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How Do I Make a Report?

If you recognize that you have been the victim of sexual harassment or sexual misconduct while a student at Covenant, you have multiple options of making a report and seeking support.

 

While Title IX issues pertain specifically to incidents that occur on campus directly a part of the education program or activity, any issues of Sexual Misconduct between Covenant College community members will be addressed according to the Standards of Conduct and following disciplinary process.

 

We, as the College, support each individual in making these important decisions, and will respect an individual’s autonomy in deciding how to proceed to the extent possible. In this process, the College will balance the individual’s interest with its obligation to provide a safe and nondiscriminatory environment for all members of the College community. 

 

The College encourages the reporting of all perceived incidents of sex offense, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking regardless of the offender’s identity or position.

 

The College strongly encourages all individuals to seek assistance from a medical provider and/or law enforcement immediately after an incident of sexual violence. This is the best option to ensure preservation of evidence and to begin a timely investigative and remedial response. 

 

Amnesty: Addressing Concerns for Reporting Due to Standards of Conduct Violations

In order to encourage Complainants and Witnesses to make reports of Sexual Misconduct under this Policy, the College will not pursue punitive action against an individual who may be hesitant to report sexual misconduct out of fear that they themselves or others may be accused of violating other College Standards of Conduct policies, such as drinking or use of substances at the time of the incident. Educational options and accountability may be explored, but no conduct proceedings or conduct record (for students) or disciplinary actions (for employees) will result.

 

Pertaining to False Allegations

Knowingly making false allegations of discrimination or harassment, or providing evidence during an investigation with knowledge that the evidence is false, is also a violation of College policy and will subject a person to disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment or expulsion.  

 

Emergency and Off Campus Reporting Options 

The College strongly encourages all individuals to seek assistance from law enforcement immediately after an incident of Sexual Misconduct. This is the best option to ensure preservation of evidence and to begin a timely investigative and remedial response.

 

Safety and Security have guards on duty twenty-four (24) hours a day. You may report crimes or other emergencies by calling: 

Emergency Assistance:

911

Dade County Police:

706-657-3233

Hamilton County Police:

423-209-7000

Campus Safety and Security:

706-419-4105 (24/7 support) 

Resident Director on Duty:

706-450-7001 (24/7 support) 

 

On Campus Reporting Options 

Designated Title IX Coordinator and Title IX Team

There is a team of staff who have been specifically trained to investigate Title IX and Sexual Misconduct Issues on campus and between students.

 

Making a report to a member of the Title IX team will begin the official process of filing a Formal Complaint. All Formal Complaints will be investigated thoroughly through a process explained further in the next section.

 

Covenant College has designated the following individuals to serve in official capacity regarding Title IX reporting. 

Dr. Brad Voyles
Vice President for Student Development
Title IX Coordinator

706.419.1107
brad.voyles@covenant.edu
Carter Hall, Suite 138

Ms. Becca Moore
Coordinator of Student Success
Title IX Assistant Coordinator for Students

706.419.1262
becca.moore@covenant.edu
Kresge Memorial Library, 204

Ms. Rebekah McNair
Director of Human Resources
Title IX Assistant Coordinator for Employees

706.419.1105
rebekah.mcnair@covenant.edu
Carter Hall, Suite 103

Dr. Jon Wylie
Associate Dean of Students for Residence Life
Deputy Title IX Investigator

706.419.1108
jon.wylie@covenant.edu
Carter Hall, Suite 138

Ms. Nesha Evans
Associate Dean of Students for Student Life
Deputy Title IX Investigator

706.419.1106
nesha.evans@covenant.edu
Carter Hall, Suite 138

 

The Title IX Coordinator is responsible for implementing and monitoring Title IX Compliance on behalf of the College. This includes coordination of training, education, communications, and administration of the complaint and grievance procedures for the handling of suspected or alleged violations of this policy.

 

The Deputy Title IX Investigators are responsible for addressing complaints to ensure a prompt investigation and resolution. Deputy Title IX Coordinators work closely with the Title IX Coordinator to provide training, education, and other prevention efforts.

 

Confidential Resources for Support

You are highly encouraged to seek professional care for both your physical and mental health, regardless if you do or do not wish to make a report to the police or to a person required to report to the Title IX Coordinator.

 

On Campus Confidential Resources: 

On Campus Counseling

Priesthill Counseling Center
706-419-1275
healthservices@covenant.edu
M–F: 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m
Jackson Hall, 1st floor

 

Chaplain's Office

Rev. Grant Lowe
College Chaplain
grant.lowe@covenant.edu
706.419.1360

Stephanie Formenti
Chapel Associate for Discipleship
stephanie.formenti@covenant.edu
706.419.1359

 

Off Campus Confidential Resources:

Both the Priesthill Center, the Student Development Office, and the Chaplain’s Office have referral lists for counselors in the local Chattanooga area.

 

Partnership for Families, Children and Adults
Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence Hotline and Clinic
423-755-2700 (24/7 support)

This is the recommended facility for survivors of sexual assault. The Partnership has nurses who are well trained in conducting the forensic exam (rape kit) for evidence collection. All services are free.
partnershipfca.com/123/victim-support-services

 

Family Crisis Center of Walker, Dade, Catoosa, & Chattooga Counties, Inc.
706-375-7630 (24/7)
fccwdcc.org

 

National Sexual Assault Hotline:
1-800-656-HOPE (4673)