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On Campus Support and Resources

Making decisions about how to deal with the experience can be an important step in healing and restoring a person’s sense of control over their life. Spelman College offers several support and resource options for students who have experienced sexual and/or gender based violence. Survivors of sexual assault and relationship violence are encouraged to seek confidential support to address their immediate and long term health and emotional support needs.

It’s normal to have a difficult time adjusting and coping with the effects of sexual violence, help is available.

Confidential Disclosure

Professional, licensed counselors and pastoral counselors who provide mental-health counseling to members of the Spelman community, and including those who act in that role under the supervision of a licensed counselor, are not required to report any information about an incident to the Title IX Coordinator without a victim’s permission.

For Students
Counseling Services
The staff can assist the survivor in coping with the emotional and psychological impact of violence.
 
Student Health Services
The staff can assist the survivor with accessing medical care such as, documenting and treating injuries, prevention of sexually transmitted diseases and family planning options.
 
Dean of the Chapel
The staff can assist the survivor with spiritual and religious concerns following an incident of violence.

For Employees
The Spelman College Employee Assistance Program (EAP), provides confidential access to professional counseling services for help in confronting such personal problems. The EAP is available to all employees and their immediate family members offering problem assessment, short-term counseling, and referral to appropriate community and private services.

Call 1-800-523-5668 or 1-800-882-7610 (TTY) to contact an EAP counselor.

Non Confidential Support

Dean of Students
The Dean of Students will provide information about options for pursuing violations of the Community Standards and Code of Conduct through the College’s student conduct system. The victim/survivor will be able to express her preferences as to whether formal charges are pursued, how the charges are written, and if she desired for the student conduct process. The Dean of Students Office will work with Public Safety as appropriate while investigating the complaint.

Assistant Director Prevention & Response
The Assistant Director for Prevention & Response will provide information about options for administrative resolution at Spelman College or other institutions. In addition, survivors/ victim will be able to get information about safety planning, housing relocation, academic accommodations, obtaining a temporary protective order, requesting Victim’s Compensation and or other criminal and civil processes for victims of crime, as appropriate.

Student Success
The Student Success Program (SSP) is the umbrella unit that oversees academic support services at Spelman College. SSP uses best practices and essential resources to provide excellent academic support to help students realize their full potential. We provide the following services in our centers, labs and programs:

Directed Supplemental Instruction
Peer Tutoring
Specialized Academic Coaching
Campus-wide Assessing
Workshops and Student Success Seminars

Undergraduate Studies
The Office of Undergraduate Studies (OUS) monitors the academic progress of all students. We supervise and coordinate academic support services and the advisement of students to ensure their academic success and retention.

Reporting to Law Enforcement

Incidents of sexual misconduct may also be crimes. Incidents can be reported to campus or local law enforcement agencies. College officials are available to provide assistance with making such reports, upon request. Reporting to law enforcement is not required. Students who are considering filing a College report or law enforcement report of sexual misconduct are encouraged to preserve any evidence of sexual misconduct.

Spelman College Public Safety: 404-525-6401

For immediate assistance please call the Sexual Misconduct Helpline at 678-873-5884.

Hospital Accompaniment

Spelman offers trained staff/ volunteers to accompany Spelman students who have experienced sexual assault and relationship violence to local rape crisis center and emergency rooms. During business hours, students may contact the Assistant Director for Prevention and Response for assistance. For afterhours and weekend assistance students may call the Response Line (678)873-5884.  

Protective Measures and Accommodations

When incidents are reported, the College may put in place measures to provide support and protection to complainants and respondents. Parties may request reasonable accommodations and protective measures, such as academic assistance, housing or work space relocation, work or class schedule adjustments, no-contact directives, and counseling.

To protect the safety and security of parties and/or community, the College may take interim actions, including temporary housing relocation, removal from a class, interim suspension, or administrative leave. Students should contact the Dean of Students or the Assistant Director, Prevention and Response to make such requests. Staff or faculty should contact the Vice President for Academic Affairs or Director of Human Resources to make such requests.

Confidentiality

The College will protect the victim/survivor as necessary, including taking interim steps before the final outcomes of the investigation. The victim/survivor will be given options to avoid contact with the accused student and be allowed to change academic or living situations as appropriate and possible.  Should the case involve a student at a neighboring AUC institution, the Dean of Students will help the student to understand the process and offer support during the investigation and disciplinary process.

Court and Criminal Justice Accompaniment 

Members of the Title IX Team can accompany victim/ survivor during law enforcement reports, petitions for temporary protective orders and  provide referrals for Legal advocacy services for hearings..

Title IX Report An Incident REPORT AN INCIDENT

 

Title IX Office
404-270-4005
titleixteam@spelman.edu

24-Hour Response Hotline
678-873-5884

Additional Key Contacts

 

Sexual Misconduct Brochures

For Complainants (PDF)
For Respondents (PDF)