Members of the Moraine Valley Community College community, guests and visitors have the right to be free from all forms of sexual discrimination, harassment and misconduct, examples of which can include acts of sexual violence, sexual harassment, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking.
The College believes in zero tolerance for sexual discrimination. Zero tolerance means that when an allegation of misconduct is brought to an appropriate administrator’s attention, protective and other remedial measures will be used to reasonably ensure that such conduct ends, is not repeated, and the effects on the victim and community are remedied, including serious sanctions when a responding party is found to have violated this policy.
Who: Students, employees, and third parties connected with Moraine Valley
What: Violations of the Moraine Valley Sexual Discrimination, Harassment & Misconduct Policy
Where: Violations that occur on college premises, at college-sponsored activities, and at off-campus locations (in specific circumstances outlined fully in policy)
Options for Assistance
You do not need to determine whether or not a policy has been violated. If you think you have survived a violation of this policy, trained staff and resources can assist you.
Examples of conduct that constitutes violations of this policy:
- A student who coerces his/her girlfriend who is also a student into having sex;
- A faculty member who gives a passing grade to a student in return for sexual favors;
- A staff member who assaults his/her partner who is also a staff member.
It is important to keep in mind that a violation of this policy in not your fault. Many resources exist, on and off campus, to assist you with recovery and any reports you wish to make including:
Confidential Reporting Options (On-Campus) 1. Confidential Advisor: Souzan Naser (For Spring 2020: Sharon Brennan), 708-974-5722; S202 2. Counseling and Career Development Center Counselors: 708-974-5722; S202 3. Electronic Anonymous Reporting
Non-Confidential Reporting Options (On-Campus) 1. Title IX Coordinator: Dr. Jo Ann Jenkins, 708-974-5277; G253 2. MVCC Police Department: 708-974-5555 or 911, Building P (Available 24/7) 3. Responsible Employees: All Faculty and some Staff can offer support and resources
Roles & Responsibilities to Know
Confidential Advisor A Confidential Advisor is a designated Moraine Valley employee trained to provide ongoing support to student survivors of sexual violence. Counselors Counselors are Moraine Valley employees fully licensed and trained to assist students with mental health issues; including survivors. Human Resources Partners with Title IX Coordinator when complaint involves a college employee; responds to all complaints solely involving employees or third parties.
Title IX Coordinator Moraine Valley employee who handles all Title IX cases; NOT a confidential advisor or resource. Responsible Employee NOT confidential advisors or resource; A Moraine Valley employee who has the authority to redress violations of this policy, who has the duty to report incidents of student misconduct, or who a student could reasonably believe has this authority or duty; Responsible Employees are defined in the full policy.
Amnesty for Victims and Witnesses
If a student is hesitant to report an incident because of another violation occurring at the same time (e.g., under-age drinking) Moraine Valley offers amnesty for minor policy violations surrounding the incident. Interim Measures Moraine Valley will take ongoing steps to protect the survivor from retaliation or harm. Retaliation against a reporting party is a violation of this policy. Some interim measures include:
- Assisting the survivor in accessing legal, medical, and academic assistance
- Providing the survivor with security and other support (for example, rearranging a course schedule)
- Inform survivor of right to report incident to campus or law enforcement
- Educational measures that do not identify the survivor, but address violations
Range of Sanctions Students or Employees found in violation of this policy are subject to sanctions included in the Code of Conduct, employee guidebooks, collective bargaining agreements, etc.; up to and including expulsion or termination.
Title IX Coordinator
The College’s Title IX Coordinator oversees compliance with all aspects of the sexual discrimination, harassment and misconduct policy. The College has designated the Dean of Student Success as the Title IX Coordinator. Questions about this policy should be directed to the Title IX Coordinator. Anyone (including third parties) wishing to make a report relating to sex/gender-based discrimination or harassment may do so by reporting the concern to the Title IX Coordinator: Dr. Jo Ann Jenkins Dean of Student Success Phone: (708) 974-5277 Office Location: Building G, Room G253 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org