Title IX / Sexual Misconduct

  • What is Title IX?

    Title IX is not just about sports; it is a prohibition against sex-based discrimination in education. It addresses discrimination against pregnant and parenting students and gender discrimination in educational programs. It also addresses sexual harassment, gender-based discrimination, and sexual violence. Sexual violence includes attempted or completed rape/sexual assault, as well as sexual harassment, stalking, voyeurism, exhibitionism, verbal or physical.

    • Title IX prohibits sex discrimination.  All students and staff, Male, female and gender non-conforming, are protected from sex-based discrimination, harassment or violence.
    • Sexual harassment, bullying, and sexual violence, are types of discrimination. It applies to all students, faculty and staff.
    • Sexual violence includes sexual assault, non-consensual contact or intercourse, exploitation, intimidation, dating and domestic violence and stalking. This includes situations in which a person is incapable of giving consent due to drug or alcohol use. 
    • Stalking may take the form of in-person, online or in emails.
    • Carroll Community College has an established procedure for handling complaints. You are encourage to report sexual harassment and violence to the Title IX Coordinator.
    • You can help others by stepping in, speaking up and identifying discrimination.  Confidential Resources are available
    • Carroll staff and faculty members are mandatory reporters of information related to sexual misconduct.  They are REQUIRED to share what they know with the Title IX Coordinator.
    • Retaliation against any member of the Carroll Community College community who reports a Title IX concern is strictly prohibited.  CCC will take steps to protect students and employees from reprisals.
    • If you decide to report a Title IX issue, you have the option to make a private report by contacting the Title IX coordinator at titleix@carrollcc.edu.  The privacy of all individuals will be protected whenever possible
  • Know your Title IX

    1. Title IX is a federal civil right that prohibits sex discrimination in education. it is a prohibition against sex-based discrimination in education. It addresses discrimination against pregnant and parenting students and gender discrimination in educational programs. It also addresses sexual harassment, gender-based discrimination, and sexual violence.

    2. Title IX does not apply to female students only. Title IX protects any person from sex-based discrimination, regardless of their real or perceived sex, gender identity, and/or gender expression. Female, male, and gender non-conforming students, faculty, and staff are protected from any sex-based discrimination, harassment or violence.

    3. Carroll Community College takes immediate steps to address any sex discrimination, sexual harassment or sexual violence on campus to prevent it from affecting the campus community further. We act to eliminate it, remedy the harm caused and prevent its recurrence. 

    4. Procedures are established for handling complaints of sex discrimination, sexual harassment or sexual violence. The Title IX Coordinator can be contacted at  titleix@carrollcc.edu.  If you decide to file a complaint, the coordinator will promptly conduct an inquiry and appoint investigators as warranted.

    5. Carroll will take immediate action to ensure a victim can continue their education free of ongoing sex discrimination, sexual harassment or sexual violence.

    6. Carroll Community College will not retaliate against someone filing a complaint and will keep victims and accused safe from retaliatory harassment or behavior.
       
    7. A no contact directive under Title IX can be issued to prevent the accused student from approaching or interacting with you. Campus police can and will enforce such directives.

    8. You, as a student, can help others by stepping in, speaking up, and preventing discrimination. If you are uncomfortable doing do directly, please report to the Title IX Coordinator.

    9. If you do not wish to report but need to speak with someone confidentially, the college has designated the following persons. Our utmost concern is your safety and that of the rest of the campus.  Resources, referrals, and options will be given to you.

    What to Do If You Experience Sexual Misconduct?


    Sexual Misconduct is any non-consensual behavior of a sexual nature that is committed by force, intimidation, or is otherwise unwelcome that is severe, ongoing or pervasive.  It includes stalking, cyber bullying, harassment, domestic/dating violence and sexual assault.

    What to Do if you are a victim of stalking, sexual assault, harassment or other gender based issues:

    Get to a Safe Place
    Create a Safety Plan
    Talk to Someone You Trust
    Preserve Physical Evidence: Keep emails, text messages, social media posting or any other digital information regarding the incident.  In the case of physical or sexual assault, do not bathe, change your clothing, use the restroom or brush your teeth until evidence has been collected.
    Seek Medical Attention / Counseling: Local hospitals can provide medical services and evidence collection.  For severe injuries, call 911 immediately. 
    Report the Incident: Student are encouraged to report crimes to Campus Police, the Title IX Coordinator or Carroll County Sheriff’s Office. 

    NOTE:

    • You may report if the incident occurs on or off campus
    • Retaliation against anyone who reports sexual assault is strictly prohibited.  Reports of retaliatory behavior will be addressed immediately
    • Victims may request protective measures and changes to their academic and on campus work situations by contacting the Title IX Coordinator at 410-386-8524 or titleix@carrollcc.edu.

