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The University encourages prompt reporting of sexual misconduct — in person or by submitting an online Incident Report. The following information about reporting is from Mount Vernon Nazarene University’s Sex/Gender-Based Harassment, Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct Procedures.

Amnesty for Victims and Witnesses

The University community encourages the reporting of misconduct and crimes by victims and witnesses. Sometimes, victims or witnesses are hesitant to report to University officials or participate in resolution processes because they fear that they themselves may be accused of policy violations, such as underage drinking at the time of the incident. It is in the best interests of this community that victims choose to report to University officials, and that witnesses come forward to share what they know. To encourage reporting, the University pursues a policy of offering victims of misconduct and witnesses amnesty from minor policy violations related to the incident.

Sometimes, students are hesitant to offer assistance to others for fear that they may get themselves in trouble (for example, a student who has been drinking underage might hesitate to help take a sexual misconduct victim to the Campus Safety). The University pursues a policy of amnesty for students who offer help to others in need. While policy violations cannot be overlooked, the University will provide educational or therapeutic options, rather than punishment, to those who offer their assistance to others in need.

The University encourages prompt reporting of Prohibited Conduct — in person or by submitting an online Incident Report. At the time a report is made, a reporting party does not have to decide whether or not to request any particular course of action, nor does a reporting party need to know how to identify what happened. Choosing to make a report, and deciding how to proceed after making the report, can be a process that unfolds over time. The University provides support that can assist a reporting party in making these important decisions, and to the extent possible, will respect a reporting party's autonomy in deciding how to proceed. As explained in greater detail in the Mount Vernon Nazarene University’s Sex/Gender-Based Harassment, Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct Procedures. The University will balance a reporting party's interest with its obligation to provide a safe and non-discriminatory environment for all members of the University community.

The University encourages all individuals to seek assistance from medical provider(s) and/or law enforcement immediately after an incident of Prohibited Conduct, whether or not the reporting party plans to pursue criminal charges. This is the best option to ensure preservation of evidence and to begin a timely response by law enforcement.

If an individual believes that the Title IX Coordinator has engaged in Prohibited Conduct or has otherwise behaved inappropriately, the individual shall contact the President of Mount Vernon Nazarene University.

A. Reporting to Law Enforcement

The Title IX Coordinator or Campus Safety will assist a reporting party, at the reporting party's request, in contacting local law enforcement and will cooperate with law enforcement agencies if a reporting party decides to pursue the criminal process. A reporting party has the right to notify, or decline to notify law enforcement, under VAWA. Felonies reported to the University (except to confidential resources), however, must be reported to law enforcement by the University, as required by Ohio law (Ohio Revised Code 2921.22). Under most circumstances, the reporting party may decline to participate in a law enforcement investigation.

The University’s policy, definitions, and burden of proof may differ from Ohio criminal law. A reporting party may seek resolution through the University’s resolution process, may pursue criminal action, may choose one but not the other, or may choose both options. Neither law enforcement’s determination whether or not to prosecute a respondent nor the outcome of any criminal prosecution are determinative of whether Prohibited Conduct has occurred under this policy. Proceedings under this policy may be carried out prior to, or concurrent with, civil or criminal proceedings off campus.

At the request of law enforcement, the University may agree to briefly defer its Title IX fact gathering until after the evidence gathering stage of a criminal investigation. The University will nevertheless communicate with the reporting party regarding Title IX rights, procedural options and the implementation of interim measures to assure safety and well-being. The University will promptly resume its Title IX fact gathering as soon as it is informed that law enforcement has completed its initial gathering of evidence. The University may not, by federal law, wait to address reports of sexual and gender-based harassment and violence until any external legal processes are resolved.

B. Campus Reporting Options

The University is committed to providing a variety of welcoming and accessible means so that all instances of Prohibited Conduct will be reported.

To enable the University to respond to all reports in a prompt and equitable manner, the University encourages all individuals to report any incident directly to the Title IX Coordinator. However, the University recognizes that a student or employee may choose to report to any trusted employee of the University.

