Any person may report an incident of sexual misconduct. Complaints may be pursued through the criminal process and/or through the University grievance process consecutively or concurrently.
The University will respond to all reports in an integrated, consistent manner that treats each person with dignity and respect and will take prompt responsive action to end any reported sexual misconduct, prevent its recurrence, and address its effects.
- Title IX Coordinator, Ms. Ryan Rost 610-519-8805, 204 Tolentine Hall
- Title IX Investigator, Ms. Kim (Carter) Kearney 484-343-6926, Garey Hall (Public Safety)
- Public Safety Dispatch, 610-519-4444 (emergency 24/7*) or 610-519-5800 (non-emergency 24/7)
- Any Resident Assistant/Residence Life Staff (24/7)
- Dean of Students Office, 610-519-4200, 213 Dougherty Hall
- Title IX Deputy
- Anonymous Reporting - Ethicspoint 855-236-1443
- Radnor Police 610-688-0503
- Lower Merion 610-649-1000
- Conshohocken 610-828-4032
- Upper Merion 610-265-3232
- Tredyffrin 610-647-1440
- Bryn Mawr Hospital Emergency Room 484-337-3582 (Note: Physicians are required by law to report sexual violence to the local police authorities. You may choose whether or not to speak with the police.)
ADDITIONAL CAMPUS RESOURCES OFFERING
ASSISTANCE IN REPORTING:
Sexual Assault Resource Coordinator (SARC) 484-343-6028 (24/7)
A SARC can review the options available to a survivor of any form of sexual violence, including sexual assault, sexual exploitation, stalking, sexual harassment, dating violence, domestic violence, retaliation, incest, and statutory rape. A SARC can connect a student to a variety of resources, (medical care, reporting, counseling), and can accompany** a student to campus and/or community services to ensure that he/she receives appropriate care and follow up information in the wake of sexual violence. If someone is not sure whom to talk to, connecting with a SARC is a good place to start. The SARC team also welcomes phone calls from friends seeking for information on how to support a friend or loved one following an incident of sexual violence.
**see SARC website for information related to COVID-19 restrictions
On-Campus Reporting: The Disciplinary Process
Administrative investigations of all sexual misconduct involving a current student: The Title IX Investigator or their designee will typically oversee the administrative investigation of all sexual misconduct reports where the Respondent is a current student.
Administrative investigations of sexual misconduct involving a University employee: Human Resources and/or the Title IX Investigator or their designee will typically oversee the investigation of all reports of sexual misconduct involving a Respondent who is a University employee (faculty or staff).
Criminal investigations: The Director of Public Safety & Chief of Police or their designee oversees the criminal investigation of all sexual misconduct reports conducted by the Department, regardless of the Respondent’s affiliation with the University.
For administrative (non-criminal) investigations, the University will provide to a party whose participation is invited or expected, written notice of the date, time, location, known participants and purpose of all hearings, investigative interviews, or other meetings, with sufficient time for that party to prepare to participate.
Normally, investigations will include interviewing the parties, interviewing witnesses as appropriate, and collecting relevant documentary, electronic, or other evidence. Students, faculty and staff deemed relevant to the matter may be asked to participate in an investigation, and when asked, they are expected to find time to meet and share information with the investigator. A criminal investigation may also include the collection of physical and/or forensic evidence which could be shared with the administrative investigator and included in the Investigative Report as outlined below.
Prior to the conclusion of the administrative investigation, the parties will have an equal opportunity to inspect and review the evidence obtained through the investigation, and will have the opportunity to meaningfully respond to the evidence. The parties will have ten (10) business days to inspect and review the evidence and submit a written response by email to the investigator. The investigator will consider the parties’ written responses before completing an Investigative Report that fairly summarizes the relevant evidence. The investigator will provide the parties access to the Investigative Report at least ten (10) business days prior to any hearing for each party’s review and written response. The investigator will share all evidence submitted during the investigation, the Investigative Report, and any responses, with the University authorities empowered to act on violations of University policy.
