Campus Choice Report Academic Year 17/18
Numbers for Campus Choice rose significantly this year, from 140 in 2016/2017 to 172 in 2017/2018. These numbers reflect all reports of Title IX concerns, including reports that may have originated in confidential advising, and those made by responsible parties or third-party reporters. Reports were made by students, staff and faculty
Time between incident and report varies greatly, and it can be difficult to determine a finite period of resolution for the reporting party because impacts tend to continue well beyond the incident itself, or any intervention by the University, Law Enforcement or other. If a report is first received through Confidential Advising, the report remains confidential until the time a reporting party elects to lodge a formal complaint. Only then does the report leave confidential advising and becomes an active investigation. The Confidential Advisor time spent with each report and reporting party varies greatly as well. To be clear, time spent involves support, referral, information dissemination, discussion of interim measures (which is on-going), a Forensic Experiential Trauma Interview, coordination with the Title IX team and/or Law Enforcement, identification and interviewing of witnesses, academic accommodations, and other.
The following categories will be presented: Total Number of Disclosures, Formal Reports, Reports to Law Enforcement, Informal Remedies, In Process, Unfounded, and No Engagement.
Total Number of Disclosures are the total number of reports made in the academic year.
Formal reports constitute reports that have come through the University’s reporting system. The entire Title IX team has been engaged, the need for investigation has been evaluated, and investigation has taken place if determined to be necessary. Formal reports must all be documented University as resolved, even if that resolution was simply case review and closure with no active investigation or response.
Reports to Law Enforcement are not always made known to the University. However, when they are known, the Confidential Advisor documents them and often assists the reporting party with coordination and navigation of the criminal justice system. It is important to note that many reporters take much more time to decide whether to report to law enforcement. In these cases, reporting can occur outside of the University’s academic year statistical analysis.
Informal Remedies take place when the Confidential Advisor receives a report from a person who does not want to make a University report. These individuals may, however, be working with Law Enforcement. Many of the other types of reports may also at various points engage with informal remedies.
In Process indicates reports that are on-going, for which there has not yet been a determination of what resolution will take place. Many of these individuals have received informal remedies.
Unsubstantiated reports are reports that were made by third party reporters which were not able to be confirmed or denied.
Unfounded reports are those reports that were reviewed and determined to be unfounded.
No engagement indicates reports that have originally come from third party reporters in which the individual about whom the report was made elects not to participate in Confidential Advising or any other process.
Regardless of the type of report or choices made by the reporting party, they are clearly advised that activation of process, referral, support or assistance can occur at any time of their choosing. Several factors need to be considered regarding the numbers of reporters who did not choose to report to the University or Law Enforcement. Some reports are considerably delayed, for example, as when a person reports an incident that occurred during childhood or adolescence. In other instances, the responding party is not affiliated with the University in any way and the reporting party is offered Informal Remedies. Lastly, some reporting parties require a long period of time to make their decision, and therefore their choice for process is not reflected in these numbers.
Number of Disclosures: 172
Formal Report: 71 Of those seventy-one reports 61 (86%) chose to proceed with the University process.
Law Enforcement: Out of 41 Reports that reflected a crime having been committed, 28 (68%) chose to report.
Informal Remedies: 74
In Process: 7
No Engagement: 5