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.
College Support Person
Several faculty and staff members have volunteered to receive additional training so that they can better aid reporting and responding parties in these situations. A college support person can:
- Attend to your safety and well-being
- Talk with you about your options, including reporting to the Title IX Coordinator and/or law enforcement, and assist you in accessing medical or mental health services, if needed.
- Work with you to decide the best way to inform the Title IX Coordinator of your situation.
- Accompany you to meetings as a support person if you request their presence.
A college support person alters his or her support based on the reporter’s or responding party’s needs, but this can include regular meetings, joining them during their investigative interview, following up with them on a regular basis, or sitting with them as they make a call for additional support. College support person’s typically have some additional training through their area of expertise (i.e. social work faculty). They will also be trained by the college on what to do if someone comes to them or is assigned to them, receive more in-depth information in the resources available to include contact information, and flexibility in schedules to ensure ability to attend to reporter’s needs. Training for college support person’s will occur annually.
The following are trained college support persons (left to right in photo below):
Hanna Eastin (art professor and campus facilities staff)
Sandy Hiebert (registrar)
Julie Lehman (campus counselor and non-mandated reporter)
Kyle Miller Hesed (biology professor)
Michele Miller Sharp (athletics compliance and eligibility specialist)
Hesston College has an administrative, not a criminal, process to follow when sexual misconduct is reported. Typically, the reporter 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.
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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 through faculty meetings and staff meetings.
Mandated 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
The reporter and responding party have the ability to have a support person with them during any interviews in an investigation. At their discretion, this person can be a friend, faculty/staff member, college support person, or attorney. The support person’s role is to support and advise the interviewee. They will not be allowed to ask questions or participate in the interview. If an attorney is the support person, they may advise their client, and ask questions to the investigator outside of the interview, but they may not answer questions on behalf of their client. The supporting person may not be an active participant in the investigation (i.e. reporter, responding party, or witness). It is important to note that the support person may have access to confidential information when participating in these discussions. As such, information they receive is confidential and must not be shared with others.