Support a student

Find ways to support a student experiencing dating abuse.

If you work for an educational institution that receives federal funding, you have certain requirements under Title IX to report abusive situations once you’re made aware of them. Title IX is a federal civil rights law that prohibits sex discrimination in K-12 schools, online schools, colleges, and universities that receive funding from the federal government.

It requires gender equality in all areas of education; although Title IX is often cited for its protections around sexual assault, it also aims to protect survivors of sexual harassment, dating abuse, and intimate partner violence (IPV). These protections extend to faculty as well, which means you’re likely covered by Title IX, too.

As a staff member interacting with students, it’s important to recognize the responsibility you hold to meaningfully support students who approach you for help. That means understanding mandated reporting (see Title IX reporting options below) and the specific requirements for your role, as well as the consequences that students may face for disclosing abuse in your presence.

Know that your school’s administration may move forward with investigations against a survivor’s wishes and keep your students informed as well.

Understanding survivor rights and the process of adjudicating Title IX complaints will help prepare you to educate students and provide support to those who need it.

Check out our Middle School Educators toolkit and High School Educators toolkit for information on leading discussions and providing guidance to your students. These toolkits can be used on their own or as a supplement to a larger curriculum.

Everyone deserves healthy relationships.

Learn more how to support your students: