Reporting

For Faculty / Staff

If you are a faculty or staff making a report, click here.

For Survivors

One of the most important decisions for a survivor is whether or not to talk about what happened. W&J encourages everyone to consider reports of sexual misconduct, relationship abuse, and stalking to the College and, when appropriate to law enforcement. Our staff receive training to ensure that survivors are supported and assisted in the reporting process.

Before making a report, survivors often want to get information about what might happen if they choose to do so. We recommend that they speak with a counselor to ensure that they are aware of their options. Once a report is made, the college’s ability to protect the survivor’s confidentiality is limited by its obligations to take action to prevent further harm to the individual and community. The college will take steps to mitigate and remediate harm even when an anonymous report is made, but its response will be limited based on the available information.

Who should I tell? Who will find out? What will happen?

Anonymous reporting: You can make an anonymous report to the college using the reporting form on the college website. Based on the information provided, the college will initiate a Title IX investigation, but it will be limited to the available information.

Confidential reporting: You can ask a confidential reporter not to share any information with anyone else without your permission unless they fear you will harm yourself or someone else is in danger. Confidential reporters on campus are Student Health and Counseling Staff and the College Chaplain. Only the person with whom you are speaking will know who you are. There will not be a Title IX investigation.

Obligatory reporting: The President, Vice Presidents, Deans, faculty members, staff supervisors, staff members, student life staff, and resident assistants must report information about sexual and relationship violence to the Title IX Coordinator or Campus & Public Safety, even if you don’t want them to share the information. The person with whom you are speaking, the Title IX Coordinator, typically 2 Investigators and the Vice President of Student Life & Dean of Students will know who you are. The College will initiate a Title IX investigation. Depending on the situation, the college may also contact law enforcement. (Please note: if a survivor is under the age of 18, the college is required to report physical or sexual assault to Child Protective Services.)

Reporting to law enforcement: You can file a report with law enforcement whether or not you report to the college. Campus & Public Safety may or may not be notified by off-campus police, and does not automatically contact law enforcement, although you may ask them to do so. Campus & Public Safety can also help you make a criminal report (report to the police). The law enforcement agency and the District Attorney’s office will know who you are. The Title IX Coordinator and the Vice President of Student Life & Dean of Students may learn who you are. Law enforcement’s response can vary from only taking a report to referring the case to the District Attorney for possible criminal charges.

What if I Don’t Want to Make a Report to the College or to Law Enforcement?

You can receive some types of assistance without making a report. A counselor (Student Health and Counseling Services) can give you more information regarding the following:

  • Advocacy and counseling on and off campus
  • Medical care
  • Forensic evidence collection at a hospital emergency room
  • Restraining order from the courts
  • Legal advice and information