The College's Support Person Program is intended to provide alleged victims (who may be complainants), as well as accused people (who may be respondents), with a trained staff or faculty member to assist them with accommodations, resources, support, advising, and accompaniment while navigating the College's Sexual Misconduct process. Any student who has a concern regarding Sexual Misconduct may contact a support person. Support persons can be helpful to students who have:
Been a victim of any form of sexual misconduct and would like support or resources;
Would like information on reporting to the College or police;
Would like assistance in reporting to the College or police;
Would like accompaniment to any on or off campus resources, including counseling appointments, the hospital, and the police station; or
Have been or will be potentially charged with any form of sexual misconduct.
Support People will reach out via email to each student that elects to have their name released to that support person before, during, or after reporting an incident to Whittier College.
While serving as a part of the Support Person Program, support people are designated as Private Reporters. They are not required to report any identifying information to the College, but are required to report 1) the approximate date of the incident, 2) the approximate location of the incident, and 3) the type of crime committed for Clery. Privacy for students utilizing the Support Person Program is of the utmost importance, and support people are not to release any information relayed to them about a case (other than that needed for Clery), specifically to anyone charged with investigating or hearing violations of the Sexual Misconduct Policy.
Support people are not Sexual Assault Counselors as defined in California Evidence Code § 1035. They do not hold legal privilege. If a student chooses to make a Title IX report to Whittier College, Title IX Investigators will not ask any information of support people; however, if information is requested of support people by outside sources, including police or prosecutors, support persons may have to disclose information provided to them by the student. A support person will notify the student of any requests and before disclosing any identifying information. If a student wishes to have a support person disclose any information shared with them, the support person will get their written consent detailing what and with whom the information will be shared prior to sharing it.
To contact a member of the Support Person Program, you may either contact a member directly using his or her contact information below or contact the Dean of Students Office at 562.907.4233.
2015-16 Members of the Support Person Program:
Assistant Director of Residential Life & Conduct
Director of Conference Services
Human Resources and Student Work Placement Coordinator
Director of Disability Services
Professor, Department of Philosophy
Head Women's Basketball Coach
Director of the Writing Program
562.907.4200, ext. 4334
Co-Coordinator of DigLibArts and Digital Scholar