When a student is sexually assaulted, he/she has reporting options. If a student has just experienced an assault and needs immediate assistance, he/she should get to a safe place. A student should then:
- Call Calvary Security at (816)898-2989 or the South Kansas City Police Department at 911. Either will help whether or not a student chooses to prosecute the assailant. Reporting a sexual assault to the police does not commit someone to further legal action. In an off-campus emergency, the student is encouraged to call 911 or the police department in the city or town where he/she is located.
- The student is also encouraged to call a friend, family member, or someone he/she trusts and can talk with (e.g., Residence Director (RD), Resident Assistant (RA), Dean of Students, or Dean of Women).
- Get medical attention immediately. St. Luke's East Hospital, St. Joseph's Medical Center, Truman Medical Center – Lee's Summit, and Research Medical Center are experienced and prepared to help sexual assault victims. A prompt medical examination will test for pregnancy (where applicable) and STDs and can secure valuable evidence that can be used later, should the student wish to have the assailant prosecuted.
- Seek counseling. Regardless of whether a student reports the assault, it is often helpful to seek counseling to cope with the traumatic experience. The counseling services provided by Calvary Bible College and Theological Seminary are available regardless of where or when the assault may have occurred.
- File a complaint with the appropriate Calvary Bible College and Theological Seminary employee (see Reporting Harassment and Harassment Investigation).
- Upon receipt of a sexual assault complaint, the designated CBC employee will provide the options of pursuing a criminal complaint with the Kansas City Police Department or other jurisdiction, (i.e., State Police, or other local police departments), pursuing CBC’s investigation, or pursuing both options at the same time.
After reporting an incident of misconduct, students may request alterations related to academic classes, housing and/or dining services, Student Life activities, or other accommodations based on the circumstances. Decisions regarding such requests will be made by the designated CBC official after consultation with appropriate Calvary Bible College and Theological Seminary faculty and/or staff while preserving confidentiality to the extent possible.
Depending upon the circumstances, both students in a case may be issued administrative orders to have no contact with each other. This allows the matter to proceed without any possible harassment or miscommunication between parties.
While Calvary Bible College and Theological Seminary has an obligation to investigate every complaint of misconduct, if a student wishes the details of an incident to be kept strictly confidential, he/she may speak privately with the Director of Calvary's Biblical Counseling Center (or designee) or a counselor at the Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault (MOCSA) (816)531-0233. Requests for confidentiality will be honored unless there is an imminent danger to the student or to others.
Except in extraordinary circumstances, all misconduct complaints will be investigated and a decision made and communicated within 60 business days of receiving the complaint. Individuals are assured that complaints will be treated as confidentially as possible, subject to Calvary Bible College and Theological Seminary's obligation to investigate and respond appropriately to any and all allegations of misconduct.
Complainants are also advised that CBC will investigate allegations of misconduct and take appropriate action, even if the complainant does not wish to pursue or participate in the disciplinary process, but any response by CBC may be hindered by the complainant’s wishes for anonymity and/or inaction.
Calvary Bible College and Theological Seminary has adopted both informal and formal resolution procedures to deal with misconduct complaints. CBC will also ensure that no person who is the subject of a complaint will be assigned to investigate the complaint.
After discussion and investigation, some complaints may be resolved informally. With the assistance of the designated CBC official, the complainant may choose to write or speak with the offending person directly, which may be sufficient to bring a satisfactory response. Or, the designated official may speak with the offending person or facilitate a meeting between the complainant and the offending person. Individuals sometimes find that through these informal procedures they are able to reach an acceptable resolution.
The formal complaint procedure is initiated after a written complaint has been filed with the designated official asking for a formal investigation to be conducted.
If the offending party is a student, the case will heard by the Calvary Bible College and Theological Seminary Judicial Board according to judicial procedures outlined in the Gender Based Misconduct Procedures Manual.
A student judicial hearing may accommodate concerns for the personal safety, well-being, or fears of confrontation of the charged student, complainant, or witnesses during the hearing by providing alternate means of communication when it is determined to be appropriate by the Judicial Officer.
If the offending party is a faculty or staff member, a formal investigation will be held by the designated CBC official and another senior level CBC administrator. All investigations will include private interviews with the individual filing the complaint, the person alleged to have committed the misconduct, as well as third-party witnesses, and will also include consideration of other relevant evidence. When the investigation has been completed, the designated official will inform both the complainant and the subject of the complaint of the outcome.
Retaliation or False Reporting
A retaliatory action or behavior taken toward an individual as a consequence of his/her decision to report a violation or pursue action or criminal prosecution or a retaliatory action or behavior taken toward an individual who cooperates in an investigation is prohibited. Retaliatory acts may include, but are not limited to: threats, intimidation, or harassment. Such retaliation shall be considered a serious violation of policy and shall be independent of whether a charge of harassment is substantiated. Encouraging others to retaliate also violates the policy.
Calvary Bible College and Theological Seminary also considers filing an intentionally false report of misconduct a violation of this policy.