Title IX : Help and Support

Spelman Speaks Up

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.

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.

Protective Measure and Accommodations

The College can put in place measures to provide support and protection to complainants and respondents in sexual misconduct matters. Parties may request reasonable protective measures, such as academic assistance, housing or work space relocation, work or class schedule adjustments, no-contact directives, and counseling. In some cases, in order to protect the safety and security of the complainant and/or the community while a case is pending, the College may take interim actions that impact a respondent, including temporary housing relocation, removal from a class, or an interim suspension or administrative leave. Students should contact the Dean of Student or the Assistant Director, Prevention and Response to request a protective measure. A Staff or faculty member may contact the Vice President for Academic Affairs or Director of Human Resources to request a protective measure.

Court Accompaniment

Advisors can accompany victim/ survivor during law enforcement reports, in requesting a temporary protective order and provide support throughout the criminal justice process and provide referrals for Legal advocacy services for hearings. Students may contact the Assistant Director for Prevention and Response for assistance.

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.

Hospital Accompaniment

Spelman staff can accompany victims of crime to the Emergency Room in any of the greater Atlanta area hospitals. Emergency room advocates will provide accompaniment during Sexual Assault Exams, emotional support, information and referral services. Students may contact the Assistant Director for Prevention and Response for assistance.

Key Contacts

Title IX Coordinator
404-270-5060
njohns74@spelman.edu

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

Public Safety
404-525-6401

Counseling *
404-270-5293

Student Health Services *
404-270--5249

Religious Life *
404-270-5728

Spelman Public Safety
404-565-6401

24-Hour Response Hotline
678-873-5884

*Indicates Confidential
Report an Incident

Sexual Misconduct Brochure (PDF)