Reporting Obligations

In compliance with Title IX, Goodwin College’s “responsible employees” must report all instances of alleged sexual misconduct to the Title IX Coordinator. Since all Goodwin College employees interact with students in some capacity, all employees of Goodwin College are “responsible employees” for purposes of reporting instances of sexual misconduct. If an employee becomes aware of an instance of sexual misconduct, it must be reported to the Title IX Coordinator immediately so that it can be investigated.

Before a victim reveals any information to a responsible employee, the employee should ensure that the victim understands the employee’s reporting obligations and that while the employee will keep the victim’s information private, the employee cannot keep it completely confidential since the employee must notify the Title IX Coordinator. The only completely confidential resource on campus is the Therapist in the Counseling Center.

In compliance with the Clery Act, all Goodwin College employees are “Campus Security Authorities” (CSAs) who must report all crimes that occur on campus to Campus Security. CSAs are responsible for reporting instances of certain crimes (murder, forcible sex offenses, non-forcible sex offenses, robbery, aggravated assault, simple assault, burglary, motor vehicle theft, manslaughter, arson, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking) that are reported to them by any person (faculty, staff, student, or non-affiliated person).

Goodwin College also frequently serves students under the age of 18, especially through the Early College Programs. Therefore Goodwin College employees are “mandated reporters” who are required to report or cause a report to be made when, in the ordinary course of their employment or profession, they have reasonable cause to suspect or believe that a child under the age of 18 has been abused, neglected or is placed in imminent risk of serious harm. Therefore, all school employees who suspect or have knowledge of an instance of child abuse must report it immediately to the Title IX Coordinator so that a report can be made to the Department of Children and Families (DCF).