Title IX Initial Incident Report

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Reporting Individual
Accused Individual

Medaille takes every incident seriously and is committed to helping you understand what options you have when reporting a sexual assault/harassment or other incidents affecting your safety or Title IX rights.  We will be guided by your wishes throughout this process, but may be obligated to take action depending on the circumstances.

Medaille prohibits retaliation against anyone who files a sexual assault/harassment complaint, serves as a witness, or assists or participates in a related investigation or process. Any form of retaliation in these situations will be addressed through the College conduct process, or criminal investigation if desired by the victim.

As a member of the Medaille community, if you believe that you are the victim of a sexual assault* or sexual harassment**, you may choose any combination of the below actions. Please review and initial the option(s) that you may wish to pursue (feel free to check more than one):

Upon investigating your case, a law enforcement agency may or may not arrest the accused. Depending upon the results of the investigation, your case may be referred to the District Attorney’s Office for prosecution. If you choose to file a report with Law Enforcement, and charges are pursued, the College’s conduct process may need to be delayed while the law enforcement agency completes its investigation.
If the respondent is a Medaille student, and you want the matter handled by the College’s code of conduct system, you may choose to report the incident to the Office of Residence Life and Student Conduct. If the respondent if found responsible, the College will take action (which may include suspension or dismissal) in accordance with its Student Code of Conduct policies and procedures. If you choose not to pursue your complaint with the College Conduct System, in certain situations, the College may still proceed with the investigation/hearing without your involvement. You will be notified if such action is taken. In addition, the College may be required by law to report the incident for statistical purposes. If this happens, there will be no personally identifiable information about you in this report. If you decide to pursue your complaint at a later date, the College may still be able to act on it.
Because sexual harassment is considered to be a severe form of sex discrimination, you may wish to report the incident to the Medaille Title IX Coordinator, Steven MacMartin. The Title IX Coordinator is responsible for ensuring a non-discriminatory campus environment that is free from harassment. The Title IX coordinator will undertake an investigation that may involve taking statements from you, the accused, and pertinent witnesses.
You may report the incident to one or more of the above but decide not to proceed further. You may also choose to consult a private attorney to explore your legal options. However, information about the incident (date, time, location) that does not disclose your identity may be shared with the Director of Residence Life and Student Conduct, Title IX Coordinator, and Campus Safety to ensure that accurate sexual assault/harassment records are kept. You will be notified if such action is taken. In addition, the College may be required by law to report the incident for statistical purposes. If this happens, there will be no personally identifiable information about you in this report. If you decide to pursue your complaint at a later date, the College may still be able to act on it. Medaille is committed to taking all reasonable steps to investigate and respond to the complaint consistent with your request in an effort to prevent similar incidents. Please understand that a request to remain anonymous may limit the College’s ability to take actions on your report. Depending on the circumstances a “timely warning” may be issued to the college community. Whenever possible, we will notify you if this will happen and your name and identifying information will not be included. Regardless of the options you choose to pursue, you can contact the Title IX Coordinator or the Director of Residence Life and Student Conduct to request consideration for accommodations, such as changing classes or housing after reporting sexual assault/harassment.
Other: please explain

I have read the above options and understand the course of action(s) that I can pursue. At this time I would like this matter to be considered using the option(s) that I have initialed. I reserve the right to change my mind concerning the choice(s) I have made on this date; however, I understand that time limitations may affect some of my choice(s).

*Sexual Assault is defined as a physical sexual act or acts committed against a person’s will or when a person is incapable of giving consent, incapable of evaluating the nature of the conduct; or incapable or declining participation in, or communicating unwillingness to engage in, a sexual act or acts.

**Sexual Harassment is defined as unwelcome, gender-based verbal or physical conduct that is sexual in nature and sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive that it unreasonably interferes with, denies, or limits someone’s ability to participate in or benefit from the College’s educational program and/or activities, and is based on power differentials, the creation of a hostile environment, or retaliation. Examples of sexual harassment include, but are not limited to, unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature that expressly or implicitly imposes conditions upon, threatens, interferes with, or creates a severe, pervasive and objectively offensive environment that interferes with or limits a student’s ability to participate in or benefit from the College’s program.

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