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Title IX Report Processes

Reporting processes are important to our community.

Reporting and Confidentially Disclosing Sexual Assault and Other Sexual Offenses: Webster University encourages those who have experienced sexual assault or other sexual offenses to talk to somebody about what happened – so that these individuals can get the support they need, and so Webster University can respond appropriately.

Different employees on campus have different abilities to maintain a reporting party’s confidentiality. Some are required to maintain near complete confidentiality; talking to them is sometimes called a "privileged communication."

Some employees are required to report all the details of an incident (including the identities of both the reporting party and responding party) to the Title IX Coordinator or a Deputy Title IX Coordinator. A report to these employees (called "responsible employees") constitutes a report to the University – and generally obligates Webster University to investigate the incident and take appropriate steps to address the situation.

 

 

Step-by-Step Process Guide

There are prohibited offenses considered to be "sexual misconduct" as they relate to the Webster University Policy on Sexual Assault, Harassment and Other Sexual Offenses. You have options if you experience:

  • Sexual Violence
  • Dating Violence
  • Sexual Assault
  • Domestic Violence
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Stalking

1.
Immediately After Incident

Reporting the Incident

You are strongly encouraged to report sexual violence to the police. Report to any police officer in person, or by calling one of the numbers to the right. Reporting to police will not affect your ability to pursue a disciplinary complaint through the University. The University's process is independent of the criminal process.

Emergency: dial 911 or Webster University Public Safety Emergency: (314) 968-6911
Non-emergency: Webster Groves: (314) 645-3000 or Webster University Public Safety Non-Emergency: (314) 968-7430

Seeking Emergency Medical Attention

You are strongly encouraged to seek medical attention. You may obtain medical attention at any medical facility. SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital St. Louis is located in Richmond Heights and has a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner in the Emergency Room.

SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital St. Louis: 6420 Clayton Road, Richmond Heights, MO 63117 (314) 768-8000

Seeking Confidential Crisis Counseling

You are strongly encouraged to seek confidential counseling. You can obtain crisis counseling and confidential information, advice and support through any of the sources listed here.

Safe Connections: Business (314) 646-7500 | Hotline (314) 531-2003 | safeconnections.org
Webster University Confidential Crisis Resources: The Sexual Offense Advocate can be reached 24-hours a day, seven days a week by mobile phone at (314) 252-8304, or during office hours in the Counseling and Life Development Office at (314) 968-7030 or (800) 981-8904. Also, visit website: www.webster.edu/student-counseling

2.
Information, Assistance & Support

Seeking Ongoing Confidential Counseling

There are many sources of information, assistance and support at the University and in the community.
At the University, confidential support is available through Counseling and Life Development (314) 968-7030.
In the St. Louis community, confidential support is available through YWCA St. Louis Regional Sexual Assault Center (314) 531-7273, Safe Connections (314) 531-7500, ALIVE (314) 993-2777 and Women's Place (314) 645-4848.

Seeking Interim Remedies and Protective Measures

University Measures: The University can provide protective and interim remedies to the reporting party of sexual assault, sexual harassment and other sexual offenses, including: modifications to academic schedules, campus housing, student leadership, or working situations, as well as providing academic support or making special arrangements for withdrawing or dropping classes without penalty, if requested and reasonably available, regardless if the reporting party chooses to file a formal report. No contact measures may also be implemented.

Obtained Outside of the University: St. Louis Circuit Court Order of Protection. Where there is an immediate threat to health or safety, it may also be possible to obtain a judicial protective order. The University Office of Public Safety or the Sexual Offense Advocate can provide information and assistance in filing for an order of protection.

Confidential Contact: Sexual Offense Advocate (314) 252-8304, or during office hours (314) 968-7030.
These contacts have a duty to investigate any reports of sexual misconduct:
• Student Affairs Coordinator, Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Student Sexual Misconduct Cases (314) 968-6980
• Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students, Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Students Reporting Sexual Offenses (314) 968-6980
• Associate Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, Title IX Coordinator, (314) 968-6960

3.
Reporting Options

Options for Reporting

You may report to the police and/or to the University. You may report (1) to the police, in which case the Prosecuting Attorney will decide whether or not to pursue criminal charges, or (2) to the University, in which case the University will assess the report and determine the appropriate course of action. You may pursue both or neither of these options. The University encourages individuals to report. You need not report immediately, but important evidence may be lost through the passage of time.

Police Report: Webster Groves Police Department (314) 645-3000
University Report: You may report to the University by contacting any of the following:
• Student Affairs Coordinator, Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Student Sexual Misconduct Cases (314) 968-6980
• Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students, Deputy Title IX Coordinator (314) 968-6980
• Office of Public Safety (24/7) (314) 968-7430; Emergency (314) 968-6911
• Confidential Option: Sexual Offense Advocate (24/7) Office: (314) 968-7030, Mobile: (314) 252-8304

Detailed information about reporting options and University investigations/resolution is set forth in the Webster University Policy on Sexual Assault, Harassment and Other Sexual Offenses.

4.
University Obligations

Obligations at a University Level

Once a University responsible employee has information about sexual violence, harassment or other sexual offenses, the University is required by law to investigate and take prompt and effective action to (1) end any misconduct that occurred; (2) remedy its effect; and (3) prevent its recurrence. The University is obligated to protect the safety of the University community, whether or not you wish to pursue disciplinary resolution.

Different employees on campus have different abilities to maintain a reporting party's confidentiality.

Some employees are required to report all the details of an incident (including the identities of both the reporting party and responding party) to the Title IX Coordinator or a Deputy Title IX Coordinator. A report to these employees (called "responsible employees") constitutes a report to the University - and generally obligates Webster University to investigate the incident and take appropriate steps to address the situation.

Privileged and Confidential Communications - Reporting to Professional Counselors.

Professional counselors, or counseling interns, who provide mental-health counseling to members of the University community, are not required to report any information about an incident to the Title IX coordinator without a reporting party's permission.

For additional information about confidentiality of information, see the Webster University Policy on Sexual Assault, Harassment and Other Sexual Offenses.

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Webster is committed to providing prompt, fair, and impartial investigation and resolution of reports of violations under the Policy on Sexual Assault, Harassment and Other Sexual Offenses.

The University offers both an Administrative Process and a Hearing Board Process in reporting sexual assault, harassment or other sexual offenses.

Administrative Process

This process is followed for all reports of sexual assault, sexual harassment or other sexual misconduct filed, regardless of whether the reports involve students and/or employees. Please refer to the full PDF policy for more information.

Hearing Board Process

This procedure will be followed for all reports of sexual misconduct when both parties are students or the responding party is a student. Please refer to the full PDF policy for more information.

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The Policy at Webster

The Title IX office offers support, training and reporting tools. We have outlined these topics in our policy.

Title IX Policy

Resources for the Webster Community

For help and support regarding Title IX matters, you may review our resources for students, faculty and staff.

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Title IX Office

Kimberley Pert, Interim Head of Webster University's Title IX Office
470 E. Lockwood Ave., St. Louis, MO 63119
(314) 246-7780 | pertk61@webster.edu