Bullying, Title IX and Child Abuse Mandatory Reporting Blind-spots

Reporting Bullying and Abuse on Campus

Posted on 16 November 2012 |

While many people have heard of Title IX, not everyone is aware of how much the law has evolved to affect higher education today. The law was originally created in 1972 to prohibit sex discrimination for any activities in any institution that received federal funding. Today, Title IX has made it mandatory for higher education administrators and faculty to report bullying, child abuse and discrimination.

Proper training is absolutely crucial to effectively meet Title IX, Mandatory Reporter and Bullying Prevention laws and goals. Failure to train employees could result in financial, criminal and emotional consequences for all parties involved. A policy is useless if no one knows about it; all faculty and administrators need to understand the laws, recognize their blind-spots and learn how to see them.  

Prepare for the absolute worse. While it is impossible to control interactions on your campus, you can be proactive in order to control your level of preparation and your response. Develop procedures for reporting an incident when it does occur and make sure each and every employee is aware of the proper procedure. Keep in mind that off-campus events may be covered by law as well.

Commitment is required to prevent bullying, and to protect children from abuse.  Make a commitment to create an overarching policy and to support employees who report bullying, harassment and child abuse in good faith.

Employees must understand that there are many forms of bullies and that it is their responsibility to report them all.

  • Physical bully – enacts bodily harm
  • Verbal bully – undermines, demeans and threatens
  • Social bully – segregates and humiliates
  • Cyber bully – uses networking tools, often publicly and or anonymously, to bully

Mind the gaps to effectively meet Title IX, Mandatory Reporter and Bullying Prevention laws and goals through proper training. The reach of Title IX is vast and can extend to bullying and off campus events. Frequent Title IX Awareness, bullying prevention programs and child abuse training courses are absolutely necessary for all higher education institutions to keep up with ever-changing legislation.

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