Choosing to make a report or meet with the Title IX office after a report has been made, and deciding how to proceed, can be a process that unfolds over time. You have the 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. You do not have to pursue formal action to take advantage of the protective and remedial measures available to you. The only exception to giving you complete agency is when there is a clear danger to you or the community.
Reporting means providing information to Grinnell College that an incident of prohibited conduct (sexual harassment, sexual violence, sexual assault, intimate partner violence, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual exploitation, or stalking) 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 prohibited conduct. 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 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:
Title IX Senior Officials
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.
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.
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 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 their 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.
Reporting Policies and Procedures
Further information on the College’s policies and procedures regarding reporting can be found in the Grinnell College Policy, Procedures and Guide to Preventing, Reporting, and Responding to Sexual Misconduct and Other Forms of Interpersonal Violence.