Sexual Misconduct/Title IX

About Sexual Assault

Bridgewater College is committed to providing all students with an educational environment free from discrimination. The sexual harassment of students, including sexual violence, interferes with students’ right to receive an education free from discrimination and, in the case of sexual violence, is a crime. It is the responsibility of all members of our campus community to create a safe and respectful environment.

Sexual assault is any form of unwanted sexual contact obtained without consent or through the use or threat of force, intimidation or coercion. This criminal act can be prosecuted under Virginia law as well as sanctioned under the College’s policies.

Sexual assault can happen to anyone regardless of age, race, gender or sexual orientation. Rape is never the survivor’s fault. Bridgewater College encourages survivors to come forward and report assaults so survivors can be offered the support services and counseling they need.

Title IX Coordinator

The College's Title IX Coordinators are Crystal Lynn (540-828-5356) and Jean Willi (540-828-5400).

They have primary responsibility for coordinating the College’s efforts to comply with and carry out its responsibilities under Title IX, which prohibits sex discrimination in all the operations of the College.

The Title IX coordinator oversees the College’s response to reports and complaints that involve possible sex discrimination to monitor outcomes, identify and address any patterns, and assess effects on the campus climate, so the College can address issues that affect the wider school community.

A student should contact the Title IX Coordinator(s) in order to:

  • seek information or training about students’ rights and courses of action available to resolve reports or complaints that involve potential sex discrimination, including sexual misconduct,
  • file a complaint or make a report of sex discrimination, including sexual misconduct,
  • notify the College of an incident or policy or procedure that may raise potential Title IX concerns,
  • get information about available resources (including confidential resources) and support services relating to sex discrimination, including sexual misconduct, and
  • ask questions about the College’s policies and procedures related to sex discrimination, including sexual misconduct.

Sexual Assault Prevention

To assist the campus community in understanding what sexual violence is and how to prevent it, the following programs are offered throughout the academic year.

  • Educational sessions for students, faculty and staff
  • Red Flag Campaign
  • Take Back the Night
  • Walk a Mile in Her Shoes
  • Residence hall programming
  • Convocations
  • "Every Choice" - An online, video based program, aimed at reducing campus sexual assault, dating/domestic violence and stalking by equipping students with realistic, actionable bystander intervention tools.
  • It’s On Us Campaign

Reporting Sexual Misconduct

Any individual who believes she or he is the victim of sexual misconduct is strongly encouraged to report the incident immediately.

Reporting Options:

Confidential Reporting (communication is privileged and will not be shared with anyone else)

Counseling Services: 540-828-5402
Health Services: 540-828-5384
College Chaplain: 540-828-5383

Official Reporting (information will be shared ONLY with those individuals with a need to know)

Campus Police: 540-828-5609 (Available 24/7)

Title IX Coordinators:

  • Crystal Lynn: 540-828-5356
  • Jean Willi: 540-828-5400

Residence Life Staff: 540-705-0668

Town of Bridgewater Police Department: 540-828-2611
Collins Center Crisis Hotline: 540-434-2272
Sentara RMH Medical Center: 540-689-1000

Support for Survivors

Seeking medical attention. It is important to seek immediate medical attention at a local hospital for several reasons: (1) to assess and treat any physical injuries; (2) to determine the risk of sexually transmitted diseases or pregnancy and to take appropriate measures; and (3) to gather evidence that may be used in a criminal prosecution if the complainant chooses to press charges either immediately or at a later time. Physical evidence should be collected immediately, ideally within the first 24 hours, and usually not later than 72 hours after the incident. In order to not destroy any evidence needed if the complainant should decide to seek prosecution, it is important that she/he DOES NOT:

  • Bathe or shower
  • Brush or comb hair
  • Douche
  • Change clothes (If clothes are changed, take the clothes worn at the time of the assault to the hospital in a PAPER bag)
  • Eat or drink anything or brush or rinse teeth if there was oral contact
  • Touch items at the incident or crime scene
  • Put on or remove makeup

Take a change of clothes to the hospital because some items of clothing may be kept as evidence. At the emergency room the physician may collect hair samples, semen and other evidence. The police will be contacted to take possession of these samples until the complainant makes a decision about prosecution.

Counseling Services. Talk with a counselor who will maintain confidentiality, help explain your options and provide emotional support. Counseling Services can be reached Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. by calling 540-828-5402. When the Counseling Center is closed, a College counselor is on call and may be reached by contacting Campus Police and Safety at 540-828-5609. You only need to say that you would like to speak with the counselor on call.

Off-Campus Support. The Collins Center, the sexual assault crisis center in Harrisonburg, offers the following services: 24-hour sexual assault crisis hotline: 540-432-6420, hospital accompaniment, short-term crisis counseling, support groups, court advocacy and accompaniment, and referrals.

Official Reporting.  If you would like to make a formal complaint that would initiate a formal investigation process on campus, please contact one of the College’s Title IX Coordinators (contact information below). They can walk you through options both on and off campus. 

Sexual Misconduct Policy

Campus Safety

Information for Faculty & Staff

Questions? Contact Us!

Confidential On-Campus Reporting Options:

Counseling Center: 540-828-5402
Health Services: 540-828-5384
College Chaplain: 540-828-5383

Official On-Campus Reporting Options:

Title IX Coordinators:

  • Crystal Lynn: 540-828-5356
  • Jean Willi: 540-828-5400


Campus Police: 540-828-5609 (Available 24/7)

Off-Campus Resources:

Town of Bridgewater Police Department: 540-828-2611
Collins Center Crisis Hotline: 540-434-2272
Sentara RMH Medical Center: 540-689-1000