Providence College strongly encourages individuals who believe they have been subjected to sexual misconduct or relationship violence to report the incident so that the College can respond promptly, effectively, and equitably, in accordance with our Title IX Grievance Procedures.
We recognize individual’s right to protect their own privacy. There is no time limit for filing a report with the College; however, the more time that passes between the incident and the report, the more difficult it may be to thoroughly investigate the report because witnesses may not be available, memories may have faded, respondents may no longer be affiliated with the College, and/or other key information is no longer obtainable. When making a report, you need not know what particular course of action to pursue or how to label what happened.
The College recognizes that
individuals who have been drinking and/or using drugs at the time that an incident of violence occurs may be hesitant to report such incidents due to fear of potential consequences for
their own conduct. Providence College strongly encourages reports of violence to
institution officials. A bystander acting in good faith, or a reporting individual acting
in good faith, who discloses any incident of violence to College officials or law
enforcement normally will not be subject to a code of conduct charge for violations
of alcohol and/or drug use policies, or student guest policies, occurring at or near the
time of the incident. For more details on the "No Policy Deterrent to Reporting", please see the Sexual Misconduct or Relationship Violence Policy.
Retaliatory acts, or attempts to retaliate, against anyone who has reported in good faith sexual misconduct or relationship violence, who has participated (or is expected to participate) in any manner in an investigation or proceeding pursuant to the Sexual Misconduct or Relationship Violence Policy, or who otherwise supports the report, are prohibited. Retaliation includes, but is not limited to, intimidation, verbal or physical threats, harassment, coercion, or other adverse action. When evidence of retaliatory behavior exists, appropriate disciplinary action will be taken.
Reports of sexual misconduct may be made by:
The individual or department who wishes to make the report can do so by contacting the Title IX Coordinator/Deputy Coordinators or the Department of Public Safety. Once a report is received, the Title IX Coordinator works to ensure that the individual feels safe and supported, and has access to all of the available resources and support structures the College offers.
As outlined by the College's Mandatory Reporting Policy, faculty and staff who are made aware of sexual misconduct must immediately report the incident to the Title IX Coordinator. All reports of sexual misconduct or relationship violence made to a “responsible employee” must be shared in a timely manner by the employee (staff, administrator, faculty) with the Title IX Coordinator who will directly coordinate the College’s response to the report, or assign a Deputy Coordinator(s) to manage that responsibility, for the parties.
Students and employees are encouraged to report sexual assault and relationship violence not only to a Title IX Coordinator/Deputy Coordinator, or the Department of Public Safety, but also to local law enforcement authorities. The Department of Public Safety and/or the VASE Coordinator will assist anyone wishing to file a criminal complaint with local law enforcement. Students and employees do not need to file a criminal complaint in order to initiate disciplinary proceedings with the College, and the College may find an accused person responsible for violating the Sexual Misconduct or Relationship Violence Policy regardless of the status or outcome of criminal proceedings, if any.