What to do if you’re told about an incident by a student
If a student tells you about, or if you become aware of, an incident in which a student may have been discriminated against or harassed, you are required to report that incident to the Title IX coordinator, Crystina Mostad, within 24 hours.
If the incident involves the Title IX coordinator, the report should be made to president or chancellor’s office for referral to an alternate designee.
Students believing that they may be victims of any form of harassment or discrimination need to:
- File a complaint as soon as possible. (Printed copies of the complaint form and investigation procedures are also kept in the HR and Student Services offices at each campus.)
- Send the complaint to the Title IX coordinator, Crystina Mostad.
When you file a complaint with Seattle Colleges, you may request confidentiality. The district will attempt to protect your privacy to the fullest possible extent, consistent with our legal obligations to comply with federal and state laws and to protect our students and community. More information about confidentiality is found in Procedure 419.D, “Confidentiality and Right to Privacy.” Please direct questions about protecting your privacy to the Title IX coordinator, Crystina Mostad.
What to do if you are told about sexual harassment, discrimination, or assault involving students
If a student tells you about, or if you become aware of, an incident of sexual discrimination, sexual harassment, or sexual assault in which a student may have been involved, you are required to report that incident to the Title IX coordinator, Crystina Mostad, within 24 hours.
If you believe a student is about to tell you about an incident of sexual harassment or discrimination, explain your obligation to report the incident before the student makes the disclosure. If this is not possible, do it soon after the disclosure. If the student does not wish to disclose the incident or provide further details to you, refer the student to the on‐campus and off‐campus resources.
Steps to take after student disclosure:
- Care for the student.
- Connect the student with resources.
- Contact the Title IX coordinator.
Step 1: Care for the student
First, ensure the student is safe. Student safety is the overriding concern of Seattle Colleges. Provide the student with nonjudgmental listening and support. If there is an immediate danger, call the police (911) and then call Campus Security.
Some thoughts and guidelines in caring for the student:
- One of the most effective and important ways to provide support is to listen without judging or blaming. Remember that no matter what the circumstances, no one deserves to be subjected to harassment or discrimination.
- Allow the student to talk about the experience. Be aware that the student may not be able to clearly articulate what happened; be careful not define the experience for the student.
- Follow the student’s lead. Do not take control of the situation or try to “fix” it. Experiencing sexual misconduct can cause a person to feel a loss of control; let the student make his or her own decisions, and then support those decisions. Also understand that everyone responds uniquely to sexual misconduct.
- Some common reactions may include shock, fear, embarrassment, denial, guilt, anger, depression, and/or feeling overwhelmed. Be a support person and help the student find support.
Step 2: Connect the student with resources
Every campus has support services. Contact Central Counseling: 206.934.5407
There are also off-campus support services. These include:
- King County Sexual Assault Resource Center (KCSARC) (24-hour resource line: 888.99.VOICE, or 888.998.6423). KCSARC is a victim-advocacy organization that provides critical support, tools, and direct services to children, teens, women, and men who are victims of sexual assault. KCSARC works with clients of all ages and from all backgrounds. KCSARC advocates will answer your call and provide crisis intervention, information and referrals, and ongoing support 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
- Harborview Center for Sexual Assault and Traumatic Stress (206.744.1600). The center provides services to help people impacted by sexual assault and other traumatic events.
Step 3: Contact the Title IX coordinator
At the earliest possible time (and no later than 24 hours after you receive information that a student has experienced sexual misconduct), you must report it to the Title IX coordinator, Crystina Mostad. It’s important to include, to the extent possible, all relevant details about the incident(s) disclosed by the student. This includes:
- The names of the student, the accused, and any witnesses.
- Any other relevant facts, including the date, time, and specific location of the incident.
Once you have reported an incident to the Title IX coordinator, you do not need to take further action. Understand, however, that you may be contacted for follow-up information as the college proceeds to respond to the report.