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Preventing Sexual Violence

MacCormac College (the College) is committed to maintaining an academic and work environment where all individuals are treated with respect and dignity. Everyone at the College has the right to learn, work, and grow in an environment that promotes equal opportunities for all. Thus, this Policy prohibits discriminatory practices, harassment and sexual misconduct of any kind. This Policy also puts measures in place to prevent sexual violence.  In the event of any occurrences of discrimination, harassment or sexual misconduct, the College will act promptly to intervene, prevent recurrence, and take disciplinary and other appropriate action against those responsible. 

Equal Employment Opportunity
It is the Policy of the College to ensure equal employment opportunity without discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, religion, color, creed, age, national origin or ancestry, sex, marital status, physical or mental disability, veteran or disabled veteran status, genetic predisposition/carrier status, sexual orientation, gender identity, citizenship status or any other characteristic protected by any applicable law, ordinance or regulation. The College prohibits and will not tolerate any such discrimination or harassment.

To Whom Applicable
This Policy applies to all College staff, faculty, administration (senior or otherwise), supervisors, managers, athletic personnel, whether full-time or part-time (hereinafter collectively, “MacCormac College employees”), students, employees of contracted service providers, volunteers, and visitors, and covers their treatment of each other as well as others with whom they come into contact at the College and/or at College-sponsored and affiliated activities and events. The College’s disciplinary authority may not extend to third parties who are not students or employees of the College; however, a complaint that such a person engaged in a violation of this Policy will be investigated in accordance with this Policy. As will any complaints made to the College by a third party if such complaint is connected to the College’s educational programs or activities. With regard to discrimination, harassment, sexual abuse/assault, stalking, dating violence and domestic violence, as herein defined, this Policy supersedes all other procedures and policies set forth in other College documents.

Where Applicable
This Policy is intended to protect all afore-mentioned people and applies to conduct that occurs on College premises and/or at College-sponsored and affiliated activities and events, whether on College premises or at other locations. This includes, but is not limited to, overnight trips, sporting events and practices, study abroad programs, service learning programs and internships, and to all forms/uses of technology by all individuals covered by this Policy. The College may also address off-campus behavior that occurs outside of College-sponsored or affiliated events if it determines that the behavior, or the continued presence of the accused perpetrator, impairs, obstructs, substantially interferes with or adversely affects the mission, processes or functions of MacCormac College. Discrimination, harassment or sexual misconduct in any form (including sexual harassment, sexual abuse/assault, stalking, domestic violence and dating violence) is a violation of this Policy and will be dealt with seriously, promptly and thoroughly. If any of the principles and procedures in this Policy are inconsistent with those contained in another College policy, the principles and procedures in this Policy will supersede.

Reporting Rights
Survivors of sexual or relationship violence have the right to report an incident of sexual or relationship violence to the College, law enforcement, or both.  These individuals also have the right not to make a report.  Reports of sexual or relationship violence can be made electronically, confidentially, or anonymously via the College’s website. Bystander and third party reports can be made through the same aforementioned methods.

Amnesty Provision for Alcohol/Drug(s)
MacCormac College recognizes that sometimes survivors are reluctant to seek help after experiencing sexual violence or may be reluctant to help others who may have experienced sexual misconduct because they fear being held responsible by the College or law enforcement for underage alcohol consumption or drug use.  To encourage reporting, the College will not pursue disciplinary actions for alcohol/drug violations against a student making a good faith report of sexual violence.  The College may use educational responses as appropriate. 

DEFINITIONS
BYSTANDER INTERVENTION
FREE SPEECH & ACADEMIC FREEDOM
COMPLAINT REPORTING PROCEDURES & GUIDELINES
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