Office of Gender Equity: Title IX Reporting for Third Parties

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How to Report Gender-Based Misconduct Disclosure

If an employee of Bard College becomes aware of an incident of gender-based misconduct they will need to inform the individual sharing information that they may not be able to keep the information confidential. While they will take every step to protect an individual's privacy, they are required to pass on reports of gender-based misconduct to the Title IX administrator.
  • What do I do if I know the name of an individual involved in an incident of gender-based misconduct?     

    If the name of an individual involved in a possible incident of gender-based misconduct is provided either in person or by a third party, you need to contact Shoshana Gray (Title IX Coordinator, x7542) and share with her the information you have.
  • What will we do with the information?

    In most cases, we will contact the individual named to review with them Bard's Gender-Based Misconduct Policy, their rights and resources, and explain the processes and their options to file formal complaints and pursue either a criminal and/or institutional investigation.

    If the individual does not want to move forward with a formal complaint, the threat to the campus community will be assessed through informal inquiry and an appropriate response determined. Bard College will make all reasonable efforts to respect the requests of the complainant. The Office for Gender Equity will only move forward with a formal investigation without the involvement of the complainant if there is a threat to, or a concern for, the safety of the campus community.
  • Who can a student talk to without the possibility of formal reporting?

    Counseling Services (x7433) or BRAVE (x7777, ask for BRAVE Counselor) are available to support students anonymously and confidentially. The only instances in which these resources will be required to break confidentiality are if there is a threat of harm to self or others, if the alleged perpetrator’s name has come up in another case, or a child/minor (under the age of 17) is involved. Additionally, there are many local and national hotlines that are trained in rape/intimate partner violence crisis response and available by phone 24 hours/day (see our list of national resources). 
  • Who can an employee talk to without the possibility of formal reporting?

    Bard employees have access to an Employee Assistance Program, 800-272-7255, for free, anonymous, and confidential counseling support. The only instances in which this resource will be required to break confidentiality are if there is a threat of harm to self or others, or if a child/minor (under the age of 17) is involved. Additionally, there are many local and national hotlines that are trained in rape/intimate partner violence crisis response and available by phone 24 hours/day (see our list of national resources). 
  • What if a student or employee discloses an incident before I have let them know about my reporting responsibilities?

    You will need to let them know that you are unable to keep the information reported confidential and are required to share what you know with the Title IX coordinator.

    You can assure them:
     
    • The information may not go any further than Shoshana Gray (Title IX Coordinator)
    • Shoshana will discuss reporting options and what it would look like to:
      • File a criminal report
      • File an institutional complaint
      • Choose not to file a formal complaint
      Be sure to thank them for sharing with you and allow them as much control as possible over the conversation. Reinforce that all reasonable efforts will be made to respect their privacy and their choices for moving forward.
  • What happens if there is campus knowledge of a possible incident but no identities have been disclosed?

    The Title IX coordinator will take every measure to ensure that the greater campus community is safe, including, but not limited to:
    • General inquiries with DOSA, Human Resources, Residence Life, Student Events, Campus Security, Administrators on call, etc.
    • Providing, in collaboration with BRAVE and Peer Health, educational programming on topics such as:
      • Effective consent
      • Bystander intervention
      • Impacts of alcohol and substance use
    • Outreach to other departments, programs, and student groups to assess the current campus climate