The College’s Title IX Coordinator has ultimate oversight responsibility for handling Title IX-related Complaints and for identifying and addressing any patterns or systemic problems involving Sexual Misconduct. The Title IX Coordinator is available to meet with individuals who are involved with or concerned about issues or College processes, incidents, patters or problems related to Sexual Misconduct on campus or in College programs. All allegations involving Sexual Misconduct should be directed to the Title IX Coordinator or other designated College individuals or offices as outlined in the Sexual Misconduct Policy and Procedures.
Individuals who are survivors of sexual assault, stalking, domestic violence, or dating violence are strongly encouraged to report the incident(s) to law enforcement in the jurisdiction in which the incident(s) occurred.
To report an assault or other crime to the College Police, please call 540-365-4444.
Non-emergency contact information for the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department is 540-483-3000.
In an emergency, please dial 9-1-1.
Individuals may inform law enforcement authorities about Sexual Misconduct and discuss the matter with a law enforcement officer without making a formal criminal complaint or a College Complaint. Individuals who make a criminal complaint may also choose to pursue a College Complaint simultaneously.
Individuals may choose not to report alleged Sexual Misconduct to law enforcement. The College supports the individual’s decision with respect to reporting; however, the College may be legally required notify appropriate law enforcement authorities if required or warranted by the nature of the allegations at issue.
In the event an allegation includes behavior or actions that are also being investigated by law enforcement authorities, the Title IX Coordinator will, in light of status updates from law enforcement authorities, assess and reassess the timing of the investigation so as not to compromise any criminal investigation. Depending on the circumstances, the Investigator and/or Title IX Coordinator may agree to temporarily delay the Investigation while law enforcement authorities gather evidence; however, in the event of such a delay, the College may take interim measures when necessary to protect the Complainant and/or the College community. The College will not wait for the conclusion of a criminal proceeding to begin and/or complete its own Investigation of a Complaint of Sexual Misconduct.
The College will cooperate with any law enforcement investigation. In addition, in the event the College learns that a court has entered a lawful order (e.g., Protective or Restraining Order) relating to a Complaint or to conduct that may also be a potential violation of this policy, the Title IX Coordinator will review the order and will comply with applicable law. The College’s resolution of a Complaint Investigation may differ from the resolution of a criminal investigation.