Sexual Assault/Sexual Misconduct
State law defines various violent and/or non-consensual sexual acts as crimes. Additionally, The College of Wooster has defined categories of sexual misconduct for which sanctions may be imposed under its Equal Opportunity, Harassment and Nondiscrimination Policy (.pdf).
Categories include sexual harassment, intimate partner violence, non-consensual sexual intercourse, non-consensual sexual contact, gender-based bullying, gender-based hazing, and sexual exploitation.
Complainants have the right and can expect, to have complaints taken seriously by The College of Wooster when formally reported, and to have those incidents investigated and properly resolved. Victims of campus crime should be aware that they may initiate an investigation through the College’s conduct system, though the state judicial system, or both.
If you have been sexually assaulted:
- Find a safe location away from the perpetrator of the assault.
- You are advised to seek medical care as soon as possible. Even if you do not have any visible physical injuries, immediate medical attention is important to reduce the risk of pregnancy or sexually transmitted disease. You can go to the Longbrake Student Wellness Center (330-263-2319) on campus or to Wooster Community Hospital (1761 Beall Avenue).
- You may not know right now whether or not you want to pursue College conduct charges, State criminal charges, or both against the perpetrator, however, preserving the evidence will help if you decide to do so now or in the future. Do not shower, brush your teeth, brush your hair, or clean any part of your body. Do not smoke or drink anything. Do not change clothes if possible; if you have already changed clothes, place them in a paper bag (NOT plastic) to help preserve the collection of evidence. If you are still in the location where the assault occurred, do not touch, change, remove, or clean anything.
- We encourage you to report the assault. The choice is yours. If/when you are ready, call 911 to report to the police. Call the Title IX Coordinator (330-263-2017, business hours) or Security and Protective Services (330-263-2590. 24 hours) to report to the College. If you report the assault, personally identifiable information and details of the assault will be shared with as few people as possible, and all efforts will be made to protect your privacy to the greatest extent possible. Details will not be shared otherwise unless there is a pattern of abuse or cause for fear for your safety or the safety of others in which case the College is obligated by law to investigate. The State of Ohio also requires that anyone with knowledge of a felony or child abuse (including sexual assault of a 17-year-old) having been committed is required to report it to law enforcement. Reporting the assault does not obligate you to pursue conduct and/or criminal charges against the perpetrator.
- If you do not wish to report the assault formally, and if you want the details to be kept anonymous (no personally identifiable information shared with anyone), you can speak to a licensed counselor or other employee in the Longbrake Student Wellness Center, the College Chaplain, off-campus local rape crisis counselors, or on- or off-campus members of the clergy who will maintain confidentiality except in extreme cases of immediacy of threat or danger or abuse of a minor. Be advised that all other College employees (faculty and staff), including RAs, are mandatory reporters. If they are aware of an allegation of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and/or sexual misconduct, they must report it to the College’s Title IX Coordinator, a Deputy Coordinator, or Security and Protective Services.
- It is your decision whom you tell and when you tell. You may consider talking to a trusted friend, relative, or someone at the College listed above.
- Recognize that healing from sexual assault takes time. Use the resources that are available at the College. If the College has notice of the incident, remedial, responsive, and/or protective actions will be implemented such as no contact orders, counseling and/or medical services, academic support, living arrangement adjustments, providing a campus escort, academic or work schedule and assignment accommodations, safety planning, and/or referral to campus and community support resources.
If someone you know has been sexually assaulted:
- Believe them. Listen to and support them. Do not be judgmental; what happened is not their fault.
- Help them to review their options for medical care, police, and College reporting and available resources of support. Remember, it is their decision about whom to tell, when to tell, and what their next steps will be.
- Be patient; it takes time to process what has happened, and it takes time to heal. Continue to be supportive and continue to encourage them to seek help through the resources that are available on campus, in the local community, and/or through national hotlines/websites.
- Supporting a friend through a traumatic experience like sexual assault is stressful. Counseling and other support services are also available to you.
To make a report of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and/or sexual misconduct to the College:
- Contact Security and Protective Services: 2590 (from campus phone) or 330-263-2590
- Submit a Report of Discriminatory Harassment/Sexual Misconduct online
- Contact the College’s Title IX Coordinator - Lori Makin-Byrd, x2017 (from campus phone) or 330-263-2017, Longbrake Wellness
- Call the Anonymous Tip Line: 2337 (from campus phone) or 330-263-2337
- Contact the Deputy Title IX Coordinator or other College resources:
Lori Makin-Byrd, Title IX Coordinator, Director of Sexual Violence Prevention and Response, 330-263-2017, Longbrake Wellness
Jessica Ettell Irvine, Director of Student Rights and Responsibilities, 330-263-2501, Campus Life Office, Lowry Center
Marcia Beasley, Associate Vice President for Human Resources, 330-263-2016, Human Resources Office, Service Center
Carolyn Buxton, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs, 330-263-2545, Dean of Students Office, Galpin Hall
- Emergency: 911
- Campus Security and Protective Services: 2590 (from campus phone) or 330-263-2590
- Anonymous Tip Line: 2337 (from campus phone) or 330-263-2337
- Dean of Students Office: 2545 (from campus phone) or 330-263-2545
- Longbrake Student Wellness Center: 2319 (from campus phone) or 330-263-2319
- Title IX Coordinator – Lori Makin-Byrd: 2017 (from campus phone) or 330-263-2017
- Human Resources – Marcia Beasley: 2016 (from campus phone) or 330-263-2016
Local /national resources:
- OneEighty (rape crisis center, 104 Spink Street)
24-hour hotline: 330-263-1020 or 1-800-686-1122
- Wooster City Police
330-287-5702; Emergency 911
- Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network
- Lori Makin-Byrd, Title IX Coordinator, Director of Sexual Violence Prevention and Response, 330-263-2017, Longbrake Wellness
- National Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-800-656-HOPE (4673)
- National Sexual Violence Resource Center
- Specifically For Men: 1in6 (includes 24/7 online support)