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IHCC Sexual Violence Policy

                                    

Students: You may find the following interesting or helpful. It represents IHCC’s policy as of Jan. 13, 2015 on faculty and staff reporting of sexual violence.

 

From: Liz Newberry [IHCC Personnel Director]
Sent: Tuesday, January 13, 2015 8:50 AM
Subject: OFFICIAL - Required Employee Reporting of Sexual Violence
Importance: High

 

Hello Everyone.  The purpose of this email is to apprise you of the college and MnSCU’s policy prohibition on sexual violence, and requirements for employees to report incidents of sexual violence.

 

What is Sexual Violence?

Sexual Violence is a continuum of conduct that includes sexual assault, and non-forcible sex acts, dating and relationship violence, stalking as well as aiding acts of sexual violence.

 

What is Sexual Assault?

 

Sexual assault as “an actual, attempted or threatened sexual act with another person without that person’s consent. Sexual Assault includes but is not limited to:

1.      Involvement without consent in any sexual act in which there is force, expressed or implied, or use of duress or deception upon the victim. Forced sexual intercourse is included in this definition, as are the acts commonly referred to as “date rape” or “acquaintance rape.” This definition also includes the coercing, forcing, or attempting to coerce or force sexual intercourse or a sexual act on another.

2.      Involvement in any sexual act when the victim is unable to give consent.

3.      Intentional and unwelcome touching, or coercing, forcing, or attempting to coerce or force another to touch a person’s intimate parts (defined as primary genital area, groin, inner tight, buttocks, or breast.)

4.      Offensive sexual behavior that is directed at another such as indecent exposure  voyeurism.”

5.      Sexual assault is often a criminal act that can be prosecuted under Minnesota law, as well as form the basis for discipline under Minnesota State Colleges and Universities student conduct codes and employee disciplinary standards.

To Whom and Where Does this Policy Apply?
This policy applies to:

1.      The conduct of all Inver Hills students and employees when they are on college property or participating in any Inver Hills course or sponsored activity;

2.      The conduct of individuals who are not Inver Hills students or employees who come on college sites.

3.      Off-campus conduct of students if it results in a hostile educational environment on campus.

 

Required Reporting by Employees

There are two types of required reporting:

 

Sexual Violence Against Minor Children or Vulnerable Adults

 

The first obligation pertains to employees involved in the education, student activities, or counseling of students.  These employees are mandated by state law to report sexual violence or maltreatment of minors or vulnerable adults that the employee has witnessed or suspects to law enforcement or, when appropriate, to local child protection or vulnerable adult service units.

 

This is an individual obligation to report.  Reporting the sexual violence to an administrator or supervisor does not relieve the employee of reporting it to law enforcement or the appropriate agency.

 

The college also requires employees who have witnessed or suspect such abuse to report it to an administrator, who in turn is required to report it to the president.

 

Sexual Violence Against Others

 

The following employees are required to report knowledge of a suspected incident of sexual violence against people other than children or vulnerable adults to Tom McCluney, Director of Safety and Security:

·        Administrators, managers and supervisors

·        Campus security department staff

·        Advisors to student organizations (including faculty advisors to student clubs)

·        Student advisors

·        Faculty and staff involved in student discipline and student judicial proceedings

·        Nurse

·        Athletic coaches

This reporting requirement exists under the Clery Act, a federal law that requires colleges that participate in federal financial aid programs to have a campus security policy and report crime statistics.

 

What if I Experience Sexual Violence Under the Policy?

An employee who has experienced sexual violence under this policy is strongly urged to report it to:

·        Liz Newberry, Human Resources Director, Liz.Newberry@inverhills.edu, (651) 450-3654, Liberal Arts 233

·        Tom McCluney, Director of Safety and Security, Thomas.McCluney@inverhills.edu, (651) 450-3528,    
   Heritage Hall 103

·        Jason Philipp, Campus Security Officer, Jason.Philipp@inverhills.edu, (651) 450-3282

·        Any college administrator, manager or supervisor

·        Any college counselor, located in the Counseling Center on the 2nd floor of the College Center

·        Liz Garland, Health Service Nurse, Elizabeth.Garland@inverhills.edu, (651) 450-3525, College Center 115

 

Where do I find the policy?

Here is a link to the policy: http://www.mnscu.edu/board/policy/1b03.html

Here is a link to the procedure: http://www.mnscu.edu/board/procedure/1b03p1.html

 

Questions?

 

Direct questions to Liz Newberry, Human Resources Director at (651) 450-3654, enewber@inverhills.edu or 233 Liberal Arts; or Tom McCluney, Director of Safety and Security at (651) 450-3528, tmcclun@inverhills.edu or 103 Heritage Hall.

 

              

 

    Most recent revision: 1 Aug. 2015

                 

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