Make a report online
call Calvin’s 24 hour reporting hotline at (616) 526-4974
Contact a Safer Spaces coordinator
Safer Spaces coordinators and investigators are Calvin faculty and staff specially trained in leading investigations into sexual misconduct, harassment, discrimination and retaliation. They are able to meet with you to outline your options for receiving accommodations and support and pursuing an investigation. You do not have to commit to pursuing an investigation by meeting with a coordinator, and you may receive accommodations without pursuing an investigation. See contact information below to set up a meeting with a coordinator.
Talk to a faculty or staff member
Calvin’s faculty and staff members go beyond the classroom and workplace in welcoming and supporting students who trust them to talk about important things going on in their lives. If you have experienced a sexual assault, harassment, discrimination or retaliation, they can provide a supportive place to talk about it.
Faculty and staff members are not completely confidential resources. If you disclose an incident of sexual assault, harassment, discrimination or retaliation to them, they will notify a Safer Spaces coordinator. Calvin has this rule to make sure that incidents are addressed and don’t get brushed under the rug.
After a report is made, a Safer Spaces coordinator will reach out to you to schedule a meeting to talk about your options for accommodations or an investigation through Calvin. From there you have the power to decide whether or not you want to pursue an investigation any further.
How private is the information I share?
Only counselors, campus ministries and health services are completely confidential resources. Whether or not you decide to pursue an investigation, Safer Spaces coordinators will keep your information private, meaning that information about the case will be shared only on a need-to-know basis with those actively involved in the case, and they will ask your permission before sharing any information with another person.
What can I expect if I make a report?
There are many resources available to survivors of sexual assault, discrimination, harassment and retaliation through Safer Spaces. While the idea of reporting an incident may seem intimidating, making a report does not mean you have to file an official complaint through Calvin or pursue an investigation.
When you file a report, a Safer Spaces coordinator will contact you for a meeting to give you more information, which you may choose to attend. At the meeting, a coordinator will walk you through your options in the investigative process. If you don’t want to pursue anything beyond the meeting, the initial report may only be counted as a tally in Calvin’s annual Clery report to track how often crimes occur on campus.
If there is a risk to the ongoing safety of the Calvin community if the person you reported isn’t held accountable for their actions, the college may be obligated to pursue an investigation. You may decide whether or not you want to be a part of the investigation in that case.
After meeting with a Safer Spaces coordinator, you may decide to:
- Request that no further action be taken in the case.
- Request further information about the investigation and resolution process.
- Pursue disciplinary action through Calvin towards the responding party.
- You have right to drive the investigation by voicing what consequences you believe are appropriate for the alleged perpetrator, from a warning, required training, suspension, expulsion or termination. If you seek disciplinary action, you have the right to end your participation in an investigation at any time.
- Seek legal advice.
- Pursue legal action against the perpetrator.