Resources and Support Whitman College provides students with confidential support, counseling, medical referrals, assistance with safe housing, and information concerning their rights. The college will assist students who wish to report an incident of sexual misconduct to the Walla Walla Police Department.
If you or someone you know has experienced an incident of sexual misconduct, seek personal support from any of these on campus resources:
Sexual Misconduct Victim's Advocate, Barbara Maxwell, Reid Campus Center, Room 202, (509) 527-5208 (office), (509) 540-2159 (home)
Barbara Maxwell, serving as the Sexual Misconduct Victim's Advocate, is one of the primary points of referral for a student who alleges sexual misconduct. The Sexual Misconduct Victim's Advocate will:
- Provide information and support
- Inform students about counseling and medical resources both on campus and in the community
- Upon request, accompany students to the Dean of Students Office to obtain no-contact agreements, requests for safe housing including alternate campus housing, and academic adjustments
- Inform students about the college's Title IX obligations
- Upon request, serve as adviser to a complainant in a sexual misconduct hearing
- Assist students who choose to report an incident of sexual misconduct to the Walla Walla Police Department.
Whitman College Welty Health Center, 11 Merriam St., (509) 527-5281
The college urges students involved in an incident of sexual misconduct to visit the student Health Center to seek medical attention or referrals as soon as possible. The Whitman College Welty Health Center provides confidential support to all students. They offer:
- Care for medical and/or psychological injuries
- Referral for advocacy and support services
- Pregnancy testing, emergency contraception (Plan B)
- Referral to area hospitals for evidence collection, sexually transmitted infection testing and treatment, including HIV
Whitman College Welty Counseling Center, 502 Boyer Ave., (509) 527-5195, M-F, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
To contact a counselor after 5 p.m. on M-F, or on the weekend, please call (509) 527-5295. The Whitman College Counseling Center provides free and confidential counseling by mental health professionals. In certain circumstances, students may also arrange mediation within the Counseling Center. The Counseling Center provides:
- After-hours emergency consultations by referral from the Health Center (509) 527-5295
- Scheduled appointments or a daily open hour to meet with students in crisis
- Consultation service for faculty or staff about an urgent situation
- Referrals to outside agencies
Whitman Security, 117 Memorial Hall, (509) 527-5777
Whitman Security is committed to providing a safe campus environment and offers the following services:
- Information about filing a criminal and/or college complaint
- Contacting the local law enforcement agencies, if requested
- Referring students to campus and community resources
- Providing safety escorts from 7 p.m.-1 a.m. during the academic year
Dean of Students Office, 302 Memorial Hall, (509) 527-5158
In order to provide a safe learning environment for all students, the Dean of Students Office will initiate an investigation of alleged sexual misconduct if enough identifiable information about an incident is reported. The Dean of Students Office:
- Provides referrals for physical and/or psychological injuries.
- Provides referrals to outside agencies and resources upon request.
- Initiates no-contact agreements, requests for safe housing, including alternate campus housing, and academic adjustments.
- Provides information about filing a criminal and/or college complaint.
- Provides help contacting the local law enforcement agencies, if requested.
Walla Walla Police, 911 (emergency), (509) 527-1960 (nonemergency)
The college will inform students of their right to report an incident to the police. The Sexual Misconduct Prevention Coordinator and/or the Dean of Students Office will assist students who choose to report an incident of sexual misconduct to the Walla Walla Police Department. Reporting an incident to the police and preserving evidence does not obligate a person to file a criminal complaint, but a prompt accounting of the event allows the victim to keep the option of filing a criminal complaint later.
YWCA of Walla Walla, 213 First St., (509) 525-2570, (509) 529-9922 (24-hour Number)
The YWCA is a community agency that provides comprehensive advocacy services 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The YWCA makes the services below available free of charge to students:
- 24-hour hotline (509) 529-9922
- 24-hour rape/sexual assault medical, legal, and court advocacy
- Individual counseling and support groups
- Safe temporary shelter
All local hospitals provide 24-hour emergency medical services and examinations for evidence using a Sexual
Assault Forensic kit. The Sexual Assault Forensics Kit is most effective within 72 hours of an incident. In order to preserve evidence, it is important not to bathe or shower prior to seeking medical attention. Students should place any articles that could be used as evidence, such as items of clothing, sheets, cushions, etc., in separate bags. Early medical intervention also allows for the detection of hidden injuries, the presence of STDs, and, in the case of women, the detection of pregnancy.
Providence St. Mary Medical Center
401 W. Poplar St.
Walla Walla General Hospital
1025 S. Second Ave.
The college is committed to protecting the privacy of all students involved in allegations of sexual misconduct. College staff and faculty, other than the Counseling and Health Center staffs, have an obligation to report incidents of sexual misconduct to the Dean of Students so that the college can fulfill its duty to investigate the incident and prevent it from recurring. The name of an individual bringing charges of sexual misconduct will not be disclosed to anyone who is not directly involved in the incident or investigation, or who does not have a legitimate need to know.