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Sexual Misconduct

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Make a Report or File a Complaint

Making a report or filing a complaint of sexual misconduct is designed to protect the rights of the survivor and to preserve the safety and integrity of the Viterbo University community.  Please be aware of the complaint and report process in order to understand your rights throughout the process.  Please consult with any of the Viterbo University contacts listed under the 'Sexual Misconduct' tab if you are in need of assistance.

Be aware that those who report sexual misconduct and those reported in violation of the sexual misconduct policy are guaranteed certain rights.  Additionally, any retaliation taken toward those reporting or believed to be in violation of the sexual misconduct policy is strictly prohibited.  If these rights are not preserved, or retaliatory action takes place, please notify Campus Security or the Vice President for Student Development. 

Reports and Complaints Explained

Making a Report:

A report is to provide a written or verbal account of the incident that took place.  A report is only documentation of the events that took place.  Making a report to Viterbo University does not mean you are required to file a report with the police or register a complaint. A survivor can request that a Code of Conduct investigation not take place; however, a report will prompt a Title IX investigation. Title IX investigations are required to provide protections to survivors, which ensure equal access to Viterbo University services. Reports can be made to any individual listed here.  Please note the confidential resources and non-confidential resources listed.  When reporting to a confidential resource a survivor's name will be omitted, which limits Viterbo University's ability to provide support to the survivor.

Filing a Complaint:

A complaint is to make a formal request for Viterbo University to conduct a full investigation of the incident of sexual misconduct, which includes both a Code of Conduct investigation and Title IX investigation.  Even before a Code of Conduct investigation has concluded, Title IX accommodations may be made.  Complaints can be made at any point after the incident of sexual misconduct takes place. Complaints should be made to the following individuals based on your status at Viterbo University:

If the event involved
a student:

Vice President for Student Development
Diane Brimmer

608-793-3801
dlbrimmer@viterbo.edu

If the event involved
a faculty member:

Vice Prsident for Academic Affairs 
Barbara Gayle

608-793-3080
bmgayle@viterbo.edu

If the event involved
a staff member:

Vice President for Finance and Administration
Todd Ericson
608-796-3851
tmericson@viterbo.edu
 Director of Human Resources
Sonya Ganther
608-796-3930
sdganther@viterbo.edu

Rights of The Reporter/Complainant and The Reported/Complainee

Rights of the Reporter/Complainant:

  • to have your incident taken seriously and to be treated with dignity.
  • to be assured that you are not responsible for the crime against you.
  • to have an advocate or support person with you during all meetings or hearings.
  • to receive referrals for confidential medical and counseling services.
  • to receive information on victim/survivor advocate support.
  • to be notified of options for changing academic and living situations.
  • to be informed of options to notify University and/or law enforcement officials.
  • to have your report investigated and responded to in a timely manner.
  • to receive information on how the reporting and investigation will proceed.
  • to not be coerced into filing a formal police report.
  • to be informed of the outcome of any disciplinary proceeding against the reported/accused student.

Rights of the Reported/Complainee:

  • to receive timely notice of the charges.
  • to have an opportunity to tell your side of the story.
  • to be treated fairly and with respect.
  • have an advocate or support person with you during all meetings or hearings.
  • to know who your accuser is – but, you do not have the right to confront your accuser by any means (e.g., in person, phone, text messaging, e-mail, etc.).
  • to receive information on how the reporting and investigation will proceed.
  • to be informed verbally and in writing that you may reject the sanction(s) imposed by the VP for Student Development and request a formal hearing.
  • to receive referral for counseling.
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