Making the report:
Student Protection and Confidentiality Disclaimer:
A student who would prefer seeking services that are private, and confidential in nature are advised to contact Drake’s Counseling and Health Services at 515 271-3864 or Polk County Crisis and Advocacy Services at 515-286-3600. Federal law sets forth that medical providers, victim advocates and counselors [and clergy] are to maintain confidentiality, so the listed resources are not required to report an assault to the Dean of Students, Drake Security, or the Des Moines Police Department.
However, if a student reports a sexual assault to University staff, including a resident assistant, hall coordinator, Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life, Director of Residence Life, the Coordinator for Sexual Violence Response, Coordinator of Title IX or any other member of the Student Life staff, the incident will be reported to the Dean of Students. These staff members are obligated under the federal legislation of Title IX, including the Campus Security Act, to report the incident. The Dean of Students may in turn report the assault to Campus Security and the Des Moines Police.
While the Clery Act requires mandatory reporting by these staff members of an alleged assault, the personal identity of the alleged victim can remain confidential.
Off-campus conduct may subject students to University disciplinary proceedings. Prosecution by external [criminal] authorities may also occur, which could lead to imprisonment. Criminal sanctions may also be imposed on assailants and civil damages may be awarded to victims of sexual assault.
What Happens When a Report is Made?
The University has its own disciplinary system, which is administered by the Dean of Students Office. After an incident has been reported, a Drake University investigation into the incident will be initiated, including meeting separately with the victim and the alleged perpetrator. Where the alleged perpetrator is a student, appropriate University disciplinary procedures will be followed. Such action could include initiation of a Drake University disciplinary proceeding against the alleged perpetrator, even when the victim does not want to press charges and even when the Polk County Attorney has not initiated a criminal complaint.
Campus security will also initiate an investigation in partnership with the Dean of Students Office and serves as Drake’s liaison with Des Moines Police and other Des Moines detectives. There are no particular deadlines on specific tasks that should be completed because the timeliness of the investigation depends on the cooperation and willingness of the alleged victim and family, alleged perpetrator, and information gathered by Des Moines Police and campus security. In some instances, the timeliness of the investigation depends on receiving medical documentation, which could take up to six months. Deadlines are not placed in the Code of Student Conduct.
Upon request by the victim, the University will assist in changing his/her academic, living and work situations, if such changes are reasonably available. Depending on the circumstances, the University may also initiate a reassignment of the alleged assailant’s student housing when deemed to be in the best interests of those involved.
Confidential reporting tool:
While reporting to one of the individuals listed above is encouraged to ensure appropriate investigation and action is taken, a confidential reporting tool is also available at https://secure.ethicspoint.com/domain/media/en/gui/24191/index.html
Drake’s Disciplinary System
The University has its own disciplinary system, which is administered by the Dean of Students Office. After an incident has been reported, a Drake University investigation into the incident may be initiated, including meeting separately with the victim and the alleged assailant. Where the alleged assailant is a student, appropriate University disciplinary procedures will be followed.
The dean of students may take immediate disciplinary action including:
For a complete description of the disciplinary process, please refer to the Code of Student Conduct in the Drake University Student Handbook.