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Options for Victims of Sexual Assault

Whittier College prohibits sexual misconduct, including sexual assault, sexual harassment, dating/domestic violence, and stalking.

If you feel unsafe, please call 911 to reach the Whittier Police Department or 562.907.4911 to reach Campus Safety. To report sexual misconduct, fill out the Sexual Misconduct Reporting Form or call the Title IX Coordinator, Joel Perez at 562.907.4830 or jperez@whittier.edu from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. After 5:00 p.m., call Campus Safety at 562.907.4211.

Topics

What To Do After a Sexual Assault
What To Do If You're Experiencing Dating/Domestic Violence
What To Do If You're Experiencing Stalking
Supportive Resources
Information Faculty/Staff
Reporting Process at Whittier College
Sexual Misconduct Policy

What to do after sexual assault

1. Go to a Safe Place

If you do NOT feel safe, call 911 or Campus Safety immediately at 562.907.4911. Secure the room you’re in by locking or blocking doors and windows while you call for help.

If you do not feel safe in your room, Whittier College has safe rooms available on campus; call the Dean of Students at 562.907.4233 during business hours or Campus Safety 24 hours a day.

2. Get Medical Attention and Preserve Evidence 

Sexual Assault Response Team nurses at Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital provide free medical services and evidence collection to sexual assault survivors 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you are thinking about reporting an incident of sexual assault, you can preserve evidence by keeping any clothes worn, sheets, or other evidence at the scene in a paper bag. If possible, do not shower, cleanse, douche, urinate, defecate, eat, drink, or brush teeth. Evidence can be collected up to 5 days after an incident and medical attention is important at any time.

3. Get Support and Resources

You do not have to go through this alone. The Counseling Center can provide emotional support 24 hours a day, and the Support Person Program can provide you with information about resources and accompany you to whatever resources you access.

Additionally, if you need medical attention, safe rooms on campus, or to report to Whittier College or the police, there are resources available to you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

4. Consider Reporting

Whittier College encourages students to report all incidents of sexual misconduct to the College and to the Whittier Police Department.

What to do if you've experienced dating/domestic violence

1. Go to a Safe Place

If you do NOT feel safe, call 911 or Campus Safety immediately at 562.907.4911. Secure the room you’re in by locking or blocking doors and windows while you call for assistance. If you do not feel safe in the room you’re in, go to a place where you feel safe. Whittier College has safe rooms available on campus (Campus Safety or the Dean of Students can help with this).

You can also create a safety plan to plan for future scenarios where you may not feel safe.

2. Get Medical Attention and Preserve Evidence

Sexual Assault Response Team nurses at Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital (PIH) provide free medical services and evidence collection for dating and domestic violence survivors 24 hours a day. If you are thinking about reporting the abuse, you can preserve evidence by keeping any clothes worn, sheets, or other evidence at the scene in a paper bag, and if possible, do not shower, cleanse, douche, urinate, defecate, eat, drink, or brush teeth.

However, evidence can still be collected up to five days after an incident and medical attention is important at any time.

3. Get Support and Resources

Whether you would like emotional support, medical attention, shelter or a safe room, a no contact or restraining order, or want to report to Whittier College or the police, there are resources available to you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

4. Consider Reporting

Whittier College encourages students to report all incidents of dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking to the College and to the Whittier Police Department.

What to do if you've experienced stalking

1. Go to a Safe Place

If you do NOT feel safe, call 911 or Campus Safety immediately at 562.907.4911. Secure the room you’re in by locking or blocking doors and windows while you call for assistance. If you do not feel safe in the room you’re in, go to a place where you feel safe. Whittier College has safe rooms available on campus (Campus Safety or the Dean of Students can help with this).

You can also create a safety plan to plan for future scenarios where you may not feel safe.

2. Preserve Evidence

Collect and preserve any evidence. In instances of stalking, a stalking log can be helpful when going to the police for assistance or to file a report.

3. Get Support and Resources

Whether you would like emotional support, medical attention, shelter or a safe room, a no contact or restraining order, or want to report to Whittier College or the police, there are resources available to you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

4. Consider Reporting

Whittier College encourages students to report all incidents of dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking to the College and to the Whittier Police Department.

