Reporting Sexual Misconduct
An individual who believes he/she is the victim of sexual misconduct (i.e., a complainant) is encouraged to report the incident in writing or orally to Campus Safety and Security, the Title IX coordinator, or the Office of the Dean of Students; also, the complainant is encouraged to report the incident to the Lynchburg Police Department. If a complainant wants assistance in contacting local police, he/she should request such assistance from Campus Safety and Security, the Title IX coordinator, or the Office of the Dean of Students, and such assistance will be provided.
- Campus Safety and Security, 434.544.5555 (emergency); 434.544.8100 (non- emergency); 1st floor, Hall Campus Center
- Lynchburg Police Department, 911 (emergency); 434.847.1602 (non-emergency)
- Office of the Dean of Students, 434.544.8226, 113 Hundley Hall, M-F, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
- Title IX coordinator: Director of Human Resources; 4th floor, Hall Campus Center; 1501 Lakeside Drive, Lynchburg, VA, 24501; 434.544.8215; firstname.lastname@example.org
Sexual misconduct may be reported to the police even if the complainant does not want to pursue criminal charges. Evidence that may be needed for criminal prosecution of the offense should be preserved. Ideally, a victim of non-consensual sexual intercourse should not wash, douche, use the toilet, or change clothing prior to a medical/legal examination. Medical assistance may be sought through the Student Health Center (students only) and off campus. Use of other resources available on campus and off that may be helpful is encouraged.
To encourage prompt reporting of sexual misconduct, and to relieve concern that a complainant might have about possible disciplinary ramifications of his/her consumption of alcohol in the incident, the Office of the Dean of Students may address the alcohol consumption through implementation of the Friendly Referral Practice rather than as a violation of the Student Conduct Code. When the Friendly Referral Practice is implemented in response to an incident of possible sexual misconduct, the complainant is not issued disciplinary charges or sanctions as a result of violation of alcohol policies. (Non-alcohol policy violations [e.g., possession or use of drugs, property damage, violence] may be addressed through the student disciplinary process.) Instead, the complainant must meet with a representative of the Office of the Dean of Students or a designee to discuss the incident, what was learned from it, and any additional alcohol education assigned.
Retaliation against a complainant for reporting possible sexual misconduct is prohibited and will be addressed as a disciplinary matter in accordance with the Honor and Student Conduct Codes. A complainant is encouraged to report retaliation immediately to Campus Safety and Security, the Title IX coordinator, or to the Office of the Dean of Students.