Student Resource Guide Pertaining to Sexual Misconduct

Introduction

Drake University strives to create a respectful, safe, and non-threatening environment where its students are able to live, study, and work free from sexual misconduct. Toward this end, the University has adopted certain policies prohibiting sexual misconduct (including sexual harassment, sexual assault, and sexual exploitation), and it has adopted certain procedures for the adjudication of complaints of sexual misconduct within the University. This Resource Guide explains to whom reports of sexual misconduct may be made within the University and how to report to law enforcement. It also identifies various resources that are available to students who have questions about sexual misconduct.

Reporting Sexual Misconduct within the University

The university strongly encourages students to report sexual misconduct. Within the University, sexual misconduct may be reported to the Dean of Students or Director of Human Resources (Title IX Coordinator).

To report sexual misconduct, contact the Dean of Students Office, deanofstudents@drake.edu  (515-271-2835) or Resources/Title IX Coordinator, venessa.macro@drake.edu  (515-271-3962).

The Coordinator for Sexual Violence Response and Healthy Relationship Promotion can provide support and assist a student in making a report. Contact the Coordinator for Sexual Violence Response and Healthy Relationship Promotion at alysa.mozak@drake.edu or 515-271-4141.

Any University employee who is not statutorily prohibited from doing so (including managers of student employees) who becomes aware of a sexual misconduct involving a student should bring the information to the Dean of Students Office or the Title IX Coordinator.

The Importance of Prompt Reporting

Sexual misconduct should be reported as soon as possible. The ability of the University to investigate a matter may be impeded if too much time has passed or if the accused has graduated or is no longer employed by the university. Prompt reporting can also lead to the preservation of physical evidence (e.g., prompt medical examinations are critical to preserving the physical evidence of sexual assault), the availability of witnesses, and a clearer recollection(s) of the event(s).

Before Unwelcome Sexual Conduct Becomes Severe or Pervasive

A sexual assault may also constitute sexual harassment under University Policy. The University defines “sexual harassment” as unwelcome advances, requests for sexual favors, or other unwelcome verbal or physical conduct aimed at another because of sex. Depending on the circumstances, including the severity or pervasiveness of the conduct, sexual harassment can create a hostile educational environment, which is actionable under University policies, as well as under state and federal law. For example, a single incident of rape would be sufficient to meet this definition. However, it is important to keep in mind that sexual misconduct does not need to become so severe or pervasive that it creates a hostile educational environment in order for you to report it. In fact, you are encouraged to report any unwelcome sexual conduct to the Dean of Students or the Title IX Coordinator. He or she will listen to your concerns and then decide whether the matter should be processed under formal University procedures or whether it will be addressed informally.

Investigating and Adjudicating Sexual Misconduct Complaints within the University 

  • For complaints against students, the Dean of Students will conduct the investigation and Drake’s Student Code of Conduct will govern the investigation and adjudication process.
  • For complaints against faculty or staff, Human Resources will conduct the investigation and adjudication will follow procedures applicable to the accused, within the staff handbook, faculty manual, any applicable contract, and/or Academic Charter.
  • For complaints against others, Human Resources will conduct the investigation and any University response will be individually tailored to the circumstances.

Online Confidential Reporting
While reporting to the Dean of Students Office or the Title IX Coordinator is encouraged, a confidential reporting tool is also available at: https://secure.ethicspoint.com/domain/media/en/gui/24191/

Reporting Sexual Misconduct to Law Enforcement 

Depending on the circumstances, sexual misconduct may constitute criminal behavior; therefore, the University strongly encourages students to consider reporting sexual misconduct to law enforcement.

For emergencies, contact 911 (9-911 from a campus phone) and/or contact Campus Security.  Security phones that connect directly to Campus Security are located inside buildings and in heavily traveled outdoor locations across campus.

