Title IX

Westminster College strives to create and maintain an environment in which people are treated with dignity, courtesy, and respect; where there is freedom of inquiry and expression, and the absence of intimidation, oppression and exploitation; and where people are able to work and learn in a safe environment. Westminster College students, staff, faculty, as well as guests and visitors, have the right to be free from acts of discrimination, harassment, or sexual violence. All members of the campus community are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that does not infringe upon the rights of others. Therefore, the college will not tolerate unlawful discrimination, harassment, or sexual misconduct of any kind. When an allegation of wrongdoing pursuant to our policy is brought to an appropriate administrator's attention, and a respondent is found to have committed a violation, serious steps will be taken to provide recourse for those individuals whose rights have been violated and to reasonably prevent repeated occurrences.

Please utilize the resources listed on this page to find out more about reporting, resources, prevention and awareness programs, and other information regarding Title IX.

Title IX Report Form Anonymous Reporting Form

Reporting Sexual Misconduct

  1. The College encourages any member of the campus community who witnesses or experiences acts they believe to constitute discrimination, harassment, retaliation, or sexual misconduct in violation of College policy to report the incident to the Title IX Coordinator or a Deputy Title IX Coordinator.
    1. Timely reporting (within 24-48 hours) is encouraged. There is no specific time limit to report.
    2. The complainant is encouraged to provide as much information possible. A complaint intake form can be found on the Title IX web page for your convenience.
    3. An anonymous report form can be found on the Title IX web page for your convenience. If you as a student survivor or reporter wish to remain anonymous, fill out this Anonymous Report Form. The college will use this information for statistical purposes (as required by Federal law), to better understand the scope of sexual violence on campus, and to develop and implement preventive efforts. If you fill this form out with a college employee, the report will no longer be anonymous.

    The college is required to investigate allegations of sexual misconduct to the best of its ability. As a result, the college will follow up on any specific, identifying information provided in this anonymous report.

  2. The Title IX Coordinator or their designee will consult with the complainant to determine what interim actions (addressing immediate concerns) are warranted by the college.
    1. These interim actions could include, but are not limited to: suspension, administrative leave, modifications of living arrangements, changing an academic or work schedule, or removing a student from housing, classes, athletic or school-related teams or groups, or issuing a "no-contact"" or "no-trespass"" directive. These interim actions may or may not be permanent depending on the outcome of the investigation.

Title IX Policies

  • Get to a safe place as soon as you can. Call 911 if you are in immediate danger.
  • Contact someone you trust to be with you for support. The Rape Recovery Center provides 24 hours support, 801-467-7273.
  • Incidents that occur on campus should be reported to campus patrol immediately at 801-832-2525. If desired, campus patrol officers will assist you in filing a complaint with the Salt Lake City Police Department.
  • Incidents that occur off campus should be reported to the Salt Lake City Police Department at 801-799-3000. Reporting to the police doesn’t mean that you have to press charges although if a minor is involved or this is a domestic violence situation, the police will file charges with or without your consent. You can contact the Title IX Coordinator, Jason Schwartz-Johnson, at 801-832-2262.
  • Do your best to preserve all physical evidence, even if you don’t know if you want to report the assault or press charges.
  • Do not to shower, bathe, eat, brush your teeth, or wash your hands.
  • Don’t change your clothing if possible, but if you need to change, put everything you were wearing into a paper bag and take them to your medical exam.
  • If the assault took place in your room or home, do not rearrange or clean up anything until you have decided whether or not to file a report.
  • Write down as much as you can remember about the assault, including a description of the assailant.
  • Seek medical care as soon as possible. The Rape Recovery Center (phone) has a 24-hour Hospital Response Team; a member can meet you at the hospital or Family Justice Center to provide information and support throughout the process. They can be reached at 801-467-7273.
  • To preserve forensic evidence, ask the hospital/facility Center to conduct a rape kit exam. Costs for this exam will be covered by Crime Victim Reparations. You can receive this exam whether or not you choose to involve the police.
  • If you suspect you have been drugged, ask that a urine sample be collected.
  • Even if you have no apparent injuries and you know that you will never report, it is important to get medical attention to determine the risks of STDs and pregnancy and receive appropriate prophylaxis medication if desired.
  • Get support. Many survivors of sexual assault experience a wide range of emotions following the assault, including shock, anger, self-blame, shame, helplessness, denial, fear, and mood swings among others. These can occur immediately after an assault or weeks, months or even years later.
  • Know your rights under Title IX.

