Sexual Misconduct FAQ

The Title IX Coordinator has primary responsibility for coordinating the efforts of Syracuse University to comply with and carry out its responsibilities under Title IX. The Office of Equal Opportunity, Inclusion, and Resolution Services:

  • oversees the University’s response to reports and complaints
  • ensures a fair, equitable and prompt process for all involve
  • oversees investigations involving sex discrimination

When informed, the Title IX Coordinator works with others by doing an initial assessment which includes:

  • a pattern check
  • who is point person with reporter/impacted party
  • what does the reporter/impacted party desire
  • what is necessary, if anything for campus safety
  • who else (if anyone) needs to be notified

The Title IX Coordinator works with other departments, deans, and administration, to ensure that:

  • supportive measures are made available and that follow-up is done with the reporting individual
  • necessary steps are taken to ensure a fair process and appropriate resolution
  • steps are taken to remedy the effects of any misconduct
  • steps are taken to prevent a recurrence

No, the University does not tolerate retaliation of any kind. There are also supportive measures that can be taken.

It depends. Confidentiality may be offered by an individual who is not required by law to report known incidents of sexual assault or other crimes to University officials. Explore the difference between confidentiality and privacy.

As a University community member, we all play a role in providing support and assistance to those in need. Not only does this enable us to create a welcoming and respectful environment, but it also ensures that all members of our community understand our goals and obligations as it relates to providing safety for all persons of all ages who participate in University programs. All employees of the campus community, including faculty and staff, who are not classified by the University as confidential resources, are designated as “Responsible Employees” and therefore must disclose all information related to sexual misconduct reported to them with the Title IX Coordinator.

Check out our resources page for methods to support survivors of sexual misconduct.

Supportive measures are temporary measures granted to parties while an investigation of discrimination, harassment, and sexual misconduct is ongoing.

For more information about formal and informal resolution processes, review this webpage.

Syracuse University policy does not dictate one required sanction for violation of its Policy on Sexual Harassment, Abuse, and Assault Prevention. Trained University officials will review the findings in each case to determine the appropriate discipline, considering factors such as the need to eliminate a hostile environment for the victim and others, the facts of the specific incident, any prior disciplinary matters involving the respondent and any mitigating factors. Disciplinary sanctions that may be imposed include, but are not limited to written warnings, loss of privileges, mandatory training or counseling, probation, suspension, demotion, loss of annual pay increase, exclusion, expulsion and termination of employment, including revocation of tenure.

A person accused of sexual misconduct has the opportunity to provide their evidence to the investigator. If the evidence indicates that a reporting individual made a knowingly false complaint, the investigator will document this in the findings. Any person who files a complaint knowing it to be false at the time it is made is subject to disciplinary sanctions, up to and including termination of employment or expulsion. A knowingly false claim is different than a claim that cannot be substantiated by the preponderance of the evidence. Studies have shown that knowingly false complaints of sexual assault are uncommon.

Don’t worry about being perfect, but do recognize the importance of your role. Again, if someone discloses to you, it means they trust you enough to share this information with you. It is possible you could have someone disclose to you that a sexual assault has occurred but then tell you that they do not want to report the assault. They may ask you to keep the conversation private. There are a lot of reasons why someone may choose not to report sexual violence. As mentioned before, only the survivor/victim can decide what is best for them. However, your support can help address some of the fears that might impact their decision as to whether or not they are comfortable reporting. For more information, visit this page.