At the conclusion of the investigation and all applicable steps described above, the matter will be referred to the specific resolution process as determined by the role of the Respondent, as outlined below:
|Role of Respondent||Link to Special Procedures|
|Students (non-Law)||Student Special Procedures Governing Sexual Misconduct Proceedings|
|Law Students||Law Student Special Procedures Governing Sexual Misconduct Proceedings|
|Staff members||Staff Special Procedures Governing Sexual Misconduct Proceedings|
|Faculty members and Faculty Administrators|
Once the University has taken appropriate steps to investigate, which may depend on the specific facts and circumstances of the matter, and the Complainant has decided to pursue the complaint, either the Complainant or the Respondent may request voluntary resolution in lieu of disciplinary resolution. All requests for voluntary resolution must be in writing. The parties are not required to attempt voluntary resolution, and voluntary resolution is not appropriate for all types of alleged conduct. The University shall determine if the matter is eligible for voluntary resolution.
If the University has determined the matter is eligible for voluntary resolution and both parties consent to the process in writing, the matter will be referred to the appropriate University official or third party engaged by the University to facilitate the process. Both parties may consult with an Advisor before and during the voluntary resolution process, and the Advisor may accompany the Complainant or Respondent to any meetings in connection with the process. Any agreed upon resolution reached by the parties is subject to the University’s final approval. This includes any resolution reached by the parties without the University’s active participation or involvement.
At any time, either party may elect to discontinue the voluntary resolution process by providing written notice to the designated University official. The University reserves the right to discontinue the voluntary resolution process: if information becomes available which makes the matter ineligible for voluntary resolution; if there are health or safety concerns that have not been adequately addressed; if an acceptable resolution cannot be reached between the parties; or under other appropriate circumstances.
Once the voluntary resolution reaches an agreed-upon conclusion, which must be approved by the University and acknowledged by the parties in writing, the matter will be considered resolved and not eligible for further voluntary or disciplinary resolution. The voluntary resolution is not subject to appeal. Alleged violations of the terms of the resolution, retaliation, or other violations will be considered a new and separate matter and will not reopen the original matter.
Although the University encourages a Complainant to talk with someone directly, the University does provide an anonymous on-line reporting option, www.villanova.ethicspoint.com and an anonymous phone reporting option at (855-236-1443). All anonymous reports of sexual misconduct submitted through these options will be referred to the Title IX Coordinator and will prompt an initial investigation. However, the University’s ability to respond effectively may be limited by the level of information provided and/or the anonymity of the complaint
The University is committed to protecting the privacy of all people involved in matters falling under this Policy. Privacy means that information related to a report of sexual misconduct will be shared only with those University officials with a designated interest in order to assist in the investigation and/or in the resolution of the matter, unless further disclosure is required by law or necessary due to a health and/or safety emergency. Under no circumstances will the University release the name of a Complainant to the general public without the express consent of the Complainant.
While all reports of sexual misconduct will be handled as private matters, confidentiality cannot be guaranteed unless the information is reported to a confidential resource. Confidentiality refers to the ability of identified confidential resources (listed here) to not report crimes or violations to University officials or law enforcement without permission, except in extreme situations such as health and/or safety emergencies or child abuse.
On-Campus Reporting: If a Student Discloses to an Employee
University employees are responsible for maintaining a safe community for all of our members and, most especially, our students. When a student discloses any incident of sexual misconduct to an employee, the employee should take the following steps to support the student and to report to the University. [The only employees exempt from this expectation are those who are required by law to maintain confidentiality, including University Counseling Center staff and priests in a pastoral capacity]
- Step 1: Care
Care for the student. Ensure that they are safe and provide non-judgmental support.
- Step 2: Connect
Connect the student with resources. Key resources to share include:
- Step 3: Contact
Contact the Title IX Coordinator to report the disclosure - 610-519-8805
Reporting to Law Enforcement: The Criminal Process
The University process and the criminal justice process are separate and independent courses of action. A Complainant who wishes to pursue a criminal complaint is encouraged to make a report to law enforcement. Incidents occurring on campus are within the jurisdiction of Villanova University Department of Public Safety. Actions occurring off campus are within the jurisdiction of one of several surrounding townships, most of which are listed in Off Campus/Community Resources. If the Complainant does not know in which municipality the incident occurred, the Complainant should contact the Sexual Assault Resource Coordinatorr, Public Safety or 911 for assistance. Upon request, the Sexual Assault Resource Coordinator on call or a representative of the Department of Public Safety can accompany a Complainant to the police department with jurisdiction and assist a Complainant in making a criminal report. Notifying municipal law enforcement will generally result in the Complainant, and in some cases the Respondent, being contacted by a municipal police officer. The police will determine if a criminal investigation will occur and if the case will be referred for prosecution. Unless there are compelling circumstances, the University will typically not file an independent police report without the consent of the Complainant.