Webster University's Title IX Report Processes

Reporting processes are important to our community.

Reporting and Confidentially Disclosing Sexual Harassment: Webster University encourages those who have experienced sexual harassment to talk to a member of the Title IX Office or a counselor about the occurrence. Doing so connects these individuals to the appropriate support, and allows Webster University to respond appropriately.

Employees in various roles on campus have different abilities to maintain the complainant’s confidentiality. Employees, such as counselors, are required to maintain near complete confidentiality.

Other employees are required to report all the details of an incident (including the identities of all parties involved in the incident) to the Title IX Coordinator or the Deputy Title IX Coordinator. A report to these employees (also known as "responsible employees") constitutes a report to the University, and generally obligates Webster University to investigate the incident and take appropriate steps to follow-up on the alleged incident.

 

Step-by-Step Process Guide

There are prohibited offenses considered to be "sexual harassment" as they relate to the Webster University’s title IX Policy on Sexual Harassment. You have options if you experience:

Dating Violence
Sexual Assault

Domestic Violence
Sexual Harassment

Stalking


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.


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


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.


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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Obligations at a University Level

Once the Title IX Coordinator receives a formal report of Sexual Harassment, 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.

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 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 Webster University’s Title IX Policy on Sexual Harassment.

 

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

 

The University offers both an Informal Resolution process and a Live Hearing Process.

The Informal Resolution Process is followed for all reports of Student versus Student allegations of sexual harassment where both parties agree to resolve the issue through this form of mediation. The Informal Resolution Process is prohibited for Student versus Employee allegations of sexual harassment. Please refer to the full PDF policy for more information.

The Live Hearing Process will be followed for all reports of sexual harassment that are not resolved through the Informal Resolution Process in allegations where both parties are students or if the respondent is a student. Formal reports issued that involve a Student versus an Employee must go through the Live Hearing Process. Please refer to the full PDF policy for more information.