Where am I?

How to Report


If you have been a victim of sexual misconduct (see definitions for more information), please contact one of Fontbonne's Title IX Co-Coordinators:

Vice President for Finance and Administration Fontbonne University
6800 Wydown Boulevard
St. Louis, MO 63105
Phone: (314) 719-8017
Fax: (314) 719-8023

Director of Academic Services
Fontbonne University
6800 Wydown Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63105
Phone: (314) 719-3627
Fax: (314) 719-3614

See Fontbonne University's Sexual Misconduct Report and Complaint Form (doc, 32.5KB).

Additional resources to consider:

If you feel that you're in immediate danger ON campus, please contact the Department of Public Safety by calling (314) 889-4596.

If you feel that you're in immediate danger OFF campus, contact your local police department by calling 911. 

Students

Counseling
To schedule an appointment with Claudia Charles, M.A., L.C.S.W. counselor, contact Mary Asaro:
call (314) 889-4516 or email MAsaro@fontbonne.edu to schedule an appointment.

Department of Public Safety: call (314) 889-4596

Residential Life: See an RA, or contact the Residence Hall Director, call (314) 719-3603; or Director of Residential Life, call (314) 889-1429.

Student Affairs: Contact Vice President of Student Affairs, Joe Deighton; call (314) 889-1410, or email JDeighton@fontbonne.edu.

Employees

Department of Public Safety: call (314) 889-4596

Human Resources: Linda Pipitone, call (314) 889-1493 or email LPipitone@fontbonne.edu.

Anonymous Reporting

If you would like to make an anonymous report to the Department of Public Safety of an incident related to sexual assault, please see the Silent Witness report form.

 See Campus Resources and Off-Campus Resources for more information.


Reporting

The University encourages survivors or anyone adversely affected by sexual misconduct to talk to somebody about what happened so that they can get the support they need, and so the University can respond appropriately. Different employees on campus have different abilities to maintain a victim’s confidentiality.

The only University resource that affords complete confidentiality is speaking with a licensed counselor in the Counseling and Wellness Department. Below is the contact information for this individual:

Director of Counseling & Wellness, (314) 889-1434

While a student is encouraged to report an incident to a person of her/his choice, the University has designated the following Reporting Contacts to receive reports of sexual assault or relationship violence. All other University employees, if made aware of an incident of sexual misconduct, are required to report the information to a Reporting Contact designated by the University. These Reporting Contacts are individuals at the University who have been designated to receive a report of sexual assault or relationship violence. The designated Reporting Contacts are:

  1. Any Fontbonne University Public Safety Officer
  2. One of the following members of the Fontbonne Student Affairs staff:
    • Vice President for Student Affairs
    • Associate Vice President for Student Affairs
    • Director of Residence Life
    • Director of Leadership Education and Student Activities
  3. Title IX Coordinators

Confidentiality

The University will treat information that it receives in a manner that respects both the Reporting Party and the Accused Party. Recognizing that sexual assault can include criminal acts that violate the security of the entire campus community, there may be instances where the University has a responsibility to investigate or disclose information regarding the circumstances related to a specific incident. Campus and Reporting Party safety considerations will be balanced with the privacy interests of all involved, as well as the applicable legal requirements, when making decisions regarding such investigations and disclosures. The University's ability to act to protect the interests of the Reporting Party and other Students is limited by the information provided to it. The University's ability to respond to a report of sexual assault may be limited if the Reporting Party insists that his or her name, or other identifiable information not be disclosed. The University will evaluate a request for anonymity in the context of its responsibility to provide a safe and non-discriminatory environment for the campus community. Additionally, while the Reporting Party is under no obligation to reveal the identity of the Accused Party, the Reporting Party will be encouraged to do so in the interest of protecting all members of the University community and preventing future incidents of sexual assault.

Amnesty for Individuals Reporting Violations of this Policy

The University strongly encourages students to report incidents that may violate this policy. Therefore, an individual student who reports alleged incidents of sexual misconduct, participates as a witness in sexual misconduct investigations, or seeks medical assistance for his/her self or another will not be subject to disciplinary sanctions for consumption or possession of alcohol or other substances in connection with the reported incident.

Procedural Items

Evidentiary Standard - Responsibility will be determined by a preponderance of evidence standard, or one in which it is more likely than not that a sexual misconduct occurred.
Safeguards – In cases involving alleged sexual misconduct, both the complainant and the respondent:

  • Are entitled to the same opportunities to have an adviser present during a campus disciplinary proceeding or related meeting
  • Shall be informed simultaneously of the outcome of the proceeding, in writing.
  • Will have an equal opportunity to present relevant witnesses and other evidence.
  • Will be afforded similar and timely access to any information to be used during the disciplinary hearing.
  • Are entitled to a prompt, fair, and impartial investigation and resolution
  • Are entitled to a disciplinary process conducted by officials who receive annual training on the issues related to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking and how to conduct an investigation and hearing process that protects the safety of victims and promotes accountability.

Possible Outcomes – Possible outcomes include the range of disciplinary sanctions and outcomes listed within the Code of Student Character and Conduct in the Student Handbook. Mediation is not an appropriate process for cases involving sexual misconduct and will not be an option for such cases.

Time Frame – As with any disciplinary case under the Code of Student Character and Conduct, the University will provide for prompt and equitable resolution of the complaints, utilizing the timeframes as listed in the Code of Student Character and Conduct procedures in the Student Handbook. Except in extraordinary circumstances, the University will conclude its investigation and conduct process within sixty (60) calendar days following receipt of a complaint.

Appeal Process – An appeal process, as explained in the Code of Student Character and Conduct in the Student Handbook, is available to both parties.