Hesston College has several resources available to reporters or those affected by sexual misconduct. Below is a list as well as what they are or are not trained to do within this process.
The complainant and respondent have the right to an advisor of choice to join them during this investigation and hearing process. The advisor may be a friend, faculty or staff member, family member, or an attorney. If an advisor is not chosen, or the advisor decides to discontinue participation in this process, one will be assigned to the party by the college for the purpose of conducting questioning of the other party and witnesses at the hearing. Advisors have the right to accompany a party to any investigatory meeting, the investigation report and evidence subject to inspection, and to attend the hearing and question directly, orally, and in real time the other party and any witnesses by asking all relevant questions and follow-up questions, including those challenging credibility.
Hesston College has an administrative, not a criminal, process to follow when sexual misconduct is reported. Typically, the complainant determines any law enforcement involvement, though Hesston College will contact law enforcement in situations of imminent student safety or where otherwise required by law. Individuals are encouraged to file a report or to contact law enforcement when a sexual misconduct situation occurs.
Hesston College will comply with law enforcement requests for cooperation, and such cooperation may require the college to suspend the fact-finding aspect of an investigation while the law enforcement agency is in the process of gathering evidence. The college will promptly resume its investigation as soon as notified by the law enforcement agency that it may do so.
The college will implement appropriate interim steps during the law enforcement agency’s investigation period to provide for the safety of the participating individuals and the campus community, and to mitigate retaliation.
loveisrespect’s purpose is to engage, educate and empower young people to prevent and end abusive relationships. Resources include information on dating basics, healthy relationships, determining if something is abuse, and interactive quizzes to help determine if specific actions are healthy or how you might help in certain situations. Highly trained advocates offer support, information and advocacy to young people who have questions or concerns about their dating relationships. Free and confidential phone, live chat and texting services are available 24/7/365.
The majority of our faculty and staff members are obligated to report a concern of sexual misconduct to the Title IX Coordinator. They are trained to communicate to you your rights, our obligations as an institution, discuss the resources available to you, or to point you to someone who can more fully help. Training within this group occurs online and through faculty meetings and staff meetings.
Responsible reporters are anyone who is not listed as a non-mandated reporter.
Non-mandated reporters are faculty and staff members who have confidentiality restrictions due to their role at Hesston College and the type of credential or license held (i.e. counselor or pastor). Non-mandated reporters are faculty or staff who are not under any obligation to report specifics of your concern to the Title IX Coordinator, but will report basic, unidentifiable, information to record the concern and to ensure campus safety. These reporters are trained to ensure you know your rights, our obligations as an institution, and discuss the resources available to you. They will only break this confidentiality should there be an imminent safety threat to you or the campus, or if the concern involves a minor. Non-mandated reporters are trained through their field expertise, and receive the same training as mandated reporters from the college.
Safehope provides advocacy and support to all survivors, and secondary victims of domestic and sexual violence, and stalking in our county. Safehope creates a safe environment for survivors to understand the resources and options available to them and get support as they begin to heal from trauma. Staff are available 24/7 off campus, and are on campus Wednesdays from 1 to 3 p.m. They are considered a non-mandated reporter.
Phone: 800-487-0510 or 316-283-0350