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Rights & Responsibilities
If in immediate danger, call 911 or DPS/Campus Police. Campus phone: Ext. 8545 Cell phone: 636-922-8545 For immediate 24/7 assistance related to a sexual assault, call the Bridgeway 24-hour crisis lines: If you are in St. Charles County, call 1-877-946-6854 or 636-946-6854. If you are in Lincoln County, call 1-877-462-1758. If you are outside St. Charles County, call the RAINN at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673) or visit rainn.org.
Whether you are a reporting party or a responding party, you have rights.
During investigation/disciplinary procedures related to complaints of sexual violence or sexual harassment, both the reporting party and the responding party will have the following procedural rights:
- The opportunity to have an advisor of the individual’s choosing present during any investigative and/or disciplinary meetings. The role of the advisor is solely to support the individual. The advisor is not permitted to ask or answer questions, serve as a witness or make a statement on behalf of the complainant or accused. The college is not responsible for providing the reporting party or the responding party with an advisor;
- The right of the reporting party or the responding party to receive timely notice of meetings in which they are a participant;
- Subject to applicable law, the right to receive timely and equal access to any information relied on as part of the investigation/disciplinary procedures; and
- Equal opportunity to provide information through the investigation/disciplinary procedures;
- The right to appeal the outcome of the investigation/disciplinary procedures;
- The right to be notified in writing of the deputy Title IX coordinator's finding of responsible/not responsible and disciplinary action(s)/sanction(s) imposed if any.
The reporting party and responding party will not be permitted to directly question each other.
Mandated Reporter/Responsible Employees
While the Title IX coordinator, the dean of student success, and the vice president for human resources are formally responsible for enforcing compliance with discrimination, harassment, sexual harassment and sexual violence policies, ensuring that the campus is free of discrimination, harassment, sexual harassment and sexual violence is a shared responsibility of all members of the college community. A person does not have to be the direct target or victim of the discrimination, harassment, sexual harassment or sexual violence to report it. This policy covers conduct occurring on property owned or operated by the college, at college-sanctioned functions, and may also apply to off-campus conduct that adversely affects the campus environment. Thus, conduct that occurs off-campus may violate this policy and should be reported to the Title IX coordinator or deputy Title IX coordinators.
If employee discrimination, harassment, sexual harassment, sexual violence or retaliation is observed by, or reported to a college official (administrators, managers and supervisors), then that official has the duty to immediately report the matter to the Title IX coordinator or the deputy Title IX coordinators. If student discrimination, harassment, sexual harassment, sexual violence or retaliation is observed by or reported to any employee who could be reasonably perceived to have authority or duty to report or address these issues (administrator, manager, supervisor, faculty member, dean, coach, athletic director, academic counselor/advisor, club advisor, law enforcement or public safety officer, or student conduct administrator), then that official has the duty to immediately report the matter to the Title IX coordinator or the deputy Title IX coordinators. The fact that the alleged victim does not wish to file a complaint does not relieve the official of this responsibility.
If discrimination, harassment, sexual harassment, sexual violence or retaliation of any kind is observed by or reported to an employee not listed above, that employee should report the matter to the Title IX coordinator or the deputy Title IX coordinators. The employee may initially be able to omit personally identifiable information. The Title IX coordinator, dean of student success, and/or the vice president for human resources will guide the employee with regard to how much detail is needed in the initial report. Following the initial report, college officials may need additional information in order to fulfill the college's obligations under Title IX. In taking these actions, the college will always be guided by the goals of empowering the victim and allowing the victim to retain as much control of the process as possible. No employee or representative of the college can or should promise confidentiality. However, the mental health counselor of the college will maintain confidentiality excluding threat of harm to oneself or another.
Mental health counselors can keep conversations confidential.
Employees may contact the Employee Assistance Program at 800-356-0856 for confidential assistance.
Individuals who wish to maintain confidentiality may also speak with off-campus rape crisis or domestic violence counselors and off-campus members of the clergy and chaplains.
Bystanders play a critical role in the prevention of sexual and relationship violence. They are "individuals who observe violence or witness the conditions that perpetuate violence. They are not directly involved but have the choice to intervene, speak up or do something about it." We want to promote a culture of community accountability where bystanders are actively engaged in the prevention of violence without causing further harm. We may not always know what to do even if we want to help. Below is a list of some ways to be an active bystander.
- Watch out for your friends and fellow students/employees. If you see someone who looks like they could be in trouble or need help, ask if they are okay.
- Confront people who seclude, hit on, and try to make out with or have sex with people who are incapacitated.
- Speak up when someone discusses plans to take sexual advantage of another person.
- Believe someone who discloses sexual assault, abusive behavior or experience with stalking.
- Refer people to on- or off-campus resources listed in this document for support in health, counseling or with legal assistance.
If you or someone else is in immediate danger, dial 911. This could be when a person is yelling at or being physically abusive towards another and it is not safe for you to interrupt.
Attend a Step UP! bystander intervention program to learn how to be proactive in helping others. Step UP! training will prepare you to identify a situation as a problem and to intervene safely, thereby reducing the outcomes of problematic behaviors. SCC offers several sessions throughout the year.
Board Policy Statement
The College is committed to non-discrimination and equal opportunity regarding the treatment of students, faculty and staff. In compliance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and other federal and state laws and regulations, the College adheres to a strict non-discrimination policy in student admission, educational programs, activities and employment regardless of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, religion, creed, national origin, ancestry, age, veteran status, disability or genetic information. The College is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 requires that the College does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education programs or activities it operates. The College maintains a complaint procedure for the purpose of investigating and providing prompt and equitable remedy. Policy P-412/P-512