Reporting a Concern
Reporting Options and Considerations
The College strongly encourages Complainants to report any incident of sexual misconduct as soon after the incident as possible. A Complainant has the right and can expect to have incidents of sexual misconduct taken seriously by the College when reported. Only people who need to know will be told and information will be shared only as necessary with investigators, witnesses, and the Respondent.
Different people on campus have different reporting responsibilities and different abilities to maintain confidentiality under Title IX and College policy, depending on their roles. When consulting campus resources or speaking with someone at the College about sexual assault, you should be aware of confidentiality and mandatory reporting as required by law in order to make informed choices.
If you are unsure of someone’s duties and ability to maintain the confidentiality of your conversations, ask them before you talk to them. They will be able to tell you, and help you make decisions about who can best assist and/or support you.
Certain employees at the College are considered “Responsible Employees,” which means that they are employees who are required to report any alleged sexual misconduct incidents to the Title IX Coordinator. The following are Responsible Employees under this Policy:
• The President of the College
• All Senior Staff members
• The Title IX Team
• All employees within the Department of Public Safety
• The Office of Student Life
• Residents Assistants and Resident Directors
• The Athletics Department
• The Human Resources Office
• All Faculty
• Staff who have sufficient authority to take action to address the concern
To formally report an incident of sexual misconduct and/or related concern, you are encouraged to contact a member of the Title IX Team.
You may also inform any of the Responsible Employees, listed above. Because the College is required by law to investigate these matters, all Responsible Employees must report any claims or incidents arising under the Sexual Misconduct Policy to the Title IX Coordinator.
Once a formal investigation has begun, complete confidentiality may not be possible. The College is required by law to protect the safety of its campus and its campus community. When the College receives a report of sexual misconduct, it has a legal obligation to respond in a timely and appropriate manner. Reasonable attempts will be made to preserve confidentiality. Only those within the Title IX Team with a legitimate need-to-know will be kept apprised of the investigation details. Additionally, the Complainant, the Respondent and any third-party will be advised of the need to preserve confidentiality.
However, based on information gathered, the College may determine that it has a responsibility to initiate a complaint procedure (even without the Complainant’s participation). The College will balance any requests for confidentiality against the responsibility to provide a safe and nondiscriminatory environment for all students, staff, and faculty. Complete confidentiality could handicap the College representative’s ability to conduct a thorough investigation of the allegations.
The Title IX Coordinator will evaluate all requests for confidentiality to determine the extent to which the College can honor the request and still satisfy its obligations under Title IX and this Policy.
When the College is obligated to provide the College community with timely warnings, names of the individuals are not used and every effort will be made to reserve identifying information.
Despite the College’s strong interest in having individuals report allegations of sexual misconduct, the College realizes that not every individual is prepared to make a report to the College.
The College has designated certain specific persons as confidential resources for individuals who prefer to speak with someone confidentially about their concerns. These confidential resources will not tell anyone else your private, personally identifiable information unless there is cause for fear for your safety, or the safety of others.
If you want details of the incident to be kept confidential, you should speak with one of the following confidential resources:
• Centre College Counselors
• The Chaplain
• Parsons Student Health Center staff and/or
• Off-campus mental health providers or rape crisis providers
Persons in these positions are not required to report any personally identifiable information given in confidence, unless given permission by the individual, the allegations involve the physical or sexual abuse of a child or vulnerable adult, or there is an imminent threat to the life of any person. (Confidential resources may submit non-identifying, anonymous information about violations of this Policy to the Department of Public Safety for purposes of legally required statistical reporting under the Clery Act.)
Reports to Law Enforcement
As noted above, Complainants are strongly encouraged to notify local law enforcement authorities of any criminal sexual misconduct. Individuals will be assisted, upon request, in notifying law enforcement by the Department of Public Safety. They can assist you with making claims, petitioning for restraining orders, and/or advising on other legal options that may be available to you.
Note that if you choose only to communicate with a confidential resource (and do not notify a Responsible Employee or law enforcement), no further action will be taken.