Report It! (Title IX)

Attention: If this is an emergency or you feel as though you are in imminent danger, please call 911. (MU Campus Safety is also available at x5999 or 260-982-5999.)

Do you feel your rights have been violated? Are you a victim of one of the offenses listed below? Manchester University encourages individuals to report any incident in which one of these violations is believed to have occurred. If you're not sure if you want to report, read the FAQs for each category. Click on the Report It button and follow the easy steps to report. All reports will be investigated.

Sexual Violence or
Sexual Assault



What is Sexual Assault/Violence?


Sexual Assault Definitions:

  • Sexual Consent:  Sexual activity requires consent, which is defined as clear, unambiguous, and voluntary agreement between the participants to engage in a specific sexual activity. Consent cannot be inferred simply from the absence of a "no"; a clear yes, verbal or otherwise is necessary. Although consent does not need to be verbal, verbal communication is the most reliable form of asking for and gauging consent. Accordingly, invididuals are urged to seek consent in verbal form.
    Consent cannot be obtained from someone who is asleep or otherwise mentally or physically incapacitated, whether due to alcohol, drugs or some other condition. Consent cannot be obtained by threat, coercion or force. Agreement given under such conditions does not constitute consent.
    Consent must be clear and unambiguous for each participant throughout any sexual encounter. Consent to some sexual acts does not imply consent to others, nor does past consent to a given act imply ongoing or future consent. Consent can be revoked at any time. For all these reasons, sexual partners must evaluate consent in an ongoing fashion and should communicate clearly with each other throughout any sexual encounter.
  • Rape:  Sexual intercourse forcibly* and/or against the person’s will; or, not forcibly or against the person’s will where the victim is incapable of giving consent because of a temporary or permanent mental or physical incapacity.
  • Sexual Battery: The touching of another person for the purpose of sexual gratification, forcibly and/or against that person’s will; or, not forcibly or against the person’s will where the victim is incapable of giving consent because of his/her youth or because of a temporary or permanent mental or physical incapacity.
  • Child Molesting: A person who, with a child under  14 years of age, performs or submits to sexual intercourse or deviate sexual conduct, or performs or submits to any fondling or touching for the purpose of sexual gratification.
  • Sexual Misconduct With a Minor: A person at least 18 years of age who, with a child at least 14 years of age but less than 16 years of age, performs or submits to sexual intercourse or deviate sexual conduct, or performs or submits to any fondling or touching for the purpose of sexual gratification.
  • Criminal Deviate Conduct: A person who knowingly or intentionally causes another person to perform or submit to deviate sexual conduct when the other person is compelled by force or imminent threat of force, the other person is unaware that the conduct is occurring, or the other person is so mentally disabled   or deficient that consent to the conduct cannot be given, commits criminal deviate conduct.
  • Other sex crimes not listed above as described in the Indiana Code.

*Indiana law adds “with a member of the opposite sex.”  For our internal judicial system, the above definition will be used.

What happens if I report this?

Campus Safety Office will contact you to fill out a statement.  All staff are trained to advise you about your options regarding immediate counseling, medical attention, and or pursuing police and University conduct system.  Filing a statement does not necessitate pursuing police or University Conduct System involvement.

If reported within 24 hours for anal/oral assault or 96 hours for vaginal assault:

  • If alleged to have occurred on campus, Campus Safety will be contacted to secure the scene.
  • The victim is encouraged not to shower or discard clothing worn during the assault.
  • The victim will  be encouraged to seek medical examination/attention to preserve evidence and to care for possible physical injury (via sexual assault nurse examiner)
  • If oral act is involved, the victim is encouraged not to eat or drink anything

If reported after 24 hours for anal/oral assault or 96 hours for vaginal assault:

  • If occurred on campus, Campus Safety will be contacted
  • If assault has not recently occurred, a medical examination through a family physician may still be suggested for victim’s medical safety.
  • The victim will be encouraged to seek counseling and support.

If victim is under the age of 18, a report must be made to the North Manchester Police Department, who will in turn report the situation to the Wabash County Division of Family and Children.

