April 2020: Callisto Update & Background Information
I'm writing to share some important updates about Callisto. A note was sent out to all undergraduates on Wednesday, April 15 by the ASSU that announced Callisto Campus will be discontinued on June 30, and be replaced with another version of the program. Callisto is a third-party online platform that allows students to document and time stamp experiences with unwanted sexual conduct. It also has a matching feature to help identify repeat offenders.
Earlier this spring, Callisto had announced -- but importantly has now withdrawn -- a plan to delete records created in its system prior to June 2019. Following feedback Callisto received from their partners, and the extraordinary challenges posed by COVID-19, they are no longer moving forward with the plan to delete user record data. They intend to make user record data available to survivors, even after Callisto Campus is decommissioned and the new product is launched to their partner campuses.
A bit of background: In June 2019, Callisto stopped storing new reports on their platform and moved to an Offline Record Form. If students had an account and had stored records, they could (and still can) download them, but they cannot automatically direct records to the Title IX Office through Callisto. The Matching Escrow feature is still available for students who create an account. It asks for unique identifiers such as phone numbers, emails, and social media of the offender. If more than one person identifies the same offender, then a match occurs and the person who created the record is informed of a match and invited to send a report to the Title IX Office if they wish to move forward with a complaint.
We’ve been informed that the ASSU is monitoring the situation, and will send updates when more details become available. In the meantime, it is recommended that students download their records if they want to be absolutely sure that they retain a permanent copy. If you have any questions, please reach out to ASSU Co-Director of Sexual Violence Prevention Krithika Iyer (firstname.lastname@example.org), me, or your RD.
For information on all available resources, please visit Stanford Sexual Violence Support & Resources.
Carley Flanery, MPH, MSW
Director, The Office of Sexual Assault & Relationship Abuse Education & Response (SARA)