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Guidance for Faculty and Staff

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As a faculty or staff member, you may learn from a student that he or she has been the victim of a sexual assault.  The Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion can help to guide you in providing the right support and assistance. 

How to Respond to a Sexual Assault Disclosure

If a student discloses to you that he or she experienced a sexual assault, you can help in a number of ways:

  • Listen to the student.  Try not to ask questions about what happened, and allow the student tell you as much as he or she feels comfortable sharing.
  • Refer the student to available resources.  You could provide a link to the Sexual Violence Response Policy and encourage the student to contact the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) for assistance.  You may offer to call EDI on speakerphone with the student in your office, to allow the conversation between the student and EDI to begin without identifying the student.
  • Offer academic accommodations.  Under Title IX, UB must provide academic accommodations to victims of sexual assault.  These may include excusing absences, allowing students to make up missed work or tests, or extending deadlines to submit material.  If you have any concerns about a request for academic accommodations, please contact EDI.
  • Contact EDI to report any situation involving the UB community.  Even if the reporting party does not want to proceed with an investigation, reporting to EDI is an important way to ensure that the University's response is appropriate.  EDI will respect a reporting party's request that no action be taken unless doing so poses a danger to the victim or others.  Your report also can help to identify trends or patterns and ensure that we are taking effective action to maintain a safe community. 
  • Keep the matter confidential.  It is important that you do not discuss the student's disclosure with colleagues.  You can and should share the disclosure with EDI, and complete a Sexual Assault Anonymous Report form

Reporting Sexual Assault

UB Employees who do not have significant counseling responsibilities (licensed/certified counselors) are strongly encouraged to provide University Police with information when they are notified of a sexual assault.  The Sexual Assault Anonymous Report form allows you to report an assault while maintaining a victim’s confidentiality.  You can fill in as much information on the form as you know and/or as the student is willing to have you disclose.

If you have significant responsibility for student programs and activities - for example, you are the advisor for a student club, or administer a program for students - you may be a Campus Security Authority under the Clery Act and legally obligated to report.  More information about Campus Security Reporting, including a list of Campus Security Authority titles, is available through the University Police Department website.

If You Experience a Sexual Assault

You have a right to redress, support and assistance if you experience a sexual assault.  UB provides protections and resources for faculty and staff, as well as students.  The University Police Department, Employee Assistance Program and EDI can help.