Many laws have been recently updated increasing the reporting requirements. It is important that UNK Faculty and Staff understand what is necessary to report and where to go to do so.
Title IX – Title IX states that if a school knows or reasonably should know about student-on student or employee involved sexual harassment that creates a hostile environment, the school is required to take immediate action to eliminate the harassment, prevent its recurrence, and address its effects. Contact UNK’s Title IX Coordinator at 308-865-8655, to report or for further inquiry.
Clery & SaVE Acts – The Clery Act defines "Campus Security Advisors” (CSA’s) as having “significant responsibility for student and campus activities”. A CSA’s responsibility under Clery is to report crimes that are to be included in an annual report published by the University. The Campus Sexual Violence Elimination (SaVE) Act expands the reportable crimes required by Clery to include Domestic Violence, Dating Violence and Stalking and as such complements Title IX. To report, contact Police and Parking Services at (308) 865-8517 or (308) 627-4811.
Child Abuse – Reporting the abuse or neglect of someone, age 18 or under, is the responsibility of all of the citizens of Nebraska. These reports may be made to Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services or in the case of an Emergency, 911.
Faculty and staff members may be among the first to notice a student struggling. Those that have experienced trauma from sexual assault, sexual harassment, relationship violence or stalking may be impacted in their ability to eat, sleep, concentrate, etc. Behavior changes may become noticeable in the form of attendance to class or work; missing or incomplete assignments or tests; becoming either more withdrawn or taking additional risks. Not everyone responds in the same manner, so any behavior that is out of character warrants checking in with that individual.
Checking in may trigger disclosure of a sexual assault, sexual harassment, relationship violence or stalking. Disclosure may also come in the form of homework assignments or electronic media responses. If this happens, you must report it to the Title IX Office (308-865-8655) and/or Police and Parking Services at (308) 865-8517 or (308) 627-4811 immediately! Reporting will include all of the information that was shared with you. Typical examples will be names, dates, locations, witnesses, etc. If you suspect disclosure while checking in or during the course of conversation, you may always stop the conversation and let the individual know that if they tell you about Clery reportable crimes that you will have to involve others but, that confidentiality will be maintained to the greatest extent possible. If remaining anonymous is the students wish, UNK Counseling Care should be contacted: 24/hr. crisis line (308) 865-8248.It is important for faculty and staff members to know if incidents of sexual assault, sexual harassment, relationship violence or stalking is revealed to them, regardless of whether the incidents occurred on or off campus, their role is to refer the student to UNK Counseling Care for confidential consultation, to Police and Parking Services and/or to the Title IX office as appropriate for the circumstances.
If you are experiencing or know a co-worker is experiencing sexual assault, sexual harassment, relationship violence or stalking, they may be referred to Best Care EAP.
These situations must also be reported to the Title IX office at (308) 865-8655. Remedial measures will be made available appropriate to the circumstances.
Reports may also be made to Police and Parking Services at (308) 865-8517 or (308) 627-4811.