CSC's Sexual Violence or Sex Harassment Reporting, Policies and Procedures provides the exclusive mechanism for managing the non-criminal reporting, processing, investigation, and resolution of complaints of sexual misconduct filed internally. At CSC, Sexual Misconduct is defined as:
Consent is agreeing to an action based on your knowledge of what that action involves, the consequences of that action, and having the option of saying no. In a sexual situation, consent works the same way – before engaging in a specific sexual activity, an agreement must be made between the partners.
The problem some students have with this concept is that some forms of consent are more effective than others. Thus, EFFECTIVE CONSENT IS…
Are there circumstances when a person cannot give effective consent?
Circumstances in which a person CANNOT give effective consent (no matter what they might verbalize):
If you are a victim of sexual assault, please consider the following:
Calling the police. If you are in danger call police immediately by dialing 911. You can call the police in the where the violence occurred, you can contact the CSC campus security, or the Chadron Police Department. By calling the police you may receive information regarding your rights as well as information regarding the preservation of evidence necessary to the proof of sexual violence.
Getting medical attention. Even if you don't want to file a police report, consider receiving medical attention at a doctor’s office, urgent care clinic or a hospital as soon as possible. Even though you may not feel any pain, you may be injured. Also, if you are a victim of sexual assault, a sexual assault forensic exam may be performed by a medical professional certified in this area at no cost to you. A person who has been the victim of rape or other sexual assault is encouraged to request collection of medical-legal evidence through what is called a Sexual Assault Forensic Exam (SAFE) performed within 4 days of the incident. Collection of evidence entails interaction with police and a police report. Prompt collection of physical evidence is essential should a person later decide to pursue criminal prosecution and/or a civil action. If the sexual assault occurred outside of 72 hours, a free and confidential exam still can be administered at local hospitals; however, the sooner a rape or sexual assault is reported, the more likely evidence will remain. To help preserve evidence, the victim is encouraged to avoid:
If you choose to report these issues, here is some information that might be helpful to you.
The College offers an anonymous reporting site for all violations of Chadron State College policy including sexual assault, rape, stalking, relationship violence and sexual harassment. If a potential Title IX violation has been reported, this report will be sent to the Title IX Coordinator for investigation and follow-up, all other policy violation reports will be reviewed by the Senior Director of Student Affairs. Please note, by filing an anonymous report, limitations in information provided may prevent the College from completing a thorough investigation.
At CSC some resources are confidential meaning these persons will respect your privacy by not disclosing anything revealed to them by you except under agreed upon conditions. Confidential resources include college staff of campus counseling or health centers, individuals operating in the role of a pastoral counselor, other College employees whose job is to provide medical and mental health care and College Athletic trainers. These resources do not report any information about an incident to the Title IX Coordinator without a victim’s permission. Community-based programs not affiliated with the College may also be confidential resources and would follow their own policies and procedures regarding reporting duties. However, these resources may have reporting obligations under state or federal law. For example, healthcare providers and certain other individuals are required to notify law enforcement when a victim seeks treatment for injuries related to a violent crime, including sexual assault. Similarly, all persons are required to notify law enforcement when they receive a report of sexual abuse of a minor.
All employees, students, and third parties are strongly encouraged to immediately report any incidents alleged sexual assault to the Title IX Coordinator.
All Responsible Employees who receive a report of Sexual Assault must share that information with the Title IX Coordinator and cannot maintain confidentiality with the exception of:
Remember, everyone in the Chadron State College community cares. If you see someone in need, you should help them. With that said, because you are a member of this community, you may find yourself in the position of responding to a direct disclosure of sexual assault from another member. And if that happens, here is how you can help them.
Step 1: Care for that Person
Step 2: Get the Student Help
Step 3: Contact Your Title IX Coordinator
Contacting the Title IX Coordinator. At the earliest possible time (no later than 24 hours) after you receive information that a student has experienced sexual assault, you must report it to your College’s Title IX Coordinator. You will need to report all relevant details about the incident(s) disclosed by the reporter. This includes the names of the reporter, the accused, and any witnesses, as well as any other relevant facts, including the date, time, and specific location of the incident. Once you have reported to your College’s Title IX Coordinator, you do not need to take further action. Understand, however, that you may be contacted for follow-up information as the College proceeds to respond to the report.
The College takes reports of Sexual Assault very seriously and will not tolerate retaliation against those who make such reports or participate in the investigation or adjudication process. Retaliation includes, but is not limited to, any adverse employment or educational action taken for making a report of Sexual Assault, or otherwise participating under Policy 3020.
Any actual or threatened retaliation, or any act of intimidation to prevent or otherwise obstruct the reporting of a violation of Policy 3020, or the participation in proceedings relating to a report of Sexual Assault, may be considered a separate violation of the Sexual Assault Policy 3020 and may result in disciplinary sanctions.
Any person who believes that they have been subjected to retaliation should immediately report this concern to their Title IX Coordinator.
It is important to note that the process of responding to reports of sexual assault protects all members of the campus community regardless of their citizenship status.
If you have any questions or concerns, please refer to the Contact Information tab on the left.