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Student Disclosures of Sexual and Gender-Based Harassment and Other Forms of Interpersonal Violence: Understanding Your Responsibility

The University of Virginia is committed to providing a safe and non-discriminatory learning, living, and working environment for all members of the University community. To this end, and to fulfill its obligations under Title IX and related federal law, the University has adopted an Interim Policy on Sexual and Gender-Based Harassment and Other Forms of Interpersonal Violence (the “SGBHV Policy”).  The SGBHV Policy prohibits Sexual Assault, Sexual Exploitation, Intimate Partner Violence, Stalking, Sexual and Gender-Based Harassment, Complicity in the commission of any prohibited act, and Retaliation against a person for the good faith reporting of any of these forms of conduct or participation in any related investigation or proceeding.  These forms of conduct (the “Prohibited Conduct”) are defined in the SGBHV Policy.

In order to fulfill its obligations under federal law and the SGBHV Policy, the University has developed a reporting policy (the “Reporting Policy”) to clarify the responsibilities of University employees who become aware of an incident of Prohibited Conduct.  These responsibilities differ for employees who have been designated as “Confidential Employees” and employees who have been designated as “Responsible Employees.”

A “Confidential Employee” is (1) Any University employee who is a licensed medical, clinical or mental-health professional (e.g., physicians, nurses, physicians’ assistants, psychologists, psychiatrists, professional counselors and social workers, and those performing services under their supervision), when acting in his or her professional role in the provision of services to a patient who is a University student (“health care providers”), and  (2) any University employee  providing  administrative, operational  and/or related support for such health care providers in their performance of such services.   Confidential Employees are required to maintain the confidentiality of information shared with them about Prohibited Conduct and may not disclose such information to the University’s Title IX Coordinator or anyone else (subject to the limited exceptions set forth in the Reporting Policy).  For more information and links to “Talking Points” and other resources for Confidential Employees, see Confidential Employees.

A “Responsible Employee” is any University employee who is not a Confidential Employee. Responsible Employees are required to report all information disclosed to them by a University student about Prohibited Conduct to the Title IX Coordinator through this Just Report It website. For more information and links to “Talking Points” and other resources for Responsible Employees, see Responsible Employees