Reporting

If you are experiencing an emergency, or you need help right away, call Campus Safety at 517-629-1234 or Albion Department of Public Safety at 911 or 517-629-3933. To explore your options before reporting, see the list of confidential resources.


Reporting Options

Survivors have the right and are encouraged to report to local law enforcement and to the College, and the College will assist survivors in filing a criminal complaint as requested. Survivors may request changes in academic, living, transportation, and working situations whether or not they choose to submit a formal complaint about the incident to the College or to civil authorities. Requests should be made to the Vice President for Student Affairs or the College's Title IX Coordinator.  To explore your options before reporting, see the list of confidential resources.

 

On-Campus Reporting

On campus, survivors can file a complaint with Campus Safety or the College's Title IX Coordinator. Complaints against a student are normally referred to a Relationship Violence and Sexual Assault Hearing within the College's Judicial Process. Relationship Violence and Sexual Assault Hearing Officers who hear these cases are trained annually on issues related to these offenses and how to conduct a hearing process that protects the safety of survivors and promotes accountability.  A student who violates the College's standards for sexual conduct could be subjected to sanctions under the College judicial process even if they are not prosecuted in the criminal justice system for that conduct. More information about the Judicial Process can be found in the pdfRelationship Violence and Sexual Assault Handbook. Complaints against employees are processed under the pdfPolicies and Procedures for Addressing Complaints of Sexual Harassment.

Campus Safety
1003 E. Cass St.
517/629-1234

Title IX Coordinator
Lisa Locke
Director for Human Resources
1003 E. Cass St. (Enter through Campus Safety entrance)
517/629-0206

 

Off-Campus Reporting

Off campus, survivors can choose to file a criminal complaint with a police agency or a civil lawsuit against an alleged perpetrator. If the assault occured on campus or in town, the Albion Department of Public Safety (ADPS) is responsible for investigating the complaint. If the assault occurred somwehere else, ADPS can assist survivors in contacting the appropriate police agency to conduct the investigation. 

Albion Department of Public Safety 
112 W. Cass St.
517/629-3933 or 911

 

More Information

pdfSexual Assault Reporting Procedures 2018-2019
pdfRelationship Violence and Sexual Assault Handbook 2018-2019

 

Confidentiality

If you are experiencing an emergency, or you need help right away, call Campus Safety at 517-629-1234 or Albion Department of Public Safety at 911 or 517-629-3933. To explore your options before reporting, see the list of confidential resources.


Confidentiality

Survivors may want to reach out to someone they know and trust to help them understand what happened to them or what resources are available. It is important for survivors to know that most Albion College employees are required by law to report actual or suspected instances of sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, stalking, and sexual harassment to Campus Safety or the College’s Title IX Coordinator. This means that most College employees cannot maintain absolute confidentiality when a survivor shares about what happened to them. This requirement is in place in order to ensure that these instances are responded to in accordance with the law. The College uses the information that is reported to track the number of reported instances on campus and to facilitate the investigation of reports. Employees who are obligated to report will limit their disclosures to what is reasonably necessary to conduct a fair and thorough investigation and to appropriately address the allegation. The survivor will decide whether to pursue a formal complaint against the accused and whether to provide information to the College.

Because of this mandatory reporting obligation, survivors are encouraged to begin with a confidential resources at the College to help them explore their options. Confidential resources at the College include Counseling Services, Student Health Services, and Local Sexual Assault Advocates. The College also encourages survivors of sexual assault to contact Sexual Assault Services of Calhoun County. For more information, see the list of available resources. For more information on filing a complaint, see reporting.

Resources

If you are experiencing an emergency, or you need help right away, call Campus Safety at 517-629-1234 or Albion Department of Public Safety at 911 or 517-629-3933. To explore your options before reporting, see the list of confidential resources below.


On-Campus Resources

*On-campus resources marked with an asterisk(*) are confidential. Most College employees are required by law to report actual or suspected instances of sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, stalking, and sexual harassment to Campus Safety or the College’s Title IX coordinator.  Confidential resources are an exception to that requirement. Utilizing a confidential resource allows a survivor to explore their options and access resources without filing a formal complaint. For more information about mandatory reporting and confidentiality, see Confidentiality.

Counseling Services* — 517/629-0236
The Counseling Services Office offers free, confidential counseling and support to survivors of relationship violence and sexual assault.  The counseling staff are dedicated and experienced in providing personal assistance to survivors and others affected by this type of trauma.  Counseling Services can be reached after hours by calling Campus Safety at 517/629-1234.

