Yes. As a UNC Charlotte employee, you are expected to report the disclosed information to the Office of Civil Rights and Title IX. Our students form important and influential connections with our faculty. Students view their faculty as trusted mentors and guides along their educational and professional journey. Because of this, students often look to their faculty for support and advice during times of distress. The primary purpose of making such a report is to ensure that the student receives information about available resources and support, as well as learn about formal resolution processes. The Office of Civil Rights and Title IX will safeguard an individual’s privacy, but may not promise confidentiality.
An individual impacted by sexual and interpersonal misconduct can experience a range of trauma-related effects such as lack of focus and concentration, paranoia, insomnia, anxiety or panic attacks, PTSD, depression, social withdrawal, loss of energy, persistent fatigue, or indecisiveness in their decision-making.
If your student is engaged with the Office of Civil Rights and Title IX, it is possible that you may receive a faculty accommodation letter directly from our office. This letter will alert you that your student is engaged with our office and receiving support and appropriate resources and accommodations from the university. The letter you receive will respectfully ask your consideration in granting an academic accommodation (extra time on assignments, excused absences, rescheduling exam(s), etc.), if needed. Please note, that it is the student’s responsibility to speak directly with their instructor(s) regarding any requests for an academic accommodation.
Generally no, unless the disclosing student elects to provide you with an update on their own accord. FERPA protects student educational records, which is inclusive of the Office of Civil Rights and Title IX case records. As such, we will keep student-specific information private post receiving your submitted incident report. However, the Office of Civil Rights and Title IX will remain available to you to answer any general questions about processes, procedures, or possible accommodation measures that the impacted student(s) may request.