Initiating a Report

The University encourages a reporting party and witnesses to report any violations of this policy to an appropriate University official. Reports are what give the University the opportunity to investigate and address any violations; they also provide the University with an opportunity to ensure that appropriate care and resources are provided for both the reporting party and the respondent. At the same time, before a reporting party reveals information (name of the respondent, details, etc.), they should understand that only professional counselors, pastors and chaplains (hired or appointed by the University for a specific job description to provide counseling and pastoral care) are able to retain confidentiality. All other faculty and staff are required to notify the designated University officials of all allegations or reports of sexual misconduct (which includes non-consensual sexual penetration, non-consensual sexual contact, sexual exploitation, sexual harassment), relationship violence (which includes domestic violence and dating violence), stalking, or discrimination based on sex.

Designated University Officials
Frances Faehner, vice president for Campus & Student Life, is the Title IX Coordinator for Andrews University (269-471-2679).

Inquiries and complaints regarding sexual misconduct (which includes non-consensual sexual penetration, non-consensual sexual contact, sexual exploitation, sexual harassment), relationship violence (which includes domestic violence and dating violence), stalking, or discrimination based on sex should be referred to designated University officials as follows:

Student Complaints Regarding Another Student or a Faculty or Staff
Title IX Deputy Coordinator for students, R. Deborah Weithers, dean for Student Life (269-471-6684)
Student Life deans (269-471-3215)
Residence hall deans (269-471-3446, 269-471-3390 or 269-471-3360)
Office of Campus Safety (269-471-3321)

Amnesty, Bystander Engagement and Good Faith Reports
The welfare of every member of our community is of paramount importance. The University wants to facilitate a safe and caring campus climate for all good faith reports of sexual misconduct, relationship violence, stalking, and discrimination based on sex. The University believes that bystanders (others nearby) can play a key role in the prevention of Misconduct. Thus the University encourages members of our community to offer help to others in need.

In an effort to remove fears and obstacles to reporting, the University does not typically apply disciplinary action to student victims or student witnesses of Misconduct who, in the process of helping and making a report, voluntarily report their own violation(s) of the Code of Student Conduct (such as alcohol consumption, curfew violations, etc.) related to the specific reported incident. To foster healing and growth, the reporting party and any witnesses making good faith reports may be asked to engage in educational opportunities.

False Complaints
The University also prohibits members of the community from knowingly filing a false complaint or making misrepresentations of sexual misconduct, relationship violence, stalking, and discrimination based on sex. However, a complaint made in good faith is not considered false merely because the evidence does not ultimately support the allegation of Misconduct. Acts of knowingly filing false complaints are, by themselves, cause for disciplinary action.

Local Law Enforcement
Sexual misconduct, relationship violence, and stalking may also be criminal. The reporting party may wish to inform local law enforcement agencies. Upon a request from the reporting party, the University will assist in making the connection between a reporting party and an appropriate law enforcement agency. In Berrien Springs, the local police department can be reached at 269-471-2813. In an emergency, call 911. The reporting party also has the right to decline to make a formal report to law enforcement and campus authorities.

Informal Consultations and Resolutions

  • If the reporting party desires an informal consultation, he/she should consult with one of the appropriate designated Title IX Deputy Coordinators listed above for the purpose of exploring whether or not to submit a formal complaint.
  • The reporting party may be reluctant to identify the respondent; however, this will limit the University's ability to investigate and respond.
  • Both parties may be given the opportunity to reach an agreed-upon resolution that may include acknowledgements and commitments to remedy the situation.
  • The reporting party may request the University address the situation through various interim measures, informal meetings or resolutions for the purpose of providing information or support or to create separation of proximity, etc. The University will seriously consider requests such as confidentiality but reserves the right to proceed in whatever way it deems necessary.

Formal Report Process

  • If a reporting party desires to make a formal report of alleged Misconduct, the complaint should be submitted to the appropriate Title IX Deputy Coordinator as listed above.
  • The formal complaint should contain, at a minimum, a concise written statement of the alleged violation and a detailed statement of the facts supporting the allegation as well as the names of any witnesses. In general, witnesses must have observed the conduct in question or have information relevant to the incident and will not be interviewed solely to speak about an individual's character.
  • The appropriate Title IX Deputy Coordinator will review the formal complaint and/or meet separately with the reporting party and the respondent to receive their formal statements and the names of any witnesses.
  • The appropriate Title IX Deputy Coordinator will provide a notice of charges to both parties and review of University policy and processes utilizing the Title IX Case Awareness Form.
  • The appropriate Title IX Deputy Coordinator will identify potential support systems for both parties.
  • The Title IX Coordinator and Title IX Deputy Coordinator will assess whether the allegation(s), if true, would rise to the level of Misconduct to activate a formal Title IX investigation under this policy. If it is determined that a Title IX investigation is not the appropriate course of action, both parties will be notified. In some such cases where the respondent is a student, the Title IX Coordinator may refer the case directly to the Student Life Deans Council to be reviewed for a general violation of the Code of Student Conduct.

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