For faculty who want to support their students after an experience of dating violence, sexual assault, dating violence, or stalking, the suggested syllabi statements below provide an opportunity to educate and support every student at CSULB. By placing this information in a syllabus, faculty help to facilitate access to information, resources, and reporting options for their students.
Under Title IX policy, all CSULB faculty are mandatory reporters (responsible employees). For information about faculty mandatory reporting responsibilities, please read here: https://www.csulb.edu/protocol-of-engagement/faculty-reporting-obligations
To explain faculty reporting requirements to students ahead of time, please insert the following statement into your syllabi and review this information in class. By emphasizing your obligation to report at the beginning of class, you are enabling students to make informed decisions about whether to disclose experiences of sexual assault, rape, dating/domestic violence, and stalking or not. Failing to warn students of your reporting obligations ahead of time can lead students to feel betrayed by your obligation to report their information.
Optional Syllabus Statement:
Title IX prohibits gender discrimination, including sexual harassment and sexual misconduct. If you have experienced sexual harassment, sexual assault, rape, dating/domestic violence, or stalking, the Campus Confidential Advocate is available to help. Jaqueline Urtez (e: firstname.lastname@example.org, p: (562) 985-2668) can provide free and confidential support, accommodations, and referrals for victims without having to report the assault to campus authorities. While students are welcome to discuss assaults with faculty or disclose such experiences in class discussions or assignments, both faculty and teaching assistants are responsible employees who are required to report all known incidents of sexual harassment/misconduct to the Office of Equity & Diversity/Title IX Office for follow-up. Reporting this information will result in the student being contacted by the Office of Equity & Diversity/Title IX Office with information on accommodations and reporting options for possible investigation. Students do not need to respond to the Office of Equity & Diversity/Title IX Office, but students who do wish to report the assault for possible investigation are encouraged to contact the Campus Confidential Advocate, who can help them through the reporting process, or they can report the assault directly to the Office of Equity & Diversity/Title IX Office by completing an online reporting form at https://www.csulb.edu/equity-diversity/title-ix or contacting the Office of Equity & Diversity at OED@csulb.edu.
Suggested Syllabus Statement for Campus Assessment, Response, and Evaluation for Students (CARES)
The CARES Team at CSULB provides a centralized reporting structure for the campus community in an effort to support students. In collaboration with campus departments, faculty and staff, CARES provides early intervention and crisis mitigation for students who exhibit behaviors or disclose personal challenges in relation to their personal, physical and emotional well-being that need further follow-up or support. Students exhibiting intimidating, disruptive, aggressive, or violent behaviors should also be referred to CARES, unless there is an immediate safety concern. The CARES Team in collaboration with students develops an individual action plan and provides them with on-going case management support. The team meets regularly and as need arises. For more information about CARES, see https://www.csulb.edu/student-affairs/cares.
To help raise awareness of the services provided by the CARES team, faculty can use the following suggested syllabus statement:
The CARES team provides case management services for students experiencing personal challenges related to their personal, physical, or emotional well-being. Students who contact the CARES team will be connected to a case manager who can assess students’ needs, develop an individualized action plan, and connect them to appropriate services. Students may also contact the CARES team if they are concerned that another students’ behavior poses a concern, potential threat, or actual threat to self or others. You may use the CARES team confidential website to report concerns: http://www.csulb.edu/divisions/students/cares/ In the event of an active emergency, dial 911.