In January, 2012, President Riggs appointment a Title IX Task Force and charged the group with examining the College’s institutional policies and practices regarding the reporting of sexual assault and abuse on campus. Since then, the Title IX Task Force has been hard at work reviewing and updating our policies as well as developing new procedures for the reporting of such incidents. The task force spent the summer of 2012 updating the College’s Sexual Misconduct policy as well as the Employee Standards of Conduct policy to ensure they are consistent. Two sub-committees were also formed – one to focus on training initiatives and the other to focus on reporting.
Title IX is:
- Anti-discrimination law;
- Began as part of 1972 amendments - equal gender representation in academics and programs;
- Requires institutions to fully investigate all incidents of sexual harassment, discrimination, sexual misconduct, and sexual assault involving students; and
Identifies a mandatory reporting processes
Title IX Subcommittees:
All full-time and part-time employees are required to receive annual training on Title IX and other issues of harassment and discrimination in the workplace; without such annual training, faculty and employees may not be eligible for coverage under the College’s liability insurance policy. Faculty and employees must attend an in-person “Creating a Culture of Respect” session once every three years. During the two years between, faculty and employees must complete the online training. The majority of our employees received this necessary training during the 2012-13 academic year.
The Reporting Subcommittee of the Title IX Task Force was formed to simplify and streamline community reporting of issues and incidents occurring at Gettysburg College. These issues include sexual misconduct and sexual harassment, bias incidents, hazing, general students concerns, and general criminal activity.
Goals of the Reporting Subcommittee:
- Direct all emergencies and urgent concerns to the Department of Public Safety
- Direct all non-emergencies to a centralized reporting form on the College’s webpage or the Department of Public Safety
- Develop an intuitive webform to guide community reporting for students, employees, and faculty (Community Care Concern Form)
- Establish “behind the scenes” protocol to direct reports to the appropriate College official for prompt and timely investigation and disposition
Community Care Report Form:
The reporting sub-committee established a simple and streamlined tool for the reporting of sexual misconduct and sexual harassment, bias incidents, hazing, general students concerns, and general criminal activity occurring at Gettysburg College. An on-line reporting tool was created to collect this information. Since the creation of this new on-line reporting form, we have seen a 60% increase in reporting this past year. To report a concern, please visit the following website http://www.gettysburg.edu/reportconcern/.
A new employee website was created to disseminate information about what needs to be reported and how to go about making a report on our campus.
Additionally, any student who believes he or she has been a victim of sexual misconduct may visit College Life’s Sexual Misconduct Resource Website to obtain information about various support services (both confidential and official).
A concise brochure was developed to hand out to our community members during trainings. This “Report Card” is intended to simply state everything an employee needs to know about filing a report including: what they must report, who is required to report, and how to go about making a report.
Title IX Log:
The Title IX Task Force meets on a monthly basis to review summary information of all reported incidents to determine if possible patterns exist, and if necessary, make recommendations for additional training or other remedial action. As mentioned previously, our new on-line reporting tool has resulted in a 60% increase in reporting this past year. This is primarily due to increased training, new policies and procedures around the reporting of such incidents and the assignment of a Title IX Coordinator and Deputy Coordinators.