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Letter from Keith Cornille

Over the past several months the frequency and handling of sexual harassment cases in entertainment, media, politics and higher education has made headlines. In the past two weeks, this issue has come closer to home with stories regarding incidents at several Wisconsin higher education institutions making headlines. An article recently appeared in the Capital Times at Madison.com reporting on the frequency and response to such cases at Madison College.

During the past decade (2007-2017) Madison College has responded to 74 sexual misconduct complaints (average 6.7 per year). In 2017 the college responded to 22 complaints-3 times more than the next highest year 2009 (7). We believe that the college has seen an increase in reporting volume due to increased cultural awareness of sexual misconduct.

The number of complaints received has varied between student/student, student/staff-faculty, and student/other. The student/other is classified as a Madison College student and other individual not associated with the college (e.g. spouse, student at another college…). 

  • 57 percent of the complaints have been filed student/student (42 of 74)
  • Student to faculty/staff accounted for 22 percent (n=16) of complaints
  • Student/other was 19 percent (n=14) of the complaints
  • 2 complaints were classified as staff-faculty/staff-faculty

This provides a timely reminder to faculty and staff about the importance of their role and obligation to report incidents of sexual misconduct. Individuals often ask “who needs to report an allegation of sexual misconduct?” All college employees are required to report incidents of sexual misconduct of which they become aware to the Title IX Coordinator. The only exceptions to this requirement are the following confidential resources: (1) Madison College Counseling Services, (2) Student Health Center, or (3) off campus support services such as trauma informed counseling services.

This reminder also provides an opportunity to prompt the college community to review the website for available resources to assist you in supporting your students around this sensitive topic.

Madison College Title IX Policy

In order to foster a climate of respect, and provide for the safety and security of our community, Madison College prohibits acts of sex and gender based discrimination, to include sexual misconduct. Sexual misconduct is a broad term that identifies forms of discrimination and harassment based on sex including, sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual exploitation, dating violence, domestic violence and stalking. Sexual misconduct includes other acts of verbal, nonverbal, or physical aggression, intimidation, or hostility based on sex or sex-stereotyping, even if those acts do not involve conduct of a sexual nature.

So what “qualifies” as a Title IX incident? Sexual misconduct experienced by a student, regardless of where or when it occurs, or by whom, whether between people of different sexes or the same sex, and regardless of the student’s gender identity, should be reported.

Link to Sexual Misconduct Policy

Sexual Misconduct Reporting

Where do I report? At the earliest possible time (no later than 24 hours) after you receive information that a student has experienced sexual misconduct, you must report it to the Title IX Coordinators or Deputy Title IX Coordinator (see list below). You will need to report all relevant details about the incident(s) disclosed by the student. This includes the names of the student, the accused and any witnesses, as well as any other relevant facts, including the date, time and specific location of the incident.

Madison College’s Sexual Misconduct Procedure seeks to ensure a thorough, reliable and impartial investigation and resolution. College officials who have received annual sexual misconduct training, as well as training on conducting an investigation process that protects victim safety and promotes accountability conduct the procedure.

Process for reporting allegations of sexual misconduct:

  1. File a complaint for action by the College by using the Harassment/Discrimination Complaint form
  2. Initial Title IX Review and Preliminary Assessment
  3. Notice of Sexual Misconduct Complaint
  4. Investigation
  5. Review of Investigation Findings and Decision

Link to Sexual Misconduct Procedure

The Title IX coordinators and deputy coordinator who can assist with reports of sexual misconduct include:

Title IX Coordinator - Students and Community Members (Guests)
Geraldo VilaCruz, Ph.D.
Dean of Students

Title IX Coordinator – Employees
Rosemary Buschhaus, JD, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Director of Employment and Employee Relations

Deputy Title IX Coordinator
Lisa Delany, MS
Associate Dean of Students

Madison College Sexual Misconduct Prevention Training

The Take A Stand, Stop Sexual Violence training series is a key component of Madison College’s coordinated community response to end sexual violence on our campus. All new Madison College faculty, staff and independent contractors are required to complete the training as part of the hiring process. At the beginning of each semester, students receive notice to complete the training in a communication from the Executive Vice President/Chief Student Services Officer of Student Development and Success.

Link to Take A Stand, Stop Sexual Violence Prevention Program

For Information and Assistance

For more information or with specific questions, contact the Dean of Students Office at (608) 243-4555 or deanofstudents@madisoncollege.edu. Resource information is available on the website at https://madisoncollege.edu/title-ix-sexual-misconduct.

Dr. Keith Cornille                                                                      Dr. Geraldo VilaCruz

Executive Vice President / Chief Student Services Officer            Dean of Students

Published February 7, 2018.