Resources for Faculty & Staff

What do I do if I am accused of sexual misconduct?

Do not contact the complainant. Contact the Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Faculty and Staff, who will explain the University’s procedures for addressing sexual misconduct complaints, explain the rights and responsibilities of the Complainant and Respondent, explain the prohibition against retaliation, and explain the grievance process

Where can I find support and resources?

Faculty and Staff Assistance Program 

Debra Brletic, JD, LPC
Assistant Director, Counselor at Law Center
1300-A 36th Street N.W. Washington, DC 20007
(202) 687-3055 |

Sandhya (Sandy) Wilhelm
Program Coordinator/Counseling Intern
1300-A 36th Street N.W. Washington, DC 20007
(202) 687-2396 |

Title IX Coordinator

Samantha Berner, Georgetown’s Title IX Coordinator, can assist both the Respondent and Complainant in coordinating protective measures and other timely services, provide information about available resources, and explain the University policies on sexual misconduct and the University’s complaint process.

Samantha Berner, Title IX Coordinator and Director of Title IX Compliance
Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity, and Affirmative Action
M-36 Darnall Hall
37th and O Streets, NW
Washington, D.C. 20057
Phone: (202) 687-9183

The Title IX Coordinator can work with an individual to help coordinate reasonable protective measures to help prevent any detrimental acts related to the allegations of misconduct and provide a safe educational and work environment.  

Please Note: Requests for interim measures can be made whether or not a complaint was filed with the University or with the police. The range of interim measures varies and may include the following actions at the discretion of the University based on the circumstances.  

Potential Interim Measures For Employees:

  • No-contact notices (similar to a restraining order)
  • Administrative leave for the survivor or accused
  • Modification of work schedules 
  • Georgetown police escort | call (202) 687-4343
  • General safety planning

Employees seeking such assistance should speak to the Title IX Coordinator.

What rights do I have if I am accused of sexual misconduct?

  • You have the right to receive notice of the allegations and an opportunity to be heard and present your side and any witnesses that you identify in support of your side.
  • You have the right to a presumption of innocence until a determination regarding responsibility is made.
  • You have the right to a prompt and equitable investigation.
  • You will have the opportunity to fully provide your side to the investigator.
  • As an employee, you have access to the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program.