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Mandatory Reporting and You

Jeffrey S. Vitter, Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor
3:06 p.m., Tuesday, November 10, 2015
KU Lawrence Faculty and Staff

Faculty and staff:

We all have a duty to ensure KU provides a safe living, learning, and working environment for our students and colleagues — one where all are allowed to access educational programs, opportunities, and benefits, free of all types of discrimination and sexual harassment.  It’s important to call your attention to our shared responsibilities as mandatory reporters at KU. 

All KU employees, with a few exceptions listed below, are mandatory reporters. As mandatory reporters you are required to report incidents of discrimination and sexual harassment, including sexual violence, to the Office of Institutional Opportunity and Access (IOA) at 785-864-6414 or ioa@ku.edu.  Recently updated policies for Sexual Assault and Sexual Violence, and Discrimination are available online for you to review.

If a student, faculty member, or staff member reports concerns about discrimination or sexual harassment, including sexual violence, you should make clear your mandatory reporter status and that you must report the discussion to IOA.

People exempt from the mandatory reporting obligation are:

1. Health-care providers and pastoral and professional counselors who receive information about discrimination or sexual harassment, including sexual violence, while acting in their role as a health-care provider or pastoral or professional counselor are not required to report such information to IOA,

2. The CARE Coordinator, who is the employee designated to provide information about reporting options on a confidential basis (Watkins Health Center, 1200 Schwegler Dr., Lawrence, KS 66045, 785-864-9500),

3. The University Ombuds, whose office is a place to seek impartial and confidential assistance in addressing conflicts, disputes, or complaints without fear of retaliation or judgment (http://ombuds.ku.edu).

Employees who are exempt from reporting to IOA still have an obligation to exercise reasonable care to protect a victim from foreseeable danger and to make reports mandated by law.  In addition, exempt employees shall encourage individuals to report discrimination or sexual harassment, including sexual violence, to IOA and the police. 

Together we are working to build a strong Jayhawk community, and the offices for Diversity and Equity (785-864-4902), Student Affairs (785-864-4060), and IOA are available to answer questions and provide education.

Thank you!

  -- Jeff

Jeffrey S. Vitter
Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor
Roy A. Roberts Distinguished Professor
The University of Kansas

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