Title IX and Sexual Harassment

Iowa Wesleyan University is committed to providing and maintaining a safe and healthy environment for its students, faculty, staff, friends of the University, and visitors. Therefore, Iowa Wesleyan does not tolerate sexual misconduct in any form. To best support the mission of Iowa Wesleyan, the University will take appropriate action to prevent sexual harassment and violence by immediately and appropriately investigating claims of sexual misconduct, and will promptly and effectively stop recurrence and remedy effects to the best of the University’s ability.

Iowa Wesleyan’s charge is to implement effective policies and procedures for members of the campus community to report sexual misconduct; to offer multiple reporting mechanisms; to create a culture free of barriers to encourage reporting, and to distinguish between confidential and non-confidential reporting options.

The full policy and procedures for reporting and resolving such issues can be found here: Iowa Wesleyan University’s Equal Opportunity, Harassment, and Nondiscrimination Policy for all Students, Employees, and Third-parties.

For information on the rights of all parties involved, see Appendix A of the policy above.

Complaints of sexual harassment or misconduct may be reported 24 hours per day, 7 days per week at TitleIXCoordinator@iw.edu.

All Faculty and Staff (including Graduate Assistants, Teaching Assistants and Residential Advisors), excluding Confidential Resources listed below, are expected to report all violations of Iowa Wesleyan’s harassment and discrimination policy, at a minimum “anonymously.”

Title IX Contact Information

Title IX Coordinator: Rebecca Beckner, PhD
Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Students
Student Development Office-Howe Activity Center
319-385-6311
TitleIXCoordinator@iw.edu

Deputy Title IX Coordinator: Kathy Moothart
Director of Human Resources
Third Floor, P.E.O. Building
319-385-6209
kathy.moothart@iw.edu

Deputy Title IX Coordinator: Richard Buffington
Director of the Criminal Justice Institute, Chair of the Science Division
Adam Trieschmann Hall of Science
319-385-6341
richard.buffington@iw.edu

Iowa Wesleyan University has determined that the following administrators are Officials with Authority to address and correct harassment, discrimination, and/or retaliation. In addition to the Title IX Team members listed above, Officials with Authority may also accept notice or complaints on behalf of the Iowa Wesleyan University.

Chris Plunkett, President
319-385-6206
chris.plunkett@iw.edu

DeWayne Frazier, PhD, University Provost
319-385-6447
dewayne.frazier@iw.edu

Derek Zander, Vice President for Advancement and Athletics
319-385-6349
derek.zander@iw.edu

Meg Richtman, Vice President for Enrollment, Marketing & Communications
319-385-6216
meg.richtman@iw.edu

Inquiries regarding Title IX policy may be made externally to:

Office for Civil Rights (OCR)
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C.  20202-1100
Customer Service Hotline #: (800) 421-3481
Facsimile: (202) 453-6012
TDD#: (877) 521-2172
Email: OCR@ed.gov
Web: http://www.ed.gov/ocr

For complaints involving employees: Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has jurisdiction over Title IX employment claims. Please contact the Milwaukee Area Office at 414-662-3680.

Confidential Resources

All of the individuals listed below will maintain confidentiality when acting under the scope of their licensure, professional ethics, and/or professional credentials, except in extreme cases of immediacy of threat or danger or abuse of a minor/elder or person with a disability, or when required to disclose by law or court order.

If a Complainant would like the details of an incident to be kept confidential, the Complainant may speak with:

  • On-campus licensed professional counselors
  • On-campus health service providers
  • Off-campus (non-employees):
    • Licensed professional counselors and other medical providers
    • Local rape crisis counselors
    • Domestic violence resources
    • Local or state assistance agencies
    • Clergy/Chaplains
    • Attorneys

IW Safety First

This on-line reporting mechanism allows Iowa Wesleyan community members to report non-emergency crimes and concerns to the IW Student Development Office. Concerns raised involving Faculty or Staff will be shared with Human Resources and when necessary or more appropriate, addressed by the Director of Human Resources. Anonymous reporting is available within this mechanism. However, those reporting anonymously will not receive any direct response from the University. Anonymous reports will be investigated and addressed to the best of the University’s ability.

To report an incident related to sexual harassment or misconduct, visit with the Title IX Coordinator or you may complete the Reporting Document below:

IW Safety First Form

Campus Conduct Hotline

Report using the Campus Conduct Hotline, available 24 hours per day/7 days per week at 866-943-5787. This confidential, independent call-in service provides a way for any University community member to alert the administration to problems that may affect the entire campus community, such as behavior which appears harmful, unethical, or questionable personal injury.

Calls to the Hotline are confidential and anonymous, answered and handled with support and sensitivity by a trained responder. Within one (1) business day a summary of the interview will be forwarded to University administration for investigation, and assigned a five digit randomly generated case number for use in follow-up.

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A team of trained faculty and staff are assigned by the Title IX Coordinator and will facilitate the resolution of each complaint of sexual harassment or sexual misconduct. A copy of the training materials utilized is shared here and will be updated throughout the academic year:

Title IX Team Training

Security and Night Escort

While Iowa Wesleyan’s campus is quite safe, Security personnel patrol campus from 9pm-5am daily, 365 days a year. The University has a strong working relationship with the Mt. Pleasant Police Department as well.

Students who wish to be escorted from one campus location to another should contact Security at Office: 319-385-6329 or Cell: 319-450-2038 between 9:00 PM and 5:00 AM.

Students locked out of their room between midnight and 5:00 AM should contact Security. Between 5:00 PM and midnight, Resident Assistants or front desk staff should be contacted.

Annual Fire and Crime Statistics

The annual Fire and Crime Statistics report is posted in accordance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, 20 U.S.C. § 1092(f), which requires all colleges and universities participating in federal financial aid programs to maintain and disclose campus crime statistics and security information. This report also includes information required by Title IX of the Educational Amendments Acts of 1972 and the Violence Against Women Act of 1994 as amended. Iowa Wesleyan’s Fire Safety Report is published pursuant to the provision of the Higher Education Opportunity Act pertaining to campus fire safety information and statistics 20 U.S.C. § 1092(i).

Fire and Crime Statistics Report October 2020

Alcohol and Drug Use

Iowa Wesleyan University utilizes chemical dependency services in Mount Pleasant, such as ADDS to provide support to faculty, staff and students who may experience the effects of alcohol or drug use. Contact information for ADDS is below.

122 North Main Street
Mount Pleasant, Iowa 52641
Phone: (319)385-2216
Hours: 8:00am – 5:00pm, Monday through Friday. Closed Noon – 1pm.

www.addsiowa.org

IW Campus Alert

This is Iowa Wesleyan’s mass communication system for emergencies. The system is an opt-in program where all members of the campus community are encouraged to register.

All registrants will receive any emergency communication via the IW Campus Alert system which includes phone call / voicemail, email and text message communications. Typical uses of IW Campus Alert include severe weather alerts, campus closures, or ALICE situations.

Registration information and instructions are made available to all members of the campus community multiple times throughout the year.

EMERGENCY NUMBERS

IW Security
Office: 319-385-6329
Cell: 319-450-2038

Student Development
319-385-6256
studentdevelopment@iw.edu

Local Law Enforcement
319-385-1450 (M-F 8:00 – 4:00)
319-385-3511 (after 4:00 PM)
911 for Emergencies

IW SAFETY FIRST

To report an incident, visit with a responsible administrator or complete the Reporting Document below: