Along with the on-campus options described above, Central College strongly encourages a survivor of Sexual or Relationship Misconduct to make a report to local law enforcement and to speak with a rape crisis or other counselor, on or off campus. Sexual assault and many other types of Sexual and Relationship Misconduct constitute criminal behavior. Law enforcement officers are trained in handling sexual assault and other cases involving Sexual and Relationship Misconduct. An officer can be dispatched to campus to meet with the person calling, to assist the survivor in obtaining medical attention and emotional counseling, and to write a formal report of the incident. Reporting to law enforcement does not require prosecution of the offense and the victim’s wishes will be taken into account by law enforcement. The police report and any supporting evidence may be turned over to the County Attorney's office, which decides whether there is sufficient evidence to prosecute. Information about the process of reporting, the investigation, arrests, filing charges, hearings, the trial and sentencing will all be explained to you at the time of report. Although reporting to law enforcement is strongly encouraged, at no time will any individual be forced to make a report to law enforcement as a precondition to using the internal reporting/investigation process described herein. The Title IX Coordinator, counselors, chaplain, and responsible employees can assist in notifying law enforcement, if a survivor chooses.
Law Enforcement Contacts:
Pella Police Department, 641-628-4921
Marion County Sheriff, 641-828-2220