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.
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
Formal Report Process
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