Responsible employees are:
- Those who have authority to take action to redress the harassment or
- Those persons who a student could reasonably believe has this authority or responsibility
All Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) employees are considered a “Responsible Employee” and as such have the authority to redress sexual violence and the duty to report incidents of sexual violence or other student misconduct. When a victim tells a responsible employee about an incident of sexual violence, the victim can expect MCCCD to take immediate and appropriate steps to investigate what happened and to resolve the matter promptly and equitably.
A responsible employee must report all relevant details about the alleged sexual violence shared by the victim to the Title IX/504 Coordinator, including the names of the victim and alleged perpetrator(s), any witnesses, and any other relevant facts, including the date, time and specific location of the alleged incident. To the extent possible, information reported to a responsible employee will be shared only with people responsible for handling MCCCD’s response to the report.
A responsible employee should not share information with law enforcement without the victim’s consent unless the victim has also reported the incident to law enforcement.
Before a victim reveals any information to a responsible employee, the employee should ensure that the victim understands the employee’s reporting obligations – and, if the victim wants to maintain confidentiality, direct the victim to the Title IX/504 Coordinator. If the victim wants to tell the responsible employee what happened but also maintain confidentiality, the employee should tell the victim that MCCCD will consider the request, but cannot guarantee that the request will be honored. In reporting the details of the incident to the Title IX/504 Coordinator, the responsible employee will also inform the Title IX/504 Coordinator of the victim’s request for confidentiality. Responsible employees will not pressure a victim to request confidentiality, but will honor and support the victim’s wishes, including any wishes for MCCCD to fully investigate an incident. By the same token, responsible employees will not pressure a victim to make a full report if the victim is not ready.