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Sexual Violence
Sexual Violence: What Students Should Know
Collin College strives to maintain a healthy and safe environment where all members of its campus community are treated with dignity and respect. Collin College prohibits all forms of dating violence, sex discrimination, domestic violence, sexual harassment, retaliation, sexual violence, and stalking.

What To Do If You Are Sexually Assaulted

Seek Medical Attention Immediately. If you request it or if you have already reported the incident to a law enforcement official, a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) or doctor will conduct both a forensic and medical exam and collect evidence. For evidence collection to take place, it is best for an exam to occur within five (5) days (i.e., 120 hours) of the incident. It is advised that you do not shower, bathe, eat, drink, wash your hands, change clothes, brush your teeth, or do anything that may interfere with the collection of evidence. If you do change your clothes, be sure to take the clothes you had on when the incident occurred with you to the hospital. It is also important to share as much information as you can remember with medical personnel. Learn more about the sexual assault exam process here.

Consider Reporting the Incident to the Appropriate Law Enforcement Official. For immediate notification to local law enforcement, call 911. To report the incident to the Collin College Police Department, call 972.578.5555 or ext. 5555 from any campus phone. If you need assistance with reporting to law enforcement, you can ask the medical professionals at the hospital if you received medical attention. Additionally, if you request assistance, a Collin College official will help you with the process of reporting to law enforcement. See the "Reporting" section below for additional information. Note: victims have the right not to report a crime if they so choose.

Consider Counseling and/or Other Support Services. This is a difficult and stressful time, and you may need assistance now or in the future. Counseling services are offered free of charge to all current Collin College students. The Counseling Services Office can be reached at 972.881.5126 or personalcounseling@collin.edu.

Keep a Journal. Write down everything you can remember about what occurred including: the events that led up to the incident, the date the incident occurred, the time the incident occurred, names of any potential witnesses or persons who may have additional information, etc. If applicable, keep any voicemails, harassing letters, texts, online postings, emails, etc. as evidence.

Preservation of Evidence

Collin College recognizes that making the decision to report sexual violence may take time. Nevertheless, pending the decision to report, all individuals are strongly encouraged to take immediate steps to preserve evidence that might support a future report of sexual violence; a protective order; or an investigation by the police, Collin College, or both. Such evidence may include, but is not limited to, the following:

  1. a forensic sexual assault examination completed within five (5) days (i.e., 120 hours) of the incident;
  2. any clothing, sheets, or other materials containing bodily fluids. These items should be stored in cardboard boxes or paper bags;
  3. electronic exchanges to the extent that they can be captured or preserved (e.g., emails; text messages; and social media posts in Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, etc.);
  4. photographs, including photographs stored on smartphones, tablets, and other electronic devices;
  5. voicemail messages; and
  6. any other physical, documentary, or electronic data that might be helpful or relevant in an investigation.
Reporting

Sexual violence is never the victim's fault, no matter the circumstance or type of relationship between those involved. Do not be afraid or ashamed to speak up and tell someone what happened to you. Your complaint and any report you file will be taken seriously and investigated by Collin College.

Any student who believes he or she has experienced prohibited conduct or believes another student has experienced prohibited conduct should immediately report the alleged act(s) to one of the following Collin College officials:

1. Title IX Coordinator for Students
    Terrence Brennan
    Dean of Students
    Office: CHEC 457
    Phone: 972.881.5604
    Email: tbrennan@collin.edu

2. Title IX Coordinator for Employees
    Floyd Nickerson
    Vice President of Employee Engagement
    Office: CHEC 349
    Phone: 972.599.3159
    Email: fnickerson@collin.edu

3. Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Employees
    Tonya Jacobson
    Office: CHEC 345
    Phone: 972.758.3856
    Email: tjacobson@collin.edu

In addition, students can report prohibited conduct to an instructor, counselor, administrator, campus security authority (CSA), or other college district employee or file the appropriate online complaint form.

Collin College will assist students involved in an investigation of prohibited conduct with changing their academic situation (i.e., class schedule) if requested and/or deemed appropriate. Collin College will work with both victims and respondents regardless of whether an alleged offense is reported to campus authorities or law enforcement.

If you have a protective order against a person, notify the Collin College Police Department as soon as possible.

Confidentiality and Anonymous Reports

Collin College recognizes incidents of sexual violence can be difficult to discuss, and victims may want complete confidentiality in addition to support. To the greatest extent possible, Collin College will respect the privacy of the complainant, person(s) against whom a report is filed, and witnesses. However, limited disclosures may be necessary in order to conduct a thorough investigation and comply with applicable law.

