Sex Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct

Make a Report or File a Complaint

Don’t be afraid to report

Sometimes individuals are afraid to report sexual violence because alcohol or drugs are involved. The university’s highest priority is the safety of all on campus. Any other rule violations will be handled separately from the sexual violence or harassment complaint. The use of alcohol or drugs never makes the person who was victimized at fault for sexual violence.

Every complaint is taken seriously
Viterbo University takes any complaint about sexual violence or sexual harassment very seriously. The university follows the guidelines published by the U.S. Department of Education and the Office of Civil Rights. Every complaint is immediately assessed to determine imminent danger and duty to warn others. A preliminary investigation is conducted to determine reasonable cause that a violation has occurred, and if so, an investigation is conducted. Once an outcome has been determined based on the preponderance of evidence, the complainant and respondent are informed of appropriate actions taken based on the outcome.

Confidentiality and reporting
Students, faculty, and staff may report incidents to any trusted university faculty or staff member. To make informed choices when utilizing campus resources, one should be aware of this information related to confidentiality and mandatory reporting.

  • Some resources may maintain your complete confidentiality, offering you options and advice with no obligation to tell anyone, unless you wish to have the information shared.
  • Other resources are available to take reports of crimes and policy violations, and they are obligated to take action when reports are received.
  • If you are unsure of someone’s duties and their ability to maintain privacy, ask them before you talk to them.

The members of the president’s cabinet, academic deans, faculty and staff advisors to student organizations, coaches, athletics staff, campus activities staff, and residence life staff (including director, community coordinators, resident assistants, and peer advisors) must promptly report to one of the officials listed below under Formal or Informal Reports at Viterbo
when allegations of sexual misconduct, sexual assault, sexual harassment, domestic violence, dating violence, and/or stalking are brought to their attention.

All employees and students are urged to report allegations and/or violations of sexual misconduct, sexual assault, sexual harassment, domestic violence, dating violence, and/or stalking to one of the following officials.

Confidential help at Viterbo

For complete confidential assistance, contact the individuals below. Privacy laws prohibit these individuals from disclosing your conversation without permission. If these professionals are not available, contact campus safety at 608-796-3911.

  • LeeAnn Van Vreede, Director, Counseling Services, 4 Student Development Center, 936 Franciscan Way, 608-796-3808, lavanvreede@viterbo.edu
  • Fr. Conrad Targonski, Director, Campus Ministry and Chaplain, 370 Murphy Center, 608-796-3804, catargonsk@viterbo.edu
  • Sue Danielson, Director of Health Services, 3 Student Development Center, 936 Franciscan Way, 608-796-3806, scdanielson@viterbo.edu

Formal or Informal Reports at Viterbo

You may also choose to make a formal or informal report of sexual misconduct, sexual harassment, dating violence, domestic violence, and/or stalking directly to the Title IX Administrator, Assistant Title IX Administrator, Vice President for Student Development, Vice President for Academic Affairs, or Director of Campus Safety. These individuals will initiate investigation of the report. If these professionals are not available, contact campus safety at 608-796-3911.

  • Rick Trietley, Vice President for Student Affairs, 2 Student Development Center, 936 Franciscan Way, 608-796-3801, rctrietley@viterbo.edu
  • Adam Malin, Director, Campus Safety, 5 Student Development Center, 936 Franciscan Way, 608-796-3913, 608-796-3911, ammalin@viterbo.edu
  • Tom KNothe, Co-lead for Academic Affairs, 105 Brophy Center, 608-796-3376, teknothe@viterbo.edu
  • Heather Butterfield, Director of Human Resources/Assistant Title IX Coordinator, 200 Murphy Center, 608-796-3930, hmbutterfield@viterbo.edu
  • Todd Ericson, Vice President for Finance and Administration/Title IX Coordinator, 214 Murphy Center, 608-796-3851, tmericson@viterbo.edu

Confidential Help in the Community

*Indicates services available 24/7/365

  • Mayo Franciscan Healthcare Urgent and Emergency Care*
    700 West Avenue South, La Crosse
    608-785-0940
  • Mayo Franciscan Healthcare Safe Path Sexual Assault Services
    700 West Avenue South, La Crosse
    608-392-7804
    1-800-362-5454 ext. 7804
  • Mayo Franciscan Healthcare SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner)*
    700 West Avenue South, La Crosse
    608-392-9720
    1-800-362-5454 ext. 2292
  • Mayo Franciscan Behavioral Health
    212 11th Street South, La Crosse
    608-392-9555
  • Gundersen Health System Emergency Care*
    La Crosse Clinic – First Floor
    1900 South Avenue, La Crosse
    800-362-9567, ext. 53128
  • Gundersen Health System Sexual Assault Counseling and Support Services
    Services are offered in La Crosse, Monroe, and Crawford Counties
    608-775-3845
    1-800-362-9567 ext. 53845
  • Gundersen Health System Sexual Assault Services 24-Hour Crisis Line*
    608-775-5950
    1-800-362-9567 ext. 55950
  • Great Rivers 211 Information, Referral and Crisis Hotline*
    Dial 211 or 1-800-362-8255
    1-866-884-3620
  • Hiawatha Valley Mental Health Center
    319 Main Street, La Crosse
    (Also offices in La Crescent, Caledonia, Winona, Wabasha)
    608-796-1168
  • New Horizons Shelter and Outreach Centers
    608-791-2600
  • Scenic Bluffs Community Health Center Behavioral Health
    238 Front Street, Cashton
    (Services also offered in Norwalk) 608-654-5100

Other Resources

*Indicates services available 24/7/365