Procedure 2.06.01 - Campus SaVE Act: Dating Violence, Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Stalking


Dating Violence, Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Stalking

Dating Violence refers to violence committed by a person who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the victim.

Domestic Violence includes felony or misdemeanor crimes of violence committed by:

    • A current or former spouse or intimate partner of the victim;
    • A person with whom the victim shares a child in common;
    • A person who is cohabitating with, or has cohabitated with the victim; or
    • A person similarly situated to a spouse of the victim under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction in which the crime of violence occurred, or
    • Any other person against an adult or youth victim who is protected from that person’s acts under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction in which the crime of violence occurred.

     Sexual Assault means an offense that meets the definition of rape, fondling, incest, or statutory rape as used in the uniform crime reporting system of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  Sex offenses are defined as any sexual act directed against another person, forcibly and/or against the person’s will; or not forcibly or against the person’s will where the victim is incapable of giving  consent.

    Stalking occurs when an individual engages in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to fear for his or her safety or the safety of others, or suffer substantial emotional distress.

     

    Reporting an Incident

     In case of an emergency or ongoing threat, a victim should get to a safe location and contact 911.

     Any person who believes dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking may have occurred is strongly encouraged to report the matter promptly and to preserve any evidence intact. This immediate action is the most effective way to ensure that a complete investigation occurs as soon as possible and that if a criminal assault occurred, it can be prosecuted effectively.

     

    To report a Dating Violence, Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Stalking on campus

     

    SCC Campus Security                                    910-625-9089

    Campus Police Officer                                   910-770-3232

    HR Director/Title IX Coordinator                 910-642-7141 x310

    Executive Dean for Student Services          910-642-7141 x381

    Student Services                                           910-642-7141 x327

    SCC Switchboard                                           910-642-7141 x 0

     

    Any student services staff member can also assist students in this process.

     

    Any person who is on campus can make an in-person report to the Campus Police Officer.  They will provide assistance by assessing the incident, advising the victim on how he/she can seek legal protection, and making the victim aware of medical, counseling or other support services.  If the incident did not occur on campus they can assist the victim in reporting the incident directly to the local law enforcement agency with jurisdiction over the crime.

     

    • Students who have experienced dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking may also report the incident to Student Services in A-Building or to the Executive Dean of Student Services at 910-642-7141 x381 who will assist the student in completing the Discrimination & Sexual Misconduct Complaint Form and notifying the Title IX Coordinator.

     

    • Any person who wishes to file a formal complaint of sexual assault against a student should notify the Executive Dean of Student Services who will assist the person in completing the Discrimination & Sexual Misconduct Complaint Form and notifying the Title IX Coordinator.

     

    • Employees who have experienced a domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault or stalking may also report the incident to the Human Resources Office in A-Building or contact the Director of Human Resources at 910-642-7141 x310 who will assist the employee in completing the Discrimination & Sexual Misconduct Complaint Form and will follow the procedures in reference to the Title IX Policy 2.14.

     

    • Any person electing to utilize the complaint resolution process will be treated courteously. The problem will be handled swiftly and as confidentially as possible in light of the need to take appropriate corrective action.  The registering of a complaint will in no way be used against an employee or student nor will it have an adverse impact on the individual’s employment or academic status.  While reporting such incidents may be a difficult personal experience, allowing harassment activities to continue will most certainly lead to less desirable outcomes.  For that reason, employees and students are strongly urged to use the process.  However, filing groundless and malicious complaints is an abuse of SCC policy and is prohibited.

     

    These offices will provide victims of dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking with information about available support services and resources, and also assist the victim in notifying law enforcement, including local police, if the victim elects to do so.

     

    To report a Dating Violence, Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Stalking off campus

     

    In case of an emergency or ongoing threat, a victim should get to a safe location and contact 911.

     

    SCC Campus Security                                    910-625-9089

    Campus Police Officer                                   910-770-3232

    HR Director/Title IX Coordinator                 910-642-7141 x310

    Executive Dean for Student Services          910-642-7141 x318

    SCC Switchboard                                           910-642-7141 x 0

     

    Any person who is off campus can contact those listed above and will be immediately referred to Campus Police.  Individuals can also make an in-person report to the Campus Police Officer.  If the incident did not occur on campus, Campus Police can assist the victim in reporting the incident directly to the local law enforcement agency with jurisdiction over the crime.   

     

    Accommodations/Protective Measures

     Regardless of whether an employee or student reports an incident of dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking, the College is committed to providing them with as safe a learning or working environment as possible.  Campus Police will advise victims about how to seek remedy from a criminal court that directs the accused to refrain from abuse and leave the victim’s household, building, school, college or workplace.  The College is committed to ensuring that protective orders issued by courts are fully upheld on all College-owned, used, and controlled property.  Therefore, copies of protective or restraining orders should be promptly reported and a copy provided to Campus Police, so the College can assist in enforcing it.

    These procedures are designed to ensure equal opportunity for both the complainant and the accused.  During any investigation/proceedings, both the complainant and the accused   may also present witnesses and be assisted by an advisor of their choice at every step of the process.  Advisors are only to support, observe and listen.  They are not to cross-examine or offer debate during the proceedings.  They are allowed to request a break to confer.  Complaints of sexual offenses are responded to promptly and equitably. The right to confidentiality of all members of the college community is respected, insofar as possible.

    Any employee or student who reports an incident of dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking whether the incident occurred on or off campus, shall receive a written explanation of their rights and options as provided for by this policy.

     

    These rights and options include the right(s) of a victim to:

    1. Go to court, and to file a domestic abuse complaint requesting an order restraining the accused from abusing you, and/or an order directing the accused to leave your household, building, school, college, or workplace;
    2. Seek a criminal complaint for threats, assault and battery, or other related offenses;
    3. Seek medical treatment;
    4. Request that a police officer remain at the scene until your safety is ensured;
    5. Request that a police officer assist you by arranging transportation or by taking you to a safe place, such as a shelter or a family or friends residence; and
    6. Obtain a copy of the police incident report from the police department.

     

    Retaliation

    Retaliation against employees and students bringing complaints of dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking is specifically prohibited.   No hardship, no loss of benefit, and no penalty may be imposed on an employee as punishment for:

    1. Filing or responding to a bona fide complaint of discrimination or harassment
    2. Appearing as a witness in the investigation of a complaint
    3. Serving as an investigator

    Retaliation or attempted retaliation is a violation of SCC policy and anyone who does so will be subject to severe sanctions up to and including termination/expulsion.

     

    Confidentiality

     Southeastern Community College recognizes the sensitive nature of dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking incidents.  The college is committed to protecting the privacy of individuals who report incidents of abuse, to the extent that doing so is permitted by law and consistent with the College’s need to protect the safety of the campus community.

    Once the College is made aware of a complaint, steps will be taken to ensure equal access to educational programs and activities for the victim and the alleged perpetrator.  Options that may be presented include, but are not limited to:

    Employees/Students

    • Avoiding contact
    • Rearrangement of class schedules/extracurricular activities
    • Assessing resources: victim advocacy, academic support, counseling
    • Use of disability services, health and mental services
    • Reassignment
    • Legal assistance
    • Right to report a crime to campus/local law enforcement

     

    Sanctions

     

    Students

    Possible sanctions for students who have been determined to more likely than not have engaged in dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking include but not limited to:  restricted access to specified buildings, events, or areas of the campus, reprimand, suspension or expulsion from the college.

     

    Employees

    Possible sanctions for employees who have been determined to more likely than not have engaged in sexual offenses include: reprimand, suspension or termination as outlined in Policy 5.10: Illegal Conduct.  Action will be determined by due process of the law.  In the event an employee or representative of the college is arrested and charged with a serious violation, the Director of Human Resources and college officials will be notified and determine the circumstances of the situation and decide to act as follows: 

    1. Grant a leave of absence (with/without pay)
    2. Suspend the employee (without pay)
    3. Termination

    It should also be understood that, as with any crime, if charges of dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking are prosecuted, criminal penalties can result, in addition to sanctions imposed by the college.   As with any campus disciplinary proceeding, all parties are informed of the outcome of their case, including any sanction(s).

     

    Appeal Procedures

     

    If the complainant or the accused disagrees with the results and/or sanctions of the investigation, he/she may exercise his/her rights by filing a grievance.

     

    On Campus and Off Campus Resources

     Southeastern Community College offers referrals to other important resources to victims of dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking including counseling services, medical treatment and advocacy that victims may wish to utilize.

     

    On Campus

    SCC Student Services                                                            910-642-7141 x327

    SCC Human Resources Office                                   910-642-7141 x310

    SCC Campus Security                                                910-625-9089

    Campus Police Officer                                               910-770-3232

     

    Off Campus

    Department of Social Services:                                910-642-2800

    Mental Health (East Pointe MCO)                           1-800-913-6109

    Women’s Domestic Violence (Families First)         910-642-5996

    Crisis Line                                                                   910-641-0444

    Columbus County Sheriff’s Department                 910-642-6551

    Whiteville Police Department                                  910-642-5111

    Columbus Regional Healthcare System                  910-642-8011

    See Yellow Pages for a list of Mental Health Providers in Columbus County

     

    Ongoing Prevention and Awareness Campaigns

     SCC Educational Programs

    SCC is committed to increasing the awareness of and prevention of violence both on and off campus.  The college makes continued efforts to provide students and employees with information and strategies intended to prevent sexual offenses to include dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking.

     

    New Employee Orientation

     The Human Resources office provides information to all new employees regarding the Campus SaVE Act.  Each employee receives online training to include the Clery Act; Campus SaVE Act; and Anti-harassment, which includes information on dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking; discrimination and harassment; and sexual harassment.  A campus police officer also provides new employees with information concerning issues of safety and personal awareness while on and off campus.

     

    Student Orientation

     Curriculum students are required to take an ACA course which is designed for student success.  Information and strategies intended to prevent offenses to include dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking is incorporated into the syllabus.  Information regarding prevention of sexual offenses to include dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking are reviewed.

    In addition, all new curriculum students are strongly encouraged to attend “Student Orientation” which also provides this information.

    Non-curriculum students will be made aware of the SCC Policy 2.6 and 2.6.1 regarding the Campus SaVE Act: Dating Violence, Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Stalking at the beginning of each new class during registration.

     

    Campus Awareness

     In an effort to promote on-going awareness on campus safety, on occasion, SCC conducts informational sessions on a wide-variety of subjects related to the health, safety and well-being of our employees and students.

     

    Crime Bulletins and Alerts

     SCC informs campus employees and students of incidences of crime which occurred on campus each month.  Bulletins and alerts are also posted on our website not only to inform employees and students of imminent threats but general reminders about measures that can be taken to enhance personal and property security.

     

    Bulletin Board

     Occasionally, information is posted on the electronic SCC Bulletin Board and student emails to provide information on crime prevention and safety issues related to employees and students both on and off campus.

     

     

    Cross Reference:

     

    Polices to reference:

    Policy 2.7: Anti-Harassment

    Policy 2.14: Compliance with Title IX of the Educational Amendments Act of 1972

    Student Handbook

    The Educational Amendments Act of 1972

Last Updated on June 23, 2017