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Title IX: Sexual Assault, Sexual Harassment, Domestic/Dating Violence, Stalking and related crimes

What ECC students need to know

The Campus Sexual Violence Elimination (SaVE) Act represents a turning point in our nation’s handling of sexual misconduct on college campuses. The Campus SaVE Act seeks to address the violence women face on campus: the highest rates of stalking, the highest risk of non-fatal intimate partner violence, and 20-25% of female students experiencing rape or attempted rape. The SaVE legislation updates the Jeanne Clery Act to create Transparency, Accountability, Education and Collaboration.

The Bottom Line

Sexual misconduct is criminal behavior that will not be tolerated at any Ellsworth Community College campuses or facilities or at College events. It is ECC’s policy to provide programs to prevent domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, and sexual harassment by increasing awareness of gender violence, increasing recognition that it is a problem, increasing ownership/responsibility of the issue, developing skills to intervene, and increasing recognition of such intervention. The College’s policy (IVCCD Board Policy/Guideline 518) does not discriminate based on sexual orientation or preference of individuals engaging in sexual activity.

Reporting

In an emergency, contact the Iowa Falls Police Department at 9-1-1 or 641-648-2527 and the ECC Title IX Coordinator Lynn Duit (641-844-8513, Kruse Main/Hub, room 016). A student who wishes to report a sexual assault or misconduct or file a complaint against another student or College employee should notify the Title IX Coordinator. Complaints will be handled in a timely and confidential manner to the extent reasonably possible.

All College employees are considered mandatory reporters, with exemptions made for mental health professionals and clergy as the law allows. When an employee becomes aware of an alleged act of sexual assault, sexual harassment, domestic/dating violence or stalking, the employee must promptly contact the ECC Title IX Coordinator.

Reporting Procedures

The alleged victim has the option to notify law enforcement authorities including on-campus and local police, be assisted by campus authorities in notifying law enforcement authorities (if the victim so chooses), and decline to notify such authorities.

It is important to preserve evidence as may be necessary to prove domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, or sexual harassment, or to obtain a court order. It is imperative for sexual assault victims to have an examination at the local emergency facility as quickly as possible, and to not shower prior to having a forensic examination. The longer an individual waits to pursue this option, the more difficult it becomes to collect forensic evidence. The Title IX Coordinator, a sexual assault advocate, or local police can assist a victim in obtaining an exam. Crime Victim Compensation may be available to victims of sexual assault; for more information, call 800-373-5004.

Please use the report below for reporting a sexual assault or other sexual misconduct.

ECC/Title IX Reporting Form  (if fillable fields don’t show up, print form, complete, and send to Lynn Duit, Title IX Coordinator)

Definitions

Sexual Assault includes, but is not limited to, any sexual activity by a group or individual that takes place without the effective consent of the other individual(s) involved. Learn more …

Sexual Harassment is a sexual misconduct that includes unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, written or physical conduct of a sexual nature when 1) submission is made explicitly or implicitly a term/condition of educational benefits, academic evaluations or access to/participation in other College activities or opportunities, 2) submission to or rejection of such conduct or communication is used as the basis for educational decisions affecting an individual, or 3) the behavior is sufficiently severe or pervasive to unreasonably interfere with the student’s education or College activities, or creates an intimidating, hostile or objectively offensive educational environment. Learn more …

Domestic/Dating Violence is the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault and/or other abusive behavior perpetrated by a domestic partner or a dating partner against the other partner.

Stalking means engaging in conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to fear for his/her safety or the safety of others or suffer substantial emotional distress.

Support for Students

A student who files a report under this policy, as well as witnesses and any students present immediately before, during or in the aftermath of an alleged sexual assault/misconduct may not be referred for disciplinary action for unrelated violations (e.g. alcohol, parties, drugs, etc.). After reporting the alleged sexual assault/misconduct to the Title IX Coordinator or campus security, a student may request these or other reasonable accommodations:

  • change of on-campus housing to a different on-campus location
  • transfer of class sections, when available
  • assistance in exploring alternative housing, incompletes, leave or withdrawal

On-campus and off-campus resources are available to students at any time; after hours assistance can be obtained by contacting the Assistant Director of Residence Life or Resident Assistant (RA). Hardin County counseling services include:

  • Crisis Intervention Services: 641-424-9071 or 641-424-9133.
  • Hansen Family Hospital: 920 S. Oak St., Iowa Falls, 641-648-4631.
  • Iowa Sexual Abuse Hotline: 800-228-1625 or 800-284-7821.
  • Crime Victims’ Compensation Program: 515-281-5044.
  • Achieve Mental Health: 814 Railroad St., Iowa Falls, 641-648-4010.
  • Behavior Health Services: 322 ½ College Ave., Iowa Falls, 641-648-6491.

ECC’s Response Team will make available a member to serve as an informal support for both an alleged victim and an accused individual to help each party navigate through the student conduct process. A student who desires that details of the incident be kept confidential may speak with individuals who meet the professional counselor/pastoral exemption under the Clery Act (mental health counselors) and who thus may not be obligated to report crimes they have learned about. Additionally, students may speak to off-campus rape crisis resources who may maintain confidentiality and/or clergy or chaplains off-campus. The College will protect the confidentiality of alleged victims and will not include identifying information about them in publicly-available reports, to the extent permitted by law. Written notification will also be provided to students about counseling, health, mental health, victim advocacy, legal assistance and other support services for alleged victims, both on-campus and in the community.

ECC Investigating & Hearing Procedures

Learn more about ECC’s investigating and hearing procedures …