    On-Campus Resources
    All College faculty and staff are required to report gender-based and sexual misconduct to the Title IX Coordinator. Before discussing an incident with a potential victim, faculty or staff member must inform the person of staff responsibility to report the incident to the Title IX Coordinator. Once an incident is shared with faculty/staff, it must be reported. Victims may opt to speak to a designated confidential reporter instead.  

    Confidential Staff
    The College has designated these individuals as “Confidential” for purposes of helping individuals find resources and make decisions about reporting an incident. They are not counselors. If you are unsure of someone’s ability to maintain your privacy, ask before you talk to them.

    • Kimberly McShane, Admissions Counselor, kmcshane@carrollcc.edu   410-386-8406
    • Don Hoepfer, Associate Professor, Philosophy dhoepfer@carrollcc.edu 410-386-8227
    • Jody Nusholtz, Professor, English jnushtoltz@carrollcc.edu 410-386-8221
    • Hugh Warner, Academic Advisor hwarner@carrollcc.edu 410-386-8421
    • Kathy Mayan, Director of Lifelong Learning, kmayan@carrollcc.edu 410-386-8110
    • Beth Lee, Coord. Special Events Student Support Services,blee@carrollcc.edu 410 386-8096


    Additional Campus Resources

    • Campus Police – Carroll Community College;  410-386-8123 (emergency) 410-386-8600 (office)
    • Title IX Coordinator, Barb Gregory, 410-386-8524 titleix@carrollcc.edu; office: A102
    • Title IX Deputy Coordinator, Director of Human Resources, 410-386-8032. office: A137

    Off-Campus Resources

    • Carroll County Domestic Violence
      Hotline: 443-865-8031
    • Rape Crisis Intervention Service

      www.rapecrisiscc.org
      Hotline:  410-857-7322
      Phone:  410-857-0900 V/TTY

    • Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault (MCASA): mcasa.org
    • Carroll County Sheriff Office: 100 North Court Street, Westminster, Maryland
      Emergency:  911
      410-386-2900
    • Maryland State Police
      Barrack G – 1100 Baltimore Boulevard, Westminster, Maryland     
      410-386-3000
    • Carroll Hospital Center
      200 Memorial Avenue, Westminster, MD 21157
      Phone: 410-386-3000
      TTY: 410-386-7186
    • Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner (S.A.F.E.) Program
      www.Carrollhospitalcenter.org/adult-safe-program  
      410-876-6655  

      Reporting Options
      Victims are not required to file a crime report, but are encouraged to do so and will be assisted by campus authorities in notifying local law enforcement if the victim chooses.  Regardless of whether a victim opts to report the crime, accommodations or protective measures will be provided if the victim requests them and if they are reasonably available.

      Complaint Process
      All College faculty and staff are required to report gender-based and sexual misconduct to the Title IX Coordinator.
       
      • The Title IX Coordinator, after having an incident reported to them, will determine whether an investigation is warranted and, depending on the nature of the incident, the necessity of informing College Public Safety and local law enforcement.
      • The Title IX Coordinator, after having an incident reported to them, will determine whether an investigation is warranted and, depending on the nature of the incident, the necessity of informing College Public Safety and local law enforcement.
      • If warranted, the Title IX Coordinator will designate a team of two trained Title IX College investigators to work in tandem as neutral parties and available to both complainant and respondent to investigate the case, initiate initial interim sanctions, and inform all parties in writing regarding the investigation and interim sanctions 
      • The Title IX Coordinator and the Office of Public Safety and Security may assist the individual in making a report to the College and to law enforcement.


    What is Stalking?

    Stalking is a pattern of threats or harassment that is directed repeatedly toward a specific individual and is experienced as unwelcome, intrusive, or fear inducing. It can include physical appearances of the stalker and harassing behaviors such as sending unwanted letters, phone calls, messages, gifts, and instant messages/e-mail correspondence.

    Stalking is difficult to identify at first. Initially, a victim may not feel there is any cause for alarm and may simply be annoyed by the behavior. As the behavior continues, it tends to escalate and become more overt, and this often causes the victim to begin to fear for his or her safety.

    Stalking Behaviors Might Include:

    • Damage to vehicle, home or other personal property
    • Repeated telephone calls and/or hang-ups
    • Threats to harm the victim or threats to harm the victim’s family, friends or pets
    • Driving by or showing up at the victim’s house and/or work
    • Disturbing instant messages
    • Sending unwanted letters, e-mails, faxes or gifts
    • Using global positioning systems, online searches and cameras to track a person’s movements

    What Can I do if I'm being Physically Stalked? 

