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Mandatory Reporting Guide

Mandatory Reporting Guide for Catawba College Employees: Sexual Misconduct, Discrimination and Harassment

Where violations of the Sexual Harassment Policy and/or Title IX Policy are alleged, Catawba College considers most employees, both faculty, staff, and student workers, to be Mandatory Reporters (“Group 1” from annual Title IX training), except those designated as confidential resources (“Group 2” and “Group 3”). When an employee becomes aware of a possible instance of sexual assault, stalking, dating or domestic violence, sexual harassment, or gender discrimination, the employee must immediately report the incident to the Title IX Administrator.  The following guidance is designed to assist faculty and staff should another member of the College community approach them about an incident of sexual misconduct, discrimination and/or harassment. 

In order to give them the most options, if you think that someone is about to disclose a reportable incident, you should, if at all possible, advise the person of your reporting obligation by saying something like:

“Before you continue, I need to tell you that I am considered a Mandatory Reporter, which means that I have an obligation to inform the College when I become aware of sexual misconduct or harassment.  If you don’t want details of what occurred reported to the College at this time, there are confidential members of campus that do not have to report to administration and I can help you get in touch with one of those people. If you still want to talk to me about what happened, I am here to listen and I will only report what you tell me.”

If the person wishes to proceed or you do not have an opportunity to discuss your reporting obligation before they disclose reportable information:

  • Listen and provide non-judgmental support. 
  • Determine if there are any immediate safety concerns. Contact Campus Security or Salisbury Police Department, if needed. For emergencies, call 911.
  • Inform the person of their reporting options, including reporting to the College and/or law enforcement.  Never discourage anyone from reporting to you, the College, or law enforcement.  
  • Direct the person to on- and off-campus resources, including confidential resources. Provide contact numbers for those resources (see other side of this sheet). If you are comfortable doing so, offer to accompany the person to the Counseling Services in Student Affairs, personnel in Health Center, and/or the Chaplain’s office.  
  • Explain your reporting obligation. Let the person know that someone from the Title IX office will be reaching out to them with information about options and resources.  Remind the person that it is up to them whether to meet with administration about the incident.    
  • Promptly contact the Title IX Administrator or the Deputy Title IX Coordinator to report the incident.  When you report, you will be required to provide all details disclosed to you about the incident.    

It is best to report any instance, known or suspected, of sexual misconduct, harassment or discrimination revealed to you.  You do not need to determine whether it falls under the College’s policy and/or constitutes a policy violation.  The Title IX Administrator will evaluate every report. 

Share contact numbers from the following list as needed.  You can also refer students to the Catawba College Policies Regarding Sexual Violence, Stalking, Domestic and Dating Violence, Bullying and Bias Incidents webpage at, or employees to the Title IX webpage at for additional information and resources.

Share contact numbers from the following list as needed. You can also refer students to the Catawba College Policies Regarding Sexual Violence, Stalking, Domestic and Dating Violence, Bullying and Bias Incidents webpage, or employees to the Title IX page for additional information and resources. 

To report to the College, contact:

Online reporting

To report to law enforcement, contact:

  • Salisbury Police Department  - 704.638.5333

  • For emergencies or immediate safety concerns, call 911.

For confidential reporting, contact:

Student Counseling Services

Health Center

Athletic Training Staff

Chaplain's Office

Off-Campus Resources: