must share information with the University and that they have options for confidential reporting.

We also understand that you may have questions about the BOR policy, Connecticut Public Act 14-11, Title IX and the protocol below. As such, we have provided a list of links at the bottom of this correspondence where you may be able to find out more information. 

We want to thank you for your role in helping to support survivors of sexual misconduct.  Although this work may be challenging and difficult at times, it is extremely important. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact either of us.

Paula Rice
Title IX Coordinator

Diane Mazza
Chief Human Resources Officer

*This email was sent to all university employees on January 21, 2015

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