Resources for Respondents

If you have been named as a Respondent or if you think you may have engaged in misconduct, you may be feeling confused, upset, ashamed, and/or worried. There are resources available to support you, some are confidential.

Grinnell College is committed to treating all members of the community with dignity, empathy, and respect.  Any individual affected by sexual or gender-based harassmentsexual violencesexual assaultintimate partner violence, or stalking whether as a Complainant, a Respondent, witness, or a 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 procedural options, and assistance to either party in the event that a report and/or resolution under the College’s policy is pursued.  

Title IX Coordinator

Bailey Asberry

titleix@grinnell.edu
641-269-4999
Nollen House, 1121 Park St.

Policies and Procedures 

Grinnell College Policy, Procedures, and Guide to Preventing, Reporting, and Responding to Sexual Misconduct and Other Forms of Interpersonal Violence 

Policies At-a-Glance

Rights and Options for Respondents (pdf)

Protective and Remedial Measures (pdf) 

Safety Resources

Grinnell Police Department

1020 Spring Street, Grinnell
24 hours — 911 for immediate help or 641-236-2670 to speak with a dispatcher

Campus Safety (on campus)

1432 East Street, Grinnell
24 hours — 641-269-4600

Confidential Resources

There are confidential resources available to support you. Confidentiality means that information shared by an individual with designated campus or community professionals cannot be revealed to any other person without express permission of the individual, or as otherwise permitted or required by law.

Student Health and Counseling Services

Forum, Lower Level
641-269-3230

Center for Religion, Spirituality, and Social Justice

Deanna Shorb, Chaplain

Open Monday-Friday, 8-5 pm

Available 24 hours via Campus Safety
Center for Religion, Spirituality, and Social Justice (CRSSJ), 913 8th Avenue
641-269-4981

These campus community members are confidential resources trained to provide confidential counseling services to all students, regardless of religious/spiritual orientation.

Employee and Family Resources Program (faculty and staff)

1-800-327-4692 (24 hrs)

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.

Ombuds Office

Open Monday-Friday, 8–5 p.m.
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.

Anonymous Reporting

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.

Support Person

Complainants and Respondents have the opportunity to consult with and be accompanied by the support person (advisor) of their choice to any meeting. The support person (advisor) may be any individual, including an attorney, who is not a witness or otherwise involved in the process. The support person (advisor) is a nonparticipating supporter at any meeting or hearing under the policy and procedures. The support person (advisor) may advise the Complainant or Respondent on the procedural or any other aspects of the matter or assist with the party’s review of documents and appeal process in a manner consistent with this policy. The support person (advisor) may not contact the other party or contact potential witnesses.

A party may change their support person (advisor) at any point during the process. A support person (advisor) may be required to meet with the Title IX Coordinator in advance to understand the parameters of their role, privacy restrictions under FERPA, and the provisions of this policy. The College reserves the right to dismiss a support person (advisor) who is disruptive to College proceedings or does not abide by the restrictions set forth in this policy.

While each party may have an advisor of choice, they may not compel any specific person to serve as their advisor. A non-confidential member of the Grinnell College community may be available to serve as a support person, but none are required to do so.

Legal Resources

Office of the State Public Defender "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."

Department of Education Office for Civil Rights

Office for Civil Rights

Region V Office
500 W. Madison St., Suite 1475
Chicago, Illinois 60661
312-730-1560
OCR.Chicago@ed.gov