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Reporting Guidelines

At Missouri Southern, student safety is of vital importance. We want all students to feel safe and comfortable while at MSSU.

Guidelines

Reporting Guidelines

All University employees (administrators, faculty, and staff) have a duty to file a report when they believe, or receive information indicating, that a member of the University Community has been subjected to Sexual Misconduct. The employee should report to the Dean of Student Success/Title IX Coordinator, Billingsly 347, Tel: 417-625-9532. Such a report must be made promptly. The only employees exempted from this mandatory reporting obligation are licensed counselors, licensed medical professionals, and their administrative/support staff responsible for scheduling appointments (“Confidential Reporters”).

Students and other members of the University Community who believe they or another member of the University Community has been subjected to Sexual Misconduct are encouraged to make a report to the Dean of Student Success/Title IX Coordinator, Billingsly 347, Tel: 417-625-9532. Although there is no statute of limitations for alleged victims of Sexual Misconduct to make reports, the University urges alleged victims of Sexual Misconduct to make reports promptly.

Delayed reporting may limit the University’s ability to thoroughly investigate the report, and could result in stale evidence in applicable cases. 

Any member of the University Community who believes they have been subjected to Sexual Misconduct that constitutes a crime are encouraged to also make a complaint to University police or local law enforcement. If requested, the University will assist the complainant in notifying the appropriate law enforcement authorities. In the event of an emergency, please contact 911.

 

Additional Reporting Information for Sexual Violence/Assault Victims

If you believe you are the victim of Sexual Violence/Assault, do not blame yourself. Sexual Violence/Assault is never the victim’s fault. In addition to making a report under this policy, the University urges alleged victims of Sexual Violence/Assault to immediately go to the emergency room of a local hospital and contact University police or local law enforcement. If a person needs help or assistance in going to an emergency room or contacting law enforcement, the University will provide assistance.

It is important for alleged victims of Sexual Violence/Assault to do everything possible to preserve evidence by making certain that the scene of the Sexual Violence/Assault is not disturbed. Preservation of evidence may be necessary for proof of the Sexual Violence/Assault or in obtaining a protection order. Victims of Sexual Violence/Assault should not bathe, urinate, douche, brush teeth, or drink liquids until after they are examined and, if necessary, a medical examination is completed. Clothes should not be changed.

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