For Faculty and Staff
We recognize that staff and faculty are also impacted by power-based interpersonal violence. VPR is a resource for all members of the Emerson community, including faculty and staff, regardless if the violence or harm happened on or off campus and is in the past or is ongoing.
We are confidential, meaning that we do not share information with others; this includes not sharing information with the Office of Title IX Equity and Access, Human Resources, the police department, supervisors, or department chairs.
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Supporting Others and Sharing Resources
As faculty and staff, we know that you are committed to fostering a supportive and inclusive environment, and are often a source of support for others.
If a student or fellow colleague shares with you that they have experienced power-based interpersonal violence, the most important thing that you can do is recognize what the person is sharing and let them know you believe them.
Please know that you are not alone, and can contact VPR at any time for confidential consultation or support (see next tab). Some suggestions that can be useful in supporting another person include:
- Acknowledge what the person is sharing and that they are not to blame. For example, you can say: "Thank you for trusting me and sharing with me."
- Let them know at the beginning of the conversation about your reporting obligations, so they can decide whether or not to continue the conversation with you or instead with a confidential resource, such as VPR
- Listen fully, present in the moment, without judgment
- Silence is okay! Take a moment to gather your thoughts
- Give the person the time and space they need; don't press them for details
- Let the person know that they don’t have to go through this alone, and that there are options and resources available
- Let the person come to their own decisions without feeling pressured
- Offer practical support as it relates to your role, such as referring someone to resources, offering to let someone use your phone, changing seating arrangements, or letting a student pick their own group for a project
If you are concerned about a person and are not sure what to do or say, or are unsure about your reporting obligations, you can call VPR for confidential consultation. We can help answer questions, think about next steps, figure out how to word something, and offer your support.
You may be concerned because of what someone has directly shared with you or because you have noticed changes in a student or colleague’s behavior, such as:
- Changes in class/work attendance, such as increased presence, absences, or lateness
- Changes in participation in class/meetings, such as increased or decreased participation or what might be seen as disruptive participation
- Diminished interest in and/or ability to complete assignments/tasks
- Changes in attire or personal hygiene
- Changes in energy level, such as seeming anxious, irritable, sad, or increased energy
- Increased fidgeting
Power based interpersonal violence can affect many areas of a person's life and each person copes with those impacts differently.
There may also be times when someone from VPR contacts you requesting an accommodation for a student or employee. We are available for consultation if you have any questions or would like support in figuring out how to implement those accommodations.