According to Title IX, a “mandated reporter” is an employee:
- Who has the authority to take action to redress sexual harassment/violence, or
- Who has been given the duty of reporting incidents of sexual harassment/violence or any other misconduct by students to the Title IX Coordinator or other appropriate school designee, or
- That a student/employee could reasonably believe has either the authority or the duty listed above.
For Title IX compliance, all LDCC employees, with the exception of the LDCC Confidential Advisors considered “mandated reporter,” including Chancellor and Vice Chancellor’s Offices staff, Public Relations Office staff, campus police, enrollment and student services staff, campus directors, human resources staff, bursar and finance employees, Foundation employees, academic advisors, faculty, instructors, adult education employees, workforce staff, LDCC Small Business Development staff, LDCC Bookstore staff, Subway staff, student leaders of club/organizations, janitorial staff, and individuals designated as Campus Security Authorities (CSAs).
Mandated reporters should always explain their role to a student or employee and that they are not a confidential resource. It is best to try and explain this BEFORE someone reveals something that they want to keep confidential. However, if a person begins talking about a sensitive incident(s) without warning:
- Interrupt them carefully/gently but immediately
- Explain your role as a mandated reporter
- Share that if the conversation moves forward you will keep the information private, but you are not able to keep it confidential
- Explain your obligation to report the incident to the Title IX Coordinator(s).
- Assure them that you are there to support them, but if they wish for the information to remain confidential, then they should make an appointment with a confidential resource (see list of LDCC Confidential Advisors).
Anonymous Notice to Mandated Reporters
Complainant may request that the mandatory reporter provide notice to the Title IX Coordinator anonymously, without identification of the Complainant. A mandatory reporter cannot remain anonymous themselves. LDCC will investigate matters in which anonymous notice has been given to the extent possible, both to assess the underlying allegation(s) and to determine if supportive measures or remedies can be provided. However, anonymous notice typically limits LDCC’s ability to investigate, respond, and provide remedies, depending on what information is shared. When a Complainant has made a request for anonymity, the Complainant’s personally identifiable information may be withheld by a mandatory reporter, but all other details of the alleged incident(s) must be shared with the Title IX Coordinator. Supportive measures may be offered to the Complainant as the result of such disclosures without formal LDCC action.
** In emergency situations, where a person’s health or safety is in immediate danger, call 911.
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