Stephen F. Austin State University

Responsible Employees

Responsible Employees

A responsible employee is a university employee who has the duty to report incidents of sexual misconduct to the Title IX coordinator or other appropriate designee, or an employee whom an individual could reasonably believe has this duty. Responsible employees include all administrators, faculty, supervisory staff, resident life directors and advisors, and graduate teaching assistants. Their are few exceptions for reporting other than employee with confidentiality obligations as defined in Section 3.5 of the policy. The confidential support section below for more information.

Responsible Employees should share any incidents involving gender discrimination, sexual assault, sexual harassment, sexual violence, interpersonal violence, and stalking to the Title IX Coordinator or deputy coordinators immediately. Responsible Employees can use Responsible Employee - Title IX Reporting Form to begin this process. Responsible employees can find contact information for the current Title IX coordinator and deputy coordinators on the Title IX Coordinators page.

Confidential Support

Employees exempt from reporting include physical and mental health care professionals (including those who act in that role under the supervision of these individuals), are prohibited by confidentiality laws from reporting any information about an incident to anyone, in any way that identifies the victim, without the victim's permission. These parties are required to submit non-personally identifiable reports so that statistical reports can be accurately produced. Thus, students may discuss an incident with a counselor in the SFA Counseling Center or a health care provider in the Student Health Clinic without concern that the incident will be reported to the Title IX coordinator. If you are unsure if your role would exclude you from reporting incidents of gender discrimination, sexual assault, sexual harassment, sexual violence, interpersonal violence, and stalking contact the Title IX coordinator.

Duty To Report Child Abuse & Neglect

Remember that Texas law requires anyone who has reason to believe that a child has been abused or neglected to report the suspected abuse or neglect to a law enforcement agency or an agency that protects children, for example the Texas Department of Family and Protection Services. You can find more information on the Duty to Report Child Abuse & Neglect Page.