Information for Mandatory Reporters
According to Texas A&M System Regulation 08.01.01, all employees (except for confidential employees) who experience, observe, or become aware of alleged discrimination, harassment, or related retaliation must promptly report the incident(s) to their supervisor or to the Designated Official at Texas A&M:
Jennifer Smith, JD
Assistant Vice President and Title IX Officer
Medical Sciences Library
202 Olsen Blvd, Suite 007
College Station, TX 77843
Confidential employees are medical or mental health professionals who are in the course and scope of providing care at the time the disclosure is made.
It is recommended that you interrupt a person if you believe that they are about to disclose an incident of discrimination, harassment or related retaliation and advise the individual you are a Mandatory Reporter. Explain that if the individual tells you about an incident of discrimination, sexual harassment, and/or related retaliation (including sexual assault, sexual exploitation, stalking, domestic or dating violence), you must promptly report the incident to the Designated Official at TAMU. According to System Regulation 08.01.01, you must report the incident even if the individual asks you to keep his or her story confidential.
If the individual decides not to share anymore information with you, you may encourage the individual to seek medical care for treatment of injuries or sexually transmitted diseases and/or counseling. Any information the individual gives to health practitioners in the course of treatment is confidential and no identifiable information will be shared.
You should encourage (but not require) the individual to make a report to the appropriate law enforcement agency.
An employee’s failure to report alleged or suspected discrimination, harassment, or related retaliation may result in disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal.
Students and third parties are strongly encouraged but not required to report the incident(s) promptly to CREI.
When CREI receives a report from a mandatory reporter, we reach out to the affected individual and offer them the opportunity to share their story. CREI may open a formal investigation if it appears that a University policy was violated. We also offer support, options, and resources for the affected individual as well as the Respondent.
When you submit a mandatory report, CREI will acknowledge receipt of the report. Information about the investigation and resolution of such reports are protected by workplace privacy laws and FERPA; therefore, unless you are a person with a “need to know” on behalf of the University, you will not be advised of the outcome of your report.