Precious G. Gunter, Director
Phone: (239) 745-4366
Click here to access the training: Responsible Employee
Responsible Employee- OCR defines a responsible employee as one who:
1. Has the authority to take action to redress sexual violence; or
2. Who has been given the duty of reporting incidents of sexual violence; or
3. A student could reasonably believe had the authority to assist in addressing an allegation of sexual assault.
As faculty member or as an University Staff member in the Office of Financial Aid, Admissions, Division of Student Affairs, member of the Athletics Department, Office of the Registrar, Office of Human Resources, etc. you are considered to be a “Responsible Employee” based on the fact that your job functions could require student interaction.Since you are considered a responsible employee, under Title IX you are required to report incidents of alleged sexual violence to the Title IX Coordinator.
If a student reports an incident of sexual violence, you should report it to the Title IX Coordinator as soon as possible. You should provide the Title IX Coordinator with any relevant details that you have (i.e. name of student(s) involved, where the incident took place, if physical violence was allegedly used, etc.)
Once this information has been communicated to the Title IX Coordinator you have fulfilled your responsibility as a “Responsible Employee". The Title IX Coordinator will then involve the appropriate University officials and take steps to address the report.
Again, the University only expects you to report what you have been told; you do not need to, and should not, mediate, investigate, or otherwise attempt to resolve the issue.
Your non-reporting will put FGCU in violation of Title IX (which could ultimately cost FGCU its federal funding from the US-DOE).
You could be subjecting a student to an unsafe learning environment.
You could subject FGCU to major legal liability.
You could face possible employment sanctions.
Note: If a University employee does not report information of a possible sexual assault or any other type of sexual misconduct and the person is under age 18, the University WILL face a fine of ONE MILLION DOLLARS PER OCCURRENCE OF NON-REPORTING. You could also be PERSONALLY subjected to legal action for failure to report such conduct against a minor.