All University employees (except those who are designated as confidential resources) are considered "responsible employees" under Title IX and are required to share all known information related to a report, including the identities of the parties, with the Title IX Coordinator. In addition, student employees/volunteers who have responsibility for the welfare of other students, e.g., Student Residents (RA), are required to report all known information. Other student employees who receive information within the context of their jobs are required to report to the Title IX Coordinator.

Title IX Coordinator
Dr. Melanie Timmerman
740-397-9000, ext. 4750
titleix@mvnu.edu

Title IX Deputy Coordinator
Mrs. Katie Sherman
740-397-9000, ext. 4405
titleix@mvnu.edu

Reports can also be made directly to Campus Safety (24-hour availability) during non-business hours.
740-399-8686
740-397-9000, ext. 8686
campus.safety@mvnu.edu

C. Anonymous Reporting

Any individual may make an anonymous report concerning an act of Prohibited Conduct. A report can be made without disclosing one’s own name, identifying the responding party, or requesting any action. Depending on the level of information available about the incident or the individuals involved, anonymous reporting may limit the University’s ability to respond or take further action.

Anonymous reports can be submitted through the University’s website. Follow-up communications with the person submitting the anonymous report are not possible unless contact information is provided.

As with all other reports, anonymous reports will be shared with the Title IX Coordinator. Where there is sufficient information, the University will ensure that anonymous reports are reviewed and included for compliance with the Clery Act.

Employees who have a duty to report information to the Title IX Coordinator under this policy may not make such reports anonymously.

D. Reporting Considerations

  1. Advisors
    All parties are entitled to an advisor of their choosing to guide and accompany them throughout campus resolution process. The advisor may be a friend, mentor, family member, or any other supporter a party chooses to advise them who is both eligible and available. People who will be called as witnesses may not serve as advisors. The advisor is a silent and non-participating presence who is there solely to observe and provide support during the investigative process. They are expected to refrain from interference with the University’s investigation and resolution.

  2. Timeliness of Report
    In order to maximize the University's ability to respond promptly and effectively, all those impacted by Prohibited Conduct are encouraged to report as soon as possible. There is no time limit on reporting violations of this policy, though prompt reporting by responsible employees is expected. If the reporting party is no longer a student or employee at the time of the report, the University may not be able to take disciplinary action against the responding party, but it will still seek to meet its Title IX obligation by providing support for the reporting party and taking other appropriate action to eliminate, prevent and address the effects of the Prohibited Conduct. The University will also assist a reporting party in identifying external reporting options.

  3. False Reports
    The University will not tolerate intentional false reporting of incidents. It is a violation of the Student Code of Conduct to make an intentionally false report of any policy violation, and it may also violate state criminal statutes and civil defamation laws.

  4. Reporting to the Office of Civil Rights
    Mount Vernon Nazarene University’s Sex/Gender-Based Harassment, Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct Policy and Procedures complies with federal law. The University’s policies are subject to Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. Title IX bans sexual discrimination in schools that receive federal financial aid. If you believe the University has failed to follow its Title IX obligations, you may contact the Office of Civil Rights in the US Department of Education (ocr@ed.gov).

Any member of Mount Vernon Nazarene University community who has experienced sexual or physical assault is encouraged to immediately seek medical assistance, contact law enforcement to make a report, and make a report to the University.

EMERGENCY RESPONSE

Campus Safety
740-399-8686
740-397-9000, ext. 8686
campus.safety@mvnu.edu

Crisis Hotline
740-397-9000, ext. 5000

Mount Vernon Police
740-397-2222

Knox County Sheriff
740-397-3333

Emergency Law Enforcement Response:
911 (from anywhere)

MEDICAL TREATMENT

Knox Community Hospital
1330 Coshocton Avenue
Mount Vernon, OH 43050
740-393-9000
Provides medical treatment and sexual assault forensic exams

New Directions: The Domestic Abuse and Rape Crisis Center of Knox County
Hotline: 740-397-5525
Will accompany to a sexual assault forensic exam

Student Health Services
740-397-9000, ext. 4632

COUNSELING

Campus Counseling Center
counselingcenter@mvnu.edu
740-397-9000, ext. 4610

New Directions: The Domestic Abuse and Rape Crisis Center of Knox County
Hotline: 740-397-5525
Will accompany to a sexual assault forensic exam


CONFIDENTIAL RESOURCES

The resources designated below can provide counseling, information, and support under confidentiality protections.

