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Q: What is the best way to prevent sexual harassment?
A: Know your rights. Members of our college community have the right to work and learn in an environment that is free from verbal or physical sexual conduct which might either interfere with an individual's performance, or create a work or educational climate that is hostile, intimidating, or offensive, whether that conduct originates with an instructor, a supervisor, or a peer.
Q: What are some examples of sexual harassment?
A: The following are behaviors that may be considered to be sexual harassment
- Repeated requests for dates or sex.
- Sexual comments about clothing or body parts.
- Sexually oriented humor or language.
- Kissing sounds, whistling, cat calls.
- Obscene phone calls. Emails, texts, social networking posts.
- Comments about sexual likes/dislikes.
- Comments about sexual behavior.
- Leering or ogling.
- Pornographic pictures, calendars, movies, mugs.
- Repeated “love” letters.
- Sexually oriented electronic messages or images.
- Sexual hand or body gestures.
- Invading someone’s personal space.
- E-mail / screen savers / desktop “wall paper.”
- Any unwanted touching.
Q: Who should I talk to if I'm being harassed?
A: If you are a Jefferson Community College student: Talk to the Title IX Coordinator, College Security, a professor you trust, a family member, or a friend. You are also encouraged to contact the local police (911).
If you are staff or an academic employee: Talk to the Title IX Coordinator, the Human Resource Office, a friend, your supervisor or another manager.
Q: How are sexual harassment complaints resolved?
A: The Title IX Office utilizes both informal and formal procedures for resolving sexual harassment complaints. We encourage early reporting of concerns or complaints regarding sexual harassment because complaints are most effectively resolved at the earliest possible stage. Resolution options depend on the circumstances and may include education programs for particular individuals and mediation between the parties only if both desire mediation. Where informal resolution is unsuccessful or inappropriate, a formal complaint may be filed and a formal investigation undertaken. There is no prescribed sequence, so choosing one option first does not prevent a complainant from choosing a different option for resolution later on. Individuals may get advice or assistance without filing a complaint.
If an informal solution is not appropriate or possible the Title IX office will Initiate a fact-finding investigation.
Q: What rights do I have if I am sexually harassed or assaulted?
A: You have the following rights:
- The right to confront the harasser and inform him/her that his/her conduct is unwelcome
- The right to file a report or file a formal complaint (Title IX Coordinator)
- The right to information about the investigation and resolution process (Title IX Coordinator)
- The right to obtain confidential counseling through Counseling the Counseling Center (link to contact information)
- The right to have the complaint and related information shared only with those who "need to know" for the campus to take your desired action
- The right to be free from retaliation
Q: How to tell when conduct is unwelcome?
A: Conduct is unwelcome if the recipient did not initiate it and regards it as undesirable or offensive. Some sexual advances are so blatant that the advance itself shows its unwelcomeness. In a more typical case, however, the welcomeness of the conduct will depend on the recipient’s reaction to it.
Q: How can I avoid being accused of sexual harassment?
A: The following are a few helpful suggestions:
- Do not assume that your peers co-workers or employees enjoy comments about their appearance, sexually-oriented jokes or comments, being touched, stared at, or propositioned.
- Do not assume that what you consider to be welcome sexual invitations will be welcomed by others.
- Do not instruct friends, co-workers and supervisors to put up with offensive behavior.
- Do not take any action to retaliate against someone who has filed a complaint or provided information during an investigation.
Q: Does the intent of the harasser matter?
A: Sexual harassment is not determined by the intent of the harasser; but rather, it is determined by the impact that the behavior has on the person being harassed.
Q: What do I do if I'm being accused of sexual harassment?
A: If the behavior is brought to your attention, apologize, ask for a description of what was offensive and who found it offensive.
Consider the following actions:
- If you realize that you have been inappropriate, apologize as soon as possible.
- Change your behavior.
- Recognize that other steps may need to be taken.
- Be careful of inappropriate advice that would lead you to minimize or ignore this issue.
- Seek the advice of appropriate college resources.
- Attend sexual harassment training.
- Know the policy on sexual harassment.
- Refrain from any form of retaliation.
Q: What rights do I have if I am accused of sexual harassment or assault?
- The right to due process--notice of the allegations and an opportunity to respond to them.
- The right to be free from defamation and invasion of privacy.
- The right to obtain confidential counseling through Counseling Center.
- The right to all protections afforded by College policy and/or collective bargaining agreements.
- The right to information about the investigation and resolution process (Title IX Coordinator).
Q: Can I make a complaint with the local police?
A: Targets of sexual harassment or sexual assault are welcome to report the sexual harassment or sexual assault to college security and/or off-campus police, particularly if the individual desires prosecution through the criminal justice system.
Q: Is the complaint process confidential?
A: Any person needing assistance about sexual assault or sexual harassment may call or make an appointment with the Title IX Coordinator . You will not be required to give your name or anyone else's name to receive information and advice on your options and referrals. Resources are available for advice and information regarding reports of sexual harassment or sexual assault that are totally confidential.
Examples of confidential resources include the College Chaplain or Counseling Office. Individuals who consult confidential resources must be advised that their discussions in these settings will not be considered reports of sexual harassment and will not, without additional action by the individual, result in any action by the University to resolve their concerns.
Procedures provide for protecting the privacy of individuals involved in a report of sexual harassment to the extent allowed by law and College policy. A report of sexual harassment may result in the gathering of extremely sensitive information about individuals in the college community. While such information is considered confidential, college policy regarding access to public records and disclosure of personal information may require disclosure of certain information regarding a report of sexual harassment. In such cases, every effort will be made to redact the records in order to protect the privacy of individuals.
Individuals wishing to make reports of sexual harassment must understand that certain college employees, such as the Title IX/Sexual Harassment officer, managers, supervisors, and other designated employees responsible for reporting or responding to reports of sexual harassment, have an obligation to respond to reports of sexual harassment, even if the individual making the report requests that no action be taken.
The expressed wishes of individuals regarding the confidentiality of reports of sexual harassment will be considered in determining an appropriate response; however, such wishes will be considered in the context of the College’s legal obligation to ensure a working and learning environment free from sexual harassment and the due process rights of the accused to be informed of the allegations and their source. Some level of disclosure may be necessary to ensure a complete and fair investigation, although requests for confidentiality will be maintained to the extent possible.
Q: Who do I contact to ask obtain additional information or make a complaint?
A: For information, counseling, or to file a complaint of discrimination or harassment on the basis of sex, which includes sexual violence, sexual assault, and sexual harassment, contact: the College’s Title IX Coordinator.