Information for faculty and staff

What to report

Based on your position at Whittier College, federal laws and college policies require you to report certain aspects of all Title IX incidents to Whittier College. You are either Mandated, Private, or Confidential as described below:

Confidential

If a reporting party would like the details of an incident to be kept confidential, the reporting party may speak with on-campus counselors, off-campus counselors including local rape crisis counselors, domestic violence resources, local or state assistance agencies, or clergy who will maintain confidentiality except in extreme cases of immediacy of threat of danger or abuse of a minor. Campus counselors may be seen free of charge. The on-campus confidential resources include:

  • Whittier College Counseling Center, open from 9 AM – 5 PM: 562.907.4239
  • 24-hour Counselor-on-Call provides crisis counseling and can advise students about reporting and resources for sexual misconduct, including 24-hour advocacy services: 562.907.4911
  • Whittier College Student Health & Wellness Center: 562.464.4548

Private

Whittier College faculty, administrators, staff, and student employees that do not serve in leadership positions or supervise the reporting person are Private Reporters. Private reporters can honor requests to keep identifying information confidential, but they are required to call or email a Title IX Coordinator and provide the following information: 1) the approximate date of the incident, 2) the approximate location of the incident, and 3) the type of crime committed, but do not have to report any identifying information. Private reporters include, but are not limited to:

  • Professors, administrators, and staff that are not Deans, Directors, or Head Coaches
  • Faculty and staff serving as Support People (i.e., in the Support Person Program)
  • Graduate Fellows

Mandated ("Responsible Employees")

Whittier College faculty, staff, and student employees that serve in leadership positions, supervise the reporting person, or hold roles that require them to report other Code of Conduct Violations are Mandated Reporters (also called “responsible employees” under Title IX). These individuals are required to report the who, what, when, and where for sexual assault, domestic and dating violence, and stalking to a Title IX Coordinator. Mandated reporters cannot honor requests to maintain confidentiality and must report information to a Title IX Coordinator; however, when personally identifiable information is shared, it will be shared only with those that have a need to know and with as few people as possible. All efforts will be made to protect privacy to the greatest extent possible, including the storage of the case file and notes in a locked filing cabinet and protected database, separate from that student’s educational record. Mandated Reporters include, but are not limited to:

  • Deans, Directors, and Head Coaches
  • Assistant Directors of Residential Life
  • Campus Safety Officers and Dispatchers
  • Resident Assistants (RAs)
  • Peer Mentors

What to say when a student discloses to you

1. “Are you safe right now?”

If they are not safe, call 911 or Campus Safety 24 hours a day at 562.907.4911. Whittier College can provide options to help a student remain safe on campus, including safe rooms, no-contact orders, and campus restraining orders.

2. “Thank you for trusting me. I want to make sure you know what I need to report.”

Depending on your position at Whittier College, you will need to report different types of information about the incident to the college. Refer to the “How to Report” section above for more information. If the student does not want to report this information, you can help the student access a confidential resource such as the Counseling Center, Project Sister, or the Women’s and Children’s Crisis Shelter.

3. “How can I help?”

Listen with empathy and thank them for trusting you. Validate and empathize with their feelings and concerns, mirroring their language. Support their decisions about what steps to take next.

4. “I want to make sure that you know all of the resources available to you.”

Provide the student with on and off campus resources, including medical help, advocacy, counseling, academic accommodations, and the option to report to the college and the police. Give them a resource brochure to refer to later and allow them to make decisions about what steps to take next.

Who to report to

Joel Pérez
Vice President and Dean of Students / Title IX Coordinator for Students
562.907.4233
jperez@whittier.edu

Cynthia Joseph
Director of Human Resources / Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Employees
562.907.4830
cjoseph@whittier.edu

Darrin Good
Vice President and Dean of Faculty / Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Faculty
562.907.4204
dgood@whittier.edu

Siobhan Skerritt
Director, Student Rights & Responsibilities / Lead Title IX Investigator
562.907.4233
sskerrit@whittier.edu