Filing a Complaint or Report of Sexual Misconduct
The College encourages persons to make complaints of sexual misconduct as soon as possible because late reporting may limit the college's ability to investigate and respond to the conduct included in the complaint. Members of the college community do not have to be the victim of the alleged misconduct in order to file a report - you should report sexual misconduct when you believe that you or someone else has been or is being discriminated against or harassed.
So that the college has sufficient information, a complaint being made for purposes of an investigation should include the following to the extent the information is known:
- The date(s) and time(s) of the alleged conduct;
- The names of all person(s) involved in the alleged conduct, including possible witnesses;
- All details outlining what happened; and
- Contact information for the complainant so that the college may follow up appropriately.
If you are in immediate danger, please call 911.
Columbia College Campus Safety: (573) 875-7315
For questions, to file a complaint or to report of sexual misconduct, you may always reach out to the Title IX Coordinator:
Erin Mazzola, Title IX Coordinator
Assistant Dean for Student Affairs
Michelle McCaulley, Deputy Title IX Coordinator
Executive Director of Human Resources
At Columbia College, there are multiple options for filing a complaint or report of sexual misconduct:
Responsible employee reporting
All College employees are deemed to be Responsible Employees and therefore have a duty to report sexual misconduct to the Title IX Coordinator or Deputy Title IX Coordinator(s) when they receive a report of such conduct, witness such conduct, or otherwise obtain information about such conduct and should do so within twenty-four (24) hours of receiving such information.
This includes employees who may have a professional license requiring confidentiality if they are NOT employed by the College in that professional role.
An employee not reporting sexual misconduct as required by this policy may be disciplined accordingly, up to and including termination.
This section does not apply to those identified as 'Confidential Advisors' by the College.
Students who wish to report sexual misconduct should file a complaint with the Title IX Coordinator or Deputy Title IX Coordinator(s).
Students should be aware that all employees at the College, other than those identified as 'Confidential Advisors,' have an obligation to report information about sexual misconduct to the Title IX Coordinator for review and investigation, and they may not keep this information confidential.
Students may also file a complaint with the United States Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights.
Reporting by other individuals
Any other persons, including third parties, bystanders, and visitors on campus, who wish to report sexual misconduct should file a complaint with the Title IX Coordinator or Deputy Title IX Coordinator(s). They may also file a complaint with the United States Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights.
The College encourages victims of sexual misconduct to talk to somebody about what happened so that they are able to get the support they need. It is important that individuals wishing to talk to somebody understand that different employees on campus have different abilities to maintain a victim's confidentiality under Title IX and other related federal and state guidelines.
If an individual desires to talk confidentially about their situation, there are resources available. The following confidential advisors are available to assist you and will not further disclose the information you provide, unless otherwise required to do so by law (e.g., if the victim is a minor):
You may wish to consider this option if you:
- Would like to know about support and assistance, but are not sure if you want to pursue formal action against the individual, or
- Have questions or would like to process what happened with someone without involving police or campus disciplinary procedures, or
- Do not want the alleged perpetrator to know that you are seeking help or support.
*For those individuals not located near Columbia College in Columbia, MO, please contact the Title IX Coordinator for additional information about who to contact in your region.
Electronic reporting option
Reports may be made through our online reporting system. You will be asked to identify your relationship to Columbia College and will then be directed to fill out a form with additional information.
Within twelve (12) hours of receiving an electronic report, the College will respond to the reporter through verbal, written, or electronic communication.
Anonymous reporting option
Anonymous complaints will be accepted by the College, although it is often difficult to gather facts and conduct a thorough investigation via anonymous complaints.
To make an anonymous complaint, access the Electronic Reporting Option, identify your relationship to Columbia College and then write in 'Anonymous' under the 'Your Name' and 'Your Email' fields.
Note: Employees cannot fulfill their obligations as responsible employees under this policy using the anonymous reporting option.
Provision for Alcohol and/or Drug Use Amnesty
The college recognizes that an individual who has engaged in behavior that may violate the college's Student Code of Conduct may be hesitant to report sexual misconduct. To encourage reporting, the college will grant immunity to any student who reports, in good faith, an alleged violation of this policy to the Title IX Coordinator or other responsible employee.
The reporting student will not receive a disciplinary sanction by the college for a conduct violation, such as under aged drinking, that is revealed in the course of such a report, unless the college determines that the violation was egregious, including without limitation, an action that places the health and safety of any other person at risk.
Notwithstanding the college's commitment to amnesty in these situations, the college may require the reporting individual to attend a course or pursue other educational intervention related to alcohol and/or drug use. Further, this amnesty provision does not prevent action by police or other legal authorities against an individual who has illegally consumed alcohol or drugs or otherwise violated the law.