Faculty and staff frequently serve as the initial contact person for victims’ disclosure of their experiences with sexual assault, harassment, dating/domestic violence, and stalking.
Many students do not choose to disclose or file reports with the university or with law enforcement, often because they do not think the incident is serious enough to report, they believe that their parents or friends will find out, or because they fear that they will not be believed or will be treated with hostility. If they are disclosing an incident with you, they likely consider you a trusted resource.
Per UTC policy, all UTC faculty and staff, other than those who have been designated as confidential or limited confidential resources, must consult with the Title IX Coordinator or a Deputy Title IX Coordinator upon receiving a disclosure of an incident of sexual misconduct, relationship violence and/or stalking from a student, or in more limited cases, another employee. After receipt of your report, a member of the Title IX team will reach out to the reporting party to offer resources and support.
What to do if a someone discloses to you
- Offer support and listen.
- Encourage the person to report the incident to law enforcement and assist them with doing so (if requested). Do not report to law enforcement without the person's consent, unless there is an immediate safety concern.
- Assist the person with obtaining medical assistance (if needed or requested) or accessing on or off campus resources (if requested).
- Provide the student with the university resources.
- Report the incident to the Title IX Coordinator, Stephanie Rowland, within 48 hours and inform the person that you will be doing so.
- If you have any questions about this process, please contact the Title IX Coordinator, Stephanie Rowland, at (423) 425-4255 or firstname.lastname@example.org.