Reporting Sexual Harassment including Sexual Misconduct

Students, Employees, Volunteers and Visitors. Students, employees, volunteers and visitors of the University who have experienced any form of sex discrimination, including sexual harassment or sexual misconduct, are encouraged to report the incident promptly to the appropriate Title IX Coordinator:
Deborah J. Burris, Director and Chief Diversity Officer
Office of Equal Opportunity
127 Woods Hall
St. Louis, MO 63121
Email Address: burrisd@umsl.edu 

Mandated Reporters.  Any employee of the University who becomes aware of sex discrimination as defined in this policy (including sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, stalking on the basis of sex, dating/intimate partner violence or sexual exploitation) is a Mandated Reporter, regardless of whether the recipient of the behavior is a student, employee, volunteer or visitor of the University.  Exception: Employees with a legal obligation or privilege of confidentiality (including health care providers, counselors, lawyers, and their associated staff) are not considered Mandated Reporters and are not required to report when the information is learned in the course of a confidential communication.  This also means that the employee seeking the exemption is employed by the University for that specific purpose and was acting in that capacity when the confidential disclosure was made.  If the information is not learned in the course of confidential communication (for example, behavior is observed in class) then the employee has the same obligation as a Mandated Reporter.  Consistent with the law and upon approval from the Office of General Counsel, campuses may also designate non-professional counselors or advocates as confidential for purposes of this policy and, therefore, excluded from the definition of Mandated Reporters.  However, these individuals are required once per month to report to the Title IX Coordinator aggregate, non-personally identifiable information regarding incidents of sex discrimination reported to them.  The aggregate data report should contain general information about individual incidents of sexual violence such as the nature, date, time, and general location of the incident.  Confidentiality in this context is not the same as privilege under the law.

Required Reporting and Disclosure.  A Mandated Reporter is required to promptly report the information to the appropriate Title IX Coordinator. The Mandated Report must be made regardless of whether the person reporting the information to the Mandated Reporter requests confidentiality and regardless of how the Mandated Reporter becomes aware of the offensive behavior (personal observation, direct information from the subject of the behavior, indirect information from a third party, etc.). If the Complainant requests confidentiality or that the charges not be pursued, the Mandated Reporter should warn the Complainant that, at this stage in the process, the Mandated Reporter must report all known information to the Title IX Coordinator. 

Content of Mandated Report to Title IX Coordinator.  Mandated Reporters must report all details that they possess. This includes names of the parties, if known, and all other information in the mandated reporter’s possession.  

The full text of the policies listed above are also available for review on the University of Missouri system website at the links below: