Students may report discrimination, harassment, sexual harassment, and sexual violence to the Title IX Coordinator, Sylvia Edgar, 636-922-8654, firstname.lastname@example.org, Room ADM 1242; or the Deputy Title IX Coordinator/Dean of Student Success, 636-922-8259, Room ADM 1123.
Employees may report discrimination, harassment, sexual harassment, and sexual violence to the Title IX Coordinator, Sylvia Edgar, 636-922-8654, email@example.com, Room ADM 1242; or the Deputy Title IX Coordinator/Vice President for Human Resources, Donna Davis, 636-922-8300, firstname.lastname@example.org, Room ADM 1242.
Reports of discrimination or harassment may also be made to any Administrative Officer of the College listed below:
The Title IX Coordinator and Deputy Title IX Coordinators will accept anonymous reports of discrimination, harassment, sexual harassment, and sexual violence and will take all reasonable steps to investigate and respond to such reports. However, the College’s ability to respond to anonymous reports may be limited.
Individuals may also report sexual violence to the Department of Public Safety (DPS) at 636-922-8545, CS 103. A report to DPS will be considered a report to law enforcement. Though DPS can assist victims of sexual violence in accessing services and/or contacting the Title IX Coordinator or Deputy Title IX Coordinators, DPS may also proceed with pursuing a criminal investigation and/or criminal charges with or without the victim’s consent.
The College will respond in a prompt and equitable manner to allegations of discrimination, harassment, sexual harassment, and sexual violence and will respond appropriately to those who violate this policy, up to and including dismissal from employment or expulsion from the College, as applicable.
Though the College encourages all individuals to bring reports of discrimination, harassment, sexual harassment, and sexual violence to the attention of the Title IX Coordinator and/or Deputy Title IX Coordinators, credit-seeking students who wish to maintain confidentiality may contact the mental health counselor, which is provided by the College free of charge for credit-seeking students, at 636-922-8571. Unlike reports of discrimination, harassment, sexual harassment, or sexual violence made to other College officials (which must be reported to the Title IX Coordinator or Deputy Title IX Coordinators), credit-seeking students can speak with the mental health counselor confidentially and absent the student’s consent, such reports or conversations will not be reported to the Title IX Coordinator or Deputy Title IX Coordinators for further investigation pursuant to this policy. The mental health counselor can, however, assist the credit-seeking student in contacting the Title IX Coordinator or the Deputy Title IX Coordinators to report discrimination, harassment, sexual harassment, or sexual violence, at the student’s request.
Employees may contact the Employee Assistance Program at 800-356-0856 for confidential assistance.
Any individual who wishes to maintain confidentiality may speak with off-campus rape or domestic violence crisis counselors and off-campus members of the clergy and chaplains.
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. As mentioned above, 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.
The method for reporting discrimination, harassment, sexual harassment, and sexual violence is also outlined in the St. Charles Community College Reporting Discrimination, Harassment, Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence (Report Procedure). A copy of that document may be obtained from the following locations:
The College recognizes that students who have been drinking and/or using drugs (whether such use is voluntary or involuntary) at the time an incident of sexual violence occurs may be hesitant to report such incidents due to fear of potential consequences for their own conduct. The College strongly encourages students to report incidents of sexual violence to campus officials. A bystander reporting in good faith or a victim reporting sexual violence to College officials or law enforcement will not be subject to campus conduct action for violations of alcohol and/or drug use policies occurring at or near the time of the sexual violence.
The College strictly prohibits retaliation of any kind against an individual for reporting discrimination, harassment, or sexual violence pursuant to this policy, assisting someone with a complaint of discrimination, harassment, or sexual violence, or participating in an investigation/disciplinary procedures following a complaint of discrimination, harassment, sexual harassment, or sexual violence. Examples of such prohibited retaliation include threats, intimidation, reprisals, adverse employment actions, or adverse educational actions. Any incidents of alleged retaliation should be immediately reported to the Title IX Coordinator or the Deputy Title IX Coordinators. The College will take appropriate corrective action, including disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal or expulsion, if retaliation, which is prohibited by this policy occurs.
