Reporting Requirements for Faculty, Staff, Graduate Students, and Employees
UNH faculty, staff, TAs/GAs, and employees have significant interaction with students in a wide variety of capacities. As an employee of the University you may be in a position to have an important role in identifying and responding to students who are experiencing IPV (sexual violence, relationship abuse, stalking, and/or harassment).
Employees who are receiving a report/disclosure related to IPV should always offer information about UNH's confidential support services (this includes SHARPP) at the time of receiving the report/disclosure. University employees have an obligation to report incidences of IPV when they receive notice of such incidents having occurred. This it outlined in UNH's mandatory reporter guidelines set forth by the Affirmative Action & Equity Office (AAEO) and Title IX Coordinator.
For more information relevant to the what, who, how, and when of reporting incidences of IPV, please visit UNH's Affirmative Action & Equity Office Reporting Requirements Webpage. SHARPP is a confidential support service for survivors of IPV and not a reporting entity.
To learn more about UNH policies and procedures for reporting IPV complaints against UNH Students, see the UNH Student Rights, Rules, and Responsibilities. For more information on reporting IPV complaints against UNH Faculty/Staff/Employees, see The UNH Discrimination and Discriminatory Harassment Policy. If you have additional questions around reporting requirements please contact UNH's Title IX Coordinator.
Please note: SHARPP, PACS, and Health & Wellness are offices that are staffed by University employees, including interpersonal violence advocates/counselors, social workers, psychologists, physicians, and medical staff. As part of their role, the staff in these areas are legally obligated to protect the confidentiality of their communications with clients/patients. The staff of these offices are not required to report information about sexual violence, relationship abuse, and/or stalking unless they relate to someone currently under the age of 18.
Mandatory Reporting Requirements for All NH Residents
(Unless Specifically Limited By Profession)
Child Abuse: The State of New Hampshire requires all persons who have knowledge or suspicion of abuse and/or neglect affecting someone currently under the age of 18 to report the abuse to the NH Division of Children Youth and Families. This would include information shared about neighbors, siblings, families, etc.
Elder/Incapacitated Adult Abuse: There is a similar requirement mandating the reporting of abuse and/or neglect of an elderly or incapacitated adult. Reports are made to the NH Bureau of Elderly and Adult Services.
Hazing: NH State Law requires that all persons report any hazing reported to them by others or of which they otherwise have the knowledge of to law enforcement authorities.
The following website gives a quick overview of reporting obligations for child abuse and elder/incapacitated adult abuse by state: www.rainn.org/public-policy/laws-in-your-state