Responsible Employee Information

YOUR ROLE AS A RESPONSIBLE EMPLOYEE

All Kent State University employees are REQUIRED to disclose any instance of sexual harassment, including sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking to the Title IX Coordinator at titleix@kent.edu and in the cases of sexual assault, to the police (9-1-1 or 330-672-3070).

Responsible Employees include, but are not limited to:

  • All faculty, including adjuncts, instructors, lecturers, teaching/grad assistants, and others offering classroom instruction;
  • All advisors (academic and non-academic);
  • All coaches, trainers, and other athletic staff that interact directly with student-athletes;
  • All student affairs administrators;
  • All residential hall staff;
  • Employees who work in offices and other university facilities; and
  • All supervisors and university officials.

Confidential Employees (those specifically identified on campus as mental health counselors and those working in campus health care centers) do not have an obligation to report information known to them.  Employees and students may speak to them with anonymity if desired.  Confidential Employees may not share personally identifying information with university officials without an individual’s consent.

It is important that all Kent State University students, employees, and visitors enjoy an environment free from unlawful discrimination and harassment. This is reflected in the fact that we are protected from unlawful discrimination by several state and federal laws, as well as University policies 5-16 and 5-16.2.  Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in educational institutions.

WHAT DO I DO IF A STUDENT, COWORKER, OR CAMPUS VISITOR CONFIDES IN ME THAT THEY WERE SEXUALLY HARASSED OR SEXUALLY ASSAULTED?

1. Let them know that you cannot ensure confidentiality. As an employee, you are required to disclose any alleged incident of sexual harassment sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, or stalking that is brought to your attention. The only university employees that may ensure confidentiality are licensed counselors and unlicensed trainees of any university psychological services programs.

2. In the instance of sexual assault, dating violence, or domestic violence encourage the student, employee, or visitor to seek medical treatment immediately and contact the appropriate law enforcement agency to report the incident (9-1-1 or 330-672-3070).

3. Let them know where they can get help. Share with them the Center for Sexual and Relationship Violence Support Services (SRVSS) which provides consultation with student and employees who disclose experiencing sexual assault, relationship violence, or stalking.

4. Notify the Title IX Coordinator of the incident.

Contact information for the Title IX Coordinator and Deputy Coordinators is below: