Seeking information and support, counseling, advocacy 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. 

Advocacy

The following professional staff is our Sexual Assault Advocate and is considered confidential, however, they have the obligation of reporting information, with the exception of identifying information, to the Deputy Title IX Coordinator:

Marta Cady, Associate Dean and Sexual Assault Advocate
Office: Student Development House, 3209 N. 15th Street.
Phone: 253.879.3365 office, 253.219.0516 mobile
Email Address: martacady@pugetsound.edu 

The university has designated student members of Peer Allies as individuals who can talk with students impacted by sexual misconduct in a private manner. Peer Allies must report all information to the Associate Dean and Sexual Assault Advocate, who is considered a confidential resource (see above). The Associate Dean and Sexual Assault Advocate has the obligation to report information to the Deputy Title IX Coordinator for federal Clery and Title IX reporting. Information provided to the Deputy Title IX Coordinator will exclude identifying information of the complainant.  

Peer Allies
Email Address: peerallies@pugetsound.edu
Website: facebook.com/pugetsoundpeerallies

Peer Allies is a support network of students that hold weekly office hours to provide an opportunity for survivors of sexual violence or harassment who may have felt powerless to talk, be heard and be believed as well as provide information to survivors in a safe space about other resources both on and off campus.

The second group is a group of faculty and staff called Sound Advocates. The goals of the Sound Advocates is to hear, empathize, advocate, refer and teach.  Theses faculty and staff are considered responsible employees.

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 on filing an official report, see Reporting Harassment or Sexual AssaultFor 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.