If you are the victim of a crime and do not want to pursue action with Collin College or the criminal justice system, you may still want to consider making a confidential report. With your permission, a Collin College police officer can file a report on the details of the incident without revealing your identity. The purpose of a confidential report is to comply with your wish to keep the matter confidential, while taking steps to ensure the safety of yourself and others. With such information, the college can keep an accurate record of the number of criminal incidents; determine whether there is a pattern of crime with regard to a particular location, method, or assailant; and alert the campus community to potential danger. Reports filed in this manner are counted and disclosed in Collin College's annual crime statistics.

Students can submit an anonymous report of sexual violence. However, doing so may limit Collin College's ability to conduct a thorough investigation, respond appropriately, and stop the behavior from reccurring. Additionally, victims have the right not to report a crime if they so choose.

Terminology

Collin College's definitions of prohibited conduct can be found here.
 
In some instances sexual violence occurs because people do not have a good understanding of "consent." Therefore, it is important to know what constitutes consent to sexual activity. Collin College's and the State of Texas' definitions of consent can be found here.

Ways to Reduce Your Risk of Becoming a Victim of Sexual Violence

The following are suggestions for how to reduce your risk of becoming a victim of sexual violence.

  1. Have a plan. Tell someone you trust where you are going and when you expect to return. If you go together, leave together. Do not leave a friend behind.
  2. Take care of your friends, and ask them to take care of you. Respect them when they do.
  3. In social situations, do not accept food or open beverages, as it can be easy for someone to slip a drug into them without your knowledge. Warn your friends if you see someone tampering with their drink.
  4. Take responsibility for your alcohol intake and/or drug use. Using these substances lowers inhibitions and may make you a target.
  5. Know that you have the right to set limits concerning your sexual activity. Make your limits known as early as possible and communicate them clearly and consistently.
  6. If you change your mind during sexual activity, speak up and communicate your decision to no longer proceed clearly and firmly. Say something like, "No" or "I want you to stop."
  7. If a situation feels uncomfortable or you are uncertain about something, trust your instincts, remove yourself from the situation, and ask for help.
  8. If you feel you have been victimized, find a safe place away from the aggressor and call the police or a community agency, such as a rape crisis center, domestic violence hotline, or hospital.
  9. Do not assume, "It can't happen to me."
  10. If you see something of concern, say something.

Collin College's Investigation

Every Collin College official who investigates any complaint of prohibited conduct is trained on an annual basis, and will conduct a prompt, fair, and impartial process from the initial investigation to the final result.
 
Collin College provides support (e.g., answering questions; providing appropriate assistance, resources, and referrals; etc.) to both complainants and respondents throughout the process. Additionally, Collin College assists complainants and respondents with understanding their rights and responsibilities related to the investigation, evidence-gathering, findings and recommendations, any appeal, and resolution. Complainants and respondents will have the same opportunity to have an observer(s) present during meetings related to the investigation. If appropriate, Collin College will assist complainants and/or respondents with changing class schedules or breaking a lease (if residing in Century Court Student Housing).
 
Once a report is received, the Collin College official assigned to investigate the allegation(s) will follow the process outlined here. The Collin College official investigating the complaint will use the "preponderance of the evidence" standard (i.e., more likely than not to have occurred) when determining whether or not there was a violation.
 
If appropriate and regardless of whether a criminal or regulatory investigation regarding the alleged conduct is pending, Collin College will promptly take interim action calculated to address prohibited conduct prior to the completion of the investigation. Interim action may include, but is not limited to, issuance of:
  • an immediate temporary suspension,
  • a no contact directive, and/or
  • a criminal trespass warning notice.

If the investigation reveals improper conduct that did not rise to the level of prohibited conduct, Collin College may take disciplinary action in accordance with Collin College policy and procedures or other corrective action reasonably calculated to address the conduct.

If the results of an investigation indicate that prohibited conduct occurred, Collin College will promptly respond by taking appropriate disciplinary or corrective action reasonably calculated to address the conduct in accordance with Collin College policy and procedures.

Corrective action and disciplinary action may include, but are not limited to, disciplinary penalties outlined in the Student Code of Conduct.

Collin College will notify both the complainant and respondent in writing of the outcome of an investigation and any disciplinary proceedings within the extent permitted by law.

