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Addressing Sexual Misconduct The Butler Way

Information for Responsible 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, also have an obligation to report to the University when they are made aware of an incident of sexual misconduct. If you are a responsible employee and you receive information about an incident of sexual misconduct, you must report the incident to the University as soon as possible.

Under Title IX, responsible employees include those who:

  • Have the authority to take action or redress sexual misconduct
  • Have a duty to report sexual misconduct to appropriate school officials, or
  • A student could reasonably believe has this authority or duty

Responsible employees at Butler include:

  • Those who offer course instruction, whether in person or online, including full-time and part-time faculty, adjuncts, and Teaching Assistants
  • Advisors
  • Coaches and athletics staff who interact with students
  • Student Affairs staff members, except those in Counseling and Consultation Services and Health Services and the Sexual Assault Response and Prevention Specialist (SARPS)
  • Residence Life staff members, including Resident Assistants
  • 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 Report of Sexual Misconduct

  • Ensure that the individual is safe. If anyone is in immediate danger, call BUPD or local law enforcement as soon as possible.
  • Encourage the individual to seek resources, including medical attention and counseling, and to consider making a report. Avoid making directives, such as “You must go to the hospital” or “You really should report this to police.”
  • Inform the individual that you are required to report this information 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. Explain that the information is shared to ensure that the individual and campus community are safe, and to make sure the individual is aware of resources available to them.
  • Allow the individual to share as much or as little information as they wish. Your role is to listen and refer to appropriate resources, not to investigate or determine what took place.

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

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