Dean of Students
Sexual Misconduct

Where to file a report

  • Anyone who has experienced dating violence, domestic violence, stalking or a sexual offense is strongly urged to report it to University officials, local law enforcement or both. Reports to University officials may be directed to:

    Helaina Sorey, Director of Professional and Organizational Development / Title IX Coordinator
    RINA, (206) 398-4627
    soreyh@seattleu.edu

    Dr. Monica Nixon, Assistant VP for Student Development / Title IX Contact Person
    STCN 320, (206) 296-6070
    mnixon@seattleu.edu

    Dr. Alvin Sturdivant
    Associate Vice President for Student Development
    Student Center 140B (206) 296-6066
    sturdial@seattleu.edu

    Darrell L. Goodwin
    Dean of Students
    PAVL 180A (206)-296-6066
    goodwind@seattleu.edu

    Department of Public Safety
    USB 102, (206) 296-5990 ((206) 296-5911 for emergency)

    All sexual offenses and incidents of dating violence, domestic violence and stalking involving a member of the University community should be reported regardless where or when they occurred.  The University’s ability to take action may depend on a number of factors such as where or when the misconduct occurred, but the misconduct should be reported regardless.

    What happens if I report?

    When you report, University officials will provide you with information regarding what services, assistance and support are available, including how to file a complaint with local law enforcement if you choose, and how to get assistance, counseling and support services regardless of whether or not you choose to proceed.  University officials will discuss what disciplinary and complaint procedures are available and provide you with written information about those procedures, possible sanctions, support assistance and other important topics.  You will receive information about preserving evidence and certain protective orders that may be available. Other next steps will depend on the situation and your needs.

    If you report to Public Safety, Public Safety will notify University officials who have a need to know, they will collect information in an impartial manner and will help to preserve relevant evidence.  The steps Public Safety takes may vary depending on the circumstances and your needs.

    May I make an anonymous report?

    The survivor of a sexual offense, dating violence, of domestic violence or stalking or a third party may make a report without identifying themselves or providing the name of the person who experienced the incident. Anytime the University receives such a report or any other similar report that does not identify those involved, the University is obligated to investigate and take appropriate action, which could include disciplinary action against the alleged offender.  However, the University’s ability to act may be more limited than when it receives a more complete report.  The University strongly urges anyone with knowledge of a sexual offense, dating violence, domestic violence or stalking to report.  In addition to alerting the University to what occurred, such a report gives the University information it can use to make services and assistance available to the survivor and may provide information that is important to protect the community at large.

    Will my report be Confidential?

    The University will treat information it receives as part of University reporting procedures as confidential to the extent permitted.  That means that only those within the University with a legitimate need to know will have knowledge of the victim’s name and what occurred. If requested by the victim and to the extent possible, the name of the individual who experienced the sexual offense, dating violence, domestic violence or stalking will not be disclosed.  Any warnings required to alert the campus community to security and safety threats will not include the victim’s name.  If the University decides its obligation to provide a safe and nondiscriminatory environment for all students requires it to proceed in a way that may allow the victim’s identity to be known, the University will inform any student who has requested her or his personally identifiable information not be revealed that it cannot ensure confidentiality.

    What if I’m afraid of retaliation?

    Retaliation because a person has filed a good faith complaint alleging a sexual offense, dating violence, domestic violence or stalking or participated in an investigation or other related procedure related to such a complaint is strictly prohibited.  The University will respond promptly to investigate any claims of retaliation.

    Examples of retaliation include, but are not limited to:  harassment or bullying by the accused student or the accused student’s friends or peer group; pressure on the complaining student to drop the complaint; making a negative education decision against a person who has filed a complaint; or threatening a person with physical harm or legal action.  Anyone who engages in the above conduct may be found responsible for retaliation and sanctions imposed. 

    Any person who believes he or she has been the target of retaliation may file a complaint with:

    Darrell L. Goodwin
    Dean of Students
    PAVL 180A (206)-296-6066
    goodwind@seattleu.edu

    Dr. Alvin Sturdivant
    Associate Vice President for Student Development
    Student Center 140B (206) 296-6066
    sturdial@seattleu.edu