Grinnell College is committed to treating all members of the community with dignity, empathy, and respect. Any individual affected by sexual or gender-based harassment, sexual violence, sexual assault, intimate partner violence, or stalking whether as a Complainant, Respondent, witness, or third party, will have equal access to support 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 supportive measures, and procedural options, and assistance to a party in the event that a resolution process under the College’s policy is pursued.
Grinnell College encourages all community members to promptly report any alleged incident of sexual or gender-based harassment, sexual violence, sexual assault, intimate partner violence, or stalking (collectively referred to as Prohibited Behavior in the policy) as soon as possible. For individuals who are not prepared to make a report but are still seeking information and support, there are several confidential resources available, as designated below. These confidential resources will not share information with the College without the individual’s consent. Any member of the College community affected by an experience of Prohibited Behavior will have access to resources and supportive measures.
The EFR Counseling Program aims to provide easily accessible and high-quality counseling services to individuals (youth and adult) and families in a safe and confidential setting to address issues of depression, anxiety, addiction, family or marital conflict, and/or other concerns that impact daily functioning and quality of life for all members of our community. Services are available on a voluntary and confidential basis and are provided at EFR’s offices in Des Moines and West Des Moines.
EFR’s Counseling Program is designed to help clients to achieve the goals they set for themselves. Our counselors have licensed master’s level professionals who are trained to help clients to define their concerns and set realistic goals for their work together. EFR counseling services are solution-focused and experienced at working with individuals from all backgrounds. We have the utmost respect for every client and their valuable time.
Grinnell Advocates (students)
On-call, 24 hours
641-260-1615 (call/text/online chat)
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-judgmental 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 at 641-269-4600 and simply ask for an advocate. You do not need to disclose any names.
Open Monday–Friday, 8–5 p.m.
Joe Rosenfield ’25 Center 311, 1115 8th Avenue
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.
Open Monday–Friday, 8–5 p.m. (24-hour after-hours care line)
Lower level of Forum, 1119 6th Avenue
Staff who work at SHAW are confidential resources, including but not limited to receptionists, nursing staff, psychologists, psychiatrists, and physicians. When calling SHAW, follow the appropriate voice prompts to speak with a trained counselor. Nurses and counselors are also available on-call after hours.
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.
When a report is received in EthicsPoint there is an option to receive an access code to check for updates to the report. The Title IX Office will post responses to these reports to try and learn more about what is reported and to offer resources and support to the reporting party.
Amani Community Services is a culturally specific domestic violence and sexual assault agency. The Amani staff provides counseling, outreach services, personal advocacy, legal advocacy, children’s programming, and information and referrals.
Monsoon United Asian Women of Iowa serves victims/survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in Asian and Pacific Islander (API) communities in Iowa. Monsoon’s mission is to end all forms of gender-based violence and build healthy communities through transformative justice and social change.
Nisaa African Family Service’s mission is to end domestic violence and sexual assault in African immigrants and refugee communities by promoting social, economic and political self-determination of all women. It seeks to build healthy communities through transformative justice and social change.
You may choose to talk with someone on campus. All of the staff listed below are trained to support any individual affected by prohibited behavior. While not bound by confidentiality, these resources will maintain the privacy of all individuals involved in the matter.
Assistant Vice President of Human Resources and Senior Official for Staff Conduct
Old Glove Factory
641-269-4818 Email Mary Greiner
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.
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.
“Iowa CASA has 25 member sexual assault crisis centers serving survivors of sexual assault. This organization will provide technical assistance and training to member centers; civil legal assistance for survivors of sexual assault, including immigration assistance; improving responses to sexual assault within communities of color; a national project providing peer-based assistance to other sexual assault coalitions; statewide sexual assault prevention; training for allied professionals; and public policy efforts at the state and national level.”
“The Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence seeks to engage all people in a movement to change the social and political systems that perpetuate violence against women. We do this through education, advocacy, and quality services.”
“The Office of the State Public Defender is responsible for coordinating Iowa’s Indigent Defense System. Our mission is to ensure that all indigent persons in Iowa are provided high-quality legal representation in criminal, juvenile, and other eligible proceedings in the most efficient and fiscally responsible manner.”
ISBA Find-a-Lawyer service is a directory provided by The Iowa State Bar Association to aid its members and the public in locating an attorney. All lawyers listed in Find-a-Lawyer are members of The Iowa State Bar Association.
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.
RAINN is the nation's largest anti-sexual violence organization and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline at1-800-656-HOPE. The hotline provides sexual assault victims with free, confidential services 24 hours a day.
Love is Respect is the national resource to disrupt and prevent unhealthy relationships and intimate partner violence by empowering young people through inclusive and equitable education, support, and resources.