If You Have Experienced a Sexual Assault, Harassment, Violence or Discrimination
Sexual discrimination prevention efforts are critical in creating a community in which individuals can learn and live successfully. We encourage individuals to report violations of this policy to the college so that we can make support services available. Talking with someone about what happened can help reduce the sense of isolation and start the path to healing.
All complaints are taken seriously. Any personally identifiable information will only be shared as necessary with as few people as possible, and all efforts will be made to protect your privacy. With the exception of medical treatment for incidents involving sexual violence, the following options are listed in no particular order and include on-campus and off-campus options to give you a full range of choices for how to move forward.
- Seek medical attention as soon as possible. The Sexual Assault Treatment Center at Aurora Sinai Medical Center is located at 945 N. 12th St. Milwaukee, WI 53233. All contact is confidential. They can be accessed in person or by phone (414-219-2000) 24 hours a day.
- File a criminal complaint. Milwaukee Police Department Sensitive Crimes Division is located at 749 W. State St., Room 601, Milwaukee, WI 53233. Their phone number is 414-935-7405.
- Seek campus support. We encourage you to speak to college officials (e.g., academic deans, administrators with supervisory responsibilities, security, human resources) to report incidents of discrimination. College officials who are perceived to have the authority to take corrective action or to address gender-based misconduct on behalf of the college are considered “responsible employees.” Most college officials are considered responsible employees and will need to contact the Title IX Coordinator about the concern.
- Seek confidential support. To be assured the report will remain confidential, consult with the director of counseling, coordinator of health services or campus minister. Each will offer confidential resources and options. These individuals are not required to tell anyone else private, personally identifiable information unless there is reason to fear for the safety of the victim or other community members.
- File an online, confidential, anonymous report. For us to properly investigate concerns, we will ask you to provide as many details as possible about the potential improper activity.
- File a formal complaint with the college. Students who believe they have been subjected to harassment, violence and/or discrimination can contact the Title IX coordinator. The Title IX coordinator will ensure facilitation of the adjudication process outlined below. A victim has the right to expect that incidents of gender-based harassment will be taken seriously when formally reported and that those incidents will be investigated and properly resolved. Formal reporting means that only people who need to know will be told and information will only be shared as necessary with investigators, witnesses and the accused individual. The Title IX coordinator has the responsibility to provide training, assure equitable remedies and oversee the process of investigating. Once the coordinator has notice of possible gender-based harassment, violence or discrimination, she will take immediate and appropriate steps to investigate what occurred and take prompt and effective action.
Formal Investigations of Gender-Based Harassment, Violence and Discrimination Include:
The college takes seriously the responsibility of affording all parties involved in a complaint a fair framework for encouraging resolution of complaints. Falsification, distortion or misrepresentation of information during the course of a complaint resolution process may be grounds for disciplinary action.
- The Title IX coordinator will meet with the person filing the complaint (complainant) to ascertain the details of the situation.
- The Title IX coordinator will then appoint the deputy coordinator and the investigator for the process.
- The deputy coordinator informs the accused (respondent) of the complaint. The information will include the person making the complaint and the circumstances that precipitated the filing of the complaint.
- Both parties (the complainant and respondent) are assigned a designated support person to guide them through the complaint process. Either party may refuse the assistance of a support person.
- The facts of the complaint are investigated as presented by the person making the complaint, the respondent and witnesses for both parties.
- The summary of the investigation is submitted to the deputy coordinator, who will make a determination of the next steps in the process.
- If it appears that a policy violation has occurred, the normal judicial/ behavioral review process should be followed (e.g., Campus Community Relations Board or a meeting with the associate dean of students for a student violating the policy, intervention from the supervisor and/or HR for an employee violating the policy). Ultimately, the determination of responsibility will be made based on the preponderance of the evidence (e.g., it is more likely than not that the respondent violated the policy).
- Outcomes or sanctions will be applied to prevent future recurrence and remedy the effects upon the victim and the community.
Possible Outcomes or Sanctions Include:
- The respondent could be found not responsible for the alleged violation.
- If it has been determined that a policy violation has occurred, the college’s response will depend on the nature and severity of the incident. The range of responses includes, but is not limited to:
- Individual meeting with respondent and respondent’s advocate
- Required educational activity
- No contact order between victim and the respondent
- Disciplinary action that may include termination of employment or dismissal from Alverno