Syllabus Statements

Below, we have offered options for two sections of a syllabus: language for sexual misconduct, and language for confidentiality.

Syllabus Language Regarding Sexual Misconduct

For faculty who wish to support their students who have experienced sexual assault, harassment, dating violence or stalking, the syllabus presents a unique and proactive opportunity to educate every student about their rights and resources on campus. Survivors of sexual assault are significantly more likely to experience depression, anxiety, PTSD, and abuse alcohol and drugs. Because survivors often experience shame, stigma, and self-blame, it can be difficult for them to seek resources for support. By placing information in a syllabus, faculty provide an opportunity for students to have easy and private access to information on their rights, resources and reporting options. By including these statements, we are taking steps to create a safer campus and a better community at Cal Poly both inside and outside of the classroom. Please see below for two syllabus language options:

Option 1: Longer Version

Cal Poly is committed to fostering a safe, productive learning environment. Title IX and our school policy prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex, which includes sexual harassment, domestic and dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. We understand that sexual violence can undermine students’ academic success and we encourage students who have experienced some form of sexual misconduct to talk to someone about their experience, so they can get the support they need and deserve.

Confidential support and advocacy can be found through Safer. Safer can be contacted by email (safer@calpoly.edu), phone (805-756-2282) or on the web (safer.calpoly.edu).

Alleged violations of misconduct can be reported non-confidentially to the Office of Equal Opportunity (that oversees Title IX); more information is available via their website at equalopportunity.calpoly.edu. Reports to law enforcement can be made to Cal Poly Police Department at 805-756-2281.

Option 2: Shorter Version

Title IX prohibits sex discrimination to include sexual misconduct: harassment, domestic and dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. If you or someone you know has been harassed or assaulted, you can receive confidential support and advocacy from Safer. Safer can be contacted by email (safer@calpoly.edu), phone (805-756-2282) or on the web (safer.calpoly.edu).

Alleged violations can be reported non-confidentially to the Office of Equal Opportunity (that oversees Title IX), more information is available via their website at equalopportunity.calpoly.edu. Reports to law enforcement can be made to Cal Poly Police Department at 805-756-2281.

Syllabus Language Regarding Confidentiality

All faculty and staff - with the exception of licensed counselors at Counseling Services and state-certified advocates at Safer - have mandatory reporting responsibilities under Title IX. In order to help ensure that students are making informed decisions about sharing their personal experiences, it is best practice to provide information up front about your mandatory reporting responsibilities. If you have questions regarding your reporting responsibilities, please contact Safer or Title IX. Sample syllabus language regarding mandatory reporting is below:

Option 1: Longer Version

As an instructor, one of my responsibilities is to help create a safe learning environment on our campus. I also have a mandatory reporting responsibility related to my role as a faculty member. It is my goal that you feel comfortable to share information related to your life experiences in classroom discussions, in your written work, and in our one-on-one meetings. I will seek to keep information you share private to the greatest extent possible. However, I am required to share information regarding sexual misconduct or information about a crime that may have occurred during your time at Cal Poly.

Students may speak to someone confidentially by contacting Safer by email (safer@calpoly.edu), phone (805-756-2282) or on the web (safer.calpoly.edu). A 24-hour helpline is also available through the our non-profit RISE at (855) 886-7473.

Option 2: Shorter Version

As an instructor, one of my responsibilities is to help create a safe learning environment on our campus. I also have a mandatory reporting responsibility related to my role as a faculty member. I am required to share information regarding sexual misconduct or information about a crime that may have occurred during your time at Cal Poly with the University.

Students may speak to someone confidentially by contacting Safer by email (safer@calpoly.edu), phone (805-756-2282) or on the web (safer.calpoly.edu). A 24-hour helpline is also available through the our non-profit RISE at (855) 886-7473.

*Adapted from: University of Michigan SAPAC

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