If you are a victim of any form of sexual harassment including dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking, Ensign College is here to help and is able to take certain protective measures to ensure your safety on campus. There are multiple resources available to you. The following explains recommended guidelines for victims to consider and outlines available campus and community resources.
Remember, sexual harassment, dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking are criminal acts. You are NOT responsible for another’s actions that violate your freedom. Dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking are violations of the law and Ensign College’s Sexual Harassment Policy. If you are the victim of dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking, know that Ensign College is here to help and is able to take certain protective measures to ensure your safety on campus during and after a college investigation.
Seek Medical Attention
If you are a victim of sexual violence or sexual assault. You can request a sexual assault examination by contacting the police or by visiting any hospital emergency room for a referral to have a sexual assault examination completed. The examination provides care to minimize the risk of sexually transmitted diseases and preserves evidence that will be important if you decide to pursue criminal charges or wish to obtain a protective order against the person who assaulted you.
In attempt to preserve evidence, avoid bathing, showering, or using toothpaste or mouthwash after an incident of sexual assault. Do not wash clothing, bed sheets, pillows, or other potential evidence. However, if you do, you should still seek medical attention as soon as possible— even if some time has passed since the assault.
Connect to supportive parties quickly. Reach out to trusted friends, family, and professional resources. Please do not feel you need to deal with this situation alone. For immediate support, you can call the National Sexual Assault Hotline by dialing (800)656-4673.
Deciding whether or not to report dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, or rape may be difficult. Making a report to law enforcement is a decision left entirely up to you. As a victim, you may decline to notify law enforcement if you choose. If you decide to notify law enforcement, you can be assisted by campus authorities. You can find a list of all Utah law enforcement offices here: https://www.usacops.com/ut/index.html .
Law enforcement can help you with orders of protection, “no-contact” orders, and restraining orders. General information about the different types of court orders is available on the Utah Courts website at www.utahcourts.gov . Please note that Ensign College cannot represent you in legal proceedings; see the list of Community Resources below for legal assistance.
In addition to your right to pursue criminal charges, you can also file a complaint with the college. You can do so by calling the Title IX Coordinator at 801-524-8134, visiting the Title IX Coordinator in office 934 on campus, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org , or submitting an online report by clicking here . If you are worried about retaliation against you for reporting an incident, be assured that Ensign College does not tolerate retaliation in any form. It is against college policy to retaliate against you, your family, friends, close associates, and anyone who provides information for an investigation. If you feel that you or a witness have been retaliated against, contact the Title IX Coordinator.
Reports of dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking filed with the Title IX Coordinator will be investigated as confidentially as reasonably possible. Records kept by Ensign College relating to sexual misconduct allegations are not publicly available. However, if the college is required to make records publicly available, any personally-identifying information about you will be excluded to the extent that the law allows. Federal law requires the college to publicly disclose statistics about reported incidents of dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking; however, no personally-identifiable information is published for purposes of such reporting.
Whether or not you choose to initiate an investigation or report a crime to law enforcement, the Title IX Coordinator or Investigator will offer supportive measures to restore or preserve your access to EC programs and activities, protect your safety or the college’s educational environment, or deter sexual harassment. These supportive measures may include referral to the college’s counseling services, extensions of deadlines or other course-related adjustments, modifications of work or class schedules, College Security escort services, restrictions on contact between you and the person who has harassed you, changes in work or housing locations, leaves of absence, increased security and monitoring of certain areas of the campus, and other similar measures. The nature of any interim measures you receive will be kept confidential to the extent that such confidentiality would not impair our ability to provide these supportive measures to you.
Disciplinary Action Procedures:
If you would like the college to take disciplinary action against your harasser, you will need to submit a formal complaint document to the Title IX Coordinator requesting an investigation. After you make a formal complaint, EC will initiate an investigation under the applicable procedures. This investigation is separate from any criminal investigation conducted by the police. The investigation is conducted by officials who understand EC’s Sexual Harassment Policy and receive annual training on the definition of Sexual Harassment in the Sexual Harassment Policy; the scope of EC’s Education Program or Activity; how to conduct an investigation and grievance process, including hearings, appeals, and informal resolution processes, as applicable; and how to serve impartially, including by avoiding prejudgment of the facts at issue, conflicts of interest, and bias. The investigation and ultimate resolution will be conducted in a timely, fair, and impartial manner. Both you and the person who harassed you will have the same opportunities to present evidence to the investigator, review findings, and have an advisor of their choice present during interviews, meetings, and during a live hearing before decision-makers. Both parties will have an equal opportunity to ask questions, through their advisor, of the other party and witnesses during a live hearing. Both parties will be simultaneously informed in writing of the findings of the investigation and the outcome of the hearing and any appeal procedures, and when the determinations have become final. The investigator will presume that the person accused of sexual harassment is not responsible for sexual harassment and will use a preponderance of the evidence standard (i.e., more likely than not) in determining if sexual harassment occurred. Ensign College will, in good faith, attempt to conclude the investigation and issue an Investigative Report within 60 calendar days of receiving a formal complaint of sexual harassment.
Protective Measures and Sanctions
After a Title IX investigation is completed and a final determination is made, EC may take steps to protect you by making interim measures permanent, offering you remedies and accommodations, implementing changes in programs or activities, or providing training for the campus community, specific groups, or individuals. The college may also impose sanctions on the responding party. Sanctions that may be imposed by the college may include (but are not limited to): Counsel and Education, Warning, Probation, Suspension Withheld, Suspension, Expulsion, Part or Full-ban from campus and Reassignment to Another Position, Reduction in Pay, Demotion, or Termination of Employment. The college may use any combination of the above sanctions to discipline an individual. Discipline will depend on the circumstances and the severity of the violation.