New responsibility for employees regarding reporting personal violations

As part of its goal to maintain a healthy and safe learning, living, and working environment, Miami University strives to create a culture promoting responsibility, dignity and respect for all members of the Miami community in matters of relationships, sex and interpersonal conduct.

Some of the resources that support that culture are the Policy Prohibiting Harassment and Discrimination (section 3.6 in the Miami University Policy and Information Manual), Title IX Protocol for Employees, and Title IX Protocol for Students. Miami joins many other universities in updating those documents for the year starting July 1, including modifying the “Duty to Report.”

Listed below are policy excerpts explaining these updates to the Duty to Report. Employees will receive an email letter later today with more details.

Policy Prohibiting Harassment and Discrimination (MUPIM 3.6)

All employees who become aware of alleged discrimination or harassment against a person at Miami based on age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, military status, national origin, pregnancy, race, religion, sexual orientation or protected veteran status are required to report it to the Office of Equity and Equal Opportunity.

This includes managers, administrators, faculty, staff, graduate assistants (GAs), residential assistants (RAs), orientation leaders (SOULS) and student managers in housing, dining, recreation and business services (HDRBS).

Exemptions to this duty include legal privilege and IRB (Institutional Review Board) research.

Title IX Protocol - Employees

All employees who become aware of an alleged Title IX violation, including sexual misconduct, interpersonal violence, sexual harassment or retaliation are required to report it to the university’s Title IX Coordinator. The duty to report includes the same list of employees as mentioned above.

Reportable conduct under this policy includes: sexual misconduct (sexual assault, sexual exploitation, indecent exposure), interpersonal violence (dating violence, domestic violence, stalking) and sexual harassment.

Title IX Protocol - Students

All employees who become aware of an alleged Title IX violation, including sexual misconduct, interpersonal violence or sexual harassment, or retaliation are required to report it to one of the University’s Deputy Title IX Coordinators. The duty to report includes the same list of employees as mentioned above.  

Reportable conduct under this policy includes: sexual misconduct (sexual assault, sexual exploitation, indecent exposure), interpersonal violence (dating violence, domestic violence, stalking) and sexual harassment.

Exemptions to this duty for either Title IX protocol include: legal privilege, public awareness events and classrooms, and IRB research.

Updated policies take effect July 1. All policies are available online for your review. Everyone with this duty to report (meaning all Miami employees) will receive training in the following months. This training will be offered online and in person beginning this summer. The Office of Equity and Equal Opportunity (OEEO) will soon communicate about the method of training ​that will be ​required ​by individuals based on their ​roles.

For more information, see miamioh.edu/reporting or contact the Office of Equity and Equal Opportunity at 513-529-7157.