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. The faculty advocate, assistant athletic trainer, campus counselors, and campus pastor will only report any information you share with them at your request or if there is threat of 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 email@example.com and a group coordinator will contact you. Your name will be held in confidence by the leaders and other members of the group.
Accessing confidential 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 to the Title IX Deputy Coordinator).
Goshen College Confidential Resources:
Reporting for Accommodations, Support, or Investigation
You may complete the Online Report Form or make a direct report to any Goshen College employee or the Title IX Deputy Coordinator Kendra Yoder. See the Reporting page for more detailed steps involved in reporting on campus or to off-campus entities like the Goshen Hospital Emergency Room or the Goshen Police Department.
If you feel uncomfortable having Kendra or Jodi processing your report, please contact the faculty advocate, Regina Shands Stoltzfus; Assistant Athletic Trainer, Emily Osborne; or Title IX Coordinator, Beth Martin Birky before filling out this form.
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.
All Goshen College employees can help direct you to resources and are responsible employees who can help you report the information you share with them to our Title IX Deputy Coordinator. This information will be private and will result in a contact from a Title IX Deputy Coordinator to extend campus support and resources. After learning more about your options, you can choose what steps you want to take, such as receiving accommodations for your safety or well-being or pursuing an investigation.
Residence Life Staff are available during the week to assist you. In the evening or on weekends, Residence Life Coordinators Zachary Frank or Phil Brown; Residence Life Student Interns Tyler Lautenschleger and Chelsea Foster 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, Kendra Yoder, 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.
- The Saint Joseph Forensic Department and Emergency Room, located in Mishawaka about45 minutes 45 minutes east of Goshen) are available for medical assistance, as well as sexual assault medical exams by specifically trained sexual assault nurse examiners (also referred to as SANE nurses) (https://www.sjmed.com/forensic-department).
- The Fort Wayne Sexual Assault Treatment Center, located an hour southwest of Goshen, is a valuable resource. Their web pages include helpful links to resources as well (https://www.fwsatc.org/).
- 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 legal options, including filing a criminal report (574) 296-1888. See more details at elkhartcountyprosecutor.com.
- The Latino Coalition against Domestic and Sexual Violence in Indiana provides a toll-free Spanish phone line (1-866-442-4627) for victims who would like to talk to a bilingual advocate that can provide information about services.