Reporting an Issue
Students, faculty or staff members who experience or become aware of any form of violence, sexual violence or sexual harassment are encouraged to immediately report such behaviors. To report any crime or emergency, call 911 or University Police at 801-626-6460, 3734 Dixon Parkway. For help responding to non-emergency situations, call any of these offices:
- Title IX Officer and Director of Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity, Barry Gomberg, at 801-626-6240, firstname.lastname@example.org and Aaron Garza, at 801-626-6239, email@example.com, Miller Administration 102 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Dean of Students, Jeff Hurst, at 801-626-6256, Student Services Center, email@example.com
- Department of Human Resources, 801-626-6032, Miller Administration 111
- University Housing, 801-626-7275, 1375 Village Loop Road
- Safe@Weber Advocacy Services, 801-626-6090, firstname.lastname@example.org, Shepherd Union 323
The university encourages you to seek out these resources regardless of whether the behavior occurred on or off campus. These resources are available to assist you in making decisions about how to proceed.
Anonymous reporting can also be done by filling out this form. Any information given may assist the police in determining if there is a pattern of crime with regard to a particular location, method or suspect, and may enable the police, in appropriate circumstances, to alert the campus community to potential dangers. Filing an anonymous report may limit the ability of the police department to provide specific assistance or to investigate or solve a crime.
When you seek help from anyone on campus, first ask what level of confidentiality they can provide and what they are required to report. Many survivors seek out a supervisor, professor or individual in a position of trust. You are strongly encouraged to talk to somebody about what happened in order to get needed support. However, certain WSU personnel have reporting obligations:
All WSU faculty, staff and administrators are required to report disclosures of sexual harassment to the Title IX Coordinator, with the exception of the Counseling and Psychological Services Center and Women’s Center/Safe@Weber Advocacy Services.
Some faculty, staff and administrators (Campus Security Authorities) are also required to report criminal activity, absent identifying information, to the WSU Police Department. See http://weber.edu/police/reporting.html for further information about CSA reporting.
Other laws prevent confidentiality from being maintained in cases of abuse, neglect and/or exploitation of minors or vulnerable adults, or if a determination is made that you are in imminent danger of harming yourself and others.
Other off-campus resources have different levels or reporting requirements and none have reporting requirements to the university. If you are reluctant to come forward to university personnel, please seek help somewhere.
Responses to Complaints of Discrimination, Harassment and Sexual Misconduct
PPM 3-32: Discrimination, Harassment and Sexual Misconduct describes in detail how the university handles complaints of all forms of discrimination and harassment, based on any protected category, including complaints of sexual misconduct, such as sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking.
The person responsible for coordination of compliance efforts and receipt of inquiries concerning nondiscrimination policies is the university's executive director of Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity, who is also the university’s Title IX Coordinator, Barry Gomberg. Title IX is a federal civil rights law that prohibits sex-based discrimination in education, including sexual harassment.
When someone claims they have been subjected to discrimination, harassment or sexual misconduct in violation of university policy, the Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Office, which also serves as the Title IX coordinator, will work with the individual to determine next steps and assist the person to understand options and resources available.
The AA/EO office reviews all incidents where discrimination or harassment implications are raised. Such allegations should be reported as soon as possible after the event(s) giving rise to the complaint. Complaints should be filed within six months of the most recent act which violates the policy. Where the interests of justice require, however, this time limit may be waived by the Title IX coordinator.
The AA/EO may resolve complaints informally or formally, as appropriate. Informal complaints to a supervisor must be resolved within 10 working days, or the supervisor must direct the matter to the AA/EO (Title IX) Office. The AA/EO office should resolve the matter or complete an investigation within 45 working days of receiving the complaint, unless additional time is needed to provide a thorough and equitable investigation. Investigations of such matters are conducted by the Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Office. Findings of discrimination, harassment or sexual misconduct are determined by a preponderance of evidence standard. This means that the investigator will make a determination of whether it is more likely than not that an individual violated University policy.
Throughout all processes, accusers and accused individuals have the right to bring an advisor to any meetings. The advisor can be a victim advocate, a personal support person or legal counsel. The AA/EO office can provide information about resources that are available.
At the conclusion of an investigation, both parties are given 10 days to respond to the investigation report. The results of an investigation are forwarded to the appropriate administrator for review, who, within 10 days, may initiate disciplinary proceedings in accordance with applicable policy, depending on the status of the individual as staff, faculty, or student. Appeal rights depends on the status of the person accused as student, staff, faculty member or other community member.
The Dean of Students is designated to handle disciplinary sanctioning for all students found to be in violation of the student code under procedures described in PPM 6-22 (Student Code), PPM 5-36a (Safety, Response, and Reporting). In cases involving discrimination and harassment, including where sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence or stalking are involved, the Dean of Students reviews determinations and recommendations of the AA/EO office and makes decisions about appropriate disciplinary actions. All parties are notified of decisions at the same time.
Note: These materials provide summary information only and should not be relied on as a full statement of policy. The applicable polices should be referenced for more complete information.
- PPM 3-32: Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct
- PPM 5-36a: Safety, Response and Reporting Policy
- Staff-specific information:
- Faculty-specific information:
- Student-specific information
Students who experience or become aware of any form of violence, sexual violence or sexual harassment may request changes to academic, living, transportation, working situations and protective measures by contacting the Title IX Coordinator, Barry Gomberg, or WSU’s Safe@Weber Survivor Advocate at 801-626-6090 for assistance.
Such accommodations will be provided as reasonably available, regardless of whether the student chooses to report to police. Examples of possible interim measures/accommodations that may be available:
- Academic accommodations:
- Transferring to another section of a lecture or laboratory
- Rescheduling an academic assignment or test
- Accessing academic support (e.g., tutoring)
- Arranging for incompletes, a leave of absence or withdrawal from campus
- Preserving eligibility for academic, athletic or other scholarships, financial aid, internships, study abroad or foreign student visas
- Medical and mental health services, including counseling
- Change in campus housing and/or dining locations
- Assistance in finding alternative housing
- Assistance in arranging for alternative university employment arrangements and/or changing work schedules
- A “no contact” directive pending the outcome of an investigation. Such a directive services as notice to both parties that they must not have verbal, electronic, written or third-party communication with one another.
- Providing an escort to ensure that the individual can move safely on campus
- Transportation accommodations such as shuttle service, cab voucher or parking arrangements to ensure safety and access to other services
- Assistance identifying an advocate to help secure additional resources or assistance including off-campus and community advocacy, support and services
- Assistance connecting the student to community crisis centers, hotlines and legal advocacy