Any student who believes that he or she has been the subject of sexual or other harassment should report the alleged act immediately to the Title IX Coordinator-Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs, 636-922-8356, Room SSB 2110 or as an alternative, the Deputy Title IX Coordinator-the Dean of Student Success, 636-922-8259, Room ADM 1242. The College will respond in a prompt and equitable manner to allegations of harassment and will respond appropriately to those who violate this policy, up to and including termination of employment or dismissal from the College, as applicable.
If a student is alleging that he or she is a victim of sexual assault, that student should contact the mental health counselor, which is provided by the College free of charge, at 636-922-8571. The mental health counselor will assist a student with contacting the Dean of Student Success at 636-922-8259 or the Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs (VPASA) at 636-922-8356 and Department of Public Safety at 636-922-8545, who can assist the student by discussing options for and assistance in notifying law enforcement agencies and accessing services for victims.
The Dean of Student Success or VPASA will also discuss options for campus disciplinary action, including sanctions the college may impose. The Dean of Student Success or VPASA will share that both the accuser and the accused are entitled to the same opportunities to have others present during disciplinary proceedings, and that both must be informed of the outcome of any campus disciplinary proceedings.
Any employee who believes that he or she has been the subject of sexual or other harassment or who has witnessed discrimination or harassment, on any basis, should report the alleged act immediately to the Vice President for Human Resources, 636-922-8300, Room ADM 1123. Reports may also be made to any Administrative Officer of the College. A person does not have to be the direct target of the discrimination or harassment to report it. The College will respond in a prompt and equitable manner to allegations of harassment and will respond appropriately to those who violate this policy, up to and including termination of employment or dismissal from the College, as applicable.
If an employee is alleging that he or she is a victim of sexual assault, the employee should contact the Department of Public Safety at 636-922-8545, who can assist by discussing options for and assistance in notifying law enforcement agencies and accessing services for victims; should contact the Vice President for Human Resources at 636-922-8300, ADM 1123, or any Administrative Officer; and may contact the employee assistance program at 1-800-356-0845 for counseling assistance.
Sexual Assault/Violence refers to physical sexual acts perpetrated against a person’s will or where a person is incapable of giving consent due to an intellectual or other disability.
In order for individuals to engage in sexual activity of any type with each other, there must be clear, knowing and voluntary consent prior to and during sexual activity. Consent can be given by word or action, but non-verbal consent is not as clear. Consent to some form of sexual activity cannot be automatically taken as consent to any other form of sexual activity.
In order to give effective consent one must be of legal age and capable of making such decision. Incapacity (or being incapable of giving consent) is a state where someone cannot make rational, reasonable decisions because they lack the capacity to give knowing consent (e.g., to understand the “who, what, when, where, why, or how” of their sexual interaction. Incapacity can result from mental disability, sleep deprivation, involuntary physical restraint, alcohol or drug use, or from the taking of rape drugs.
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.