Reporting

The university strongly encourages persons who experience sexual misconduct to report the misconduct, to seek assistance and to pursue university action for their own protection and that of the entire campus community.

Anyone who has experienced sexual misconduct may choose to use this university process as well as a criminal process.  Choosing not to pursue university or criminal action, however, does not remove the responsibility of the university to investigate and/or take action.  If pursuing a criminal process, see section on Emergency Room Examination/Preservation of Evidence, as applicable.

Reports can be submitted anytime following an incident of sexual misconduct, although the university’s ability to take action may be limited by the timeliness of the report and the status of the alleged respondent. Generally, complaints should be brought to the attention of the university within two years of the alleged incident. The university reserves the right to utilize the sexual misconduct policy and procedures to take action concerning a complaint filed after this period of time.

When conducting the investigation under this policy, the university’s primary focus will be on addressing the sexual misconduct.  Other policy violations discovered may be referred to another process.

Designated Reporting and Confidential Support Resources

A person wishing to pursue university action must report the conduct to one of the three University Designated Reporting Representatives (See Chart I).  Taking this action does not prevent reporting the matter to the CWRU Police and Security. To contact the CWRU Police and Security Services, call 216.368.3333.  A person who has experienced sexual misconduct also may seek advice and guidance from confidential support resources, as discussed below (see Chart IIa and IIb).

Role of Designated Reporting Representatives
  1. To hear the initial complaint/statement by the complainant and the respondent, and to make safety and support arrangements as appropriate.
  2. To receive initial complaint(s) regarding alleged sexual misconduct and to make the complainant aware of the university obligation to take action if the respondent is identified or identifiable.
  3. To provide the complainant and the respondent information about the policy and process, including the rights of the complainant and the respondent under this policy.
  4. To determine if the complaint falls within the Sexual Misconduct Policy and if so, to determine appropriate next steps.
  5. To conduct an inquiry into reports from anonymous sources. In such instances, the university may be limited in its ability to conduct an effective inquiry and to take action concerning the report.

Chart I. Designated Reporting Representatives

For Student Concerns: Office of Title IX
318 Thwing Center - (Monday to Friday) 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
216.368.1936

110 Adelbert Hall - (Monday to Friday) 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
216.368.2020

For Faculty Concerns: Faculty Diversity Officer
315 Adelbert Hall - (Monday to Friday) 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
216.368.8877

For Staff Concerns: Equal Employment Opportunity & Diversity Manager
315 Adelbert Hall - (Monday to Friday) 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
216.368.8877

Role of Confidential Support Resources

Confidential resources are those members of the university who are licensed or designated by law as professionals who can receive privileged communication, and receive information regarding possible sexual misconduct in the context of a professional relationship with the reporter of that information. 

Confidential resources are not required to report allegations of sexual misconduct to Designated Reporting Representatives unless required by law such as the duty to report an imminent threat to self or others (see Charts IIa. and IIb.).  Confidential resources provide advice, support, and guidance about how to manage the situation without initiating university action.  Discussions with a confidential source are not considered a report to the university or a request that any action be taken by the university in response to any allegation.

Chart IIa. Student Confidential Support Resources

On-Campus Resources

Off-Campus Resources

(SAFE) Line
216.368.7777 – Anytime 24 / 7
For privileged and confidential conversations about sexual assault and relationship violence.

University Counseling Services
201 Sears
216.368.5872 – 24 Hours

University Health Services
2145 Adelbert Rd.
216.368.2450 – 24 Hours

Flora Stone Mather Center for Women
248 Tinkham Veale University Center
216.368.0985 – (Monday to Friday) 8:30 am - 5 pm
Ask to speak with the Licensed
Professional Health Advocate

Inter-Religious Center
Church of the Covenant
11205 Euclid Avenue—Annex
Muslim Campus Ministry, Newman Catholic Campus Ministry, and United Protestant Campus Ministry – 216.421.9614 or Hillel 216.231.0040
(Ask to speak with a Clergy person)

The Cleveland Rape Crisis Center (CRCC)
216.619.6192 – 24 hours

The Domestic Violence Center & Child Advocacy Center (DVCAC)
216.391.HELP (4357) – 24 hours

Chart IIb. Faculty & Staff Confidential Support Resources

On-Campus Resources

Off-Campus Resources

Employee Assistance Program
216.241.EASE (3273) or
800.521.3273 – 24 Hours

The Cleveland Rape Crisis Center (CRCC)
216.619.6192 – 24 hours

The Domestic Violence Center & Child Advocacy Center (DVCAC)
216.391.HELP (4357) – 24 hours

Police Resources

Anyone who has experienced sexual misconduct may choose to contact at any time either University Police & Security Services or a local police jurisdiction where the misconduct occurred. (See Chart III).

Chart III. On-Campus Police Resources

CWRU Police & Security Services
1689 E. 115 Street
Cleveland, Ohio   44106-7173

216.368.3333 – Anytime 24/7
For police assistance and action related to sexual misconduct

Anonymous Reports
In the event that the university receives an anonymous report of sexual misconduct, the university will conduct an inquiry into the matter.  In such instances, the university may be limited in its ability to conduct an effective inquiry and to take action concerning the report.