If you have experienced sexual harassment or assault, please consider reporting your experience in order to get help addressing the situation and finding the support you need. If you are experiencing an emergency, please seek immediate assistance by calling 911 or Campus Safety (574-535-7599).
Reports may originate in a variety of places, such as the online reporting form, which is received by the Title IX Deputy Coordinator. You may also contact any GC employee to be connected to the Title IX Deputy Coordinator. GC employees can be your bridge to resources and reporting and help you find support along the way.
However you choose to report, you have the right to share as much as you are comfortable sharing or what you believe would be helpful to achieve the outcome you desire. The Title IX Deputy Coordinator will contact you right away and work with you to determine the best steps to take, depending on your situation and the nature of the policy violation. Next steps may include:
- Receiving support, such as counseling or medical assistance
- Developing a safety plan for your security and the security of those around you
- Filing a formal complaint to remedy the situation through an informal resolution or formal grievance process
At any point in the process, survivors may contact a variety of people for support, to get advice on options, or to be directed to additional resources.
You may also contact off-campus resources, especially if you have experienced a crime or have medical concerns. Survivors may also contact the Goshen Police Department at any time after experiencing a crime. GC employees can assist you with contacting law enforcement or getting immediate medical help at the Goshen Hospital emergency room. Please note that reporting a crime close to the time of the incident increases your chances of preserving valuable evidence for a criminal investigation and prosecution.
GC wants to help you address any difficult situation, policy violation, or emergency at all of its campuses, whether in Goshen, at Merry Lea or the Roth Marine Biology station, or wherever you participate in any GC educational program or activity. Even if you are on a Study Service Term (SST), an off-campus course, or an internship, you can report your experience. We will always support you as best we can, although the response and ability to investigate a report will vary, depending on the location.
Options for Online Reports
If you choose to complete the online report, you have several options and may choose to pursue the process that is most helpful for you. You might file a report to inform the institution about a problem (through an anonymous report), to request support and accommodations (report with your name provided), or to pursue a formal complaint (report for informal or formal resolution processes) as defined in the Sexual Harassment and Assault policy.
When filing an online report, you may choose to remain anonymous. The Title IX Deputy Coordinator receives your report and consults with the appropriate administrators to assess and document the information provided. If names of other parties are provided, the Title IX Deputy Coordinator and the Campus Safety Director will determine whether or not the information reported poses an immediate threat to those parties or the campus community. If so, they will proceed as the circumstances require to address the threat. In other cases, they will use the information to address a general problem, such as a hostile environment.
Please remember that, with an anonymous report, the Title IX Deputy Coordinator is unable to contact the reporter to offer support, accommodations, or options. Even if you submit an anonymous report, you always have the option to file another report and identify yourself. You can also contact any GC employee or the Title IX Deputy Coordinator to provide additional information.
Reporting for Accommodations
If your report includes your name, you will be contacted within 48 hours by the Title IX Deputy Coordinator with an offer of resources and a chance to meet to discuss your options. You can choose if, when, and how you will have further contact or proceed with addressing your situation. In meeting with the Title IX Deputy Coordinator, you will learn more about your options for support, accommodations, or investigation. You may always bring a support person with you to any meeting.
Reporting for Formal Complaint
When your report includes a request to file a formal complaint, the Title IX Deputy Coordinator will first contact you with an offer of resources and a chance to meet to discuss your options. The Title IX Deputy Coordinator will help you complete a formal complaint and initiate a resolution process that best fits your circumstances, remedies the situation, and prevents further harm.
Please ask for help
We want you to be safe and we want to help. A report is the beginning of a process to help you address a challenging situation, remedy the effects of policy violations on you and your educational experience, and prevent the situation from occurring in the future.