FAQs 

Who can submit a report?
Why should I submit a report?
What happens after I submit a report?
What kind of incidents can I report through My Voice?
Can I be updated on the status of my report?
What are other resources and contacts available on campus?  
                          
Who can submit a report?
Any member of the Westminster community can use My Voice to report incidents of intolerance or bias, issues of campus climate, or behaviors that are inconsistent with Westminster's values. This includes students, faculty, and staff. It doesn't matter if you don't know who did it or if you were not personally affected.

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Why should I submit a report?

If we do not know what is going on in our campus, we cannot address it. By submitting a report to My Voice, you are helping the College to keep a finger in the pulse of the Westminster community with respect to issues of culture, campus climate, diversity and inclusion. Consequently, by reporting through My Voice you are:

  • Helping the College so that we can help you or others like you who might be in a similar situation in the future
  • Helping us to create an accurate picture of the number and kinds of incidents that occur on campus
  • Helping us track over time what kinds of incidents are occurring so that we can prioritize our efforts and resources appropriately

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What happens after I submit a report?
The Office of Intercultural Engagement monitors the My Voice program (online, and e-mail reports).

The Office of Intercultural Engagement collects the information submitted to My Voice to create a periodic report on campus climate. This report is then used to focus the efforts and resources of the College with regards to educational programming and actions on diversity, inclusion, culture, and campus climate.

Whenever appropriate, the Office of Intercultural Engagement will share some or all of the information in a report with other individuals or campus departments in order to better coordinate an appropriate action or response to the incident. The identity of the reporter, if shared, will be kept confidential unless the individual has given permission to share their identity.

Please note that because of the anonymous nature of the My Voice reports, no disciplinary action can or will be taken in response to the concerns expressed through this service.

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What kind of incidents can I report through My Voice?
My Voice monitors incidents of intolerance or bias , issues of campus climate , or behaviors that are inconsistent with Westminster's values (fairness, responsibility, integrity and respect).

Any behaviors that are contrary to Westminster's core values, discriminate against or threat the inherent dignity of any member(s) of our community can and should be reported through My Voice. These include, but are not limited to incidents of intolerance, problems of racism, sexual preference bias, religious intolerance, sexism, and other actions and / or words that reflect disregard to our campus values of fairness, integrity, respect, and responsibility.

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Can I submit a sexual misconduct report through My Voice?
Issues of sexual misconduct should be reported through other channels instead of My Voice.

When an individual is affected by an incident involving sexual misconduct, sexual assault or sexual harassment within or outside of the Westminster College Community, there are some people s/he can talk to who can provide completely confidential advice and assistance.

For both security and legal reasons, college employees are required to report instances of sexual misconduct that they become aware of to the proper individuals within their institution. The distinction of who is required to report an who can maintain confidentiality can be confusing. Therefore, below are descriptions that clarify confidential vs. mandatory reporters and protocol to follow when reporting sexual misconduct. Talking to any of the individuals listed as a college confidential option does not constitute reporting the incident except for the statistical reporting required by the federal government.

Confidential Reporting (Wellness Center Staff & Chaplain)
Individuals who are considered confidential reporting sources include wellness center staff (i.e. Director, Nurse Practitioner, Health Clinic Coordinator, Counselors, and Assistant Director) and Chaplain. These individuals will maintain confidentiality about the details of the sexual misconduct incident reported to them, except for the statistical reporting required by the Jeanne Clery Disclosure Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act.

Mandatory Reporting (Faculty & Staff)
When an individual is affected by an incident involving sexual misconduct, sexual assault, or sexual harassment within or outside of the Westminster College Community, individuals are encouraged to make formal reports to college officials including faculty and staff which are considered mandatory reporters. Formal reporting does not mean that the report will be public information, but it does mean that the college will take the necessary steps to gather information and follow through accordingly.

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Can I be updated on the status of my report?
No, you cannot be updated on the status of your report.

Due to the anonymous nature of the My Voice reports, no disciplinary action can be taken in response to the concerns expressed through this service. 

The information gathered through My Voice is used to help create a periodical report on campus climate that will be used by the College administration to prioritize their efforts and resources appropriately when it comes to the improvement of campus climate and education on issues of intolerance and bias. Given this use of information, it is not possible to give a clear definition of the status of each individual report.

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