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Sexual Misconduct Reporting Process for Mandated Reporters

Franklin & Marshall College has outlined a set of policies and procedures for "mandated reporters" to report incidents of sexual misconduct. The College has defined all employees, both faculty and professional staff, as mandated reporters in the context of three federal laws that establish responsibilities for employees of colleges to report certain categories of crimes and incidents, especially sexual misconduct. It is the responsibilities established by the Clery Act, Title VII and Title IX that give rise to the term “mandated reporter" or "mandatory reporter" and the policies outlined here: 


Reporting Suspected Harassment and Sexual Violence of Students

Members of the faculty and professional staff who witness or become aware of possible sexual harassment or misconduct involving a student perpetrated by another student, a member of the College's faculty or professional staff should promptly contact (without contacting ANY other individual, including any supervisor, academic chair or administrative department head):

  • the College’s Title IX Coordinator, Jan Masland:  717-358- 7178

The Sexual Misconduct Reporting Form may be used to submit a report or a report may be made by phone contact of the Title IX Coordinator at 717-358-7178. The Title IX Coordinator is responsible for informing the Department of Public Safety about the report.

When an employee thinks that a student may be about to report an act of sexual harassment, discrimination or assault, the employee should, if possible: tell the student that the College will maintain the privacy of the information, but also explain that the employee cannot maintain complete confidentiality; tell the student that the employee is required to report the incident to the Title IX Coordinator; and tell the student that the employee will be required to reveal the names of the parties involved. If the student wishes to proceed, the employee should inform the student that sharing the names of the parties involved puts the College on notice and may require the College to ask for additional information.

  • Rather than speaking to the student about confidential information, the employee can offer to refer or accompany the student to Counseling Services 717-291-4083 or Health Services 717-291-4082 or the College Chaplain,Susan Minasian at 717-358-5814 during the hours that those offices are open: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • The student can also be referred to the Sexual Assault Response Team hotline at any time of the day or week, including daily 5 p.m. to 8 a.m. and weekends. (F&M 24-Hour Sexual Assault Response Team: 717-560-7311

The Sexual Assault Response Team is also available to provide guidance on how to handle a situation to faculty and professional staff at any time. 717-560-7311

Under the Clery Act, College employees (except counselors, clergy and health service providers) are also mandated reporters for a broader array of serious crimes.

Reporting Suspected Harassment and Sexual Violence of Students

When a member of the faculty or staff becomes aware of the sexual harassment or assault of a student this must be reported within 24 hours to the Title IX Coordinator, Jan Masland at 717-358- 7178

When the incident involves no students reports should be made to:

       When the incident involves employees only:

  • the Director of Human Resources at 717-358-4353

       When the incident involves a faculty member (but no students):

  • the Provost and Dean of the Faculty at 717-291-3986

No retaliation will be taken or permitted against an employee or student who makes a good-faith report of harassment, or toward anyone who cooperates in the investigation of the complaint. Allegations of retaliation should be reported to the same individuals (outlined above) to whom reports of sexual harassment and sexual violence are made.