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
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 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 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:
- Wendy Ballast, Interim Title IX Coordinator
- Brooke Kolodzieczyk, Deputy Title IX Coordinator
- Erin Dafoe, Deputy Title IX Coordinator
- Erin Cook, Deputy Title IX Coordinator
Title IX Training
Any staff member working on the resolution of a Title IX complaint receives training as prescribed by the Department of Education Title IX Final Rule § 106.45(b)(1)(iii) & § 106.45(b)(10)(i)(D).
For more information, please view our Title IX training documentation.
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 complaint or report to the Interim Title IX Coordinator Wendy Ballast at 269.337.4437 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Contact the Title IX Deputy Coordinators Erin Dafoe at 269.337.6159, Erin Cook at 269.337.6446, or Brooke Kolodzieczyk at 269.337.4479.
- Contact the Chief Safety and Security Officer Drake Olson 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.
Employee and Family Assistance Program
The medical school Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP) is provided through an external service, EmployeeConnect. This a confidential and voluntary support service that is fully accessible to students, residents/fellows, faculty, and staff and immediate household members to help find solutions to life’s challenges. Support is provided in a manner that is best suited to individual preferences, comfort level, and lifestyle.
EmployeeConnect is completely confidential within the limits of the law. No one at the medical school will know that you have used the program unless you choose to share that information. There is no cost to use the EFAP.
EmployeeConnect provides a wide range of services including:
- Short-term professional counseling for support for personal and emotional issues including stress, anger, death and dying, and alcohol and substance abuse. You may choose the counseling delivery option that is most comfortable including telephone, online chat, or in-person.
- Family support services connects you with a Family Support Specialist for personalized assistance with family planning, parenting, childcare, eldercare, daily living support, and more.
- Legal support services provide telephone or in-person consultation with attorneys to address legal questions surrounding divorce, custody, adoption, real estate, debt, bankruptcy, landlord/tenant issues, and more.
- Financial support services provide consultation with financial professionals to address financial questions surrounding budgeting, debt management, tax issues, and more.
- Provides resources to find a therapist or psychiatrist who is available through these benefits.
- Provide in-the-moment support over the phone.
EmployeeConnect is a confidential service that is available by telephone or website 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Individuals may access EFAP services by calling 888.628.4824 or online at GuidanceResources.com and entering the following credentials to login:
- Username: LFGSupport
- Password: LFGSupport1
The EFAP can provide in‑the‑moment support over the phone. For counseling services, an intake is conducted by phone and a search is conducted to identify a local counselor participating in the EFAP who is appropriate for the need, which can take about two days. Typically, five visits are offered at no cost. Additional services are charged to the individual’s health insurance.
If crisis services are required, the phone counselor helps locate local crisis services, which may include a recommendation to go to a local hospital emergency department.
Information about the EFAP is provided to students at matriculation and to employees upon employment. Additional information about the EFAP is available from Student Affairs at 269.337.6111 or Human Resources at 269.337.6485.
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
1662 East Centre Avenue
Portage, MI 49002
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.
Personal Counseling Services (for Students)
Independent licensed counselors serving as consultants to the medical school provide personal counseling sessions, and are bound by confidentiality. These counselors are not involved with student academic instruction, evaluation, or advancement, and are available to assist students with personal issues. Students may confidentially make appointments by contacting the care managers in the WMed Clinics at 269.337.6540.
Sexual Assault Support Resources
Ascension Borgess Hospital
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
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
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
Student Affairs at 269.337.6111 provides student support for academic and personal issues. Financial Aid at 269.337.6107 assists students, residents/fellows, staff, and faculty with financial aid related issues. Human Resources at 269.337.6485 assists employees with employment and benefit issues.