4. Title IX Coordinator, Advocates for Campus Trust and Safety Committee, and Related Parties
Title IX Coordinator
The Title IX Coordinator directs compliance with DBU’s Sexual Misconduct Policy and Title IX. The Title IX Coordinator will be informed of all complaints or reports of violations of this policy and shall oversee DBU’s centralized response to ensure compliance with DBU’s values, Title IX, and other applicable laws. The Title IX Coordinator’s activities include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Communicating with all members of the DBU community regarding this Sexual Misconduct Policy and Title IX and providing information about how individuals may access their rights;
- Overseeing DBU’s administration of its own applicable policies, including record keeping, timeframes, and other procedural requirements relating to this Sexual Misconduct Policy and Title IX;
- Conducting training regarding Sexual Misconduct issues, Title IX, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (VAWA), and prohibited conduct defined in this policy; and
- Responding in accordance with the procedures set forth in this policy to any complaint or report regarding conduct that may violate this policy.
On all matters relating to this Sexual Misconduct Policy, the Title IX Coordinator is supervised directly by the President of the University and the Office of Legal Affairs.
The Title IX Coordinator’s contact information is:
Title IX Coordinator
Office: Global Missions 2nd Floor
Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Students
Office: Crowley Residence Life Office
Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Employees
Office: Mahler 2nd Floor
Reports of alleged sexual misconduct can be made on DBU’s Title IX website, by email, phone call, letter, or meeting with the Title IX Coordinator or Deputy Title IX Coordinator.
Advocates for Campus Trust and Safety (ACTS) Committee:
In addition to the Title IX Coordinator, the Advocates for Campus Trust and Safety (ACTS) Committee is an integral part of administering this Sexual Misconduct Policy. The role of this committee is to: a) help coordinate the overall education and prevention efforts for the campus community relating to sexual misconduct; and b) serve as an investigative and decision-making body when violations of this policy are alleged. Members of the ACTS Committee are appointed by the President of the University and represent a broad cross-section of the campus community, including, but not limited to, Academic Leadership, Student Affairs, Human Resources, Athletics, and the Legal Affairs Office of the University.
Title IX Special Investigators
In situations involving formal complaints, Title IX Special Investigators, who will be appointed by the President of the University and go through extensive training, will carry out all initial investigations and report their findings to the ACTS Committee (as outlined in Section 6 of this policy).
For situations involving formal complaints, a Title IX Special Adjudicator has been appointed by the President to handle all appeals of rulings by the ACTS Committee (as outlined more fully in Section 6).
Complainant Advocate, Respondent Advocate, and Director of Counseling and Spiritual Care
Because of the serious nature of sexual misconduct allegations, DBU is committed to providing both complainants and respondents with resources to know their rights and responsibilities under this policy. In order to help both parties understand their rights and responsibilities, the University has designated three members of the University community to serve as advocates for Complainant or Respondent. Likewise, the University has also named a Director of Counseling and Spiritual Care to serve as a Confidential Resource in these cases.
In situations involving an alleged violation of this policy, the complainant will have the opportunity to utilize the Complainant Advocate as a Confidential Resource, and the respondent will have the opportunity to utilize the Respondent Advocate as a Confidential Resource. Likewise, the Director of Counseling and Spiritual Care is available as a Confidential Resource in all cases. Information shared with Confidential Resources (including information about whether an individual has received services) will be disclosed to others only with the individual’s written permission or if applicable ethical or legal obligations compel the professional to reveal such information (e.g., if there is suspected abuse or neglect of a minor or where the Confidential Resource is compelled by law to submit non-identifying statistical information about the number and type of violations of this policy for purposes of Clery Act reporting). Neither the complainant nor respondent is obligated to discuss the allegation with the Complainant Advocate, Respondent Advocate, or Director of Counseling and Spiritual Care, but they will have the opportunity to confidentially discuss the allegation and their rights and responsibilities with these individuals. In all cases, the Complainant Advocate and Respondent Advocate will, at a minimum, ensure that the respective complainant and respondent have a copy of this policy, understand the internal and external resources available to them, and make them aware of the appropriate dates for hearings or meetings associated with the allegation.
Likewise, if an individual is not prepared to make a report or is unsure how to label what happened, the University strongly encourages the individual to contact the Complainant Advocate so that the individual can receive appropriate support and resources.