How do I report an incident?
You can use the online reporting tool and your message will be sent directly to the Title IX Coordinator.
Contact the Title IX Coordinator at email@example.com or (636) 255-2275.
Contact Public Safety and Security at (636) 949-4911.
All Lindenwood employees are responsible employees, if they are notified of an incident of sexual misconduct they are required to report it to the Title IX Coordinator.
If I report an incident who will contact me after I report?
The Title IX Coordinator will reach out to any person making a report of sexual misconduct. They will obtain any available additional information about the report and reach out to the individual(s) affected by the sexual misconduct.
If I have experienced sexual misconduct, what happens after I report it to the university?
The university wants to ensure anyone who has experienced sexual misconduct feels safe. The Title IX Coordinator will reach out to the person effected by the sexual misconduct and request a meeting to review the university’s policies and procedures and ensure you are aware of resources on and off campus that may be available to you.
What types of behavior are covered under Lindenwood’s Sexual Misconduct Policy?
Sexual assault, sexual harassment, sexual exploitation, relationship violence (dating/domestic violence) and stalking are all forms of sexual misconduct and are all prohibited under the Policy. Please see pages 6-9 of the Policy for the definition of each type of prohibited conduct.
What is considered sexual assault?
Sexual assault refers to engaging or attempting to engage in any form of sexual contact or sexual intercourse with another without consent and/or by intimidation, force or coercion. Please see pages 6-7 of the Policy.
Will the University automatically contact the police if I make a report of sexual misconduct?
No. However, the university will encourage the reporting party to report the incident to law enforcement.
Will the University automatically contact my parents if I make a report of sexual misconduct?
No, unless there is an emergency exception (i.e. hospitalization) when the report is made. The university will only disclose information to your parents at your request.
Do I have to go forward with an investigation if I speak with the Title IX Coordinator?
No. The Title IX Coordinator will determine if the university will go forward with an investigation. They will consider the request of the reporting party and balance this with the individual and community safety considerations. The university’s ability to respond to a report of sexual misconduct may be limited if the reporting party chooses not to assist in an investigation or wishes to remain anonymous.
If there is an investigation, how long will it take?
Lindenwood University’s main objective is to conduct a fair, thorough and impartial investigation. Lindenwood attempts to conduct the investigation between 60-75 university business days, however if there is good cause for a delay beyond this time period, we will notify the parties of the delay to ensure the investigation is fair, thorough, impartial and complete.
If there is an investigation, will I remain anonymous?
No. In order to conduct a fair, thorough and impartial investigation, all parties must be aware of who is making the complaint.
What is consent?
Consent is an affirmative, knowing, and voluntary decision–clearly communicated through mutually understandable words (e.g., saying “yes”) and/or actions – to willingly engage in mutually acceptable sexual activity. Please see pages 3-4 of the Policy for the complete definition.
What if I am afraid of retaliation?
Lindenwood University prohibits any form of retaliation. If reported, the university will take action to stop the behavior and prevent it from re-occurring.
If I was under the influence of alcohol or drugs or violating a campus policy at the time of the alleged sexual misconduct, will I get in trouble too?
No. Our policy has an amnesty provision to encourage reporting. If you or any witness is in good faith reporting an incident of sexual misconduct you will not be subject to disciplinary action by the university for drinking or doing drugs, as long as the violations did not place the health or safety of any other person at risk.
Is there a statute of limitations on when I can report an incident?
No, the university does not limit the time frame for reporting. The university encourages all university members to promptly report all incidents of sexual misconduct as soon as possible in order to maximize the university’s ability to respond promptly and effectively.