Sexual Misconduct / Title IX
Faculty Tool Kit
If a student reports that he or she has been a victim of sexual assault, sexual harassment, or sexual misconduct, the student has options on how to proceed. The most important thing is that the student is safe and is not in imminent danger.
IF A STUDENT IS IN DISTRESS:
Listen non-judgmentally. Accept the experience as the student describes it. Articulate clearly that you believe the student and you want to provide support in any way that you can.
Validate the student’s feelings
Assure the student that it is not their fault. Self-blame is common among victims of sexual violence.
Do not make judgmental comments. Do not comment on what could have been done differently or make statements that imply that the student could have avoided the harassment or assault.
Be sympathetic. However, do not let your own emotions get in the way of supporting the student.
Discuss options. Show them the sexual harassment policy and give them the brochure on sexual misconduct.
Get support for yourself. Do not hesitate to seek advice from individuals who are in a position to help. It is not necessary to give names or details of the incident to get initial support and to learn more about options. Some options for help include the St. John’s Well Child and Family Center, and the LAHC Title IX Coordinator, Mercy Yanez located in Technology Building 2nd, Floor, Room 204.ii.