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Message to All University Faculty & Staff

To All University Faculty & Staff,
Southern Connecticut State University is highly committed to creating a campus free of sexual misconduct. The BOR established a policy concerning sexual misconduct reporting, last revised in June of 2016 (http://www.ct.edu/files/pdfs/hr-policy-sexual-misconduct.pdf). The policy requires the reporting of sexual misconduct in an effort to ensure that each member of the community has the opportunity to fully participate in the process of education and development. The policy is intended to supplement and work in congruence with the requirements of Title IX and Connecticut Public Act 14-11. It is our commitment to provide a supportive and safe environment for our community and provide survivors with support and advocacy services.

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 (sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual exploitation, intimate partner violence, and stalking) All university employees are considered responsible employees and are mandated to report under the BOR policy, except 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).

The following protocol has been developed for employees to follow if they find themselves in a position in which a student or other employee discloses or reports being a survivor of sexual misconduct https://www.southernct.edu/offices/diversity/Sexual-Misconduct-Protocol%202016-17.pdf. This protocol describes your reporting obligations and a process for informing, in a timely manner, those who report or disclose any type of sexual misconduct 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 recognize the importance of providing training for employees on the topic of sexual misconduct and thus remind employees of our on-line training program intended to help you learn more about the topic and equip you with the tools and knowledge needed to uphold your obligations as a responsible employee. We strongly encourage employees to review the on-line Responsible Employee training annually. The Responsible employee training can be accessed on the Diversity and Equity homepage http://www.southernct.edu/offices/diversity/index.html.

The training will (1) provide an overview of sexual misconduct including definitions and scenarios, (2) provide information and access to the University policies, reporting protocols, and resources available on campus and (3) provide information on how to respond if you receive a report or disclosure of sexual misconduct. In addition we have also provided a list of informational links at the bottom of this correspondence that provides additional guidance and education on the topic of sexual misconduct.

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.

Sincerely,
Paula Rice
Director of Diversity & Equity Programs/Title IX Coordinator
Buley Library Room 240, 203-392-5568
Ricep1@southernct.edu

Diane Mazza
Chief Human Resources Officer
203-392-5405
Wintergreen Building
mazzad3@southernct.edu

*This email was sent to all university employees on January 22, 2018

More Information

SCSU Response Protocol/Procedures for Reports/Disclosures of Sexual Misconduct
https://www.southernct.edu/offices/diversity/Sexual-Misconduct-Protocol%202016-17.pdf

SCSU Sexual Misconduct Notification Form
https://cm.maxient.com/reportingform.php?SouthernCTStateUniv&layout_id=10

BOR Sexual Misconduct Reporting, Support Services and Processes Policy
http://www.ct.edu/files/pdfs/hr-policy-sexual-misconduct.pdf

SCSU Support and Resource Team (SART) Brochure
https://www.southernct.edu/student-life/health/vpas/sart.html

SCSU Sexual Misconduct Reporting website
https://www.southernct.edu/sexual-misconduct/