Student Health Services* — 517/629-0220
The Student Health Services staff are trained in sexual assault response.  All conversations and examinations are strictly confidential

Local Sexual Assault Advocates (LSAA)*
LSAA volunteers are members of the College community who have been trained to offer support, advocacy, information, and referrals exclusively to current Albion College faculty, staff, and students who are (a) survivors of sexual assault, or (b) attending to another community member who is a survivor.  LSAA volunteers are trained to maintain confidentiality while they are acting in that capacity, except in instances that involve a threat of harm to any person.  LSAA volunteers have access to spaces on campus that allow them to meet with survivors and others in a confidential setting.  
pdfLocal Sexual Assault Advocates (names and contact info of current LSAAs)

The Anna Howard Shaw Women’s Center (AHSWC)517/629-0226
The AHSWC offers information and educational material, advocacy, support, and consultation regarding sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking.

Off-Campus Resources

S.A.F.E. Place Shelter, Battle Creek —  888/664-9832 (24/7)
S.A.F.E. Place can assist with shelter, court advocacy, referrals, and comprehensive counseling programs for victims of stalking, dating violence, and domestic violence.

Sexual Assault Services of Calhoun County 888/383-2192 (24/7)
Sexual Assault Services of Calhoun County trains volunteer Sexual Assault Advocates (SAA) who can confidentially advise survivors on their options for medical and emotional care, as well as legal remedies. At the request of the survivor, the SAA can remain with the survivor throughout the immediate post-assault or reporting process as well as offering long-term support.

Sexual Assault Services of Calhoun County provides free medical-forensic examinations for survivors of sexual assault. Exams are conducted by Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE), registered nurses with advanced training in caring for survivors of sexual assault. SANE nurses provide compassionate care ensuring that survivors are not re-traumatized while seeking medical attention.

AWARE Jackson517/783-2861 (24/7)
AWARE staff can accompany a sexual assault survivor to Henry Ford Allegiance Health (regional hospital) and City Police or Sheriff Department. Counseling and support group are also available.

Legal Services of South Central Michigan269/965-3951, 800/688-3951
Legal Services of South Central Michigan (LSSCM) provides free civil legal assistance to low income persons with emphasis on homelessness prevention, domestic violence prevention, assisting in accessing health care, food, and needs-based income programs. LSSCM offers assistance with custody cases and in securing Personal Protective Orders.

National Domestic Violence Hotline800/799-SAFE (24/7)
The National Domestic Violence Hotline provides free 24/7 telephone and online support to victims of domestic violence, including immediate support to find safety.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender National Help Center888/843-4564
The LGBT National Help Center provides telephone and online support for LGBTQ individuals. 

Equality MI (Detroit)866/926-1147
Equality MI offers victim assistance, counseling, and referral for LGBTQ and HIV-affected individuals who have experienced domestic violence, sexual assault, hate violence, harassment, and discrimination. Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Ozone House (Ann Arbor)734/662-2222
Ozone House includes a safe house and shelter, offering housing, food, and counseling services for LGBTQ individuals.

Dating Violence, Domestic Violence, and Stalking

If you are experiencing an emergency, or you need help right away, call Campus Safety at 517-629-1234 or Albion Department of Public Safety at 911 or 517-629-3933. To explore your options before reporting, see the list of confidential resources.


Dating Violence, Domestic Violence, and Stalking

Dating Violence occurs in a relationship of a romantic and intimate nature. Dating violence may occur in either of the following two ways:

  • An intentional pattern of assaultive and controlling behaviors that cause fear, degradation, or humiliation. These behaviors may include, but are not limited to, threats, including threats to leave the individual or threats of self-harm, destruction of property, or orally abusive behavior.
  • Any use or threatened use of physical force or violence, including sexual assault or other nonconsensual sexual activity.

Domestic Violence
Domestic violence occurs in the following relationships: spouses or former spouses, individuals who are or were in a dating relationship, or individuals who have a child in common. Domestic violence may occur in either of the following two ways:

  • An intentional pattern of assaultive and controlling behaviors that cause fear, degradation, or humiliation. These behaviors may include, but are not limited to, threats, including threats to leave the individual or threats of self-harm, destruction of property, or orally abusive behavior.
  • Any use or threatened use of physical force or violence, including sexual assault or other nonconsensual sexual activity.

Stalking
Stalking is defined as repeated and intentional conduct directed at an individual that would cause a reasonable person to feel terrorized, frightened, intimidated, threatened, harassed, or molested, and that actually causes the individual to whom the conduct is directed to feel terrorized, frightened, intimidated, threatened, harassed, or molested. 

 

More Information

Resources
Reporting
Confidentiality

pdfRelationship Violence and Sexual Assault Handbook 2018-2019

 

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