Bystanders and others
At the University of Nevada, Reno we understand the Power of The Pack. Anyone can report incidents of unlawful discrimination or harassment. As a bystander or witness to discriminatory conduct, you can play an essential role in supporting the person(s) targeted. Individuals who experience unlawful discrimination or harassment, and bystanders who witness it have the right to report it. The University will take the necessary steps to protect from retaliation those who in good faith report incidents of possible unlawful discrimination or harassment.
Bystander reports and reports by others
All relevant details about the alleged discriminatory conduct should be provided by the reporting individual. This includes the name of the reporting individual, the names of the individuals involved, to include witnesses, and any other relevant facts (e.g., date, time and location of incident).
What to do if someone reports unlawful discrimination or harassment to you
You should follow the lead of the person who has reported the discriminatory conduct to you. Seek their permission before sharing details they have reported to you. Be willing to help them navigate the reporting process. Be ready to “ASIST.”
- Affirm. Affirm that you are there to help, and offer to report the incident (including names) to the Office of Equal Opportunity and Title IX.
- Support. Support their decision to talk to someone. Listen.
- Inform. Inform the reporting individual that telling you does not mean a formal investigation complaint has been filed or there will be an investigation, even if you work for the University. Inform them that they can file a report online directly with the Office of Equal Opportunity and Title IX.
- Submit. Submit a report as soon as possible after witnessing or learning of the incident. Remember to discuss your intent with the individual who reported to you.
- Tell. Tell the involved individual(s) about resources available to them, including their right to go to the police if they are in fear of imminent danger. Tell them it is likely someone from Equal Opportunity and Title IX will contact them to discuss their rights and further resources if a report is submitted.
Key points to remember
- Do not attempt to investigate. Just record information and report the incident as soon as possible
- Do not judge or use judgmental language
- Be cognizant of your body language if someone is sharing their experience with you
- Do not confront the alleged actors or people involved
- Do not pressure the reporting party regarding the extent of the report
- Do not pressure the individual to contact the police
- Remember confidentiality rules limit the disclosure of information and, therefore, you will not be given updates on this matter if it does not personally involve you