Who will know about this if I report it?
In cases of sexual assault, the University respects the wishes of the victim. The case will be automatically reviewed by the director of safety, the vice president of student development, director of counseling services and if appropriate, the director of residential life. All staff members involved are trained in sexual assault protocol, and will be able to answer questions and to notify you of your rights. Confidentiality is strictly enforced at all times.
Do I have to disclose my identity?
Yes, however, your name, to the extent practical, will be kept confidential and when reporting you may ask to keep your name anonymous. If you are under 18 we are legally required to report the incident to the police.
Are there alternate ways to report this?

Incidents of sexual assault may be reported through a variety of means:  contact a campus safety officer, member of the health services staff, member of the residence hall staff, member of the counseling or student development staff, or, if she/he prefers, the local police. These individuals will assist the victim to contact the appropriate authorities (in accord with the victim’s wishes), have evidence collected and secure appropriate medical care.

North Manchester Police Department: 911 or 260-982-8555
Campus Safety: 260-982-5999 (24-hour number)
Title IX Coordinator Dave McFadden: 260-470-2701
Residential Life: 260-982-5052
Counseling staff: 260-982-5306

What resources are available to me regarding this type of incident?
  • Campus Safety to report filing and/or for escort:  260-982-5999
  • Counseling Services and Health Services: 260-982-5306.  If after daily work hours, contact the Hall Director on Duty (HDOD) at 260-578-0793.
  • Off Campus Support
    • Hands of Hope: 1-800- 434-8973
    • Fort Wayne Sexual Assault Treatment Center: 260-423-2222
  • HDOD for assistance in emergency living arrangements: 260-578-0793

Sexual Harassment



What is Sexual Harassment?

Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination involving inappropriate introduction of sexual activities, stereotypes, or comments into the learning, living or working environment. Often, sexual harassment involves individuals in relationships of unequal power that contain elements of coercion, as when compliance with requests for sexual favors becomes a criterion for granting academic, social or work benefits.

Sexual Harassment is unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature. It includes unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, nonverbal, or physical conduct of a sexual nature Sexual harassment also may involve individuals making inappropriate sexual advances or repeated verbal remarks or suggestions having a harmful effect on a person’s ability to study, work or otherwise function in the campus setting.

Any of the following constitutes sexual harassment:

  • Explicit or implicit promises of rewards for cooperation through misuse of institutional authority, for example, to affect a subordinate’s admission or employment, academic or professional advancement, financial aid or salary, grades or performance ratings, graduation or tenure;
  • Explicit or implicit threats of punishment for noncooperation through misuse of institutional authority, for example, to affect a subordinate’s admission or employment, academic or professional advancement, financial aid or salary, grades or performance ratings, graduation or tenure
  • Intimidation through sexual harassment that creates a hostile or offensive environment, interferes with an individual’s scholastic or work performance, prevents an individual’s full enjoyment of educational, professional, social opportunities, or induces stress, anxiety, fear or sickness on the part of the harassed person;
  • Activities such as comments repeatedly emphasizing the sexuality or sexual identity of individual, persistent requests for social-sexual encounters or favors, or unwanted physical contacts.
What happens if I report this?
Campus Safety Office will contact you to fill out a statement.  All staff are trained to advise you about your options regarding immediate counseling and/or pursuing police and University conduct system.  Filing a statement does not necessitate pursuing police or University conduct system involvement.
Who will know about this if I report it?
The case will be automatically reviewed by the director of safety, the vice president of student development, director of counseling services and if necessary, the director of residential life, human resources and other appropriate individuals. All staff members involved are trained in harassment protocol, and will be able to answer questions and to notify you of your rights. Confidentiality is strictly enforced at all times.
Do I have to disclose my identity?
Yes, however, when reporting you may ask to keep your name anonymous, unless you are under 18.
Are there alternate ways to report this?

Incidents of sexual harassment may be reported through a variety of means:  contact a campus safety officer, member of the residence hall staff, member of the counseling or student development staff, or, if she/he prefers, the local police. These individuals will assist the victim to contact the appropriate authorities (in accord with the victim’s wishes).