Amnesty

In accordance with Texas Senate Bill 969, Collin College will not take any disciplinary action against a student who reports, in good faith, that he or she was the victim of or a witness to an incident of sexual assault. This amnesty policy applies regardless of the location at which the incident occurred or the outcome of Collin College's disciplinary process regarding the incident, if any. This amnesty policy does not apply to a student who reports his or her own commission of sexual assault or assistance in the commission of sexual assault.

Primary Prevention and Awareness Programs

During mandatory new student orientation sessions in April, May, June, July, August, December, and January, the Dean of Students Office (DOS) presents information to incoming students and their parents. Topics covered include, but are not limited to, dating violence, domestic violence, sexual violence, stalking, consent to sexual activity, the investigation and student disciplinary processes, personal safety, and bystander intervention.

In order to comply with the federal government’s mandated training requirement under the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (VAWA), Collin College instituted a mandatory online “Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence” training for all new Collin College students during the spring 2015 semester. This mandatory online training provides incoming students with information on bystander awareness, dating violence, domestic violence, sexual violence, stalking, Collin College’s policies and procedures, and appropriate campus and community resources. All new Collin College students are required to access this training through the college’s online portal, CougarWeb. A registration hold is placed on all new students’ records until this mandatory online training is completed. Once students complete this mandatory online training, their holds are removed and they are allowed to register for classes. Completion of the mandatory online training is tracked by the Admissions and Records Office (ARO).

Ongoing Prevention and Awareness Programs

Ongoing training (e.g., seminars, presentations, videos, etc.) on dating violence, domestic violence, sexual violence, stalking, and other relevant topics are also offered to all new and returning students at each of the three (3) main campuses throughout the academic year.

1. Bystander Awareness

Collin College’s I Got Your Back (IGYB) Bystander Awareness Project is an educational campaign to inform the entire Collin College community about and improve bystander intervention. IGYB’s purpose is to raise awareness, educate everyone on their role as a bystander, and make Collin College a safer community for students, staff, and faculty. Through its various initiatives, the IGYB Project aims to teach everyone to be an active, effective bystander.

The IGYB Committee has created a series of videos on bystander awareness and intervention in collaboration with the Counseling Services Office, DOS, and Strategies of Behavioral Intervention (SOBI) Committee. The first (1st) and second (2nd) videos in this series, titled “Have a Heart” and “Empowered Bystanders,” respectively, are linked in the right-hand column of this page under "Videos." These videos can also be accessed directly at www.youtube.com/watch?v=QnPFwayMS8Y&feature=youtu.be and www.youtube.com/watch?v=iIkUvlOsjOo&feature=youtu.be.

The IGYB Committee has also created a webpage titled “Bystander Awareness and Intervention” to house information and various resources related to this issue. This webpage contains accurate, up-to-date information on how to become an empowered bystander as well as links to the college’s bystander intervention video series and various campus and community resources. It is located on the college’s website at www.collin.edu/studentresources/deanofstudents/BystanderIntervention.aspx.

2. Dignity Initiative

Collin College’s Committee Against Gender Violence and Oppression has launched the Dignity Initiative, which is a multi-year effort to educate the campus community about the following five (5) specific elements of gender violence:

  1. aggressor roles and responsibilities,
  2. objectification of women,
  3. sex trafficking,
  4. gender violence, and
  5. the global impact of oppression.

The Dignity Initiative seeks to empower the campus community with specific action steps to end gender-based oppression. Additionally, the Dignity Initiative envisions a future in which women are treated with respect and honored as valuable members of cultures around the world. Additional information on the Dignity Initiative and their current schedule of events can be found on Collin College’s website at https://www.collin.edu/community/dignity/.

3. Healthy Relationships Canvas Module Educational Project Experience (EPE)

This online module may be issued by the Dean of Students Office (DOS) as part of the disciplinary penalty for students found responsible for an allegation of dating violence, domestic violence, sexual violence, or stalking. Topics covered include: the characteristics of healthy relationships; tips for anger management in relationships; and effective communication in relationships. The student must watch the video and then earn a minimum grade of 70% on the quiz over the material covered before the disciplinary hold is removed from the student’s records.

4. Paired Relationships Seminar and Essay Educational Project Experience (EPE)

This two (2) hour seminar may be issued by the Dean of Students Office (DOS) as part of the disciplinary penalty for students found responsible for an allegation of dating violence, domestic violence, sexual violence, or stalking. This seminar is facilitated by the Counseling Services Office, but is not a mandated counseling session. This seminar can be tailored to address the reasons an individual student was brought in for disciplinary action. Topics covered include: the characteristics of healthy relationships; tips for anger management in relationships; and effective communication in relationships. Finally, the presenter and student discuss the benefits of change and the motivations for change.

