Sexual Misconduct Information/Reporting (Title IX)
What you need to know about:
- Sexual harassment
- Sexual exploitation
- Sexual assault
Facts about sexual misconduct
As an institution of higher education, it is important that Schoolcraft College foster an environment that is free of sexual misconduct, and that the College set an example as a place where people treat each other with consideration and respect. Sexual misconduct, including sexual harassment, sexual exploitation, and sexual assault, will not be tolerated at Schoolcraft College. Schoolcraft Policy 1080 addresses nondiscrimination and harassment; Procedure 1080.1 specifically forbids sexual misconduct.
If you or someone you know may be the victim of any form of sexual misconduct, you are strongly urged to seek immediate assistance. Assistance can be obtained 24 hours a day, seven days a week, from:
- Police (911)
- Schoolcraft College Police Department (734-462-4424)
During business hours (8 a.m. – 5 p.m.) Monday through Friday, you are also strongly urged to contact the Dean of Student Services (734-462-4577).
Also, reporting the incident via the college’s online incident reporting system automatically notifies both the Schoolcraft College Police Department and the Dean of Student Services.
What is sexual harassment?
Sexual harassment is defined as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct or communication of a sexual nature that interfere with a student’s right to get an education or to participate in school activities. Sexual harassment is:
- a form of gender discrimination, which is illegal.
- a violation of your civil rights.
- hostile or demeaning conduct targeting someone’s sex, sexual orientation (heterosexual, homosexual or bisexual) or gender identity.
- a violation of laws that protect both male and female students and employees from harassment by members of the same or opposite sex.
There are three types of sexual harassment.
- Hostile environment includes any situation in which there is harassing conduct that is sufficiently severe, pervasive/persistent, and patently/objectively offensive that it alters the conditions of education or employment, from both a subjective (the alleged victim’s) and an objective (reasonable person’s) viewpoint.
- Quid pro quo sexual harassment exists when there are unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature, and when submission to or rejection of such conduct results in adverse educational or employment action.
- Retaliatory harassment is any adverse employment or educational action taken against a person because of the person’s participation in a complaint or investigation of discrimination or sexual misconduct.
Some examples of conduct which, if unwelcome, could constitute sexual harassment include:
- Purposely bumping or hurting someone because of their sex, sexual orientation or gender
- Pulling up, snapping, pulling down or grabbing another’s clothing
- Standing in someone’s way, standing too close or staring at or stalking someone
- Suggestive gestures
- Pestering for dates
- Making comments about a person’s body, body parts or rating people’s bodies
- Spreading sexual rumors
- Using insults ,threats, slurs or sexual jokes that target someone’s sexual orientation or gender
- Displaying pictures, posters, cartoons, drawings and computer generated images of a sexual nature
- Writing notes, letters or graffiti that are sexually explicit
- Sexually explicit emails
- Making obscene gestures or suggestive body movements that are sexual in nature
How can I tell if it is really sexual harassment?
It’s probably sexual harassment if the person:
- Makes sexual comments, jokes, or insults
- Constantly stares at your body
- Keeps pressuring you for dates
- Regularly sends you unwelcome or offensive sexual messages
- Frequently brushes against you
- Continues the unwelcome behavior even after you have told him/her to stop
It’s probably NOT sexual harassment if the person:
- Asks for a date and accepts it when you say “No”
- Glances at you as you walk past
- Accidentally bumps into you
What is sexual exploitation?
Sexual exploitation occurs when a student takes non-consensual or abusive sexual advantage of another for his/her own advantage or benefit. Examples of sexual exploitation include, but are not limited to:
- Prostituting another student
- Non-consensual video or audio-taping of sexual activity
- Going beyond the boundaries of consent
- Engaging in behavior as a “peeping Tom”
- Knowingly transmitting an STD or HIV to another student
This policy applies regardless of the sexual orientation or preference of individuals engaging in sexual activity.
What is sexual assault?
