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Title IX Policies and Procedures

Confidentiality

Davenport University will make every reasonable effort to preserve an individual's privacy and protect the confidentiality of information related to sexual assault within the parameters required by law. The University may issue a safety awareness alert, and a brief description including time and location in order to notify the community of the occurrence of a serious crime potentially putting the public at risk. The University is also required by law to submit an annual report on sexual assault and other campus crime statistics to the public. It is important to note that safety awareness alerts nor campus crime statistics contain any specific victim-identifying information. For absolute confidentiality, we encourage students to meet with one of our counseling staff.

Institutional Obligation

Because sexual assault is a serious crime that may threaten the community as a whole, in some instances the University may be obliged to pursue an alleged sexual assault through internal disciplinary procedures without the cooperation of the survivor. Always in such instances, the University will inform the survivor of its obligation to address a community safety issue.

Responsibility regarding Confidentiality

When a report of sexual assault is made, both the accused and the accuser, and all identified witnesses who are named in the investigation, will be notified of the University's expectation of confidentiality. Breaches of confidentiality or retaliation against: the person bringing the complaint; any person assisting with the investigation; or the person or individuals being charged with the complaint; will result in disciplinary review.

University's Responsibility

Once a report of sexual assault is brought forward, the University is obligated to investigate and to initiate appropriate judicial process. This includes the University's obligation to consider utilizing all relevant internal disciplinary, as well as external criminal, civil, and administrative processes, regardless of whether the person assaulted wants to prosecute and/or participate. However, the wishes of the accuser or victim will be heard with the utmost consideration and will be adhered to within the constraints of the law. During the investigation of any reported sexual assault, the university may also have an obligation to take appropriate interim steps to ensure the safety and welfare of the university community, including but not limited to, suspending or limiting the right of the accused to be on campus.

Campus Notification

Once a report of sexual assault is made, the university is obligated by law to take all necessary steps to protect the specific campus and the person who has been assaulted. This may include alerting the campus of crimes that it determines pose a threat to members of the campus community. In making such determinations, the university will consider the safety of students, faculty, and staff as well as the privacy interests of all persons involved in such incidents. Regardless of the action taken by the University, the name of any person involved will not appear on security alerts. To respect the privacy rights and choices of the person reporting a sexual assault, as well as the rights of a person being accused, the University will consider the wishes of all individuals involved in the incident to determine the level of specific information to include in the campus crime report.

Campus Crime Reporting

In compliance with the Clery Act (Campus Crime Statistics Act), all members of the university excluding privileged sources, notified of a sexual assault are required to inform Davenport University Title IX personnel and the incident will be included in campus crime statistics. The university never includes the names of the accuser or the accused in crime statistics.