Faculty & Staff
When we chose Emory & Henry, we chose to be part of a community. It’s on us to stand up because in our community, we take care of each other. It’s on us to take responsibility, to be courageous, and to promote a culture of respect.
We encourage all members of the E&H community to get involved whether in the classroom or at a departmental meeting.
Title IX Resources
As an instructor, one of my responsibilities is to help create a safe learning environment on our campus. It is my goal that you feel able to share information related to your life experiences in classroom discussions, your written work, and our one-on-one meetings. I will seek to keep information you share private to the greatest extent possible. However, for the safety of other students, I am required to share information regarding sexual misconduct or information about a crime that may have occurred on our campus under the Title IX Educational Act of 1972, which prohibits violence, harassment, and discrimination based on sex and gender. This definition of gender-based violence includes sexual assault, rape, dating/domestic violence, stalking, sexual harassment, harassment based on sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, stalking, cyber-stalking, etc.
If you or someone you know experienced such a crime, you have options for support.
Options for reporting, support, and accommodations (no contact, change in housing, assistance with classes and professors).
- Title IX Coordinator: Kim Steiner (276) 944-6112 or email@example.com
- Dean of Students (276) 944-6528
- Campus Police (276)-944-6222
- Report Tips on the LiveSafe App
Report Off -Campus
- Call 911 or contact the local police department (276-525-1300).
- Get a sexual assault forensic exam by a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) nurse. Our local facility is Johnston Memorial Hospital (276-258-1000).
On-Campus Confidential Resources
If you want to talk to someone confidentially, the following people and organizations can offer support and are not required to report to university officials. They will help you understand all your rights and options. If you are not sure whether to remain confidential, this is a good place to start.
Powell Resource Center: 276-944-6144
Spiritual Life: (276) 944-6125
Health Services: (276) 944-6219
- Susan Stanley (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Off-Campus Confidential Resources
- Campus Conduct Hotline: 1-866-943-5787
- Bristol Crisis Center: 800-273-8255
- Abuse Alternatives: 423-764-2287
- Family Resource Center: 800-613-6145
- Action Alliance: 800-838-8238; Text: 804-793-9999
Don’t Cancel Class Initiative
E&H CARES is interested in delivering a collaborative menu of programs/training available to faculty of any discipline to replace a canceled class period. We seek to be your partner in the education of our students. The sessions vary in length and help your students learn more about the variety of resources offered at E&H.
Alerts for emotionally difficult material (trigger warnings)
Instructors who include readings, films or discussions that contain content related to sexual violence, intimate partner violence, or other traumatic experiences may want to consider incorporating information that alerts students that the course includes such material. These alerts can help students prepare for the content and how to best take care of themselves.
Here is an example:
This course may include readings, media, and discussion around topics such as sexual assault, domestic violence, stalking, physical violence, and identity-based discrimination and harassment. I acknowledge that this content may be difficult. I also encourage you to care for your safety and well-being.
You may also want to consider whether you will offer alternative options for emotionally triggering materials. If so, it’s important to consider how you will let students know about this option and what students will be expected to share with you to access it.
For various perspectives on the use of trigger warnings: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/20/opinion/sunday/why-i-use-trigger-warnings.html.
Be clear about your role
It’s important to be honest and clear about the limits of your confidentiality before the student shares their experience.
Something you could say:
Before we continue, I want to let you know that I am required to report information that is shared with me about incidences of gender-based violence (stalking, dating/domestic violence, and sexual assault) to campus officials. This could prompt an investigation and a campus crime warning. If you would like to first speak with someone who is confidential, I can help you to get connected with one of those resources.
Providing students with this information allows them to make informed decisions about how they feel is best to proceed. Some students may choose not to share information about their experience, but may still need your help to arrange supportive adjustments in class or at work.
Remember- above all, your role is to provide a compassionate and appropriate response to the student.
Listen, support, refer
Listening is the single most important thing that you can do. No one deserves to be the victim of violence, regardless of the circumstances. Let the student know they are not to blame.
- I’m sorry that happened.
- Thank you for telling me.
- How much were you drinking?
- Why didn’t you call the police?
Allowing the student to make choices about how to proceed after an assault or an abusive relationship is a way for them to regain control that was taken away. Work with them to consider what options are available and how you may be in a position to provide help, for example, by granting changes to assignments, providing extensions, etc.
- What do you think would be helpful for you today?
- I think you need to report this right now.
You are not expected to be an expert; however, you can direct the student to offices and agencies who have well-trained staff to provide victim support. Click here for information about campus and community resources.
- Would it be helpful to talk to someone further about this?
- You need to talk to the Dean of Students Office about this immediately.
Know your reporting obligations
With the exception of our designated confidential reporters, all Emory & Henry College employees are required to report student disclosures of stalking, dating/domestic violence, and sexual assault. These reports may trigger crime warnings and institutional investigations.
For more information about employee reporting obligations and Emory & Henry College’s process for responding to reports of sexual violence, consult:
Kim Steiner, Title IX Coordinator
Dean of Students Office
This project is supported by Grant No. 2016-WA-AX-0016 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. Points of view in this document are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.