The Difference Between Seeking Information and Support, Counseling, and Filing an Official Report

Seeking Information and Support

Victims, and/or friends of victims, can seek advice and information from these resources about options for ensuring safety of the victim on campus. The resources listed above will relay information to relevant administrators and the Title IX Coordinator so that information about options can be relayed back to the victim in a timely manner. Although some of these resources also happen to be locations where you can file a formal report, victims do NOT necessarily have to move forward seeking a conduct process should they choose to contact reporting resources such as Student Conduct or Security Services. See Requesting Confidentiality: How the College Will Weigh the Request to learn more about how your information is protected while you seek information and support.

Counseling

These resources are recommended if you are seeking a completely confidential conversation, and/or are working with administrators to seek information and support but also want to speak to a professional to find resources for healing. 

Filing an Official Report

Victims can file an official report with any Harassment Reporting Officer, Security Services, or Student Conduct. Victims can expect to be taken seriously by the college when formally reported. Should a victim decide to turn the report into an official complaint through the student conduct process, the victim can expect and to have the incidents investigated and properly resolved through administrative procedures. For more information about the option of pursuing a conduct process, see Student Conduct Process for Sexual Misconduct.

 

**Students are encouraged to seek one, two, or all three of these avenues for resources. For example, a student may only be ready to seek counseling immediately after a sexual assault, but may decide to file an official report 3-4 months after the incident. Additionally, a student may initially want to seek information and support, and then after receiving information about all options and feeling informed about the College’s procedures for addressing sexual misconduct, may choose to file an official report.