What if this incident happened a while ago?

The college doesn’t limit the time frame for reporting, and will respond to a report regardless of when or where the incident occurred. You can report an incidence of sexualized violence to Rebecca Mosely, the Title IX Coordinator in the Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at any time. Prompt reporting enables the college to provide greater options for support and adjudication, especially as relates to crisis counseling, the preservation of evidence, and security and police responses. The ability of the college to pursue adjudication and sanctions may be limited if people are no longer students or employees of the college. However, the college will respond to all reports, no matter how long they are submitted after an incident, with options for support for the reporting party and, if adjudication occurs, whatever sanctions are possible given the participants’ current standing. The college will also assist a reporting party in identifying any external reporting options, including law enforcement. It will also use any reports of sexual misconduct to identify patterns of violence and target prevention and education interventions.

What if I’m not even really sure what happened?

It might be helpful for you to speak with a confidential advisor who can help you figure out what to do. If possible, try to preserve any potential evidence that could help with an investigation later.

Will I get in trouble if the college finds out I was drinking when this happened?

A person who reports sexual misconduct either for themselves or as a witness to an incident will not be subject to disciplinary action by the college for drug or alcohol use at the time of the incident unless they were actively putting the safety of other people at risk.

Can I keep my identity private from the person I’m reporting?

The college will honor a request to keep your name and other identifiable information from the person you are reporting as long as your request isn’t in conflict with any reporting requirements, doesn’t cause harm to anyone, and maintains a safe non-discriminatory environment for all members of the campus community.

Will people know I filed a report?
  • Members of the Title IX team will keep information about your report private. The Title IX Coordinator is required to contact law enforcement about cases involving reports of sexual violence but you have a right to decide if and how much you are willing to participate in a police investigation.
  • Conversations with the Title IX Student Advocate, are private on campus. The student advocate is required to give the Title IX coordinator non-identifying reports of incidents involving sexual violence. Speaking to the student advocate does not trigger a campus investigation unless that’s what you want.
  • There may be limited members of the campus community who are given private “need to know” information in order to assist with interim measures or the review, investigation, and resolution of your report. These people are not bound by confidentiality, but will be discreet and will respect the privacy of everyone involved.
  • The college is required by law to make information about incidents of sexual violence publicly available, but that information does not contain personal information about the victim.
  • Mental health providers, ordained clergy, trained rape crisis counselors, attorneys are not allowed to break confidentiality unless there’s an imminent threat of harm to self or others, or if the report involves suspected abuse of a minor.
What's the difference between reporting resources that are called "confidential" and reporting resources that are called "private"?

Confidentiality means that information shared by an individual with designated campus or community professionals cannot be revealed to any other individual without the express permission of the individual. These campus and community professionals include mental health providers, ordained clergy, rape crisis counselors and attorneys, all of whom have legally protected confidentiality. These individuals are prohibited from breaking confidentiality unless there is an imminent threat of harm to self or others. An individual who seeks completely confidential assistance may do so by speaking with professionals who have a legally protected confidentiality, as outlined below.

The college is committed to protecting the privacy of all individuals involved in a report under the Sexual Misconduct policy. All college employees who are involved in the college’s Title IX response, including the Title IX Coordinator, investigators, and hearing panel members, receive specific instruction about respecting and safeguarding private information. Throughout the process, every effort will be made to protect the privacy interests of all individuals involved in a manner consistent with the need for a thorough review of the report.

To ensure all members of the community understand how the college protects individuals, please be aware that privacy and confidentiality have distinct meanings.

Privacy: Privacy generally means that information related to a report of misconduct will only be shared with a limited circle of individuals. The use of this information is limited to those college employees who “need to know” in order to assist in the active review, investigation or resolution of the report. While not bound by confidentiality, these individuals will be discreet and respect the privacy of all individuals involved in the process.

Will my parents find out?

Under the Federal Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) the college can’t notify your parents that you’re involved with a report of sexual misconduct. You can seek you parents’ advice about filing a grievance, but the college can’t give them any information or include them in the conversation unless you sign a FERPA release in the Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.

What if the other person named in the report retaliates against me?

The college doesn’t tolerate retaliation in any form and will take immediate and responsive actions to any report of retaliation. In some cases there may be lasting disciplinary measures in place for retaliation even if the report of sexual misconduct isn’t proven.

What if I was sexually harassed online, in a public space like a street, or private space like a house party and I don’t know who did it?

You are still encouraged to report your experience to the Rebecca Mosely, the Title IX Coordinator in the Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion to ensure you are offered appropriate support. Reporting also enables the college to keep track of patterns of such events in order to identify effective interventions, such as increased lighting, online bystander training, or other education and prevention campaigns.

Do you have other questions about the Sexual Misconduct Policy that covers Title IX? Send an email to edi@oberlin.edu.