Choosing to make a report, and deciding how to proceed, can be a process that unfolds over time. You have agency at each step in the process to set the pace and make your own decisions about how best to proceed. For example, you do not have to decide whether to pursue formal conduct action or to name the other party/ies at the time of the report. Reporting does not mean you wish to pursue conduct charges. The only exception to when your wishes do not dominate in the process is when there is clear danger to the community.
Reporting means providing information to Grinnell College that an incident of sexual misconduct has occurred. Upon receiving a report, the College’s Title IX team will lead a prompt and equitable response in order to support the individuals involved and to protect the College community. We recognize that the decision whether or not to report sexual misconduct is difficult. There are confidential support resources on campus and in the community available to individuals not ready or wishing to make a report to the College.
Grinnell College is committed to providing a variety of welcoming and accessible ways for community members to voice concerns about and report instances of alleged sexual harassment. Reporting an issue is the best way for the community to help you receive the resources, support, and accommodations available at Grinnell. Not only does reporting help you, communication about issues related to sexual harassment and misconduct can help prevent sexual misconduct and sexual violence. The information community members report can illuminate patterns of behavior, immediate threats to the safety of the community, and systemic issues.
If you would like to make a report, contact one of the following on-campus reporting options:
- Michael Latham, Dean of the College
Nollen House, 1121 Park St.
- Steve Briscoe, Director of Campus Safety and Security
Campus Safety and Security Office, 1432 East St.
These staff members are trained to help you decide on a next step. These on-campus reporting options are not exclusive of other reporting options (such as reporting to the police). Should you decide to pursue criminal action for incidents of alleged sexual misconduct, the College will fully support and assist you in making a report to law enforcement agencies.
Reporting Policies and Procedures
For further information on the College’s policies and procedures regarding reporting, please click on the links listed below:
- Emergency/Immediate Reporting Options
- Campus Reporting Options
- Responding to a Report: The Title IX Team
- Anonymous Reporting
- Reporting Considerations: Timeliness of Report, Location of Incident
- Coordination with Law Enforcement
- Amnesty for Alcohol and Other Drug Use
- Bystander Intervention
- Statement against Retaliation
- False Reporting
- Group Infractions
- Reports Involving Minors