Sample Syllabus Statement
Letting your students know you are a responsible employee can sometimes feel overwhelming. The best way to start the conversation is by being proactive.
The following statements are example statements for use on your syllabus.
University of Alaska Anchorage policies prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, pregnancy, age, genetic information, disability and protected veteran status. Discrimination includes any form of unequal treatment such as denial of opportunities, harassment, and violence. Sex-based violence includes rape, sexual assault, unwanted touching, stalking, dating/interpersonal violence, and sexual exploitation.
If you experience discrimination, you are encouraged (but not required) to report the incident to the UAA Office of Equity and Compliance. Learn more about your rights and options at https://www.uaa.alaska.edu/about/equity-and-compliance/ or call 907-786-0818. You also may make an anonymous report online.
Students may also contact the Center for Advocacy, Relationships and Sexual Violence, a confidential resource, for advocacy and other support related to rape or power-based personal violence at firstname.lastname@example.org or 907-276-7273.
The Office of Equity and Compliance can provide assistance to students who need help with academics, housing, or other issues.
In the event that you choose to write or speak about having survived sexualized violence, including rape, sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, or stalking UAA policies require that, as your instructor, I share this information with the Office of Equity and Compliance. Either the director or one of the deputy Title IX coordinators will contact you to let you know about accommodations and support services at UAA, as well as options for holding accountable the person who harmed you. You are not required to speak with them.
If you do not want the Office of Equity and Compliance notified, instead of disclosing this information to your instructor, you can speak confidentially with the following people on campus and in the community. They can connect you with support services and help explore your options now, or in the future.
Center for Advocacy, Relationships and Sexual Violence: 907-276-7273
UAA Student Health and Counseling Center: 907-786-4040
UAA Psychological Services Center: 907-786-1795
How to have the Responsible Employee Conversation
Feel free to use the following as a transcript for how to explain to your students your role as a responsible employee. It is recommended that you take this transcript and make it your own, as long as all the necessary information is included. It may feel robotic at first, but take some time to practice - you'll do great!
“As a member of the Seawolf community, I am expected to report situations of sexual and related misconduct. I will not be able to keep what you tell me confidential. If you talk with me about the incident, I will share any information you provide with the Office of Equity and Compliance. They will contact you about your options for support and formal reporting. You can choose to talk with them or not, though. They will not share anything you tell me beyond those who need to be involved in providing you with support and responding to the situation. If, instead, you would like to talk with someone confidentially, you can contact the Student Health and Counseling Center or the Center for Advocacy, Relationships and Sexual Violence.”