What to Expect when Reporting
There are multiple options for reporting sexual misconduct. Learn more about reporting options, and what to expect when reporting sexual misconduct.
Information for Responsible Employees
A “responsible employee” is a Pitt employee who has the duty to report incidents of sexual violence or other student misconduct, or who a student could reasonably believe has this duty. When a survivor tells a responsible employee about an incident of sexual violence, the survivor has the right to expect the University to take prompt and appropriate steps to investigate what happened and to resolve the matter promptly and equitably. Generally, all Pitt employees are responsible employees unless their job requires professional confidentiality, as in the case of mental health counselors, physicians, nurses, and clergy. Learn more.
Resources for Respondents
If you have been accused of sexual misconduct, confidential support is available at the University Counseling Center. When referring a respondent to the UCC, Title IX will identify to the front desk the student is a Title IX respondent, or the student can identify as a respondent when they are walking/calling in. This will connect them with a designated counselor for respondents.
If you would like an overview of the Title IX process, including interim measures that are available to you, please contact us at 412-648-7860. If you have been issued a No Contact Order, or Notice of Investigation, we encourage you to not contact the other party, but instead connect with our office to discuss the notification and next steps in the process.
You may bring an advisor of choice to any meeting with our office. For more information on the advisor of choice, as well as the process for a formal investigation, please visit the Sexual Misconduct Procedures or the Student Code of Conduct.
Pregnant and Parenting Students
Title IX prohibits discrimination against a student based on pregnancy, childbirth, false pregnancy, termination of pregnancy, or recovery from any of these conditions. Title IX regulations also prohibit a school from applying any rule related to a student’s parental, family, or marital status that treats students differently based on their sex. Learn more.
Office of Civil Rights
The Office of Civil Rights (OCR) provides institutions of higher education with guidance for complying with Title IX. As a result, the University has a responsibility to follow OCR guidelines. View an outline of best practices as outlined by OCR.
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, a Federal law, was historically associated with actual or perceived gender-based disparities in athletic programs.
The Clery Act
The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act requires all colleges and universities that receive federal funding to share information about crime on campus. This information is published by the University of Pittsburgh annually in "For Safety's Sake."
University and Community Resources
The University of Pittsburgh offers both University and community resources to students, staff, and faculty who have experienced sexual- or gender-based violence, sexual harassment, or discrimination, domestic violence, dating violence, harassment, and/or stalking.
Title IX Contacts
See a list of Title IX and Sexual Assault Response Program contacts.
"Just Me" at the University Counseling Center
"Just Me" is a group that is organized by the University's Counseling Center that provides LGBTQIA+ students with a safe place to share, explore and express themselves, while supporting each other. More information can be found here.
2015 AAU Campus Climate Survey
In 2015, the University of Pittsburgh participated in the Campus Climate Survey, conducted by the Association of American Universities (AAU). Pitt was one of 27 member institutions that participated. The results of this survey are another tool to identify those areas in which we can and should do better. Learn more.