North Manchester Police Department: 911 or 260-982-8555
Campus Safety: 260-982-5999 (24-hour number)
Title IX Coordinator Dave McFadden: 260-470-2701
Residential Life: 260-982-5052
Counseling staff: 260-982-5306

What resources are available to me regarding this type of incident?
  • Campus Safety to report filing:  260-982-5999
  • Counseling Services.  If after daily work hours, contact the hall director on duty (HDOD) at 260-578-0793.
  • HDOD for assistance in emergency living arrangements: 260-578-0793

 

Harassment/Bias



What is Harassment/Bias?

Bias incidents can cause a number of emotional responses including but not limited to anger, fear, resentment (in others) or could endanger the health, safety, or welfare of anyone in the Manchester community.  They are directed towards an individual or group because of their race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, political affiliation, religion, familial status, marital status, disability, age, height, weight or veteran status.

Harassment/Bias incidents take many forms including words, signs, symbols, threats or actions, electronic or in person.  They include acts of intimidation, vandalism, harassment, bullying and expressions of hate or hostility; they have an adverse impact on the learning environment that is inclusive of all.

What happens if I report this?
  • Once a Report It! report has been received, the office of student development will communicate and review the facts promptly with the reporter and will offer services related to safety, counseling or other supports that may be appropriate.
  • The office of student development will promptly document the report of the incident (i.e. who, what, when, where). Additionally, those directly concerned with the incident should take steps to retain any physical evidence.
  • The reporter will be asked what role s/he would like to play in responding to the incident.
  • The reporter will be assured that his/her physical and emotional needs are important and appropriate actions will be taken (i.e. possible relocation, academic accommodations, counseling, etc.) by appropriate Manchester staff.
  • Regular periodic reviews of reported incidents will include representatives from the following areas as needed: Safety; Residential Life; Student Development; Counseling Services and Multicultural Affairs, to ensure that services and follow-up are occurring on a coordinated and timely basis.  Human Resources may be included when the reporter is a faculty or staff member.
  • When appropriate, enhanced safety measures (patrols, surveillance etc.) will be promptly initiated and directed by Campus Safety.
Who will know about this if I report it?
The case will be automatically reviewed by the director of safety, the vice president of student development, director of counseling services and if necessary, the director of residential life, human resources and other appropriate individuals. All staff members involved are trained in harassment protocol, and will be able to answer questions and to notify you of your rights. Confidentiality is strictly enforced at all times.
Do I have to disclose my identity?
Yes, however, your name, to the extent practical, will be confidential and when reporting you may ask to keep your name anonymous.
Are there alternate ways to report this?

Yes.  If you have observed or experienced a harassment/bias incident, you are encouraged to contact a faculty or staff member with whom you are comfortable or call one of the following offices:

  • Campus Safety & Security     (260) 982-5999
  • Counseling Center
    (260) 982-5306
  • Human Resources  
    (260) 982-5288
  • Multicultural Affairs   
    (260) 982-5423
  • Residential Life  
    (260) 982-5052
  • Student Development
    (260) 982-5052
  • Success Center                           (260) 982-5076
What resources are available to me regarding this type of incident?

The harassment/bias incident response team (counseling team, hall directors, and vice president of student development) will meet regularly to review information available regarding reported biased incidents and implement strategies to educate and/or engage the campus community as appropriate.  The harassment/bias incident response team does not take the place of front-line staff that may be dealing with student concerns.  The work of the team is both preventative and responsive.

In addition, counseling services are available to anyone that would like the support.

Athletic Inequity



What is Athletic Inequity?
By law no one, on the basis of sex, can be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any campus program or activity. This includes the Manchester University at Manchester University. Areas covered include but are not limited to the provision of equipment and supplies; scheduling of games and practice times and opportunity to receive coaching and academic tutoring.
What happens if I report this?
The info will be forwarded to the Title IX coordinator for athletics issues, who will investigate the issue.
Who will know about this if I report it?
The Title IX coordinator for athletics issues will inform necessary personnel, which typically includes the director or athletics and/or the vice president and dean for academic affairs.
Do I have to disclose my identity?
You do not have to disclose your identity unless you’d like a direct response to your report.
Are there alternate ways to report this?
You may directly contact the Title IX coordinator for athletics issues. Manchester University’s Title IX coordinator for athletics issues is Kendra Marlowe.