Disclosure Conversation Guidance

When a student or employee discloses prohibited discrimination, including sex or gender-based harassment, assault, or violence, employees are expected to promote a compassionate campus community by responding in a supportive manner:

  • Respond with respect and kindness.
  • If you have a reporting obligation, inform the person making the disclosure of your obligation to ensure they can make an informed decision about the information they want to share with you.
  • Listen before providing referrals and information.
  • Be sensitive to the needs of the person making the disclosure, and avoid being judgmental, paternalistic, discriminatory, or retaliatory.
  • If a student appears under 18, ask about their age. If the student is under 18, explain that you are a mandatory reporter of child abuse and neglect.
  • Do not investigate. Employees should not attempt to investigate the incident by gathering more information or asking for details.
  • If a student discloses sex or gender-based harassment, assault, stalking, or violence, refer the student to safe.uoregon.edu. A Confidential Advocate will reach out within 24 hours, seven days per week.
  • If you are a designated reporter, let the person know that you will be submitting a report to OICRC and that they should expect outreach within a day or two.
  • If you are an assisting employee, ask the person if they want help submitting a report to OICRC. You should also provide information about support resources, which are available regardless of whether a report is submitted to OICRC.
  • Share the link to OICRC’s support and resources page.
  • Do not investigate
  • A list of resources is available on the OICRC website under Support and Resources