Sexual assault is defined as sexual contact against the will of the victim or without consent. Sexual assault may include the following forms of contact:
- Rape, which is sexual intercourse that is perpetrated against the will of the victim or without the victim’s consent
- Intentional touching, either of the victim or when the victim is forced to touch directly or through clothing, another person’s genitals, breasts, groin, or buttocks
- Attempted rape
- Sodomy (oral sex or anal intercourse)
- Sexual penetration with an object
What should I do if I am being harassed?
Don’t ignore it. Take action. Tell the harasser that the actions, comments, or advances are unwanted, unwelcome, and you want them to stop. If you have been the victim of sexual misconduct, you are urged to report it. A victim’s first priority should be to go to a place of safety. If you have been sexually assaulted, do not change clothes, bathe, shower, or use the bathroom. It’s understandable that you may want to cleanse yourself, but first think about reporting the assault. Talking with someone you trust will help you begin healing, and will let people in your life know how to help you.
The following chart outlines the three paths you may follow in seeking help. No path is exclusive: you may follow all three paths, or just one.
Choose this path to focus on emotional and physical healing related to your experience. Talking to one of the resource persons below does not constitute reporting sexual misconduct. However, support persons can help you explore options in case you choose to pursue judicial or criminal complaints.
Medical help is important to 1) make sure that you are physically okay, 2) preserve evidence in the event that you want to report the crime, and 3) protect you from the possibility of sexually transmitted infections and pregnancy. It is ideal to get medical care immediately following a sexual assault.
Office of Student Relations at 734-462-4486
Wayne County Crisis Center
Reporting sexual misconduct to the college
Choose this path when you want to formally report sexual misconduct, in order to seek judicial action. Along this path, you may file a complaint alleging a violation of the sexual misconduct policy, and seek informal or formal grievance procedures.
The following officials are authorized to receive reports of sexual misconduct
Dean of Student Services: 734-462-4577
Schoolcraft College Police Department Officers: 734-462-4424
Prompt reporting is crucial to help ensure full investigation of complaints. You can also report the incident using the college’s online incident reporting system. This system notifies both the Campus Police Authority and the Dean of Student Services.
Reporting sexual misconduct to the police
Choose this path if you wish to report an assault and possibly pursue criminal prosecution. Any of the Schoolcraft staff members indicated on this chart can help you in arranging initial contact between you and the police. Once you report a crime to the police, however, the College has no control over the investigative and legal process that may result.
Livonia police: 734-466-2470
You may choose to call Schoolcraft College Police Department at 734-462-4424 for help in securing a crime scene, contacting necessary law enforcement, and/or contacting emergency medical aid. Calling the Schoolcraft College Police Department will involve further contact with a College administrator representing Student Services.
If you are a target, you may fear taking action. You may think people won’t believe you or may blame you. Remember, sexual harassment is not your fault. There are many who will support you. Questions about definitions, confusion about specific incidents, or anything related to sexual harassment can be discussed with individuals on campus who have been trained to help.
What happens if I report sexual misconduct?
Schoolcraft College will take immediate and appropriate action in response to reports of sexual misconduct. Filing a report with the Schoolcraft College Police Department will not obligate you to prosecute, nor will it subject you to scrutiny or judgmental opinions from officers. It will provide the opportunity for collection of evidence helpful to the investigation.
The College will make every effort to take immediate steps to end the sexual misconduct, prevent its recurrence, and address its effects. In addition, the College will take steps to protect you, the victim.
Offenders who violate the College’s policies on sexual misconduct will be subject to disciplinary action and/or criminal prosecution. Disciplinary proceedings may result in sanctions including expulsion. In any on-campus disciplinary proceeding, both the accused and the accuser may have others present during the hearing. Both parties will be informed of the outcome of the proceedings.
When requested, Student Services will assist victims of an alleged sexual assault in changing his or her academic situation. College personnel will assist victims in notifying local law enforcement authorities if you request such assistance.