Respondent Resource Information

A University Respondent Resource Coordinator is available to provide information on resources for students accused of sexual assault, sexual harassment, or other sexual misconduct. The Respondent Resource Coordinator will assist a Respondent with: obtaining emotional support through counseling; navigating the disciplinary process; and assisting with other questions and concerns.   Members of the Respondent Resource Coordinator Team do not act as legal counsel and generally are unable to serve as Advisors in University disciplinary proceedings.

Respondents can contact the following for information on University’s procedures, rights and responsibilities of the Complainant and Respondent, prohibition on retaliation and for assistance in obtaining University resources:

Respondent Resource Coordinator Team      (610) 519-8807    respondentresource@villanova.edu

Title IX Coordinator, Ms. Ryan Rost (610) 519-8805    ryan.rost@villanova.edu

Dean of Students Office                                     (610) 519-4200    deanofstudents@villanova.edu

 

Members of the Respondent Resource Coordinator Team are required to share reports of sexual misconduct with the Title IX Coordinator.  Respondents are encouraged to utilize confidential counseling services at the University Counseling Center.  Note that confidentiality will be maintained by a counselor or therapist under all circumstances except when there is an immediate threat of serious harm to a person. This means that, in almost all circumstances, these people are not required to report any information to anyone without permission.  Appointments are available Monday – Friday during normal business hours and can be scheduled by calling (610) 519-4050 or in person on the 1st Floor of the Health Services Building.  Priests acting in a pastoral capacity are also available as confidential resources.

If You Are A Respondent

Any member of the University community who is reported to have committed act(s) of sexual violence may be subject to disciplinary action and/or criminal charges. University disciplinary action may occur whether or not criminal charges are filed.

Complainants and Respondents are entitled to a fair, prompt, and equitable process. Students should contact the Dean of Students Office for detailed information regarding the disciplinary process for reports of sexual violence.

My Friend is a Respondent

If a friend or someone you know is reported to have committed act(s) of sexual violence, it is likely that you have questions and may be struggling to understand what has happened. You may be experiencing a range of emotions such as helplessness, anger, confusion or betrayal. If your friend has told you that they have been reported to have committed act(s) of sexual violence, they may be turning to you for help and support. You may be unsure how to respond to your friend or the situation.

Here are a few ways you can help your friend through this experience:

  • Direct your friend to resources. The Title IX Coordinator, Title IX Investigator or the Dean of Students office can and will help a Respondent understand what may happen next. Additionally, they can connect the Respondent with a support person. Helping your friend access these resources is a step you can take to provide support in what may be a confusing and emotional time for both of you.

  • Recommend that your friend seek counseling to deal with their emotions. It may also be helpful for you to seek counseling to help you process any emotions and trauma you may be experiencing as a result of the situation.

  • Get educated on the issue of sexual violence. The information on this Web site can answer some of the questions you may have. If you are seeking additional information on sexual violence, please contact the Office of Health Promotion.

  • Be available to listen in a non-judgmental manner. They may not feel comfortable talking about the matter, but let your friend know you will listen.

  • Familiarize yourself with the Sexual Assault, Sexual Harassment and Other Sexual Misconduct Policy and the University’s disciplinary procedures for reports of sexual violence.

Remember:

  • You can help your friend without making a judgment as to whether or not an act of sexual violence occurred. Determining if a crime or policy violation took place is the responsibility of the legal system and/or campus administrators.

  • Do not take action against those involved, including, but not limited to the complainant and witnesses. Violence or retaliation is not the answer to helping your friend. Remember, harassing and threatening behaviors are not helpful and could undermine any court or student conduct proceeding taking place. It could also jeopardize your own standing at the University.