Myth: The victim must have "asked for it" by being seductive, careless, drunk, high, etc.
Fact: No one asks to be abused, injured, or humiliated. This line of thought blames the victim for what happened instead of the perpetrator who chose to commit the crime. Individuals of all ages, all genders, and all walks of life, have been targets of sexual assault. Not one of them "caused" their assailant to commit a crime against them.
Myth: If you wouldn't have been drinking, you wouldn't have been sexually assaulted.
Fact: Alcohol is a weapon that some perpetrators use to control their victim and render them helpless. Alcohol is not a cause of rape; it is only one of many tools that perpetrators use.
Myth: If the victim did not physically struggle with or fight the assailant, it wasn't really rape.
Fact: Assailants are not looking for a fight and they use many forms of coercion, threats, and manipulation to rape. Alcohol and other drugs such as Rohypnol are often used to incapacitate victims.
Myth: Serial rapists are uncommon.
Fact: Most every perpetrator is a serial rapist, meaning that they choose to use coercion, violence, threats of force, etc., to assault people on a repeated basis.
Myth: When women say no, they really mean yes.
Fact: Yes means yes! When someone says yes, they are explicitly giving consent. Silence does not equal consent. It is the responsibility of the person initiating or escalating sexual activity to gain consent at each and every level. If you are ever unclear about your partner's wishes, ask for clarification. If your partner says no or seems unsure, respect that person and their wishes.
Myth: If someone doesn't fight off their perpetrator, then it is not really rape.
Fact: Some studies have shown that women who fought back were more likely to be seriously injured by their attacker. This threat of heightened physical violence may make it safer for someone to not fight back. This does not mean the sex is consensual.
Myth: The reason that men get raped is because homosexual men are raping them, and lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender individuals rape more or are more likely to be sex offenders than heterosexuals.
Fact: There are no statistics that support the idea that lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgendered individuals are more likely to commit sexual assault or be sex offenders than heterosexuals. In fact, sex offenders are disproportionately likely to be heterosexual men.
Myth: Sexual assault is often the result of miscommunication or a mistake.
Fact: Sexual assault is a crime, never simply a mistake. It does not occur due to a miscommunication between two people. Sexual assault is any unwanted sexual contact obtained without consent through the use of force, threat of force, intimidation, or coercion.
Myth: It is ok to pressure or talk someone into sexual activity.
Fact: No! This falls into the category of coercion. Coercion is a tactic used to intimidate trick of force someone to have sex with him or her without physical force.
Myth: Rape is caused by lust or uncontrollable sexual urges and the need for sexual gratification.
Fact: Rape is an act of physical violence and domination that is not motivated by sexual gratification.
Myth: Once a man gets sexually aroused, he can't just stop.
Fact: Men do not physically need to have sex after becoming sexually excited. Moreover, they are still able to control themselves after becoming aroused.
Myth: Women often lie about rape or falsely accuse someone of rape.
Fact: Statistical studies indicate false reports make up two percent or less of the reported cases of sexual assault. This figure is approximately the same for other types of crimes. Only one out of 10 rapes are actually reported. Rapes by someone the victim knows are the least likely to be reported.
Myth: Sexual assault is a topic that only concerns women, and men do not have to be concerned about sexual assault.
Fact: According to recent rape crisis center statistics, men, both straight and gay, suffered 10 percent of the sexual assaults reported in the United States last year. In addition, men have wives, friends, sisters, mothers and daughters who may someday need assistance in coping with sexual assault. Rape is a concern for everyone.
Myth: Women are most often sexually assaulted by strangers.
Fact: Usually, women are sexually assaulted by someone they know —someone who has already been identified as safe and non-threatening. In college, acquaintance rape accounts for approximately 90% of completed and attempted sexual assaults.
Myth: Most sexual assaults occur in isolated places.
Fact: Sexual assaults happen anywhere and anytime. Sixty percent of assaults occur in the home of either the victim or the assailant.
Myth: A rape survivor will be battered, bruised, and hysterical.
Fact: Many rape survivors are not visibly injured. The threat of violence alone is often sufficient to cause a person to submit to the rapist, to protect themselves from physical harm. People react to crisis in different ways. The reaction may range from composure to anxiety, depression, flashbacks, and suicidal feelings.
Myth: Men cannot be sexually assaulted by women.
Fact: Although the majority of perpetrators are male, men can also be sexually assaulted by women.
Myth: Erection, orgasm, or ejaculation during a sexual assault means you "really wanted it" or consented to it.
Fact: Erection, orgasm, and ejaculation are physiological responses that may result from mere physical contact or even extreme stress. These responses do not imply that you wanted or enjoyed the assault and do not indicate anything about your sexual orientation. Some rapists are aware how erection, orgasm, and ejaculation can confuse a victim of sexual assault—this motivates them to manipulate their victims to the point of erection or ejaculation to increase their feelings of control and to discourage reporting of the crime.
Myth: All sexual assault victims will report the crime immediately to the police. If they do not report it or delay in reporting it, then they must have changed their minds after it happened, wanted revenge, or didn't want to look like they were sexually active.
Fact: There are many reasons why a sexual assault victim may not report the assault to the police. It is not easy to talk about being sexually assaulted. The experience of re-telling what happened may cause the person to relive the trauma. Other reasons for not immediately reporting the assault or not reporting it at all include fear of retaliation by the offender, fear of not being believed, fear of being blamed for the assault, fear of being "revictimized" if the case goes through the criminal justice system, belief that the offender will not be held accountable, wanting to forget the assault ever happened, not recognizing that what happened was sexual assault, shame, and/or shock. In fact, reporting a sexual assault incident to the police is the exception and not the norm. Because a person did not immediately report an assault or chooses not to report it at all does not mean that the assault did not happen.