Sexual Harassment is unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature. Sexual harassment includes any unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other unwelcome written, electronic, verbal, or physical conduct of a sexual nature when:
Sexual harassment may occur between members of the same or opposite sex; sexual harassment may occur between persons of the same or different College status (faculty, staff, student, visitor, vendor, other). Groups may also be found to engage in sexual harassment.
Harassment based on a person’s sex is not limited to instances involving sexual behavior. Behavior that is based on sexual advances or overtones, as well as sex or gender harassment because of a person’s sex (for example, being denied equal treatment because a person is a female or male, or being treated differently because of gender stereotypes) may be considered sexual harassment.
Sexual harassment may include unwelcome sexually-oriented kidding or teasing, sexual innuendos, sexually-oriented jokes, jokes about gender-specific traits or which are gender-based, or display of obscene material.
Someone who is not the direct and immediate target of sexual harassment may still be a victim of sexual harassment. Harassing behavior toward others may be so offensive, demeaning or disruptive as to constitute a hostile work or academic environment, though not specifically directed at the observer or individual lodging a complaint.
Sexual Assault is actual or attempted physical sexual contact with another person without that person’s consent. Sexual assault includes, but is not limited to:
In order to give effective consent one must be of legal age and capable of making such decision. Assent does not constitute consent if:
Domestic Violence is a felony or misdemeanor crime of violence committed:
Dating Violence is violence committed by a person who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the victim. The existence of such a relationship shall be based on the reporting party’s statement and with consideration of the length of the relationship, the type of relationship, and the frequency of interaction between the persons involved in the relationship. Dating violence includes, but is not limited to, sexual or physical abuse or the threat of such abuse. Dating violence does not include acts covered under the definition of domestic violence.
Stalking is engaging in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to fear for her or his safety or the safety of others, or suffer substantial emotional distress.
For purposes of this definition:
Sexual exploitation occurs when one person takes non-consensual or abusive sexual advantage of another for his/her own advantage or benefit, or to benefit or advantage anyone other than the one being exploited, and that behavior does not otherwise constitute one of the other sexual violence offenses. Examples of sexual exploitation include, but are not limited to:
For purposes of this policy, Sexual Violence collectively refers to the terms "sexual assault," "domestic violence," "dating violence," "stalking," and "sexual exploitation" as defined in this policy.
After an incident of sexual violence, one should consider seeking medical attention as soon as possible. As time passes, evidence may dissipate or become lost or unavailable, thereby making investigation, possible prosecution, disciplinary proceedings, or obtaining protection from abuse orders related to the incident more difficult. The following area hospitals provide physical evidence recovery kit collection and access to trained forensic nurse examiners and sexual assault nurses:
Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital
10 Hospital Drive
St Peters, MO 63376
Progress West HealthCare Center
2 Progress Point Parkway
O'Fallon, MO 63368
SSM St. Joseph Health Center
300 First Capitol Drive
St. Charles, MO 63301
SSM St. Joseph Hospital West
100 Medical Plaza Lake
Saint Louis, MO 63367
SSM St. Joseph Health Center–Wentzville
500 Medical Drive
Wentzville, MO. 63385
In the State of Missouri, evidence may be collected even if you choose not to make a report to law enforcement.
It is important that a victim of sexual assault not bathe, douche, smoke, change clothing or clean the bed/linen/area where they were assaulted if the offense occurred within the past 96 hours, so that evidence may be preserved that may assist in proving that the alleged criminal offense occurred/or is occurring or may be helpful in obtaining a protection order.
In circumstances of sexual assault, if victims do not opt for forensic evidence collection, health care providers can still treat injuries and take steps to address concerns of pregnancy and/or sexually transmitted disease.
Victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, stalking and dating violence are encouraged to also preserve evidence by saving text messages, instant messages, social networking pages, other communications, and keeping pictures, logs, or other copies of documents, if they have any, that would be useful to SCC investigators or police.
Although the College strongly encourages all members of its community to report violations of this policy to law enforcement, it is the individual’s choice whether or not to make such a report and victims have the right to decline involvement with law enforcement. The College will assist any victim with notifying the local police department if they so desire.
This guide was adapted from the University of Rochester, University Health Service; Missouri State University, Office of Student Conduct; Western Virginia University, Student Health Services; Southeast Missouri State University, Peer Education Association; and St. Louis University, Human Resources.