The purpose of reporting is to ensure safety and prevent further harm, offer support resources, understand the scope of the problem, and explore resolution options. Even if an individual chooses not to move forward or participate in a grievance process or investigation (through Equity Office or law enforcement), they can contact an Equity Office for information and assistance in accessing support services such as changes to academic, living, transportation, and working situations. 

If an individual discloses alleged misconduct to a CU employee who is a mandatory reporter or what is called a “responsible employee” (any employee who has the authority to hire, promote, discipline, evaluate, grade, formally advise, or direct faculty, staff, or students), these individuals are required to inform the Equity Office While a responsible employee is required to report on behalf of others, they can decide whether to report behavior that they personally experience.