Report to School
How does it work?
To report an incident of unwanted sexual contact, you can connect with Coe College Title IX by phone, email, or in-person.
Dean of Students
Title IX Coordinator
Student Development Suite in Upper Gage
You can download a record form to your personal device to document what happened and bring that documentation to help you make a report in-person.
You can also report to any of the Deputy Title IX Coordinators available on campus. The Deputy Coordinators are:
- Justine Jackovich, Student Conduct Manager: 319-399-8577, [email protected]
- Carlos Velez, Security Manager: 319-399-8517, [email protected]
- Kris Bridges, Director of Human Resources: 319-399-8100, [email protected]
You can also file an initial report 24/7 by calling Safety and Security at 319-399-8888. There is a professional staff member on call at all times.
Speaking with Someone Confidentially
There are five staff members at Coe College who are not mandatory reporters. While mandatory reporters are required to report any incident of sexual misconduct they become aware of, these five staff members are completely confidential resources.
- Emily Barnard, Director of Wellness and Counselor: 319-399-8843, [email protected]
- Lindsay Shedek, Director of Health Services: 319-399-8617, [email protected]
- John Chaimov, Professor: 319-399-8594, [email protected]
- Karla Steffens-Moran, Professor and Advisor to RSVP: 319-399-8657, [email protected]
- Kayla Waskow, Athletics: 319-399-8265, [email protected]
Please note that student RAs are mandatory reporters. If you disclose sexual assault to your RA, they are required to inform their supervisor, who will then inform the Title IX staff.Back to top
What happens after I report?
You will be contacted by the Coe College Title IX staff, within two business days of your report.
You will be invited to meet with the Title IX staff in their office or another space that you choose. They are the only person involved unless you choose to have someone else involved. You can bring anyone you wish to your meeting for support. If you want support but do not have a specific person in mind, the Title IX staff can connect you with an advocate who can accompany you to all meetings. The purpose of this initial meeting is to discuss:
- Support services and resources
- Clery reporting and Campus Security Bulletins
- Accommodations, such as no-contact order or academic/housing arrangements
- Details of the incident
- The Sexual Misconduct Policy and your options:
- Do nothing, or
- Pursue informal resolution, such as mediation, or
- File an official report, and/or
- Pursue an investigation of the incident, and/or
- Pursue a student conduct case, and/or
- Report to the Cedar Rapids Police Department.
You have the authority to choose whether or not you would like the school to investigate the incident. If the perpetrator is deemed to be a threat to the campus community, Coe College may pursue an investigation without your consent. However, you get to choose at what level you would like to be involved in the investigation, including not at all.
If you identify the perpetrator, you also have the authority to choose if you would like Coe College to process the incident through the Student Conduct process. An investigation will not trigger any sanctions, such as suspension, expulsion, or mandated counseling. The Student Conduct process is the only way sanctions will be assigned to the perpetrator. The only time the Student Conduct process will be pursued without your consent is if the perpetrator is involved in multiple investigations.
You may request interim measures at any point during the process. Coe College may also impose interim measures on its own volition. Some examples of interim measures include:
- Access to medical or counseling services on and off campus
- College No-Contact Order
- Assistance in obtaining a Civil Protection Order
- Facilitating a meeting with law enforcement
- Rescheduling exams or assignments
- Providing alternate course completion options
- Changing class schedules or transferring sections
- Dropping a course without penalty
- Removing the perpetrator from a College-owned residence
- Limiting the perpetrator's access to College resources and activities
- Providing an escort to and from classes, work, activities, etc.
- Academic support services
- Temporary suspension for the perpetrator
Note: If the incident you are reporting happened before you were a Coe College student, the process may be different. If the perpetrator is another Coe College student, the Student Sexual Harassment and Misconduct policy may still apply. If the perpetrator is not affiliated with Coe College, you will be offered resources on- and off-campus, but the incident will not fall under the Coe College policy.
If the identified perpetrator is not affiliated with the school, Coe College will still attempt to investigate if you choose to pursue an investigation. The school may be able to help you request additional intermediate actions such as a no trespassing order.
Who is involved?
At Coe College, all staff are mandatory reporters. There are exceptions. You can speak confidentially to staff listed under "Speaking with Someone Confidentially." Reports of sexual assault or unwanted sexual contact are directed to the Title IX office.
The Title IX staff will contact you to offer intake options. You can choose to have your initial meeting with either Marc Bady or Tess Werner, Human Resources & Payroll Coordinator.
If you report the name of the perpetrator, Coe College will contact them to inform them of the allegation.
If you choose to take part in an investigation, Coe College staff members who have been specifically trained to work with sexual misconduct cases will act as investigators. The Dean of Students will also have a role in determining the outcome of the investigation.
You will not have to interact with the perpetrator. You will be interviewed separately as part of the investigation. However, if you choose to pursue a student conduct case, you may have to interact with the perpetrator in a hearing.
Your parents will not be informed unless you tell them or you request Coe College tell them.Back to top
What is an investigation?
The Title IX staff and Dean of Students will determine if an investigation should be pursued, and in most cases, will respect your wishes to have or not have an investigation. However, if the perpetrator is deemed to be an immediate or continuing threat to members of the community, Coe College is legally required to pursue an investigation.
Title IX expects that your school investigate all incidents of sexual misconduct that they are made aware of. Coe College will only collect the information that you are willing to provide. You can choose how much you wish to be involved in the investigation, including not at all.
You can expect to hear from the assigned investigator within three weeks of the initial meeting. The purpose of the investigation is to gather evidence to determine whether a violation of the Coe’s Sexual Misconduct and Harassment Policy occurred. Learn more about how an investigation works.
If Coe College does not determine that a policy violation occurred, that does not mean that a sexual assault did not happen. It means that the investigation did not find a “preponderance of evidence.” This standard of evidence means that a hearing must determine whether a policy violation is “more likely than not” to have occurred or 51% likely to have occurred.
An investigation is independent from a student conduct case. The outcome of an investigation is simply a decision on whether or not there is a preponderance of evidence showing that a sexual assault occurred. If you would like the perpetrator to be held responsible for their actions through Coe College sanctions, you will need to pursue the student conduct process.
The outcome of an investigation or of a student conduct case will not always be representative of what actually happened, and a finding of no violation does not change what happened to you.Back to top