    1. CUT OFF ALL COMMUNICATION with the stalker. Screen your calls, block digital access.
    2. TELL SOMEONE. Do not attempt to deal with the situation alone. Tell a friend or family member about the stalking.
    3. CREATE A SAFETY PLAN and share it with your friends.
    4. ALERT people around you. Neighbors, coworkers, and campus security can help watch out for you.
    5. DOCUMENT the stalker’s behavior. List the date, time and place, what happened, any witnesses and what the stalker was doing, saying and wearing.
    6. REPORT the crime. On campus you can report it to security or ask the staff to help direct you.
    7. SEEK a protective order.

    What Can I do if I am Being Harassed Online or Cyberstalked?

    • TELL the person harassing you to stop in straight forward terms: “Leave me alone. Do not contact me again.” Cut off all communication.
    • IF YOU ARE LOGGED onto instant messaging, block them on social media and log off if needed.
    • AFTER TELLING the person to leave you alone, do not reply to any of their attempts to contact you.
    • SAVE, PRINT, AND KEEP all harassing messages.
    • CONTACT the harasser’s Internet Service Provider and file a complaint
    • DELETE online personal information such as address, phone number, etc.
    • IF you feel you are in PHYSICAL DANGER, contact the police.

     




    Warning Signs for College-Age Adults

    Whether you are a parent, professor, administrator, student, coworker, or friend—you can make a difference in someone’s life by noticing the warning signs of sexual assault and abusive relationships. Sexual violence, like many other crimes, can occur on college campuses and at locations frequented by college students.

    In seven out of ten cases of sexual assault, the perpetrator is someone the victim knows. This can make it more difficult for someone to be open about sexual assault, particularly if the perpetrator is part of a friend group, a classmate, or someone who is well liked by other peers. No matter who the alleged perpetrator is, the survivor deserves support and care.

    Warning Signs That a College-Age Adult May Have Been Sexually Assaulted

    Some of the warning signs for sexual assault in college-age adults may be caused by events that are unrelated, such as being way from home for the first time. It’s better to ask and be wrong than to let the person you care about struggle with the effects of sexual assault. You can ask questions that point to a specific person or time like, “Did something happen with the person you met at the party the other night?” You can also simply reaffirm that you will believe them when they are ready to come forward, and that it’s not their fault.
    If you notice these warning signs in a college-age adult, it is worth reaching out to them:


    • Signs of depression, such as persistent sadness, lack of energy, changes in sleep or appetite, withdrawing from normal activities, or feeling “down”
    • Self-harming behaviors, thoughts of suicide, or suicidal behaviors
    • Low self-esteem
    • Sexually transmitted infections (STIs)
    • Anxiety or worry about situations that did not seem to cause anxiety in the past
    • Avoiding specific situations or places
    • Falling grades or withdrawing from classes
    • Increase in drug or alcohol use


    Warning Signs That Could Lead to Sexual Assault

    The majority of sexual assaults are committed by someone the victim knows, such as a friend, family member, acquaintance, or partner.1 Often, abusive partners will try to cut the victim off from their support system. As someone outside of the relationship, you have the potential to notice warning signs that someone may be in an abusive relationship or at risk for sexual assault.
    Some warning signs include:

    • Withdrawing from other relationships or activities, for example, spending less time with friends, leaving sports teams, or dropping classes
    • Saying that their partner doesn’t want them to engage in social activities or is limiting their contact with others
    • Disclosing that sexual assault has happened before
    • Any mention of a partner trying to limit their contraceptive options or refusing to use safer sexual practices, such as refusing to use condoms or not wanting them to use birth control
    • Mentioning that their partner is pressuring them to do things that make them uncomfortable
    • Signs that a partner controlling their means of communication, such as answering their phone or text messages or intruding into private conversations
    • Visible signs of physical abuse, such as bruises or black eyes


    Using Technology to Hurt Others

    College-age adults may also experience sexual harassment or other unwanted behaviors through technology and online interactions. Some people use technology—such as digital photos, videos, apps, and social media—to engage in harassing, unsolicited, or non-consensual sexual interactions. It can leave the person on the other end feeling manipulated, unsafe, and exposed, like when someone forwards a text, photo, or “sext” intended only for the original recipient. The laws pertaining to these situations vary from state to state and platform to platform, and they are evolving rapidly. Learn more about the ways people use technology to hurt others.

    Remember, you are not alone. If you suspect sexual abuse you can talk to someone who is trained to help. Call the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 800.656.HOPE (4673) or chat online at online.rainn.org.



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