Title IX & Sexual Misconduct

Title IX & Sexual Misconduct

What is Title IX/Sexual Misconduct

Under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and the U.S. Department of Education’s implementing regulations, an institution that receives federal funds must ensure that no student suffers a deprivation of his or her access to educational opportunities on the basis of sex discrimination and sexual misconduct. Title IX/Sexual Misconduct includes: Sexual Assault, Sexual Harassment, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence and Stalking

Title IX Coordinator

The Title IX Coordinator primary responsibility is coordinating the College’s efforts to comply with and carry out the responsibilities under Title IX, at Hinds Community College. The Title IX Coordinator is responsible for receiving and reviewing complaints of sex discrimination and sexual misconduct, as well as retaliation for the purpose of interfering with any rights or privileges secured by Title IX.

The District Title IX Coordinator, designees included Lead Deputy Title IX Coordinator and Deputy Title IX Coordinators on each campus.

Hinds Community College is committed to providing an educational environment free of sexual discrimination and sexual misconduct.

Policy Statement

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.

Sexual Misconduct Terminology

Consent

  • Consent is a voluntary agreement to engage in sexual activity.
  • Consent cannot be given by someone who is incapacitated.
  • Past consent does not imply current or future consent.
  • Silence or absence of resistance does not imply consent.
  • Consent to engage in sexual activity with one person does not imply consent to engage in sexual activity with another person.
  • Consent can be withdrawn at any time.
  • Coercion, force, or threat of either invalidates consent.
  • An individual under the age of 17 cannot give consent.

Incapacitation

A physically helpless person is considered to be one who is asleep, unconscious or for any other reason unable to communicate unwillingness to engage in any act. A mentally incapacitated person may be one who is under the influence of alcohol or a drug or who is mentally incapable of understanding the implications and consequences of any act.

Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment is a form of unlawful sexual discrimination. By definition, it is any unwelcome verbal, visual, or physical behavior that is sexual in nature. This can include sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature. Males and females may be the victim or the initiator of sexual harassment. The complainant does not have to be of the opposite sex of the initiator.

Hostile Environment Caused by Sexual Harassment

A hostile environment is created when a person in authority requests sex in exchange for favors and through the presence of demeaning or sexual photographs, jokes or threats that create an intimidating offensive environment.

Sexual Assault

Sexual physical misconduct includes, but is not limited to, the intentional touching of another person on any area of the body generally recognized as a sexual or private part of that person’s body. It also includes an individual touching another person’s body with any part of his/her own private body parts. This also include forced oral sex. Sexual physical contact also includes the touching of another person’s body with objects when those objects violate the privacy of another person’s body. Any unwarranted touch may be considered sexual harassment or misconduct. Sexual assault is defined as an offense that meets the definition of rape, fondling, incest, or statutory rape as used in the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report.

Sex Offenses

A sexual offense is any sexual act directed against another person, without that person’s consent, including instances in which the victim is incapable of giving consent.

Non-consensual Sexual Contact, and Non-consensual Sexual Intercourse

Rape

The penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any body part or object, or oral penetration by a sex organ of another person, without the consent of the victim.

Fondling

The touching of the private body parts of another person for the purpose of sexual gratification, without the consent of the victim, including instances where the victim is incapable of giving consent because of his/her age or because of his/her temporary or permanent mental incapacity.

Incest

Sexual intercourse between persons who are related to each other within the degrees wherein marriage is prohibited by law.

Statutory Rape

Sexual intercourse with a person who is under the statutory age of consent.

Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence is defined as a felony or misdemeanor crime of violence committed by:

  • a current or former spouse or intimate partner of the victim;
  • a person with whom the victim shares a child in common;
  • a person who is co-habiting with, or has cohabited with, the victim as a spouse or intimate partner;
  • a person similarly situated to a spouse of the victim under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction in which the crime of violence occurred;
  • any other person against an adult or youth victim who is protected from that person’s acts under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction in which the crime of violence occurred.

Dating Violence

Dating violence is defined as violence committed by a person who is currently in or has been in a social relationship or a romantic or intimate relationship with the victim.

  • The existence of such a relationship shall be determined based on the reporting party’s statement and with consideration of the length of the relationship, the type of relationship, and the frequency of interaction between the persons involved in the relationship.
  • For the purpose of this definition, dating violence includes, but is not limited to, sexual or physical abuse or the threat of such abuse.
  • Dating violence does not include acts covered under the definition of domestic violence.

 

Stalking

Stalking is defined as engaging in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to fear for that person’s safety or the safety of others or to cause that person to suffer substantial emotional distress.

For the purpose of this definition: Course of conduct means two or more acts, including, but not limited to, acts in which the stalker directly, indirectly, or through third parties, by any action, method, device, or means, follows, monitors, observes, surveils, threatens, or communicates to or about a person, or interferes with a person’s property.

