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VI. Cooperation / Obstructing the Process

All members of the University community, including students, faculty, and staff are expected to report all violations of this Policy and assist and cooperate in the application of this Policy, in particular by cooperating in any investigation under this Policy. Any person who knowingly misrepresents the truth, or whose willful action or inaction obstructs the application of these procedures, will be subject to disciplinary action.

Required Reporting

While all members of the Adelphi community are strongly encouraged to report an inappropriate situation, regardless of who is creating that situation and may be required to report criminal actions by law, all persons who act in a supervisory, managerial, or instructional role are among those designated as “responsible employees” of the University and therefore required to report misconduct in violation of this Policy. Those considered “responsible employees“ of the University include, but are not limited to: public safety officers, faculty, deans, managers, resident assistants, resident hall directors, residential life directors, senior administrators and supervisors and are thus required to report any incidents of discrimination, harassment (including sexual misconduct, dating violence, domestic violence, stalking), or retaliation to the Title IX Coordinator. “Responsible employees” can also be held responsible for actions or inaction that obstructs the application of this Policy.

“Responsible Employees”

A “responsible employee” is any employee of the institution who has:

  • The authority to take action to redress harassment,
  • The duty to report harassment or other types of misconduct to appropriate officials, or
  • Is someone the students or employees could reasonably believe has this authority or responsibility.  

A responsible employee must report all relevant details about the alleged misconduct shared by the reporting individual to the Title IX Coordinator. A responsible employee will strive to maintain privacy and information reported to the responsible employee will be shared only with those having a need to know such information in order to respond in accordance with University policy.

Notwithstanding the above, the requirements with respect to reporting and cooperation do not apply to faculty or students conducting confidential research under the supervision of an IRB, who, in the course of conducting such research, obtain information from research participants about sexual harassment, sexual violence, dating violence, domestic violence, stalking victimization or other violations under this policy (subject to certain exceptions). In such cases, research participants must be informed that disclosures of the above offenses made during the course of the research will not be considered notice to the University for the purpose of initiating an investigation.

Researchers should provide research participants with information regarding their options to report the misconduct to the Title IX Coordinator, the Department of Public Safety and the local or state police, as well as the confidential resources available at the Student Counseling Center, Student Health Services, Campus Chaplains, and other community resources listed in the following brochures:

  • What Every Adelphi Student Needs to Know About Sexual Assault
  • What Every Adelphi Student Needs to Know About Domestic Violence, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence and Stalking

These brochures can be found at

Reports Involving Minors

Adelphi University is committed to the prevention of child abuse. Child abuse includes both the physical and sexual abuse of individuals under the age of eighteen. Adelphi University employees are directed to bring all reasonable suspicions, beliefs and allegations of child abuse immediately to the attention of Public Safety or the Title IX Coordinator, who will then make the appropriate report to the New York State Child Abuse Hotline (State Central Register). Reports can also be made directly to the Child Abuse Hotline at 800-342-3720.


For further information, please contact:

Office of Human Resources
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