Support Resources

The College is committed to treating all members of the community with dignity, empathy, and respect.  Any individual affected by sexual harassment, sexual violence, sexual assault, or intimate partner violence, whether as a Complainant, a Respondent, or a third party, will have equal access to support and counseling services through the College.  The College recognizes that deciding whether or not to make a report and choosing how to proceed can be difficult decisions.  We encourage any individual who has questions or concerns to seek the support of campus and community resources.  These resources can provide guidance in making decisions, information about available resources and procedural options, and assistance to either party in the event that a report and/or resolution under the College’s policy is pursued.  Individuals are encouraged to use all available resources, regardless of when or where the incident occurred.

Information about reporting is available if you decide that you would like to take next steps to make a report to the College.

Confidential Resources

Grinnell College encourages all community members to make a prompt report of any alleged incident of sexual harassment, sexual violence, sexual assault, and/or intimate partner violence to local law enforcement and the College.  For individuals who are not prepared to make a report but are still seeking information and support, there are several statutorily-protected confidential resources available, as designated below.  These confidential resources will not share information with the College without the individual’s consent.

On-Campus Confidential Resources

Chaplain’s Office

Open Monday-Friday, 8-5pm
Center for Religion, Spirituality, and Social Justice (CRSSJ), 1233 Park Street
(641) 269-4981

The and are confidential resources trained to provide counseling services to all students, regardless of religious/spiritual orientation.

Ombuds Office

Open Monday-Friday, 8-5pm
Joe Rosenfield Center 311, 1115 8th Avenue
(641) 269-9399

The Grinnell College Ombuds Office was established to provide an independent, neutral point of view in an informal and confidential environment.  The Ombuds will listen and inform, research issues to help generate options, and coach individuals on how to deal with difficult and sensitive situations. As an alternate and informal channel of communication, the Ombuds Office is available to the entire college community – staff, students, faculty and administrators – to address concerns.

Student Health and Counseling Services (SHACS)

Open Monday-Friday, 8-5pm
Lower level of Forum, 1119 6th Avenue
(641) 269-3230

Staff who work at SHACS are confidential resources, including but not limited to receptionists, nursing staff, psychologists, psychiatrists, and physicians.  When calling SHACS, follow the appropriate voice prompts to speak with a trained counselor.  Nurses and counselors are also available on-call after hours.

Grinnell Advocates

On-Call, 24 hrs
(641) 260-1615

Grinnell Advocates are students and community members trained to provide supportive services for students who have found themselves in the midst of incidents of dating or sexual violence. Grinnell Advocates do not provide counseling services; rather they offer a non-judgemental listening ear and information for relevant resources. They will maintain confidentiality to the fullest extent possible and ensure that no survivor or student-at-risk has to navigate the medical, legal, mental health, or campus system alone. To reach a Grinnell Advocate, call the dedicated Advocates hotline at (641) 260-1615.  Alternatively, call Campus Safety and Security at (641) 269-4600 and simply ask for an Advocate.  You do not need to disclose any names.

Off-campus Confidential Resources

Crisis Intervention Services

On-Call, 24 hrs
(800) 270-1620

Crisis Intervention Service provides confidential support and advocacy to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and related crimes in North Central Iowa.

EthicsPoint Anonymous Reporting Website

EthicsPoint is an online service that allows anyone to report suspected misconduct or other issues to Grinnell College support resources with complete anonymity and confidentiality.  The College’s ability to respond with support, however, may be limited if you choose to remain anonymous.  EthicsPoint also provides an anonymous reporting hotline at (855) 667-1753.  EthicsPoint is not an emergency service.  Do not use EthicsPoint to report events presenting an immediate threat to life or property, instead call 911.

Campus Resources

You may choose to talk with someone on-campus you trust who is not a confidential resource, such as the Dean of Students, a RLC, or a close friend.  All of the staff listed below are trained to support any individual affected by sexual misconduct.  While not bound by confidentiality, these resources will maintain the privacy of all individuals involved within the limited circle of the Title IX team.

Community Resources

Students, faculty, and staff may also access resources located in the local community. These organizations can provide crisis intervention services, counseling, medical attention, and assistance in interfacing with the criminal justice system.

Grinnell Regional Medical Center (GRMC)- Eighty-one bed hospital with six satellite clinics. Offers HIV/AIDS and STD testing, medical exams, sexual assault nurse examiners, morning after pregnancy prevention, and more.  Call (641) 236-7511 for general inquiries and (641) 236-2380 for emergency services.

Grinnell Police Department- Call 911 for immediate help, or call (641) 236-5679 for the Police Department Dispatch Center.

Central Iowa Family Planning- Central Iowa Family Planning (CIFP) is a Title X family planning clinic providing affordable, comprehensive, confidential family planning services, education and reproductive health care to clients in Central Iowa -- Marshalltown, Tama and Grinnell. All services are private and confidential.  The Grinnell office can be contacted at (641) 236-7787.

Poweshiek County Attorney’s Office- The County Attorney’s Office prosecutes crimes that have been committed in Poweshiek County, Iowa from simple misdemeanors in Magistrate Court to Class A Felonies in Poweshiek County Iowa District Court.  Phone number: (641) 623-5134 or (641) 623-5135.

Online Resources

General Resources

National Resource Center on Domestic Violence- The NRCDV provides a wide range of free, comprehensive, and individualized technical assistance, training, and specialized resource materials and key initiatives designed to enhance current domestic violence intervention and prevention strategies.  The Center runs a National Domestic Violence hotline (1-800-799-7233) and a National Dating Abuse Helpline (1-866-331-9474).

National Sexual Violence Resource Center- The NSVRC is a leader in preventing and responding to sexual violence through collaboration, sharing and creating resources, and promoting research.  You can contact the NSVRC at 717-909-0710.

Rape Abuse Incest National Network- RAINN is the nation's largest anti-sexual violence organization and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE.  The hotline provides sexual assault victims with free, confidential services 24 hours a day.

LGBTQ Resources

Iowa Pride Network- IPN works with LGBTA youth to cultivate advocates and leaders who fight homophobia and transphobia and strive for social justice.

The AIDS Project of Central Iowa- The AIDS Project is the largest HIV/AIDS service and prevention agency in the state of Iowa. It provides personalized direct care services to hundreds of people living with or affected by HIV/AIDS, and prevention services to thousands of at-risk Iowans. 

The Survivor Project- The Survivor Project is a non-profit organization targeting the needs of intersex and trans survivors of domestic and sexual violence through support, education and expanding access to resources and to opportunities for action.  

Resources for Males

Men Can Stop Rape- Men Can Stop Rape is a national non-profit organization that mobilizes men to use their strength for creating cultures free from violence, especially men’s violence against women. 

University of Texas, Austin: Information for Male Survivors

University of Virginia: Information for Male Survivors

White Ribbon Campaign- White Ribbon is a global movement of men and boys working to end violence against women and girls, and promote gender equity, healthy relationships and a new vision of masculinity.