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex against any person in education programs and activities receiving federal funding. Programs or activities receiving federal financial assistance include virtually all public and private colleges and universities, and all public elementary and secondary schools.

Students, staff, faculty, and other employees; women, girls, men, and boys; straight, LGBT, and gender-nonconforming persons; persons with and without disabilities; and international and undocumented persons all have the right to pursue education, including athletic programs, scholarships, and other activities, free from sex discrimination, including sexual violence and harassment.

When people speak about Title IX they are referring to 20 U.S.C. § 1681(a), which says:

No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.

Many people have never heard of Title IX. Most people who know about Title IX think it applies only to sports, but athletics is only one of 10 key areas addressed by the law. These areas are: Access to Higher Education, Career Education, Education for Pregnant and Parenting Students, Employment, Learning Environment, Math and Science, Sexual Harassment, Standardized Testing and Technology.

What are your rights?

Students involved in an incident of sexual misconduct have the right to:

  • A safe environment: The College will take whatever measures it deems reasonable and feasible to protect the safety of the campus community, and the well-being and rights of students.
  • Respect: All parties involved in an incident of sexual misconduct will be treated with dignity, respect and fairness.
  • Be taken seriously: The College will treat all complaints seriously and will investigate all allegations of sexual misconduct.
  • Access to College resources and support: All parties will have full access to campus services designed to assist in such cases, including the Dean of Students' office, the Counseling Center, and Health Center.
  • Be fully informed: All parties will receive information about the nature, rules and procedures of the investigative process and to timely written notice of all allege violations within the complaint, including the nature of the violation and possible sanctions.
  • A fair conduct process: The College will conduct a fair and impartial investigation and adjudication.
  • An advisor: The College will offer trained advisors to provide information, resources and support throughout the process.
  • Receive written notice of the outcome and sanctions
  • Freedom from retaliation: The College will not tolerate any form of harassment, retaliation, and/or intimidation of the complainant or the respondent, or of those supporting either party. Any retaliatory action taken against a complainant or respondent or against their friends, acquaintances or other persons cooperating in the investigation of a charge of sexual misconduct is a violation of College policy.