Reasonable person means a reasonable person under similar circumstances and with similar identities to the victim.

Substantial emotional distress means significant mental suffering or anguish that may, but does not necessarily, require medical or other professional treatment or counseling.

Sexual Exploitation

Sexual exploitation is defined as occurring when an individual takes non-consensual or abusive sexual advantage of another for his or her own advantage or benefit or to take advantage of anyone other than the one being exploited, and such behavior does not otherwise constitute one of the other sexual misconduct offenses.

Sexual Intimidation

Sexual intimidation is defined as an implied or actual threat to commit a sex act against another person, or behavior used to coerce participation in a sex act.

Retaliation

Retaliation is defined as conduct intended to interfere, stop or intimidate any person involved with resolution and investigation of a complaint. Retaliation against an employee, student or non-student for filing a sexual discrimination or misconduct complaint, or participation in the investigation of a complaint, is a violation of the law and is strictly prohibited. The College will take appropriate disciplinary action, may file criminal charges, and may invoke academic dismissal if retaliation occurs.

To Submit A Complaint

Students wanting to file a complaint against another individual for behavior they consider to be sexual misconduct should submit that complaint in writing to the appropriate employee listed below:

Randall Harris
District TItle IX Coordinator
Vice President for Advancement and Student Services & Title IX Coordinator
P.O. Box 1000, Raymond, MS 39154
Randall.Harris@hindscc.edu
P: 601-857-3889

Sharon R. Alexander
District Coordinator of Student Conduct/Development District Coordinator of Student Government Association (SGA)
Lead Deputy Title IX Coordinator
Harris-Patrick Hall, Office 101
Raymond, MS 39154-1100
sralexander@hindscc.edu
P: 601-857-3371

Campus Deputy Coordinators

Jackson ATC
Krisisty K. Wagner
Counselor,
Disability Support Services Coordinator,
Deputy Title IX Coordinator
Jackson Campus-Academic/Technical Center
Bivins Hall, Suite 100 F
Krisisty.Wagner@hindscc.edu
P: 601-987-8158

Nursing & Allied Health
Cooper McCachren
Counselor
Deputy Title IX Coordinator
Anderson Hall, Student Services, Office 3
Bryan.Mccachren@hindscc.edu
P: 601-376-4803

Joycelyn Washington
Student Services Director/Counselor, Deputy Title IX Coordinator
Anderson Hall, Student Services, Office 2
Jswashington@hindscc.edu
P: 601-376-4802

Rankin
Carol T. McLaurin
Dean of Student Services, Deputy Title IX Coordinator Rankin Campus
Administration Building, Office 114
ctmclaurin@hindscc.edu
P: 601-936-5552

Donnie Lindsey
Counselor,
Deputy Title IX Coordinator Rankin Campus
Administration Building, Office 109
Donald.Lindsey@hindscc.edu
P: 601-936-5547

Raymond
Erin Vaughn Jones, Ph .D .
Director, Student Housing/Residence Life Deputy Title IX Coordinator
Raymond Campus Denton Hall, Office 221
Erin.Vaughnjones@hindscc.edu
P: 601-857-3701

Jack Hite, Jr.
Counselor,
Deputy Title IX Coordinator Raymond Campus
Denton Hall, Office 226
Jlhite@hindscc.edu
P: 601-857-3468

Utica
Courtney Thomas
Director of Campus Union & Events Deputy Title IX Coordinator
Utica Campus
J.L. Stokes Student Union Center, Office 102
Courtney.Thomas2@hindscc.edu
P: 601-885-7048

Jean Greene
Director of Library Services, Deputy Title IX Coordinator Utica Campus
William H. Holtzclaw Library
Lbgreene@hindscc.edu
P: 601-885-7034

Vicksburg-Warren
Dr . Elmira Ratliff
Dean of Post-Secondary, Deputy Title IX Coordinator Vicksburg-Warren Campus
Banks Building, Dean’s Office D-3
Elmira.Ratliff@hindscc.edu
P: 601-629-6840

The Title IX Coordinator will receive and review all complaints, oversee the investigation of the complaint, collaborate with the Deputy Title IX Coordinator, and appoint and train employees of the College to serve on the Sexual Misconduct Investigation Team (SMIT).

Contact

Randall Harris
Vice President for Advancement and Student Services & Title IX Coordinator
P.O. Box 1100, Raymond, MS 39154
Randall.Harris@hindscc.edu
P: 601-857-3889

Sharon R. Alexander
Lead Deputy Title IX Coordinator
District Coordinator of Student Conduct/Development
Harris-Patrick #101-Raymond Campus
Sralexander@hindscc.edu
P: 601-857-3371

Raina Deer Jones
Counselor,
Disability Support Services Coordinator,
Deputy Title IX Coordinator
Vicksburg-Warren Campus
Banks Building, Office 4
raina.deer@hindscc.edu
P: 601.629.6807