Title IX Information and Resources

Nearly one in five women and one in 71 men are victims of sexual assault (Black et al., 2011). We all have a role to play in preventing sexual violence in our community. Our actions, big and small, have a ripple effect on those we teach, guide, and influence. From modeling healthy behavior to addressing inappropriate conduct, everyone can make a difference. 

Dating Violence, Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, or Stalking  

Institutional Policy

WMed strives to cultivate a healthy and diverse community that recognizes the value of each individual and helps foster safety, civility, and respect for all people. The institutional policy Sexual and Gender-Based Harassment and Violence, Intimate Partner Violence, and Stalking (LINK) prohibits sexual or gender-based, harassment and violence, intimate partner violence, and stalking by any member of the WMed community. The policy and procedures sets forth how WMed will proceed once it is made aware of possible prohibited conduct in keeping with our institutional values and to meet our legal obligations under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX); the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act), as amended by the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (VAWA); and other applicable law. 

Title IX Coordinator

The Title IX Coordinator is charged with monitoring WMed’s compliance with Title IX; ensuring appropriate education and training for students and employees; coordinating the institution’s investigation, response, and resolution of all reports under this Policy; and ensuring appropriate actions to eliminate prohibited conduct, prevent its recurrence, and remedy its effects. The Title IX Coordinator is supported by two Deputy Title IX Coordinators and other administrators in the Office of the Dean, Human Resources, and Office of Student Affairs.

The Title IX Coordinator and Deputy IX Coordinators can be contacted by telephone, email, or in person during regular business hours:

Reporting Options

All individuals are encouraged to promptly report conduct that may violate the Sexual and Gender-Based Harassment and Violence, Intimate Partner Violence, and Stalking policy.  In addition, all individuals are encouraged to report conduct that may also violate criminal law to both WMed and to local law enforcement.  These processes are not mutually exclusive. Any student, resident, fellows, faculty, staff, or third party who seeks to make a complaint or report may:

  • Make an internal confidential complaint or report to the Title IX Coordinator Shayne McGuire at 269.337.4408 or titleixcoordinator@med.wmich.edu
  • Contact the Title IX Deputy Coordinator Erin Dafoe at 269.337.6159, or Robert Brady at 269.337.6446
  • Contact the Chief Safety and Security Officer Randy Edwards at 269.337.4225 for assistance in filing a criminal complaint and preserving physical evidence
  • Contact local law enforcement to file a criminal complaint.
File a Complaint Online

Use the online complaint form to officially file a complaint through the Title IX Coordinator. Once submitted, your complaint form will be reviewed by the Title IX Coordinator, and you will be contacted for a follow up discussion. If you are unable to complete the form for any reason, contact the Title IX Coordinator for assistance at 269.337.4408.

Counseling Services 

Employee Assistance Program

The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) offers a wide range of services that are available to students, residents, fellows, faculty, staff and their household members at no cost. This includes assistance with family, alcohol, drugs, emotions, stress, and legal or financial questions. This is a confidential service that is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Individuals can access EAP services by calling 866.695.6327 or by logging on to workhealthlife.com/MLAEAP. Information about EAP is provided to students at matriculation and staff upon employment. For questions or assistance contact the Office of Student Affairs at 269.337.6111 or the Human Resources Department at 269.337.4479.

Private Practice Counselors

WMed contracts with private practice counselors in the community to provide counseling and mental health services to students. The staff in these clinics is not involved in the education of students, eliminating conflicts of interest that could arise in the assessment of academic performance such as advancement of medical students. Child & Family Psychological Services, PC, is a local counseling service that has a staff of more than 30 counselors in two separate locations in the Kalamazoo/Portage area. They may be contacted at:

Child & Family Psychological Services, PC

5340 Holiday Terrace
Kalamazoo, MI 49009
269.372.4140

1662 East Centre Avenue
Portage, MI 49002
269.321.8564
www.childandfamilypsych.com

For emergency behavioral crises or when Child & Family Psychological Services, PC is closed, students may access community services by using the 24-hour community 2‑1‑1 Helpline. The 2‑1‑1 service is supported in Kalamazoo by Gryphon Place, which is a local organization providing emergency behavioral support. If needed, access to inpatient psychiatric care is available in a confidential manner via crisis screening services provided by Pine Rest Inpatient Services in Grand Rapids, Michigan. By avoiding hospital admission at one of the Kalamazoo teaching hospitals, students will not be treated by a physician involved with the institution. After referral and by calling a toll‑free number, a student (or their counselor) can discuss the appropriateness of inpatient management of their psychological emergency with a licensed social worker. If at any time a hospital admission is necessary and there are no beds available, the student will be sent to Forest View Psychiatric Hospital in Grand Rapids. Both locations provide excellent care and assure confidentiality for the student.

Sexual Assault Support Resources

Borgess Medical Center
1521 Gull Road, Kalamazoo, MI
269.226.4815 (Emergency Department)
24-hour emergency care; forensic rape evidence exam, other necessary treatment. Fee for service.

Bronson Methodist Hospital
601 John Street, Kalamazoo, MI
269.341.6386 (Emergency Department)
24-hour emergency care; forensic rape evidence exam, other necessary treatment. Fee for service.

YWCA Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Program
353 E. Michigan Avenue, Kalamazoo, MI
269.385.3587
Must telephone before arrival to access; service available 24/7. Forensic rape evidence exam, other necessary treatment, emotional support. Not appropriate for physical injury. Free of charge.

YWCA Sexual Assault Program
353 East Michigan Avenue, Kalamazoo, MI 
269.385.2869 office; 269.385.3587 24-hour crisis line
24-hour on-site support and assistance to victim and family/friends at hospital or police station; support and assistance to victim during all phases of prosecution; Free of charge.

Victim Assistance Unit
Kalamazoo Prosecuting Attorney's Office
227 W. Michigan Avenue, Kalamazoo, MI
269.383.8677
Assistance to crime victims involved in a court case; assistance in filing Crime Victim's Compensation claim, which may compensate a victim for expenses related to medical and counseling services or lost wages.

WMed Support Services

The Office of Student Affairs at 269.337.6111 is available to provide student support for academic and personal issues. The Office of Financial Aid at 269.337.6107 will assist students with financial aid related issues. The Human Resources Department at 269.337.4408 will assist employees with employment issues.