Confidential Resources (These resources will not report to the college)

  • Westminster Counseling Center, Shaw Center, Lower Level
    • Lisa Jones, 801-832-2237
    • Molly Butterworth, 801-832-2246
    • Cory Shipp, 801-832-2273
  • Westminster Student Health Services, Shaw Center, Lower Level, 801-832-2239
  • Rape Recovery Center, 2035 South 1300 East, SLC, 801-467-7273 (24-hour crisis line)
  • Family Justice Center (YWCA), 801-537-8600, 1-855-992-2752 (24-hour crisis line)
  • Utah Sexual Assault and Rape Crisis Line, 1-888-421-1100
  • National Sexual Assault Hotline, 1-800-656-4673 (24-hour crisis line)

Non-Confidential Resources (These resources have an obligation to report to the college)

  • Title IX Coordinator, Jason Schwartz-Johnson, 801-832-2262
  • Deputy Title IX Coordinators
    • Julie Freestone, 801-832-2573
    • Scott Gust, 801-832-2449
  • Dean of Students Office, Shaw Center, 801-832-2230
  • Spiritual Life, Shaw Center Lower Level, 801-832-2232
  • Your RA or Residential Life Staff Member
  • Faculty, Adjunct Faculty, and Full-time Staff

To Report Confidentially

If you are unsure you want to report prohibited conduct or know that you want to keep the incident confidential, we encourage you to contact the Counseling Center or off-campus mental health or rape crisis resources, including counselors or clergy, for additional support. The resources listed in the "Confidential Resources" section above will not disclose information you provide them to the college.

Reporting to the College

Westminster encourages anyone who has experienced or witnessed sexual assault, sexual or gender-based harassment, gender-based discrimination, sexual exploitation, or interpersonal violence (including dating violence, domestic violence, or stalking) to the college's Title IX Coordinator or a Deputy Title IX Coordinator (see the list below). You can also report to an RA or Residence Life staff member, faculty, or staff. All faculty and staff must report information disclosed to them to the Title IX Coordinator, and the college has a duty to respond to any report so that students, faculty, and staff know available resources and options. Information will be kept as private as possible; however, confidentiality cannot be guaranteed. If you want your information to remain confidential, you should talk with one of the resources listed above.

The Title IX Coordinators will also work with you to determine if the college needs to take any actions to ensure your safety and well-being. This could include possibly changing campus living arrangements, issuing no-contact orders, or changing work or class schedules. If a student is having difficulty going to class or keeping up with course work, the Dean of Students Office can contact faculty about this. They can do this without providing specific information about what happened.

Title IX Coordinator

Jason Schwartz-Johnson

Deputy Title IX Coordinators

Scott Gust

Julie Freestone

Online Reporting

You can also report an incident to the college through this form. Please note that this reporting is not confidential or anonymous if identifying information is given.

Anonymous Reporting

Anonymous reports to the college can be made through this form.

For more information contact the Westminster College Title IX Coordinator, a Deputy Coordinator, or the Counseling Center:

Title IX Coordinator & Equal Opportunity Officer
Jason Schwartz-Johnson 801-832-2262 jsj@westminstercollege.edu

Deputy Title IX Coordinators
Scott Gust 801-832-2449 sgust@westminstercollege.edu
Julie Freestone 801-832-2573 jfreestone@westminstercollege.edu

Confidential Resources
Westminster Counseling Center, Shaw Center, Lower Level
Lisa Jones, 801-832-2237
Molly Butterworth, 801-832-2246
Cory Shipp, 801-832-2273

Rape Recovery Center
2035 South 1300 East, SLC, 801-467-7273 (24-hour crisis line)