When consulting campus resources, all parties should be aware of privacy and mandatory reporting guidelines, as outlined below, in order to make informed choices. Students have the right and can expect to have incidents of sexual misconduct to be taken seriously by the institution and to have those incidents investigated and properly resolved through administrative procedures.
Students who wish to talk confidentially are encouraged to seek out the following:
It is important for students to feel comfortable reaching out to campus personnel for support, guidance, and advice. Students are urged to contact anyone on campus for assistance. A report of sexual misconduct will be considered confidential, and only the people who need to know will be advised of the situation.
All non-student employees are required to notify the campus Title IX Coordinator directly when an alleged incident is reported. Because of their level of responsibility, Residential Life student staff members are required to relay reports to the Title IX Coordinator. Non-student employees regularly undergo Title IX training and will be able to make appropriate referrals. (Note that Aramark dining staff, Barnes and Noble employees, cleaning staff members, and non-affiliated vendors are contracted by the University and are not considered Trinity University employees.)
The Title IX Coordinator may require disclosure of personally identifiable information if the incident reveals a need to protect the student or other members of the community, or to determine if there is a pattern of reports connected to a student or group of students. This includes the name(s) of the responding student(s), if known, the reporting party, and relevant facts such as date, time, and location.
Trained investigators, listed on the Sexual Assault Webpage, have a different level of training than other employees, and may be able to answer procedural questions in depth. Students are encouraged to seek out the Title IX Coordinator directly as well.
The University reserves sole discretion and the right to take whatever measures it deems necessary in response to an allegation of sexual misconduct in order to protect students’ rights and personal safety and the University community. Such measures include, but are not limited to, modification of living arrangements, reassignment of classes as available or removal from classes, interim suspension from campus pending a hearing, and reporting the matter to law enforcement.
Students may be issued administrative no-contact orders, adjustments to academic and housing arrangements, and other appropriate measures, whether or not there is a formal complaint.
Victims of sexual misconduct usually have two avenues to consider in filing a formal complaint. These options are not mutually exclusive. The first offers a University process and the second a criminal process. Either or both may be pursued:
The accusing party can decide to not pursue a formal complaint. When possible, the University will respect the wishes of the accusing party. The University's ability to investigate the matter may be negatively impacted by the accusing party's desire to keep the matter confidential. When necessary due to the circumstances, the University may initiate its own investigation of instances of sexual misconduct.