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Title IX and Sexual Misconduct

Coe College is committed to creating a safe and productive learning environment free from discrimination. With that in mind, we offer educational, preventative, and supportive resources for our community and constantly review and seek feedback on our policies, practices, and procedures. Our Student Sexual Misconduct Policy is available here.

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex against any person in education programs and activities receiving federal funding. Title IX concerns sexual harassment and sexual assault in all forms, including rape, sexual violence, dating violence, stalking and domestic violence. It applies to all members of the Coe College Community.

Sexual violence or assault can occur between strangers or people who know each other, even those who are in a long- term relationship or are married. Sexual assault is not about sex or an assailant's sexual desires. It's about exerting power and control over another person. This means that regardless of how someone dresses or acts or where or how they choose to spend their time, a person who is sexually assaulted is never to blame for the assault. The only person responsible for the assault is the assailant.

At Coe College, the Sexual Harassment and Misconduct Policy is based on affirmative consent. Consent to engage in sexual activity must be given knowingly, voluntarily, and affirmatively. Consent to engage in sexual activity must exist from the beginning to end of each instance of sexual activity, and for each form of sexual contact. Consent is demonstrated through mutually understandable words and/or clear, unambiguous actions that indicate a willingness to engage freely in sexual activity. Consent is active, not passive.

Each participant in a sexual encounter is expected to obtain and give consent to each act of sexual activity. Consent to one form of sexual activity does not constitute consent to engage in all forms of sexual activity.

Reporting an incident of sexual assault or sexual harassment

Students can report an incident of sexual assault or sexual harassment at any time to the Title IX Coordinators available on campus. The Coordinators are:

Tom Hicks, Dean of Students & Title IX Coordinator
Student Development Office in Upper Gage
319-399-8843
thicks@coe.edu

Krista Kronstein (Sexual Misconduct Coordinator), Director of Residence Life
Deputy Coordinator
Student Development Office in Upper Gage
319-399-8843
kkronstein@coe.edu

Laura Van Buer, Director of Campus Life
Deputy Coordinator
Upper Gage next to Campus Information
319-399-8261
lvanbuer@coe.edu

Carlos Velez, Security Manager
Deputy Coordinator
Upper Gage Hallway
319-399-8517
cvelez@coe.edu

Kris Bridges, Director of Human Resources
Deputy Coordinator
Business Office in Lower Voorhees
319-399-8100
kbridges@coe.edu

In addition to these resources, all employees of the college (including faculty and staff) are non-confidential/mandatory reporters. If you report or share an incident of sexual assault or sexual harassment with them they are required to inform the Sexual Misconduct Coordinator.

To Report Confidentially

If you desire that details of the incident be kept confidential, you should speak with on-campus confidential resources, the off-campus counseling provided by St. Luke's Family Counseling Center, or use Callisto to record the details of your incident. St. Luke's counseling sessions are free of charge. In addition, you may speak off‐campus with various community organizations that specialize in sexual misconduct issues and keep reports made to them confidential. To report the incident to Coe in a confidential manner you can use the Anonymous Reporting Form.

Callisto

Coe is partnering with Callisto (with the help of funding and support from Student Senate), an online support system and sexual assault reporting tool for students that is available to them on my.coe.edu (under the Student Tab).Callisto helps Coe increase reporting rates, improve the detail and accuracy of reports, identify repeat offenders and hold them accountable, and improve the school’s reputation.

Confidential on-campus resources

Emily Barnard, Director of Wellness and Counselor
Student Development Office in Upper Gage
319-399-8843
ebarnard@coe.edu

Lindsay Shedek, Director of Health Services
Lower PUB
319-399-8617
lshedek@coe.edu

Kristin Hutson, College Chaplain & Director of Diversity & Inclusion
Student Development Office in Upper Gage
319-399-8843
khutson@coe.edu

John Chaimov, Professor
Hickok Hall 203A
319-399-8594
jchaimov@coe.edu

Karla Steffens-Moran, Professor and Advisor to RSVP
Struve Communication Center
319-399-8657
ksteffen@coe.edu

Kayla Waskow, Athletics
Eby Fieldhouse
319-399-8265
kwaskow@coe.edu

Confidential off-campus resources

St. Luke’s Family Counseling Center, 319-369-7952 (free)
Riverview Center Sexual Assault Hotline, 1-888-557-0310 (free, advocates available 24/7)
Mercy Medical Emergency Center, 319-398-6041
St. Luke’s Emergency Center, 319-369-7105
Iowa Sexual Abuse Hotline, 1-800-284-7821
Iowa Crime Victim Assistance Division, 1-800-373-5044
Iowa Coalition Against Sexual Assault, 515-244-7424
RAINN – Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network, 1-800-656-HOPE (4673)

Accused Student Resource

Emily Barnard, Director of Wellness and Counselor, 319-399-8843

More information about available resources can be found here: