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Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct Syllabi Statements

The Office of Equity encourages faculty members to include statements in their syllabi regarding USU's discrimination and sexual misconduct policies, responsible employee reporting obligations, and bystander intervention practices. Below is suggested syllabi language for the three topics.

General Overview

USU strives to provide an environment for students and employees that is free from discrimination and sexual misconduct. If you experience sexual misconduct or discrimination at any point during the semester inside or outside of class, you are encouraged to contact the Title IX Coordinator in USU’s Office of Equity (Old Main room 161, 435-797-1266, titleix@usu.eduequity.usu.edu). You can learn more about the USU resources available for individuals who have experienced sexual misconduct at sexualassault.usu.edu.

Responsible Employee Reporting Obligations

As a responsible employee, the instructor is required to share information about any instances of sexual misconduct (sexual harassment, sexual assault, relationship violence (dating and domestic violence), or stalking) with the Office of Equity so they can help connect students to supportive measures, reporting options, and resources. 

Bystander Intervention

Short Version: USU encourages students to be Upstanders when they witness problematic situations or behaviors. Bystander intervention can happen before, during or even after an incident occurs, and you can be an Upstander in four ways: direct, delegate, distract, or delay. More information about being an Upstander is available at upstander.usu.edu.

Long Version: USU encourages students to be Upstanders when they witness problematic situations or behaviors. Bystander intervention can happen before, during or even after an incident occurs, and you can be an Upstander in four ways: (1) addressing the situation directly by talking to the individuals involved, (2) delegating by asking others to help or referring the individuals to a campus or community resource, (3) creating a distraction to disrupt or stop the situation, or (4) delaying your response to the situation by waiting to address it until after it has happened. More information about being an Upstander is available at upstander.usu.edu.