Employee Reporting Obligations

In order to maintain a safe educational environment, it is essential that all faculty and staff not only conduct themselves in a manner that does not infringe upon the rights of others, but that they actively contribute to ensuring a safe learning and working environment by promptly reporting all instances of sexual misconduct, all instances of child abuse, and all instance of Clery-reportable crimes of which they become aware. Failure to report instances of sexual misconduct, child abuse, and Clery-reportable crimes of which you become aware may result in disciplinary action. These reporting obligations are each explained below. 

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. This may be done by submitting a Gender-based and Sexual Misconduct Incident Report Form on the College’s website or by contacting the Title IX Coordinator directly at myates@goodwin.edu or (860) 913-2141.

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.

Goodwin College also frequently serves students under the age of 18, especially through the Early College Programs. 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 faculty and staff 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).

Lastly, 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/non-negligent manslaughter, negligent manslaughter, sex offenses, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, motor vehicle theft, arson, weapon law violation, drug abuse violation, liquor law violation, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking) that are reported to them by any person (faculty, staff, student, or non-affiliated person). Campus Security can be reached by dialing 555 on any campus phone or at (860) 913-2100 from a non-campus phone.