Sexual Assault Information
In effort to provide support to the survivors of sexual assault, Concordia College encourages students to report an incident to an appropriate member of the staff or faculty. This is an open process so an individual has the option of reporting either formally or informally and anonymously if requested. Confidentially will be maintained. Some common questions about these reporting options are discussed below. Regardless of the option selected, it is Concordia's intent to assist students by supporting them in whatever way possible.
If you have been victim of any type of sexual assault, we strongly encourage you to report this in order for us to help you address this issue as well as assist us in providing a safe campus for all other students.
Who can I talk to? There are many individuals on campus who are trained to assist students who have been victimized. We encourage you to talk with someone from the Counseling Center, Health Center, Campus Pastor's, or Residence Life (Hall Director). You can, of course, also talk with any college staff member with whom you feel comfortable. Click here for Contact Info
Do I have to give my name? No, you are not required to give your name. However, if you choose to give your name, your identity can still be protected. The staff member you talk to can explain this more fully.
Do I have to identify the perpetrator? No, you are not required to identify the perpetrator. However, if you choose to identify the perpetrator, a staff member can assist you with determining the best course of action.
Do I have to file a report with Campus Security or the Police Department? Although no report is required, it is strongly recommended that you inform the police and/or the college.
May I file a report with campus authorities and not the police department? Yes, you may report to the police, campus officials, or both.
If I file a report with campus security / public safety, what happens? If the alleged perpetrator is a member of the campus community, the college will investigate the complaint and, with the consent of the complainant, initiate appropriate disciplinary action against the accused. The college will also, at the victim's request, shield him/her from unwanted contact with the alleged assailant by providing, if available and feasible, alternative college-owned housing and alternative classes.
If I file a report with the police, what happens? The victim may report an incident to the police even if she/he does not wish to have charges filed. Whether or not criminal charges are filed depends, first and foremost, upon the wishes of the victim and secondly upon the decision by the county attorney about whether or not there are sufficient grounds to prosecute.
I am underage and was drinking, will I get into trouble? Disciplinary charges will not be filed against you if you come forward to report this incident.
It is the goal of Concordia College to be a community free of sexual assault and we know that reporting sexual assault can be a difficult process. Concordia officials are dedicated to helping students successfully address this issue. If you or someone you know has been a victim of sexual assault, we ask that you come forward so we may help.