If you are approached by someone who thinks they have been sexually harassed, you should refer the person the Office of Equity/Diversity Services. Encourage the person to seek advice about reporting the behavior and learn about alternatives for resolution from one or more of these resources.

When listening to the person’s concern, you should refrain from labeling the described conduct as harassment or saying that it is not harassment. Listen to the concern and move on to identify resources who can help to resolve the situation.

In addition, you may choose to discuss the situation and provide support.

If the person asks you to become involved and/or take action, you should consult a campus resource for guidance. There is no standard advice you can provide. Each case is unique and needs individual attention.

If you choose to assist the person through the process of resolution, the principles guiding your approach should be to listen, be respectful, be objective, and use campus resources.

Individuals in positions of authority (e.g., principal investigators, supervisors, managers, department chairs, deans) have additional duties.