The student must write a 3-4 page reaction essay capturing the personal insight he or she gleaned after attending the Paired Relationships Seminar. This reaction essay must address the following points:

  1. Summarize the main points covered in your EPE Seminar.
  2. What new information did you learn from your EPE Seminar?
  3. Summarize the incident that led to your involvement with the EPE Seminar. If you are confronted with a similar incident in the future, how will you respond differently?  

The student is given a deadline by which the Paired Relationships Seminar must be completed and the reaction essay returned to the DOS Office. Essays are evaluated by the case adjudicator and run through Turnitin.com before the disciplinary hold is removed from the student’s records.

5. “Title IX on the 9s” Initiative

Collin College’s Dean of Students Office (DOS) in collaboration with Student Life and the Counseling Services Office launched the “Title IX on the 9s” Initiative during the 2016-2017 academic year. This initiative is intended to inform students about Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX) and how its provisions affect them.  Additionally, this initiative will provide students with facts about Title IX, tips on how to stay safe and prevent sexual violence, and information about bystander intervention. The dates, times, and locations for each month’s “Title IX on the 9s” event are as follows:

  1. Tuesday, September 19, 2017, 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., Preston Ridge Campus (PRC)
  2. Thursday, October 19, 2017, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Central Park Campus (CPC) Student Center
  3. Monday, November 13, 2017, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Spring Creek Campus (SCC) Atrium
  4. Monday, February 19, 2017, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Spring Creek Campus (SCC) Atrium
  5. Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, March 6-8 2018, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Safe Break, All Campuses
  6. Monday, April 23, 2018, 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., 2nd Annual Screening of The Hunting Ground, All Campuses

For more information on these events, contact DOS at 972.881.5604 or dos@collin.edu or Student Life at 972.881.5788 or studentlife@collin.edu.

Federal Regulations

The federal government has enacted various statutes to ensure students' rights are upheld and colleges are in compliance with federal laws. These statutes include:

  1. Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act (SaVE Act)
  2. Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act)
  3. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX)
  4. Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (VAWA)

Collin College Policies

Collin College has enacted various policies to ensure students' rights are upheld and the college is in compliance with the federal laws listed above. These policies include:

  1. Board Policy FFDA (LEGAL)
  2. Board Policy FFDA (LOCAL)
 

Publications:

FFDA (LOCAL) Student Complaint Process Flowchart

Know Your Rights: Title IX Prohibits Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence Where You Go to School

The Student Handbook and Student Code of Conduct

Written Notification of Victim's Rights and Options

 

Videos:

Collin College's Bystander Intervention Video Series

Tea and Consent

 

On-campus Resources:

I Got Your Back (IGYB) Bystander Awareness and Intervention

Collin College's Dignity Initiative

Collin College Police Department

Counseling Services

Strategies of Behavioral Intervention (SOBI)

 

Off-campus and National Resources:

Center for Changing Our Campus Culture

Collin County Council on Family Violence (CCCFV)

Compassion, Harmony, Education, Trust, Nurturing, Awareness (CHETNA)

Department of Defense (DoD) Safe Helpline

GLBT National Help Center

Hope's Door - Shelter, Family Services, and Transitional Housing

Love Is Respect

National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV)

National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC)

National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC)

National Stalking Awareness

Not Alone: Together Against Sexual Assault

Office on Violence Against Women (OVW)

Pandora's Project - Support and Resources for LGBTQ Survivors

Partners in Prevention

Planned Parenthood - STD Testing and Birth Control

RAINN - Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network

Real Options for Women - Pregnancy and STD Testing, Counseling

Start by Believing Campaign

Stalking Resource Center

Texas Advocacy Project

Texas Association Against Sexual Assault (TAASA)

Texas Attorney General's Office Crime Victim Services

Texas Muslim Women's Foundation (TMWF)

Texas Sexual Abuse Hotline

The National Domestic Violence Hotline

The Turning Point - Rape Crisis Center

 

Legal Resources:

Domestic Abuse Hotline

    Phone: 800.777.3247

Family Violence Legal Line

    Phone: 800.374.4673

Texas Sexual Assault Legal Hotline

    Phone: 844.303.7233