University employees called “Mandatory Reporters” are required to report sexual misconduct, relationship violence, stalking, or retaliation to the university. Mandatory Reporters are not confidential university resources.
The only way for any person to provide notice to the university of an incident of sexual misconduct, relationship violence, stalking, or retaliation (collectively called “prohibited conduct”) is to report the incident to a Mandatory Reporter. A complainant may opt to report an incident of prohibited conduct to a Mandatory Reporter but decline to disclose the identity of the respondent; in that case, the university will offer interim measures to the complainant, but the university’s ability to investigate the incident and pursue disciplinary action against the respondent or take other remedial action will be limited.
If an incident is not reported to a Mandatory Reporter, then the university will not be able to take steps to: identify resources for the complainant, such as interim measures; or promptly, thoroughly, and equitably investigate the incident and/or resolve the situation in order to eliminate the prohibited conduct, prevent its recurrence, and address its effects on the complainant or the university community.
Mandatory Reporters are identified in the university’s policy on sexual misconduct, relationship violence, and stalking in Section III.A (non-law enforcement), Section III.B.1 (UTPD), Appendix B (Mandatory Reporters when the complainant is a university student), and Appendix C (Mandatory Reporters when the complainant is a university employee). View Section VI for information on specific responsibilities and guidelines for Mandatory Reporters.
Questions concerning whether a particular employee is a Mandatory Reporter should be directed to the Title IX Coordinator.
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University of Tennessee faculty are committed to supporting our students and upholding gender equity laws as outlined by Title IX. Please be aware that if you choose to confide in a faculty member regarding an issue of sexual misconduct (including, but not limited to, sexual assault, relationship violence, and stalking), we are obligated to inform the University’s Title IX Coordinator. The Title IX coordinator can assist you in connecting with all possible resources both on- and off- campus.
While you are a student at the University, please know there are a number of resources and options available for you. The Student Counseling Center 974-2196 and the Student Health Center 974-3135 are both confidential resources. For additional resources and to find out more visit Campus & Community Support.