Student Services :: Advising Center

Sexual Assault/Harassment

Title IX Coordinator: Lori Baker, Chapman Hall C102A, 857-6348.

Sexual Misconduct Policy

Sexual misconduct is a violation of the values and behavioral expectations of the college and will not be tolerated. All reported violations within the jurisdiction of the college, including sexual assault and harassment, will be investigated and, as warranted, will be resolved through appropriate college disciplinary processes and/or criminal proceedings in accordance with applicable state and federal laws.

Sexual Assault Policy

Sexual assault consists of physical contact of a sexual nature without consent. A sexual assault is defined as intercourse without consent, including rape (whether by acquaintance or stranger), sodomy, or other forms of sexual penetration. To constitute lack of consent, the acts must be committed either by force, threat of force, intimidation, or through use of victim's mental helplessness of which the accused was aware or should have been aware. Mental helplessness includes incapacitation by alcohol or other drugs. Sexual assault also includes intentionally touching, either directly or through clothing, of the victim's genitals, breast, thighs, or buttocks without the victim's consent, as well as touching or fondling of the accused by the victim when the victim is forced to do so against his or her will.

Verbal misconduct, without accompanying physical contact as described above, is not defined as sexual assault. Verbal misconduct may constitute sexual harassment, which is also prohibited under Virginia Western Community College and VCCS regulations.

Sexual Harassment Policy

Sexual harassment consists of unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical conduct or written communication of a sexual nature which is intimidating, hostile or offensive. Sexual harassment shall be considered to have occurred when the following circumstances are presented:

  1. Toleration of the conduct is an implicit or explicit term or condition of admission or status;
  2. Submission to or rejection of such sexual conduct is used as a basis for academic evaluation affecting such individual; or
  3. Such conduct interferes with a student's academic performance, or creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive learning environment.

Reporting Procedures

Students who believe that they have been subjected to sexual assault or harassment by another student should take their complaints to the Title IX Coordinator (Lori Baker) located in Fishburn Hall 027, telephone 857-6348. Students' allegations involving college employees may be reported to the appropriate supervisor, the Human Resources Manager, Fishburn Hall 204, telephone number 857-7282 or the Title IX Coordinator. Existing disciplinary and grievance procedures or informal proceedings, as appropriate, shall serve as the framework for resolving allegations of sexual misconduct. Students found guilty of sexual misconduct will be subject to campus disciplinary penalties ranging from probation to expulsion, and, in addition, criminal prosecution in the event of violations of applicable laws. College employees found guilty of sexual misconduct will be subject to disciplinary action as specified by personnel policies.

The rights of both the accused and the complainant shall be protected, and the complainant's sexual history will be excluded in campus proceedings. The confidentiality of proceedings will be maintained to the fullest extent possible.

Local Community Resource

Sexual Assault Response & Awareness
Blue Ridge Community Services
Roanoke County
424 Elm Ave.
Roanoke, VA 24016
Office: (540) 345-7273
Hotline: (540) 981-9352

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