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Responsible Employees: Reporting Obligations under Title IX

Title IX is a federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex at colleges and universities that receive federal funds.  Recent guidance about Title IX has addressed issues of all forms of sexual violence – sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating or domestic violence, and stalking.

Title IX also requires the identification of and training for Responsible Employees, individuals who are required to report any information they receive about sexual violence to the Title IX Coordinator or Deputy Coordinator.  As a community dedicated to the creation of a safe environment for all, Seton Hall has determined that all faculty members and employees of the University are considered “Responsible Employees” under Title IX.  The only exception are those considered Confidential Employees by virtue of their role - any professional staff member of Counseling and Psychological Services, Health Services or a member of the clergy who is acting in his/her role as a counselor, health care provider or member of the clergy.

Some common questions about being a Responsible Employee

What do I have to do as a Responsible Employee?
When you are made aware of an incident of sexual violence, the University is considered to be on notice and must act promptly and appropriately.  You are required to report all available and relevant information to the Title IX Coordinator or Deputy Title IX Coordinator as soon as it is shared with you.

Why do I have to report this information?
First and foremost, we want our University to be safe for our students, faculty, and employees to study and work in an environment free of sexual violence. Reporting this information allows for appropriate investigation of the matter, for the provision of needed accommodations to the victim, and for the University to address the effects of the violence. 

By reporting, you are not only helping to ensure that the University meets its obligations in regard to properly responding to these incidents, but more importantly, you are ensuring that victims are connected with those trained to assist and responsible for responding promptly, and furthermore ensuring the safety of the victim and others within our University community.

What happens when I report the information?
The Title IX Coordinator or Deputy Title IX Coordinator will meet with the victim and provide him/her with information and resources, including his/her option to pursue or not pursue a complaint through the police and or University channels.  The privacy of the reporting individual will be respected. 

There is much more information about Title IX and applicable policies available on our website.  There is also a resource guide to help guide your conversations about these matters. 

The Title IX Coordinator and Deputy Title IX Coordinators are: 

Lori Brown
Director of EEO Compliance, Title IX Coordinator
Presidents Hall, Lower Level Room 4A
(973) 313-6132
lori.brown@shu.edu 

Karen Van Norman
Associate Vice-President & Dean of Students, Deputy Title IX Coordinator
University Center, Room 237
(973) 761-9076
karen.vannorman@shu.edu

Rachelle Paul
Senior Associate Athletics Director/SWA, Deputy Title IX Coordinator
Richie Regan Recreation Center
(973) 761-9494
rachelle.paul@shu.edu 

Cara Foerst
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Deputy Title IX Coordinator
Law School
(973) 642-8732
cara.foerst@shu.edu

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