For Faculty & Staff

Below are several different resources that are available to faculty and staff at HSU who have either experienced sexual misconduct or inappropriate behavior or to better support students who've disclosed to you that they've experienced that behavior.

At any point, you can reach out to our office or the HSU Campus Advocate Team for support or with questions.

  • Title IX & DHR Prevention Office
  • HSU Campus Advocate Team - 24/7 confidential support
    • (707) 445-2881

Help Students or a Colleague

It can be really difficult for someone to share they've been sexually assaulted, abused, or experienced harm. It can also be difficult to know how to respond, if you've never dealt with this before. The Sexual Assault Prevention Committee (SAPC) has created a short set of Google slides that provide additional information on supporting survivors and fulfilling your responsibility as an employee. Read on for some best practices for implementing your role as a required reporter. The full document is linked here.

Inform Students of Your Role

First and foremost, disclose your reporting responsibilities as an employee of HSU, ideally before they disclose an incident that you must report. Some recommendations include:

When necessary, interrupt students to inform them of your role. This can be awkward and feel insensitive, however, it is much more difficult to tell someone who wants confidentiality that you now must share their information with the Title IX Coordinator. Practicing this ahead of time will help you feel more comfortable in case the situation arises.

When a Student Chooses to Disclose

Remember your role

You are not a counselor or an investigator; you are a bridge to other resources, such as the Title IX Coordinator and the HSU Campus Advocate Team

Keep the survivor's needs and feelings at the center of the process

  • Listen respectfully and support the student
  • Let the survivor know you care
  • Don't overly express your own feelings
  • Acknowledge your non-verbal expressions, when appropriate
  • Don't define their experience for them
  • Use the words the survivor uses to describe their experience
  • Validate what happened to them was not okay

Establish clear boundaries to be a bridge to resources and support

Consider what support you can offer, such as adjusting deadlines on assignments or rearranging work schedules. Refer them to other campus or community resources for what is needed beyond your role.

Keep information private

If you need to talk about the impact on you of hearing about a student’s trauma, please call the Campus
Advocate Team or CAPS for support, rather than speaking to colleagues.

If a Student Discloses Committing an Act of Violence

File a report with our office. Do not let the student know you are reporting this information, as this could interfere with the investigation and/or could result in retaliaion.

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Get Help

If you've experienced harm, you have rights and options for reporting, support, and accountability under Title IX. To talk through your options or ask questions, you can reach out to the Title IX Coordinator or the Campus Advocate Team, which provides 24/7 confidential support. Additionally, you can review the resources linked below.