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If You've Been Assaulted, We Can Help

Sexual assault survivors respond in different ways. Some want to share what has happened to them. Some want to make a formal compliant. Others are not sure, and they need someone they can talk to confidentially - to try to regain a sense of control, to start healing, and to sort through their options at their own pace.

If you feel this way, please know all UCM employees will attempt to protect your privacy, but not all of UCM’s employees can maintain your confidentiality.

Who Can I Talk To?

UCM encourages victims of sexual violence to talk to somebody about what happened so victims can get the support they need, and so we can respond appropriately.

UCM expects all staff to be sensitive to victims of sexual misconduct. In order to help victims understand their resources and options, all staff have been assigned responsibilities when they become aware of incidents of sexual misconduct. Please be aware different employees on campus have differing abilities to maintain your confidentiality or privacy.

Our intent is to provide a range of options to victims so they can make informed decisions about who can best assist them. All UCM employees fall into one of the following groups:

  • Some UCM employees have been designated as "Psychologists and medical staff" (see: Option 1) and are required to maintain near complete confidentiality; talking to them is sometimes called a “privileged communication.”
  • Other employees have been designated as “as "Non-professional counselors or advocates" (see: Option 2) who may talk to you in confidence, and generally only report to the University that an incident occurred without revealing any personally identifying information. Disclosures to these employees will not trigger an investigation into an incident against your wishes.
  • All other university employees are required to report all the details of an incident (including the identities of both the complainant and respondent) to the Title IX coordinator. A report to these "Responsible employees" (see: Option 3) constitutes a formal report to the University - and generally obligates the University to investigate the incident and take appropriate steps to address the situation. UCM expects “Responsible employees” to be skillful at responding to students in crisis.
  • Anonymous reports may be filed online (see: Option 4). The university will review and document anonymous reports in its annual crime statistics.
  • Off campus resources are also available. These resources are independent from UCM and generally will not inform the university of an incident unless you authorize them to do so.

UCM’s policy is intended to make you aware of the various reporting and confidential disclosure options available - so you can make informed choices about where to turn should you become a victim of sexual violence.

 

You have the right to expect UCM to investigate what happened and to take prompt action to address the situation even if you choose not to pursue legal action. If you are not sure if someone can maintain your confidentiality - ask before you talk to them. No matter what option you choose, your personal information will only be shared as necessary with as few people as possible, and all efforts will be made to protect your privacy.

Your Options:

OPTION 1: Psychologists and Medical Staff

Psychologists and Medical Staff
The professional, licensed psychologists in UCM’s Counseling Center and the medical staff at the University Health Center can provide you with confidential assistance and support; they are not required to report any information about an incident to the Title IX coordinator without your permission.

Following is the contact information for these offices:

Counseling Center
Humphreys 131, Warrensburg, MO 64093
Phone: 660-543-4060
Hours: 8 a.m.-noon, 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Summer: 7:30 a.m.-noon, 1 p.m.-4:30 p.m.

University Health Center
600 S. College Ave., Warrensburg, MO 64093
Phone: 660-543-4770

OPTION 2: Non-Professional Counselors and Advocates

Non-Professional Counselors and Advocates

The Title IX/CARE Team Case Manager who works in the Student Experience and Engagement office, as well as volunteer Victim Advocates who answer the 24-hour Confidential Hotline, can generally talk to you and are not required to reveal your name or personal information, but they must report that an incident occurred.  You can seek assistance and support from these individuals without triggering an investigation that could reveal your identity or that you have disclosed the incident.

While maintaining your confidentiality, these individuals or their office should report the nature, date, time, and general location of an incident to the Title IX Coordinator within 24 hours. This limited report - which includes no information that would directly or indirectly identify you - helps keep the Title IX Coordinator informed of the general extent and nature of sexual violence on and off campus so the coordinator can track patterns, evaluate the scope of the problem, and formulate appropriate campus-wide responses. Before reporting any information to the Title IX Coordinator, these individuals will consult with you to ensure that no personally identifying details are shared with the Title IX Coordinator.

Following is contact information for these non-professional counselors and advocates:

Title IX/CARE Team Case Manager
Administration Building 213, Warrensburg, MO 64093 
Phone: 660-543-8328

24-Hour Confidential Hotline: 660-441-4855


If you speak to a professional or non-professional counselor or advocate, you must understand that, if you want to maintain confidentiality, UCM will be unable to conduct an investigation into the particular incident or pursue disciplinary action against the respondent.

Even so, these counselors and advocates will still assist you in receiving other necessary protection and support, such as victim advocacy, academic support or accommodations, disability, health or mental health services, and changes to living, working or course schedules.

If you request confidentiality at first, you may still later decide to file a complaint with the university or report the incident to local law enforcement, and thus have the incident fully investigated. These counselors and advocates can provide you with assistance if you wish to take these actions later.

If the College determines the respondent(s) poses a serious and immediate threat to the College community, the Department of Public Safety may be contacted by these individuals and called upon to issue a timely warning to the community. Any such warning WILL NOT include any information that identifies you as the victim.

OPTION 3: Reporting to "Responsible Employees"

"A Responsible Employee" is a UCM employee who has the authority to redress sexual misconduct or who has the duty to report incidents of sexual misconduct or other student misconduct.

If a complainant tells a responsible employee about an incident of sexual misconduct, it is considered putting the university "On notice" of an incident and consequently with intent that the incident be acted upon. When a complainant notifies a designated "Responsible employee," the University will take prompt, effective and appropriate steps to investigate what happened and to resolve the matter promptly and equitably.

A designated "Responsible employee" must report all relevant details about sexual violence to the Title IX coordinator within 24 hours. The University will then need to determine what happened - including the names of the complainant(s) and respondent(s), any witnesses, and any other relevant facts, including the date, time and specific location of the incident.