If requested, the Dean of Students Office and/or the Coordinator for Sexual Violence Response, is available to assist in notifying Drake Security or local law enforcement about sexual misconduct. An incident can be reported even if the student has not decided whether to press criminal charges. 

Resources and Services

The university strongly encourages students to seek assistance to care for themselves emotionally and physically through confidential crisis intervention, health care, and counseling. As students tend to their health, they should keep in mind that medical examinations are time-sensitive and are critical in preserving evidence of sexual assault so that options can be considered at a later time. Students should always confirm whether confidentiality applies to the communication. Generally, confidentiality applies when a student seeks services from the following persons:

  • Psychological counselor (including counselors at Drake’s Student Counseling Services)
  • Health care provider (including medical professionals at Drake’s Student Health Center)
  • Personal attorney
  • Religious/spiritual counselor
  • Crisis Advocate

While other university employees cannot guarantee complete confidentiality, information is disclosed only to those select individuals who have a need to know in order for University officials to carry out their responsibilities.

The following list includes a variety of campus, community, and national services available to students who have experienced sexual misconduct.

Campus Resources

Campus Security - www.drake.edu/security/ - 515-271-2222
Contacting Drake Security does not mean a student must pursue criminal charges. Drake Security can advise students of their options, help students understand how to preserve evidence, and assist students in safety planning while considering their options.

Coordinator for Sexual Violence Response and Health Relationship Promotion - alysa.mozak@drake.edu - 515-271-4141
This Coordinator is available to serve as a resource for a student who has experienced sexual misconduct and, at the student’s request, will make referrals to confidential campus and community agencies. This Coordinator can also assist in referring a complainant to the Dean of Students or Title IX Coordinator and will advise the Dean of Students or the Director of Human Resources (Title IX Coordinator) when she is informed that sexual misconduct has occurred.

*Counseling Services - www.drake.edu/counselingcenter - 515-271-3864
Mental health counselors are available to provide mental health counseling to students on a confidential basis.

Dean of Students Office - www.drake.edu/dos - deanofstudents@drake.edu - 515-271-2835
Office staff can assist students with initiating a complaint of sexual misconduct under applicable University policies and procedures and/or work with students in addressing concerns with regard to related issues, such as housing, dining, class schedules, and leaves of absence.

Office of Residence Life - www.drake.edu/residencelife - 515-271-3781
Office staff can assist students with reporting sexual misconduct to the Dean of Students or the Title IX Coordinator.

*Student Health Center - www.drake.edu/health - 515-271-3731
Student Health Center providers can provide confidential medical treatment to students.

Title IX Coordinator - venessa.macro@drake.edu - 515-271-3962
The Title IX Coordinator, who also serves as the director of human resources, is available to meet with students who believe sexual misconduct has occurred. She can explain applicable University policies and procedures, including those pertaining to sexual misconduct and, depending on the identity of the accused,  will either conduct an investigation into reported sexual misconduct or oversee the investigation.

*Violence Intervention Partner (VIP) Peer-based Advocacy Services (24 hour confidential service) 515-512-2972-call or text

Community Resources

  • Des Moines Police                   
    emergency -  911 (from non-campus phone)  9-911 (from campus phone)
    non-emergency -   515-283-4811

Support Services

*Polk County Crisis and Advocacy Services (515-286-3600)

*Iowa Sexual Assault Hotline (1-800-284-7821)  

*National Sexual Assault Hotline (800-656-HOPE)

Des Moines Hospitals

*Broadlawns Medical Center (515-282-2200)
     1801 Hickman

*Iowa Lutheran Hospital (515-263-5612)
       700 E. University Ave.

*Iowa Methodist Hospital (515-241-6212)
     1200 Pleasant St.

*Mercy Medical Center (515-247-3121)
       1111 Sixth Ave. 

Denotes a potentially confidential resource.  As noted above, students should always confirm whether confidentiality applies to the communication.

For additional information about sexual assault go to: www.drake.edu/sexual-assault/

Last Revised July 2013

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