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Reporting

Reporting an Incident to a Campus Official

You can file a report of any incident of discrimination, harassment, sexual violence, or other crimes in any of the following ways:

1. File a report online.

2. Contact Skagit Valley College's Title IX Coordinator:

Carolyn Tucker
Executive Director of Human Resources
Administrative Annex
2405 East College Way
Mount Vernon, WA 98273
(360) 416-7679
Carolyn.Tucker@skagit.edu

3. Contact a Skagit Valley College Title IX Designee:

Dave Paul
Vice President of Student Services
Lewis Hall (Mount Vernon) or Old Main (Whidbey Island)
(360) 416-7738 (Mount Vernon) or (360) 679-5281 (Whidbey Island)
Dave.Paul@skagit.edu

4. Contact Campus Security:

Mount Vernon Campus:
Gary Knutzen Cardinal Student Center
2405 East College Way
Mount Vernon, WA 98273
(360) 416-7777

Whidbey Island Campus, San Juan Center, South Whidbey Center, or Marine Technology Center:
Oak Hall (Whidbey Island Campus)
1900 SE Pioneer Way
Oak Harbor, WA 98277
(360) 770-5393 or (360) 679-5331

 

Reporting to Police

When reporting a crime at Skagit Valley College, it is important to note that the process on-campus is different from the process undertaken by local law enforcement. When a report is made that involves crimal acts, Skagit Valley College faculty and staff will invite the reporting party to file a police report. In instances in which the crime being reported presents a severe and/or ongoing threat to the Skagit Valley College community, law enforcement may be notified.

For questions about local law enforcement's process for handing crime reports, or to file a report, please contact the law enforcement office closest to you. 

If you ever feel immediately threatened or in-danger, contact 9-1-1.

Mount Vernon Police Department
1805 Continental Place
Mount Vernon, WA 98273
(360) 336-6271 (Non-Emergency)
mvpolice@mountvernonwa.gov

Oak Harbor Police Department
860 SE Barrington Drive
Oak Harbor, WA 98277
(360) 679-9567 (Non-Emergency)
ohpd42@oakharbor.org

San Juan County Sheriff
96 Second Street
Friday Harbor, WA 98250
(360) 378-4151 (Non-Emergency)

Langley Police Department
112 Second Street
Langley, WA 98260
(360) 221-4433 (Non-Emergency)

Anacortes Police Department
1218 24th St
Anacortes, WA 98221
(360) 428-3211 (Non-Emergency)

For unincorporated areas or areas outside of city limits:

Skagit County Sheriff's Office
300 S. 3rd Street, Suite 100
Mount Vernon, WA 98273
(360) 336-9450

Island County Sheriff's Office
Courthouse, PO Box 5000
Coupeville, WA 98239-5000
(360) 678-4422

What Happens to a Report?

What Happens When a Report is Filed?

1. Skagit Valley College is notified: When any Skagit Valley College employee is notified of a violation of Title IX or the Violence Against Women Act, be it verbally, in writing, through a third-party report, or by directly witnessing the event, Skagit Valley College will respond to ensure the ongoing safety of the Skagit Valley College community and to support those affected by the incident. Exceptions are made when the reports are made to professional counselors in the Skagit Valley College Counseling Center or to a designated Advocate. In these cases, students will have the option to file a formal report with SVC or local authorities. Anytime health or safety is at-risk or ongoing threats to the college community exist, all SVC employees are required to report to the appropriate campus authorities.

2. The report is filed: When a report is made regarding sex or gender-based discrimination or harassment, the Skagit Valley College Title IX Coordinator will review the information in the report and offer resources to those directly involved in the incident. Depending on the desire of the affected person(s), the Title IX Coordinator may assign an investigator to conduct an impartial investigation of the incident. Depending on the details in the report, interim actions might be taken to protect the safety and security of the college community while the investigation takes place.

3. The report is investigated: The investigator will review the report filed and call-in everyone involved, including the complainant(s), respondent(s), and any witnesses. Additional reviews of existing policies, practices, and procedures may assist the investigator in determining whether or not harassing, discriminatory, or violence behavior was demonstrated.

4. A decision of responsibility is made: The investigator, in coordination with the Title IX Coordinator or designee, will review the existing evidence and determine whether or not responsibility can be assessed. In order to determine responsibility, there must be at least 50.001% more evidence showing that one thing occurred over another. This is called the burden of proof. Both the complainant(s) and the respondent(s) are notified of the outcome of the case.

5. An appeal hearing may occur: If the complainant(s) or respondent(s) is not fully satisfied with the decision reached by the investigator, the case can be reviewed and appealed. 

6. Safety and educational outcomes are enforced: After the decision is reached and, if applicable, after the appeal hearing is finalized, determined educational and safety-related sanctions (or consequences) will be enforced in the interest of protecting persons involved in the case as well as the broader Skagit Valley College community.