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Legal Responsibilities

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Your Legal Responsibilites as an Advisor

Three main responsibilities exist:

1. Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

You may not release any student academic information to anyone outside the university without written permission by the student.

2. Mandatory Title IX Reporting

You must report any incident of sexual misconduct that is told to you by an advisee, and you must provide the advisee's name. Please make sure your advisees are aware that anything of this nature they tell you must be reported. If your advisee does not want information reported under his or her name, the advisee can speak to employees with a confidential exemption.

Report incidences of sexual misconduct to the University’s designated authorities, which include the following:

To submit a Sexual Misconduct Incident Report Form, visit Title IX and select "File a Report".

3. Crisis Response and Resources

You may become aware of troubling persons or situations that cause serious anxiety, stress or fear. You should report such situations immediately to your chair and to the Student Threat Assessment Response Team (S.T.A.R.T.). You will rarely encounter threatening situations at the university, and you are not expected to be experts in responding to such issues, but you do need to report anything of concern.