Choosing to make a report, file a formal complaint, and/or meet with the Title IX Coordinator after a report or formal complaint has been made, and deciding how to proceed, can be a process that unfolds over time. You have the agency to set the pace and make your own decisions about how you want 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 - it may mean you would like help accessing resources and supportive measures. You do not have to pursue formal action to take advantage of the supportive measures available to you. The only exception to giving you complete agency is when there is a clear danger to you or the community.
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.
If you are in an emergency situation please call 24-hour law enforcement or Campus Safety who can respond immediately.
If you would like to make a report, contact one of the following on-campus reporting options:
These staff members are trained to help you decide on the 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, the College will fully support and assist you in making a report to law enforcement agencies.
When the Title IX Coordinator receives a report alleging Prohibited Behavior, a member of the Title IX team will conduct an Initial Assessment of the reported information. A member of the Title IX team will promptly contact the Complainant to discuss the availability of supportive measures, inform the Complainant of the availability of supportive measures with or without the filing of a formal complaint, explain to the Complainant the process for filing a formal complaint, and consider the Complainant’s wishes with respect to supportive measures. Access to the formal complaint form is below. Submission of this form is an indication that you would like to College to assess next steps and investigate the conduct reported.
The final Title IX regulations of 2020, which direct the College’s response to some, but not all, of the forms of Prohibited Behavior in the policy, only apply to behavior that occurs in the College’s education program or activity in the United States. Where behavior occurs outside of the education program or activity, outside of the United States, or would not meet the definition of Title IX Sexual Harassment, the College is required to dismiss any allegations in a formal complaint under Title IX. Both the Complainant and Respondent may appeal the dismissal of any allegations under Title IX to the Title IX Coordinator.
Anonymous reports may be made by telephone at 855-667-1753 or online at EthicsPoint.
EthicsPoint will give an individual an access code so that they can log in to check for responses and updates to their report.
All reports of Prohibited Behavior under the policy will go to the Title IX coordinator for review. EthicsPoint is a service that allows anyone to report suspected misconduct (of any nature) with complete anonymity or confidentiality. This service allows the person making the report and college administrators to confer about additional details while the reporting party's identity remains anonymous and unknown to the college.
EthicsPoint utilizes its own secure servers, outside of the College network, as well as its own call center. While the reports will be forwarded to College administrators for appropriate review and action, the source of all reports submitted to EthicsPoint will remain confidential and will not be shared with College administrators without your permission.
Any individual may make an anonymous report concerning an allegation of sexual or gender-based harassment, sexual violence, sexual assault, intimate partner violence, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual exploitation, or stalking. An individual may report the incident without disclosing their name, identifying the Respondent, or requesting any action. Depending on the level of information available about the incident or the individuals involved, anonymous reporting may limit the College’s ability to respond to or pursue appropriate action.
Reporting Policies and Procedures
Further information on the College’s policies and procedures regarding reporting can be found in the Grinnell College Guide for Prohibited Behavior (pdf).