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Addressing Sexual Misconduct The Butler Way

Information for Employees

All Butler employees have an important role to play in creating an environment that ensures everyone is able to fully participate in and benefit from the opportunities available at Butler University, regardless of their sex or gender.

Most University employees, including student employees, are also expected to report to the University when they are made aware of an incident of sexual misconduct. This is because the University is committed to protecting the safety of those reported to have experienced sexual misconduct (Complainants) and the campus community, and to ensuring that Complainants are made aware of their rights, options, and resources.

Employees with reporting obligations include:

  • Those who offer course instruction, whether in person or online, including full-time and part-time faculty, adjuncts, and Teaching Assistants
  • Advisors
  • Athletics staff
  • Student Affairs staff members, including Resident Assistants (RAs), and excluding those designated as confidential employees
  • Those who work in offices or areas that interface with students

Please note that you might also have reporting obligations as a Campus Security Authority (CSA) under the Clery Act. For more information, please visit the Campus Security Authorities page.

Tips for Responding to a Disclosure of Sexual Misconduct

Response to a disclosure can have a significant impact on an individual who has experienced sexual misconduct. Tips for appropriate response include:

  • Ensure that the individual is safe. If anyone is in immediate danger, call BUPD as soon as possible.
  • Listen without judgment.
  • Allow the individual to share as much or as little as they wish.
  • Encourage the individual to seek resources and to consider making a report. Avoid directives such as “You must go to the hospital” or “You really need to report this to the police.”
  • Explain your obligation to report to the University. Be clear that while you cannot offer absolute confidentiality, the information they have shared will be kept as private as possible, and only provided to those individuals at the University who have a legitimate need to know.

Submit a report as soon as possible after your conversation with the individual. You can submit a report online. If you have questions, please contact the Title IX Coordinator at 317-940-6509 or titleix@butler.edu.

Download a handout summarizing employee reporting obligations and tips for responding to a report of sexual misconduct.