The University System of Georgia Board of Regents' Sexual Misconduct Policy defines "Responsible Employees" as those employees who must promptly and fully report complaints of or information regarding sexual misconduct to the Equal Opportunity Office/Title IX Coordinator. Responsible Employees include any administrator, supervisor, faculty member, or other person in a position of authority who does not have a statutory privilege of confidentiality by law, or who has not otherwise been designated as a Confidential Support Resource. Student employees who serve in a supervisory, advisory, or managerial role are in a position of authority (e.g., teaching assistants, residential assistants, student managers, orientation leaders, etc.). Responsible Employees are not required to report information disclosed at public awareness events (e.g., "Take Back the Night," candlelight vigils, "survivor speak-outs," or other public forums in which students may disclose incidents of prohibited conduct).
In addition to reporting complaints of or information about sexual misconduct, individuals who fall within the definition of "Responsible Employees" are also required by UGA's Non-Discrimination and Anti-Harassment (NDAH) Policy to report to the Equal Opportunity Office any complaints or information (direct or indirect) about discrimination or harassment relating to any of the protected categories enumerated in the NDAH Policy: race, color, sex (including sexual harassment and pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity, ethnicity or national origin, religion, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. The responsibility to investigate complaints of discrimination or harassment related to any protected category rests with the EOO and not with the Responsible Employee who receives the complaint or possesses the knowledge. Failure by a Responsible Employee to promptly report may constitute a separate violation of the NDAH Policy and may provide a basis for discipline under this Policy.