Chapter Six: Statutory Compliance
 
Procedure Title: Sexual Assault
Based On: Board Policy 2
Procedure Number: 6.09
Date Adopted/Revised: June 25, 2001; November 21, 2006; May 15, 2007
 
South Arkansas Community College will not tolerate any action involving a student or employee that is intended or perceived to be sexual assault as defined in the Arkansas Code Annotated 5-14-103 through 123. Sex crimes are considered major offenses punishable by both the College and the courts. Crimes involving sexual offenses reported through formal or informal procedures will be investigated by the Chief Student Development Officer, who will ensure that all rights of both the accuser and the accused are protected.

Sexual assault is a violation of an individual’s human rights and dignity. All reports or complaints concerning crimes of this nature will be vigorously pursued in conjunction with local law enforcement authorities.
  1. Dissemination of Information

    1. Campus Security personnel make presentations at Orientation and as requested by faculty at the beginning of each term.

    2. Campus clubs and organizations accept responsibility for increasing awareness of safety issues involving sexual assault as well as other crimes by placing posters and announcements on campus when classes are in session. These activities are coordinated through the Inter-Activity Council.

    3. Workshops and seminars are offered to students and employees by counselors and/or Security staff.

  2. Procedure for Reporting

    Anyone who is subjected to offensive or criminal sexual behavior or assault is encouraged to take action through the established informal or formal channels within the College.

    1. The formal procedure/channel - The victim should report the offense to the Director of Human Resources immediately; and investigation into the incident will follow.

    2. The informal procedure/channel - The victim should seek assistance from any campus security person, faculty member, supervisor, or a counselor in the Student Support Services Office on the West Campus. Appropriate referrals and connections will be made on behalf of the victim. In all cases, efforts should be made to preserve any evidence that might be used to apprehend and convict the accused assailant.

    3. The El Dorado Police Department works cooperatively with South Arkansas Community College Security Personnel and the administration to provide prompt assistance in the event that crime should occur on campus.

    4. Security personnel report to the Director of Campus Safety and have the power of arrest in crisis situations security is expected to contact local authorities for assistance.

    5. Specific procedures are established in order for campus security or other personnel to make immediate contact with the Police Department in cases of an emergency.

  3. Confidentiality

    1. In all cases involving sexual assault, the rights and privacy of victims and alleged violators will be considered and actions will be taken accordingly.

    2. These rights include but will not be limited to discreet and professional handling of all matters concerning the alleged incident, and the opportunity to have others present during a campus disciplinary hearing.

    3. If charges are filed, it will be the responsibility of the Director of Human Resources to arrange for due process and documentation of all campus proceedings.

    4. In all cases, victims will be informed of their options for reporting crime and for receiving assistance if such is needed or desired.

    5. Both the accuser and the accused will be made aware of the outcomes of formal proceedings.

  4. Disciplinary Action

    1. Employees found guilty of such offenses will be subject to a written warning, a suspension without pay, and/or a discharge, depending upon the circumstances of the incident. The College will take action against any employee or student found guilty of sexual assault. Furthermore, referral will be made to local law enforcement authorities for further action if this is appropriate.

    2. Students found guilty of sexual offenses will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including suspension or expulsion from the College, depending on the circumstances of the incident.

  5. Victim Assistance

    The Director of Human Resources is responsible for referring victims of sexual offenses to appropriate College personnel and/or to agencies in the community that handle such situations.

    1. The Victim Assistance Program, established through the local court system, offers assistance and support to victims at no cost. The Victims Assistance contact number is 863-8762.

    2. Assistance is also available through the Union County Rape & Family Violence Center, at 863-4003.

    3. South Arkansas Community College will change a victim’s academic or work situation as necessary after an alleged sexual offense has occurred, or as requested by the victim. Such changes could include but would not be limited to a change in the student’s class schedule.