Equal Opportunity

Sexual Misconduct

The College’s Sexual Misconduct Policy applies to all students and to employees regardless of their employment classification. Students and employees have the right to be free from sexual misconduct during the course and scope of their employment or engagement in activities at the College. Students and employees are encouraged to remind other students and employees of this policy and to report instances of sexual misconduct.

Reporting Options

  • In an emergency, please call 911.
  • Online Sexual Misconduct Report Form or contact the FLC Title IX Coordinator, Molly Wieser, (970) 247-7241, wieser_m@fortlewis.edu, 240 Miller Student Services;
  • Make a police report to the FLC Campus Police, 970-749-6581, Aspen Hall;
  • Meet with an FLC faculty or staff person with whom you are comfortable talking about the incident.  They will assist in reporting to the Title IX Coordinator.

To report sexual misconduct with confidentiality, contact:

  • The Durango Sexual Assault Services Organization’s (SASO’s) 24 hour hotline at (970) 247-5400. See www.durangosaso.org for more resources. 
  • Alternative Horizons Domestic Violence Hotline at (970) 247-9619.  See www.alternativehorizons.org for more information.
  • Counselors at FLC Counseling Center, 970-247-7212, at 260 Noble Hall, open during Fall and Spring semesters Monday-Friday 8-12 and 1-5. Call for summer hours. 
  • The Health Center staff are required to report the fact of sexual misconduct to the Title IX Coordinator, without providing names or other identifying information:  FLC Health Center, (970) 247-7355, 170 Miller Student Services Building, open during Fall and Spring semesters Monday thru Friday from 8-12 and 1-4. Call for summer hours.

Medical care and preservation of evidence:

It is important to obtain immediate medical care following a sexual assault, both to provide for the victim's well being and to document and collect physical evidence of the assault. Mercy Regional Medical Center's ER will connect victims of sexual assault with a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE).  

Transportation by Fort Lewis College campus police is provided to Mercy upon request.  SANE exams are paid for through the State of Colorado Crime Victims Compensation Program (http://dcj.ovp.state.co.us/home/victims-compensation), and payment is also available for students through Fort Lewis College. 

Forensic/SANE exams

Forensic/SANE exams can be performed up to 120 hours after the assault. An exam typically takes about three hours. While forensic exams are invasive, they are done to protect you.

The initial part of the exam consists of an interview. This the SANE will ask you to tell about the assault. She will ask you specific questions concerning details of the assault. It is always your choice not to answer any question or questions about the assault, but the more information the SANE can have concerning the assault, the more thorough the examination can be.

The second part of the exam is a physical exam. For females, it is very similar to a well-woman exam. Swabs will be obtained from the pelvic area and a speculum exam is done if indicated, and after consent is obtained. This exam may also consist of swabbing with a cotton applicator any other areas of the body indicated in the interview. An alternative light source may be used to look for saliva or semen on the body to obtain swabs from those areas as well. A thorough exam may also require nail clipping, hair samples, and photographs, all of which are completely confidential. If available, the SANE will ask for clothing worn during or immediately following the assault.

Support for Students

Students who, as a result of sexual misconduct, need support for schedule changes and living arrangement changes can contact the Title IX Coordinator for support.

Questions?

Contact:
Molly Wieser, Title IX Coordinator
wieser_m@fortlewis.edu or 970-247-7503

Haeryon Kim, Equal Opportunity Coordinator & Deputy Title IX Coordinator
kim_h@fortlewis.edu or 970-382-6977

Darren Mathews, Human Resources Director & Deputy Title IX Coordinator
mathews_d@fortlewis.edu or 970-247-7429

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