Everyone’s experience is very different, and you are the only person to determine what resources will be most helpful to you. Do you know that resources are available on and off campus to hear your concerns, support you as you process your experience and consider options, and direct you to the appropriate resources. These are available at any point, regardless of the time or location of the incident.
Contacting any of these resources can be a first step in thinking through a difficult situation. Accessing resources does not require reporting details of the situation or incident to the police for investigation or to Student Life for disciplinary action, although those options are always available at any point (See ways to report an incident for formal action). Goshen College will also assist you with accommodations in classes or housing that you might need to continue with a safe and successful learning experience. These supports are also available before, during, and after reporting. You may also bring someone with you to any meeting with the Title IX office.
Goshen College Confidential Resources:
The faculty advocate, campus counselors, and campus pastor will only report any information you share with them at your request or if there is immediate harm to you or the community. Conversations with these individuals are confidential.
Goshen College also offers a confidential support group, the Survivor Support Network, that meets weekly in the evenings for discussion, self-care, and support. Email firstname.lastname@example.org and a group coordinator will contact you. Your name will be held in confidence by the leaders and other members of the group.
All other Goshen College employees can help direct you to resources and are responsible employees who are required by law to help you report the information you share with them to our Title IX process. This information will be private and will result in a contact from a Title IX Deputy Coordinator to extend campus support and resources. Residence Life Staff are available during the week to assist you. In the evening or on weekends, Residence Life Coordinators Kali Miller or Emily Hahn, or Student Life administrator LaKendra Hardware can be reached by calling the On-Call Administrator number, 574-326-5663 for emergency assistance.
Our first concern is your immediate safety and support, so reaching out to any Goshen College employee, including a resident assistant or club leader, can connect you to the help you need. An employee can help you report what has happened to the Title IX Deputy Coordinator, Beth Martin Birky, to discuss options for addressing your situation and preventing further harm. A report does not require an investigation unless that is what you would find helpful. The only exception is when there is a potential threat of harm to you or others on campus or if your situation involves a minor (under age 16). All information will be private, shared only with a limited group of people who need to know to help you or, at your request, to complete a thorough and fair investigation. The Title IX Deputy Coordinator will inform you about the need to share your information with someone.
In addition to the support on campus, you can always reach out to off-campus services. The Faculty Advocate or Title IX Deputy Coordinator can help you make these contacts.
- National YWCA Domestic Violence 24-hour Crisis Line, 1 (866) 937-9922
- The Elkhart County YWCA (www.ywcain.org) has a local 24-hour crisis line: (574) 294-1811
- During business hours, you can contact the Elkhart County YWCA to access free counseling services with a Sexual Assault Therapist, Tara Tuttle, at (574) 830-5073, ext. 105, or at Safe Haven Women’s Shelter (574) 294-1811. Goshen College will provide free transportation to Elkhart. Contact Corie Steinke, Associate Director of Campus Life email@example.com, (574) 535-7291, Wyse Hall 118
- You may also speak to a trained sexual assault advocate 24/7 by calling the National Domestic Violence Hotline, 1 (800) 332-7385, to speak to an advocate online or RAINN, 1(800) 656-4673.
- Victim Assistance Services for the Elkhart County Prosecuting Attorney’s office, (574) 523-2237 has a trained advocate to help you access resources and consider options for response, including filing a criminal report (574) 296-1888. See more details at elkhartcountyprosecutor.com.