ON CAMPUS

Campus Counseling Center
counselingcenter@mvnu.edu
740-397-9000, ext. 4610

Campus Pastor
740-392-6868, ext. 3713

OFF CAMPUS

New Directions: The Domestic Abuse and Rape Crisis Center of Knox County
Hotline: 740-397-5525

Knox County Victim's Assistance
740-397-3404

National Domestic Violence Hotline (NDV)
800-799-7233 (SAFE)
www.thehotline.org

Ohio Sexual Violence Coalition Domestic Violence
24–Hour Hotline: 844-644-6435 (OHIOHELP)

Ohio Hispanic Coalition Domestic Violence
24–Hour Hotline: 614-746-3534 (Spanish and English)


REPORTING OPTIONS ON CAMPUS (not confidential)

The resources designated below can provide information, support and remedial resources.

Dr. Melanie Timmerman
Title IX Coordinator
740-397-9000, ext. 4750
titleix@mvnu.edu

Mrs. Katie Sherman
Title IX Deputy Coordinator
740-397-9000, ext. 4405
titleix@mvnu.edu

Campus Safety
740-399-8686
740-397-9000, ext. 8686
campus.safety@mvnu.edu

A. DEFINITIONS

Privacy and confidentiality have distinct meanings under this policy.

Privacy generally means that information related to a report of Prohibited Conduct will only be shared with those University employees who “need to know” in order to assist in the active review, investigation, or resolution of the report, including the issuance of interim measures. The University will determine which employees have a legitimate need to know about individual conduct complaints pursuant to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and will share information accordingly.

The University may notify the parents or guardians of any dependent students who are responding parties regarding conduct charges or sanctions, particularly disciplinary probation, loss of housing, suspension and dismissal.

Confidentiality means that information shared by an individual with designated campus or community professionals cannot be revealed to any other individual without express permission of the individual or as otherwise permitted or required by law. These designated professionals have the right to maintain privileged conversations under state law. Confidential resources include medical professionals, mental health professionals, rape crisis or domestic violence counselors and clergy.

B. LIMITS TO CONFIDENTIALITY

Limits to confidentiality include:

Ohio Felony Reporting Requirement

Under Ohio law, all individuals, excluding confidential resources, must report felonies, including sexual violence. Under Ohio Revised Code Section 2921.22, medical professionals, mental health professionals and clergy are not required to report felonies. This legal requirement means that the Title IX Coordinator or Campus Safety must report any felony to the Mount Vernon Police Department. Where the University makes a report to law enforcement under this section, the University will not typically share the names of the involved parties without permission from the reporting party. The University will communicate with the reporting party in advance of any report to law enforcement. The reporting party may choose whether and how to participate in any subsequent criminal investigation.
 

C. CONFIDENTIAL RESOURCES

The resources designated below can provide counseling, information, and support. These confidential resources will not share information about a reporting party or responding party without the individual’s express permission or as permitted or required above (Limits to Confidentiality).

ON CAMPUS

Campus Counseling Center
counselingcenter@mvnu.edu
740-397-9000, ext. 4610

Campus Pastor
740-392-6868, ext. 3713

Student Health Services
740-397-9000, ext. 4632

OFF CAMPUS

New Directions: The Domestic Abuse and Rape Crisis Center of Knox County
Hotline: 740-397-5525

Knox County Victim's Assistance
740-397-3404

National Domestic Violence Hotline (NDV)
800-799-7233 (SAFE)
www.thehotline.org

Ohio Sexual Violence Coalition Domestic Violence
24–Hour Hotline: 844-644-6435 (OHIOHELP)

Ohio Hispanic Coalition Domestic Violence
24–Hour Hotline: 614-746-3534 (Spanish and English)

Contact Us

titleix@mvnu.edu
Off Campus: 740-399-8250
On Campus: 740-397-9000, ext. 3250