What does it mean to report an instance of sexual misconduct, relationship violence, or stalking?

All regular full- and part- time Bucknell faculty and staff, except those designated a Confidential Resource (the Advocates, CSDC, Bucknell Student Health, the Chaplains) are considered Responsible Employees, which means that if they become aware of an instance of alleged Sexual Misconduct, Relationship Violence or Stalking involving a student, they must promptly report that information to the Title IX Coordinator, usually within 24 hours.

Anyone may also make a report by contacting the Title IX Coordinator directly via phone, email, or the Sexual Misconduct and Relationship Violence Reporting Form.

Once a report has been made, the Title IX Coordinator will reach out to the student involved in order to ensure that they are aware of all of the campus resources, reporting options, and supportive measures available to them. The student then has the choice of whether or not to respond to this email and/or move forward with an investigation.

Supportive measures, such as no contact orders, academic flexibility, housing changes, or class schedule reassignment, may be put into place without the initiation of an Investigation.

Should the student wish to initiate an Investigation, the student will submit a written statement, called a Complaint, to the Title IX Coordinator.

In certain circumstances, the Title IX Coordinator may have to investigate and take action with regard to information reported without the cooperation of any of the parties involved, in order to ensure the safety of the campuscommunity.

The Title IX Coordinator will seek to protect the privacy and confidentiality of the individuals involved in any report of alleged sexual misconduct or relationship violence to the extent possible and allowed by law.

Why do Responsible Employees have to report?

Reports are made to the Title IX Coordinator to ensure that all students are made fully aware about the resources, reporting options, and supportive measures available to them, and to also protect the safety of the entire Bucknell community.  

Are any students Responsible Employees?

Yes, students employed by the university who a student reasonably believes has the authority to take action to redress sexual misconduct are considered Responsible Employees, including RAs, PAs, and JFs.

The full definition of a responsible employee is any employee:

  • Who has the authority to take action to redress sexual harassment/misconduct
  • Who has been given the duty of reporting incidents of sexual harassment/misconduct or any other misconduct by students to the Title IX Coordinator or other appropriate designee; or
  • Who a student reasonably believes has this authority or duty

Is there a time limitation on reporting or requesting an investigation?

The University does not limit the time frame for reporting, although a delay in reporting may impact the University's ability to take certain actions.

What if I'm not sure if an incident qualifies as sexual misconduct, relationship violence, or stalking?

If you are unsure, you can still make a report. After receiving the information, the Title IX Coordinator will determine whether or not an incident is sexual misconduct, relationship violence, or stalking.

Can I still file a report even if the other person involved is not a Bucknell student?

Yes. Resources and supportive measures are open to Bucknell students regardless of where the incident occurred or the identities of the other parties involved. Additionally, even if an incident happened before you came to Bucknell, if you'd like help or to know your options, we encourage you to reach out to any of our campus resources.

What if an incident happens when I'm home, away on break, or studying abroad?

All resources and remedies (including options such as supportive measures) are still available to you.

I want to report something that happened to me but I'm afraid of other people finding out. What can I do?

The University will seek to protect the privacy and confidentiality of the individuals involved in any report of alleged Sex Discrimination (including Sexual Misconduct), Relationship Violence or Stalking to the extent possible and allowed by law. The Title IX Coordinator will evaluate any request for confidentiality in the context of the University's responsibility to provide a safe and nondiscriminatory environment to all members of its community.

Anyone may also talk through all of their options confidentially with the Bucknell Advocates or seek help from any of our other confidential resources.

It's also important to know that retaliation is prohibited by Title IX. Retaliation means that any acts of retribution or revenge against someone who has reported Sex Discrimination, Relationship Violence, or Stalking, including, but not limited to, intimidation, threats, coercion, or discrimination. If you make a report and then face any sort of retaliation, report this information to the Title IX Coordinator, so she can take appropriate action.

What is being done to educate the Bucknell community about sexual assault?

There are a number of both required and voluntary training sessions for the Bucknell community. For more information about student-led education and awareness efforts, please see the Speak UP Bucknell website.

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