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).
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 and talk through the best options to remedy the situation and prevent it from happening again.
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.
Response to a report
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
The online reporting form allows you to submit an anonymous report, which gives Title IX deputy coordinator information about a general problem or potential threat. Please remember that, with an anonymous report, the Title IX deputy coordinator is unable to contact you to offer support, accommodations, or options.
Even if you have already submitted an anonymous report, you always have the option to file another report and identify yourself to receive support. You can also directly contact any GC employee, Student Life staff, the Title IX deputy coordinator or coordinator to provide additional information.
You choose the steps to take
Remember, reporting sexual harassment or violence does not require you to file a formal complaint and involve the other party. You can choose what kind of steps you want to take for support or to resolve the issue. At any point in the process, you may contact a variety of people for support, advice on options, or 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.
All Parties are treated fairly
The goal of Title IX is to ensure equitable access to education programs and activities. When Goshen College addresses reports of sexual or gender harassment, sexual assault, or discrimination, all parties involved can be assured of a fair, timely, and private process to address difficult situations, remedy the situation as much as possible, and prevent the incident from happening again. Both Complainants (victims, survivors) and Respondents (alleged offenders) will be treated with dignity and professionalism. See the statement of student rights in a Title IX grievance process for more information and contact that Title IX deputy coordinator or coordinator with any questions.
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.
If you have questions about completing this form, please reach out directly to Title IX deputy coordinator Liz Andes (574-535-7484 or Wyse 118) or Title IX coordinator Beth Martin Birky (574-535-7465 or AD14H), a Student Life staff member, or any GC employee.
For more information about the types of behavior covered by this policy, see Title IX policy definitions.