UCOP Human Resources
FAQ: Responsible employees
Which UCOP employees are required to report sexual violence or sexual harassment to the Title IX officer, and are considered “Responsible Employees”?
Under the UC Policy on Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment, any UCOP employee who is not identified as a confidential resource is a “Responsible Employee” required to report sexual violence, sexual harassment or other conduct prohibited by the policy to the Title IX officer or designee.
There are different reporting responsibilities, depending on whether the incident involves a student or a non-student.
All UCOP employees: All UCOP employees who are not designated as confidential must inform the Title IX officer if they become aware that a student (undergraduate, graduate, or professional) has experienced sexual violence, sexual harassment, or other behavior prohibited by the university’s policy. This includes managers and supervisors, all faculty (including faculty advisors), all staff, athletic coaches and student employees. Responsible employees include both represented and non-represented employees.
Faculty, managers and supervisors, Human Resources, Academic Personnel and campus police: All managers and supervisors, Human Resources, Academic Personnel, faculty and campus police must inform the Title IX officer if they receive a report of prohibited behavior from anyone affiliated with the university, which includes faculty, staff and others affiliated with the university.
Who is the Title IX Officer at UCOP and how do I make a report in my role as Responsible Employee?
To report sexual violence, sexual harassment or other prohibited conduct contact Marie-Ann Hairston, UCOP’s Interim Title IX Officer. She can be reached by phone at (510) 987-0606 or by email at Marie-Ann.Hairston@ucop.edu
Are employees who don’t have supervisory duties considered Responsible Employees?
Yes. All UCOP employees, including those who don’t directly supervise anyone, are Responsible Employees who must notify the Title IX officer if, while they’re working, they learn that a student may have experienced sexual violence or sexual harassment.
Are student employees Responsible Employees?
Yes. Resident advisors, teaching assistants and all other student employees are Responsible Employees when, while they’re working, they learn about a student experiencing sexual violence or sexual harassment.
I am a Responsible Employee. How do I fulfill my obligation?
As a Responsible Employee, you must contact UCOP’s Title IX office as soon as possible when you learn of an incident of sexual violence or sexual harassment and share whatever information you have, including the names of any individuals involved, their contact information, and any details of the incident you have.
As a Responsible Employee, you should report directly to the UCOP’s Title IX office, even if you are unsure that the incident actually occurred or unsure whether it constitutes sexual harassment or sexual violence. You should not investigate the report, and should not try to intervene or resolve the issue.
The Title IX officer will assess the information you provide, and will work with the appropriate people to determine next steps.
While information must be provided to the Title IX office, responsible employees should not discuss the case with other people who do not have a legitimate need to know.
What happens after a Responsible Employee gives the information to the Title IX officer?
The Title IX officer will evaluate the report and respond as outlined under university policy. The Title IX officer will reach out to the person who reported experiencing the sexual violence or sexual harassment to provide information about confidential resources and reporting options. This outreach allows the person to make an informed choice about how they wish to proceed.
As a Responsible Employee, if someone tells me about an incident of sexual violence or sexual harassment, should I tell them I need to report it? What if they asked me to keep it confidential?
Before the individual tells you about an incident of sexual violence or sexual harassment, you should inform the person that you are a Responsible Employee and that you are required to report incidents of sexual violence, sexual harassment or other conduct prohibited by university policy to the Title IX officer. You should tell the person that you cannot keep reports of sexual harassment or sexual violence confidential, but that the Title IX officer will consider requests for confidentiality.
You should also inform the person telling you about sexual violence or sexual harassment that there are confidential resources available to them, including the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program (FSAP), or community resources that serve survivors of sexual violence. Providing this information upfront allows the individual to decide whether to talk to you or go to a confidential resource.
Where can I get more information about being a Responsible Employee?
UCOP employees can contact Marie-Ann Hairston, UCOP’s Interim Title IX Officer for guidance and advice about how to fulfill their Responsible Employee obligations. She can be reached by phone at (510) 987-0606 or by email at Marie-Ann.Hairston@ucop.edu