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Sexual Assault Policy


It is the policy of Faulkner State Community College that no student or employee may threaten the health and safety of a member of the College community, of any person on College property, or at a College sponsored or supervised activity, through the commission of sexual assault, including acquaintance rape.

Definition:  
The College recognizes and adopts the definition of rape as defined in the Alabama Criminal Code.  Additionally, Faulkner State Community College acknowledges acquaintance rape in its definition of sexual assault.  Acquaintance rape is defined as forced, manipulated or coerced sexual intercourse by a friend or an acquaintance.  It is an act of violence, aggression and power in which a victim, under protest, is forced to have sex through verbal coercion, threats, physical restraint and/or physical violence.
Consideration and rights to be afforded to all campus community members who are victims of sexual assault:
    
1.  The right to have all sexual assaults against them treated with seriousness, and the right, as victims, to be treated with dignity;
  • The right to have sexual assaults committed against them investigated and adjudicated by the duly constituted criminal and civil authorities of the governmental entity in which the crimes occurred, and the right to the full and prompt cooperation and assistance of campus personnel notifying the proper authorities;
  • The right to be free from pressure that would suggest that the victim:  (i) not report crimes committed against them to civil and criminal authorities or to campus law enforcement and disciplinary officials; or (ii) report crimes as lesser offenses than the victim perceives them to be;
  • The right to be free from suggestions that sexual assault victims not report, or under-report, crimes because:
             (1)  Victims are somehow “responsible” for the commission of crimes against them;
             (2)  Victims were contributorily negligent or assumed the risk of being assaulted; or,
             (3)  By reporting crimes they would incur unwanted personal publicity.
  • The right to the full and prompt cooperation from campus personnel in responding to the incident; and,
  • The right to access counseling services established by the College.
2.  Consideration and additional rights to be afforded to campus community members who are victims of sexual assaults which occur on College property:
After campus sexual assaults have been reported, the victims of such crimes shall have:
  • The right to require that campus personnel take the necessary steps or actions reasonably feasible to prevent unwanted contact or proximity with alleged assailants;
  • The right to be informed of the disciplinary proceedings as well as the outcome of such proceedings; and
  • The same right to assistance, or ability to have others present, which is afforded to the accused during any campus disciplinary proceedings.
3.  Disciplinary Action:  In addition to any criminal or civil actions which may be pending or in process, the College reserves the right to pursue separate disciplinary action.  Persons found responsible for sexual assault may expect disciplinary actions up to and including dismissal from the College.  Policies and procedures contained in the Student Code of Conduct will be followed in all disciplinary procedures.

4.  The College provides programs to promote awareness of rape, including acquaintance/date rape.  Guest speakers such as doctors, law enforcement officers, and crime victim’s assistants are invited to campus to speak to students in both small and large group settings.  Mandatory residence hall meetings and videos are used to increase awareness.

5.  Responding to sexual assault cases:
  • Immediate Response:  College personnel are willing and able to assist victims of sexual assault.  The Dean of Student Services and the Campus Police should be contacted immediately.  In Fairhope or Gulf Shores, the director of the off-campus facility should be contacted immediately.
  • Delayed Reports:  Victims often delay disclosing information to others about their sexual assault.  When a delayed report occurs and the victim is a student, he/she may be referred to the Counseling Center for personal counseling and assistance in reporting the assault to the proper authorities.
  • The Dean of Student Services will ensure that the considerations and rights to be afforded victims of sexual assault, as detailed in the College Sexual Assault Policy, are met.  An effort will be made to have two College officials respond to the victim as soon as possible.  This will allow one person to provide support and counsel, while the other person contacts appropriate individuals or agencies as needed.
  • All victims of sexual assault will be assisted in contacting appropriate legal authorities or service agencies (see below).  Depending on the nature of the situation (i.e., physical and mental condition of the victim, immediacy of incident) and with the input of the victim, one or more of the following entities will be contacted as soon as possible but prior to the College officials leaving the assault victim:
              aa.  The Rape Crisis Center - The Center provides immediate medical attention and counseling. This includes the collection of personal physical evidence and a blood test for sexually transmitted dis-
eases.  Counseling, in an on-going basis, is available after the incident.
Phone:  473-7273 / 928-9500
        bb.  Crime Victims Assistance
Phone:  937-0392
        cc.  Police Department—Phone 911
•  Bay Minette:  251-937-4037
•  Fairhope:  251-928-2385
•  Gulf Shores:  251-968-2431
•  Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office:  251-937-0200
The responding police officer will investigate the incident, collect any evidence and refer the victim to the appropriate services.  An immediate police notification is important so that if the victim wishes to press criminal charges, the evidence at the scene may be preserved.
        dd.  Hospital—
•  North Baldwin Infirmary, 1815 Hand Avenue,  
Bay Minette, telephone (251) 937-5521
•  Thomas Hospital, 750 Morphy Avenue,
Fairhope, telephone (251) 928-2375
•  South Baldwin Hospital, 1613 N. McKenzie Street,
Foley, telephone (251) 949-3400
•  Phone 911 in cases of serious physical injuries for emergency transport.

6.  Notification of College officials if assault occurs to a student living in College-managed housing:
  • Resident Assistant is notified of assault to victim;
  • Resident Assistant calls Housing Coordinator or Designee;
  • Director of Housing calls Dean of Student Services and campus police; and
  • Dean of Student Services calls appropriate support services such as counseling.
7.  The Dean of Student Services or designee will determine:
  • Additional actions which may be undertaken to assist the victim in dealing with the aftermath of the incident.  For example, contacting faculty members to ask for extensions to complete work assignments and serving as a resource for continued support;
  • The need to notify additional College personnel (i.e., administrators, College Relations, etc.);
  • Procedure for further investigation of the incident and possible disciplinary action; and/or
  • The need to notify the Director of Human Resources of the circumstances in the event an employee is involved in an incident.

Housing
Residence Hall Director 580-2172, 937-5358
Director of Housing and Special Events 580-2121
Security
Police Department 580-2222, 580-2221
Counseling Center
Brenda J. Kennedy, VP of Institutional
Advancement & Student Development 580-2180
James-David Williams, Counselor 580-2181
Dean of Student Services
Mike Nikolakis, Dean of Student Services 580-2122
Linda Caldwell, Director of Housing &
Special Events 580-2121
Human Resources
Laura Burks, Director of Human Resources 580-2144
Gulf Shores Campus
Campus Director 968-3104
Fairhope Campus
John Borom, Campus Director 990-0423