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Hinds Community College-Sexual Misconduct Policy
The College is committed to providing an environment in which the rights of students, non-students and employees of the campus community are protected while they pursue their educational objectives and activities. The College prohibits any form of sexual discrimination, including sexual misconduct. Sexual misconduct is a broad term encompassing any non-consensual behavior of a sexual nature that is committed by force or intimidation or that is otherwise unwelcome. Sexual misconduct may include behaviors such as sexual assault, rape, harassment, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking and any other behavior that is non-consensual or that has the purpose or effect of threatening, intimating, or coercing a person or persons. Such actions occurring through the use of social media are also covered under this policy. The policy covers misconduct occurring between members of the same sex or members of the opposite sex.
The Sexual Misconduct Policy provides guidance for individuals who may be the victim of sexual misconduct, outlines the College’s response to an alleged complaint, and identifies appropriate departments within the College responsible for managing the policy and programs. The policy applies regardless of the complainant’s or respondent’s race, gender, disability, age, marital status, religion, color, national origin, sexual orientation or other personal characteristic.
A student who believes he or she has been a victim of sexual misconduct is encouraged to contact the Hinds Community College District Title IX Coordinator at 601.857.3232, the Campus Police/Security department on his/her local campus, campus designee Dean of Students/ Operating Dean.Students needing immediate medical attention are encouraged to contact local law enforcement by calling 911or crisis centers for assistance. The District Title IX Coordinator will oversee the investigation of all reports of sexual misconduct. Campus Police or other appropriate law enforcement authorities will conduct any criminal investigation.
Individuals who feel they are a victim of sexual assault are encouraged to seek medical attention even if they do not wish to file criminal or disciplinary charges against the accused. Medical attention will ensure the victim the opportunity to seek treatment for injuries, secure preventive treatment for sexually transmitted diseases, and other health services. Hospitals are often staffed with a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) who will complete a rape kit at the victim’s request and handle the medical treatment. SANE will assist with preserving evidence.
The College encourages anyone who feels he or she is, or has been, the victim of sexual misconduct to seek assistance to care for himself or herself emotionally and physically through confidential counseling and healthcare services. Medical examinations are critical in preserving evidence of sexual assault so that options can be considered at a later date. It is important that employees, students and non-students report in a timely manner.Due to confidentiality the College will not disclose any information to the agency and the agency will not disclose any information to the College without written consent from the student. For a list of available services, visit the sexual misconduct page posted on the College website www.hindscc.edu.
The College will make an effort to obtain consent from the complainant before beginning any investigation of sexual misconduct. If the complainant requests confidentiality or asks that an investigation not be initiated, the College may still be required to investigate and pursue criminal charges and/or disciplinary actions against the accused. The College will weigh the request of confidentiality against the seriousness of the alleged sexual misconduct following the guidelines of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). If the College decides to initiate an investigation, the complainant will be notified before the investigation begins. The College is committed to providing confidentiality to both the complainant and to the accused. The Colleges District Title IX Coordinator or designee will initiate interim measures following disciplinary procedures stated in the current Student Handbook. Due process will be followed. The complainant will be notified in writing of the outcome of any disciplinary hearing involving the complaint. All reports will be considered as confidential.
For additional information regarding Sexual Misconduct contact:
Title IX Coordinator
Tyrone Jackson, Ed.D
Associate Vice-President/Dean of Student Services
Denton Hall-Raymond Campus
Office Phone: 601.857.3232
District Coordinator of Student Conduct/Development
Sharon R. Alexander
Denton Hall-Raymond Campus
Office Phone: 601.857.3371/3232