For over 100 years, Massachusetts Maritime Academy has been preparing women and men for exciting and rewarding careers on land and sea. As the nation's finest co-ed maritime college, MMA challenges students to succeed by balancing a unique regimented lifestyle with a typical four-year college environment. As a member of the cadet corps you will live, study, sail, work and play in an atmosphere that encourages you to be your best.
Am I a Responsible Employee?
The Academy recognizes that a person may feel most comfortable disclosing an incident to a MMA employee that they know well, such as a squad leader, coach, or faculty member. Pursuant to Title IX, certain employees are required, under nearly all circumstances, to report incidents to the Title IX Coordinator. These emplyees, known as "Responsible Employees" are those with supervisory responsibilities or the authority to adddress or remediate sexual violence, sexual harassment, gender-based harassment, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, and retaliation, OR whom a student might reasonably believe has such supervisory responsibility or authority.
If you are still unsure if you are obligated to report a students disclosure of sexual violence, sexual harassment, gender-based harassment, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, and/or retaliation, please refer to the table linked below.
Ways you can respond to a student disclosure:
1. Compassionate Interruption
Employee needs to ensure that the cadet knows the employee’s role in reporting incidents of sexual violence. You are not a confidential resource. Polietly interrupt and explain to the student your responsibility on campus. For example, you could say, “I am listening to what you are saying but I feel like you are going to disclose an incident I have a responsibility to report. I can help you. I also want you to know there are confidential resources on campus.”
2. If they want to proceed with their disclosure:
- Believe Them!
- Remain calm and supportive
- Thank them for telling you
- Explain that you will need to share this information with your supervisor and/or the Title IX Coordinator
- Help them through the conversation
- Do you need medical attention?
- What happened?
- When did it happen?
- Where did it happen?
- Who did this?
- Support them in filing a complaint