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Title IX and Sexual Violence

SEBC does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its education programs and activities, and it is required by Title IX not to discriminate in such a manner. A school violates a student’s rights under Title IX regarding student-on-student sexual violence when the following conditions are met: (1) the alleged conduct is sufficiently serious to limit or deny a student’s ability to participate in or benefit from the school’s educational program, i.e. creates a hostile environment; and (2) the school, upon notice, fails to take prompt and effective steps reasonably calculated to end the sexual violence, eliminate the hostile environment, prevent its recurrence, and, as appropriate, remedy its effects.

Sexual violence, as that term is used in this document, refers to physical sexual acts perpetrated against a person’s will or where a person is incapable of giving consent (e.g., due to the student’s use of drugs or alcohol, or because an intellectual or other disability prevents the student from having the capacity to give consent). A number of different acts fall into the category of sexual violence, including rape, sexual assault, sexual battery, sexual abuse, and sexual coercion. Sexual violence can be carried out by school employees, other students, or third parties. All such acts of sexual violence are forms of sex discrimination prohibited by Title IX.

Reports of sexual violence or questions regarding Title IX may be referred to Alyssa Serrano, SEBC’s Title IX coordinator:

Alyssa Serrano
Office 217
205-970-9211
aserrano@sebc.edu

SEBC employees are to report to the Title IX coordinator or other appropriate school official any incidents of sexual harassment or sexual violence that may violate the school’s code of conduct or may create or contribute to the creation of a hostile environment. (For Title IX purposes, SEBC employees who are also students are not considered “responsible employees” for reporting purposes, except for RAs, who are considered responsible employees.)

Before a student reveals information that he or she may wish to keep confidential, a responsible employee should make every effort to ensure that the student understands: (i) the employee’s obligation to report the names of the alleged perpetrator and student involved in the alleged sexual violence, as well as relevant facts regarding the alleged incident (including the date, time, and location), to the Title IX coordinator or other appropriate school officials, (ii) the student’s option to request that the school maintain his or her confidentiality, which the school (e.g., Title IX coordinator) will consider, and (iii) the student’s ability to share the information confidentially with counseling, advocacy, health, mental health, or sexual-assault-related services (e.g., sexual assault resource centers, campus health centers, pastoral counselors, and campus mental health centers).

Sexual Violence Reporting Procedures

If a student feels that he/she has been the victim of sexual violence the following steps are in place for reporting:

  • The student should contact the Title IX coordinator as soon as possible. Every allegation of a sexual misconduct will be taken seriously.
  • The student will be contacted by the Title IX coordinator within 48 hours to schedule an appointment to review the incident. The Title IX coordinator will inform the student of his/her option to notify law enforcement and authorities. The Title IX coordinator will also encourage the victim to seek immediate medical treatment of any injuries and for other tests which can provide medical evidence.
  • The Title IX coordinator will investigate the incident and present the result of the investigation to the appropriate committee. Reports of sexual misconduct between students will be handled by the Student Life Committee. Reports of sexual misconduct between student and a faculty/staff member will be handled by the Grievance Committee

The linked document provides additional details concerning disciplinary actions related to sexual violence.

SEBC uses material from the No More Campaign to educate students, faculty, and staff about sexual assault and domestic violence.

No More Campaign Website

No More Campaign Brochure

 

Some of the wording used in the statements above is taken from “Questions and Answers on Title IX and Sexual Violence” accessed 11/16/2016 at http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/qa-201404-title-ix.pdf.