To the extent possible, information reported to a responsible employee will be shared only with people responsible for handling the university's response to the report. A responsible employee will not share a complainant's personal information with law enforcement without consent or unless they have also reported the incident to law enforcement.

Who are UCM's Responsible Employees?

The Department of Education (DOE) has offered guidance on who should be designated as "Responsible employees" and UCM understands the spirit of this guidance is to ensure that complainants have the right and ability to choose from a range of confidential and formal reporting options. The guidance from the DOE is also intended to ensure that reports of sexual misconduct do not "fall through the cracks" or go uninvestigated while also ensuring that, to the degree possible, the complainant's privacy and wishes are honored.

At UCM, (with the exception of staff in The Counseling Center, the Health Center, the Violence and Substance Abuse Prevention Office, and the Office of Mentoring, Advocacy & Peer Support) all employees, including faculty members, are responsible employees.

If a complainant wishes to tell the responsible employee what happened but also maintain confidentiality, the University will consider the request for confidentiality, but cannot guarantee that we will be able to honor it. In reporting the details of the incident to the Title IX Coordinator, the responsible employee will also inform the Coordinator of the victim's request for confidentiality.

Responsible Employees will not pressure a complainant to request confidentiality, but will attempt to honor and support complainant wishes, including for UCM to fully investigate an incident. By the same token, responsible employees will not pressure complainants to make a full report if they are not ready to.

If you have been the victim of misconduct, we want you to have immediate access to help without losing your ability to decide when and how to take action. You should never be scared to ask for help and actions should not be taken without your awareness and consultation.


Requesting Confidentiality From the University: How UCM Will Weigh the Request and Respond.

If a victim discloses an incident to a responsible employee but wishes to maintain confidentiality or requests that no investigation into a particular incident be conducted or disciplinary action taken, the College must weigh that request against the College’s obligation to provide a safe, non-discriminatory environment for all students, including the victim.

If the College honors the request for confidentiality, a victim must understand that the College’s ability to meaningfully investigate the incident and pursue disciplinary action against the respondent(s) may be limited. 

Although rare, there are times when the College may not be able to honor a complainant’s request in order to provide a safe, non-discriminatory environment for all students.


The College has designated the following individual to evaluate requests for confidentiality once a responsible employee is on notice of possible sexual violence:

Corey Bowman, Associate Vice Provost for Student Services / Title IX Coordinator
ADM 214, 660-543-4114, bowman@ucmo.edu


When weighing your request for confidentiality or that no investigation or discipline be pursued, the Title IX Coordinator may consult with UCM’s Threat Assessment Team and will consider a range of factor. These factors include the increased risk that the respondent will commit additional acts of sexual or other violence, such as:

  • Whether there have been other sexual violence complaints about the same respondent;
  • Whether the respondent has a history of arrests or records from a prior school indicating a history of violence;
  • Whether the respondent threatened further sexual violence or other violence against the victim or others;
  • Whether the sexual violence was committed by multiple respondents;
  • Whether the sexual violence was perpetrated with a weapon;
  • Whether the victim is a minor;
  • Whether the College possesses other means to obtain relevant evidence of the sexual violence (e.g., security cameras or personnel, physical evidence);
  • Whether the victim’s report reveals a pattern of perpetration (e.g., via illicit use of drugs or alcohol) at a given location or by a particular group.

The presence of one or more of these factors could lead the College to investigate and, if appropriate, pursue disciplinary action.

If, for example, the school has credible information that the respondent has committed one or more prior rapes, the balance of factors could compel the school to investigate the allegation and, if appropriate, pursue disciplinary action.

If the Title IX Coordinator determines that UCM cannot maintain your confidentiality, he will attempt to inform you prior to starting an investigation and will, to the extent possible, only share information with people responsible for handling the College’s response.

If none of these factors are present, the Title IX Coordinator will likely respect your request for confidentiality.

UCM will remain ever mindful of your well-being, and will take ongoing steps to protect you from retaliation or harm and work with you to create a safety plan. Retaliation against you, whether by students or College employees, will not be tolerated.

UCM will also:

  • Assist you in accessing other available victim advocacy, academic support, counseling, disability, health or mental health services, and legal assistance both on and off campus (see portion of policy identifying these);
  • Provide other security and support, which could include issuing a no-contact order, helping arrange a change of living or working arrangements or course schedules (including for the respondent pending the outcome of an investigation) or adjustments for assignments or tests; and
  • Inform you of the right to report a crime to campus or local law enforcement - and provide you with assistance if you wish to do so.
Please be aware you can request legal action at any time and we will assist you in accessing these resources.  UCM will not require you to participate in any investigation or disciplinary proceeding; we are here to support your choices.


Because the College is under a continuing obligation to address the issue of sexual violence campus-wide, reports of sexual violence (including non-identifying reports) will also prompt the College to consider broader remedial action - such as increased monitoring, supervision or security at locations where the reported sexual violence occurred; increasing education and prevention efforts, including to targeted population groups; conducting climate assessments/victimization surveys; and/or revisiting its policies and practices.

OPTION 4: Anonymous Reporting

Although UCM encourages you to talk to someone, we have also developed an online system for anonymous reporting or sexual misconduct including sexual harassment and discrimination based upon gender identity and gender expression.

Anonymous Report Form
You are not required to share personally identifying information on this page, but if you choose to provide those details, this may serve as notice to the College for the purpose of triggering an investigation.

OPTION 5: Off-Campus Counselors and Advocates

Off-campus counselors, advocates, and health care providers will also generally maintain confidentiality and not share information with the College unless you request the disclosure and sign a consent or waiver form.

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