Cornell faculty and staff members, with the exception of important Confidential Resources for Support, are required to consult with the Title IX Coordinator or a Deputy Title IX Coordinator when they become aware of an alleged incident of sexual and related misconduct under this policy, such as dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking, that involves a student as either the complainant or respondent. Thus, in cases of alleged sexual and related misconduct involving students, faculty and staff members may not make anonymous reports. Faculty and staff members should be prepared to share the name, date, time, location, and description of the incident (if known) with the Title IX Coordinator. Other than sharing such information with the Title IX Coordinator, faculty and staff members will maintain an individual’s privacy to the greatest extent possible.
When the Title IX Coordinator or a Deputy Title IX Coordinator receives a report of prohibited sexual or related misconduct, they will contact the complainant, if known, or another individual reporting the prohibited conduct to offer support services, including assistance with academic, housing, transportation, employment, and other reasonable and available accommodations. The individual will also be advised of the option to pursue a formal complaint, if such an option is available.
If a student makes a staff or faculty member alleged incident of sexual and related misconduct under this policy, the staff or faculty member should tell the student:
- “All Cornell offices and employees who cannot guarantee confidentiality will maintain your privacy to the greatest extent possible. The information you provide to a nonconfidential resource will be relayed only as necessary for the Title IX Coordinator to investigate and/or seek a resolution.”
- “You have the right to make a report to Cornell University Police, local law enforcement, and/or state police or choose not to report; to report the incident to Cornell; to be protected by Cornell from retaliation for reporting an incident; and to receive assistance and resources from Cornell.”
Please see this handout for guidance on how to consult with the Title IX Coordinator and what to do when a student discloses sexual or related misconduct.