Using Callisto

How does it work?

After you save your details, you can report incidents of nonconsensual sexual contact directly to Hobart and William Smith Colleges through Callisto at any point.

With Callisto, you have two reporting options. You can choose to ‘Report’ or ‘Match’. With ‘Report’, you’re sending details of nonconsensual sexual contact to Hobart and William Smith Colleges. With ‘Match’, you’re sending the identity of your perpetrator ONLY IF someone else identifies the same person. You can choose none, one, or both of these reporting options.

How to report to Hobart and William Smith Colleges through Callisto:

  1. Create an account
  2. Create an encryption passphrase
  3. Record your details (the When, Where, What and Who)
  4. Report to HWS
    • Report: Send your details to the school with or without a perpetrator identity
    • Match: Send the identity of your perpetrator to the school if/when someone else identifies them

Your info will be sent to Hobart and William Smith Colleges' Title IX Coordinator and you can expect to be contacted within 2 business days to schedule a follow up discussion. For more information on who is involved in reporting and how to contact them, check out Who is involved?

Read on to learn more about how Callisto works.

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Write & Save

With Callisto, you can first just write down what happened. Only you will be able to see the record you create. It is kept secure and encrypted on Callisto until you choose to do something with it.

You don't have to do anything with this record if you don't want to. It never has to go anywhere if you don't want it to. 

It can be helpful to write down what happened within two days of the incident to preserve memories and evidence in case you later decide to report. 

After you save information, you'll be given the opportunity to edit your record, download a PDF of your record, or just view what you have saved. You can also choose to delete your record at any point.

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You can choose to enter the perpetrator's information into Callisto's Matching System, which identifies when more than one person has identified the same perpetrator. 

After you save your record, you will be given the opportunity to enter the perpetrator into Matching. Callisto uses items such as phone number, email, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts as a unique identifiers. This is to avoid matching common names. If someone else identifies the same perpetrator, the perpetrator's information, your contact information, and the other person's contact information will be sent to your school. Your full record will stay private in Callisto unless you choose to report it.

Please note that a match does not guarantee that a perpetrator is a repeat offender, only that two people have identified the same perpetrator. If/when a match is made, we will send you an email to notify you. Your school will then reach out to you to ask you to come in and speak in person. 

If you do not have information such as phone number, email, or social media accounts for your perpetrator, you will not be able to use Match at this time. However, you can still choose to report them by including their name in your record and reporting it to the school.

You can choose to just Match, to just Report, or to Match and Report. If you choose to Report and can find the perpetrator's Facebook URL, Twitter handle, Instagram account, phone number, and/or email we encourage you to enter them into our Matching System as well. This could back up someone else's story who is unsure about reporting their perpetrator. 

If a match is not found, the perpetrator's information will remain in the Matching System unless you remove it. Until you remove it, it can be matched with another person's Matching entry.

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You can report to your school by sending your saved record through Callisto. Your school will then reach out to you to discuss next steps.

You can report with or without the name of your perpetrator. All questions in the record form are optional. They are created to help you process and remember what happened. 

After you save information, you can select the Report option on your dashboard. You will be asked to verify that you are a student by entering your academic email address. You will then be asked for your contact preferences so that your school can reach you in a way that feels safe and comfortable for you.

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What happens after I report?

Reports of sexual assault or unwanted sexual contact are directed to the Title IX Coordinator.

Susan Lee, Title IX Coordinator
[email protected]
Office of Title IX Programs & Compliance
603 S. Main Street, Seneca Room Annex (lake level)
(315) 781-3922 / Monday - Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
(315) 781-3000 after hours and weekends for a member of the Title IX office

You will be contacted by the Title IX Coordinator within two business days of your report to set up a meeting. In this intake meeting, the Title IX Coordinator will:

  • Assess your safety and well-being and offer immediate support and assistance;
  • Inform you of the right to seek medical treatment, and explain the importance of obtaining and preserving forensic and other evidence;
  • Inform you of the right to contact law enforcement, decline to contact law enforcement, and/or seek a protective order;
  • Inform you about HWS and community resources, the right to seek appropriate and available remedial and protective measures, and how to request those resources and measures;
  • Inform you of the right to seek Informal Resolution (where available) or Formal Resolution; ascertain the Complainant’s expressed preference for manner of resolution (Informal Resolution, Formal Resolution, or neither); and discuss with you any concerns or barriers to participating in any HWS investigation and resolution;
  • Explain the Colleges’ prohibition against Retaliation and that the Colleges will take prompt action in response to any act of Retaliation.

During this meeting, you can also request accommodations or interim measures, such as a change in housing, a change in academic schedule, or a no-contact order.

Any campus proceeding will be handled with sensitivity and with respect for privacy.

You can choose to request that:

  • Personally-identifying information not be shared with the perpetrator (respondent)
  • No investigation be pursued
  • No further action be taken

In these cases, the Title IX Coordinator will try to honor your preferences wherever possible, taking into consideration safety factors and legal obligations. In all cases, the initial meeting and the determinations of the Title IX Coordinator will be documented and retained by the Colleges in accordance with applicable law.

If you would like to proceed with an investigation, you will meet with a trained Title IX Investigator. Click here to learn more about investigations.


  • If the incident you are reporting happened before you were a HWS student, the available options may be different.
  • If the identified perpetrator is not affiliated with the school, they can still be banned from school property.
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Who should use Callisto?

It is beneficial for any survivor to document the incident. Whether or not you choose to share this documentation with anyone is up to you. Writing down the information helps solidify your memories so that if you do decide to proceed with an investigation later on, you have the most detailed and accurate information possible. Callisto will ask you a series of questions that have been specially designed to help you recall information after experiencing trauma. Emotions like fear and anxiety can impact how your brain stores memories, and Callisto is designed with this in mind.

If you have experienced sexual assault, or any unwanted sexual contact, Callisto can be a great option for you. Callisto allows you to document what happened without having to make any decisions about reporting. Callisto also clearly explains your options and different support services that may be helpful.

Callisto makes no judgments about you or your experience. Survivors of any identity can use Callisto, even if you do not—or are not sure if you—identify as a survivor.

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