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Sexual Assault Policy

IMPERIAL COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT

AP 3540 Sexual and Other Assaults on Campus

Any sexual assault or physical abuse, including, but not limited to, rape, as defined by

California law, whether committed by an employee, student, or member of the public,

occurring on District property, or on an off-campus site or facility maintained by the

District, or on grounds or facilities maintained by a student organization, is a violation of

District policies and regulations, and is subject to all applicable punishment, including

criminal procedures and employee or student discipline procedures. A student found

guilty of violating the College sexual misconduct policy could be criminally prosecuted in

the state courts and may be suspended or expelled from the College for the first

offense. (See also AP5500, Standards of Student Conduct.)

Any sexual act directed against another person, forcibly and/or against that person's

will; or not forcibly or against the person's will where the victim is incapable of giving

consent.

  1. Forcible Rape

The carnal knowledge of a person, forcibly and/or against the person's will; or not

forcibly or against the person's will where the victim is incapable of giving

consent because of his/her temporary or permanent mental or physical

incapacity (or because of his/her youth).

  1. Forcible Sodomy

Oral or anal sexual intercourse with another person, forcibly and/or against that

person's will; or not forcibly against the person's will where the victim is incapable

of giving consent because of his/her youth or because of his/her temporary or

permanent mental or physical incapacity.

  1. Sexual Assault with an Object

The use of an object or instrument to unlawfully penetrate, however slightly, the

genital or anal opening of the body of another person, forcibly and/or against that

person's will; or not forcibly or against the person's will where the victim is

incapable of giving consent because of his/her youth or because of his/her

temporary or permanent mental or physical incapacity.

  1. Forcible Fondling

The touching of the private body parts of another person for the purpose of

sexual gratification, forcibly and/or against that person's will; or, not forcibly or

against the person's will where the victim is incapable of giving consent because

of his/her youth or because of his/her temporary or permanent mental

incapacity.

Sex Offenses-Non-forcible / Unlawful, non-forcible sexual intercourse.

  1. Incest

Non-forcible sexual intercourse between persons who are related to each other

within the degrees wherein marriage is prohibited by law.

  1. Statutory Rape

Non-forcible sexual intercourse with a person who is under the statutory age of

consent.

Sex Offenses Definitions from the National Incident-Based Reporting System Edition of

the Uniform Crime Reporting Program.

All students, faculty members staff members, or visitors who allege they are the victims

of a sexual assault on District property shall be provided with information regarding

options and assistance available to them. Information shall be available from the

Campus Safety and Parking Control Office, which shall maintain the identity and other

information about alleged sexual assault victims as confidential unless and until the

Campus Safety and Parking Control Office is authorized to release such information.

The Human Resource Office shall be notified of all serious criminal events that have

been reported to the Campus Safety and Parking Control.

The Director of Campus Safety and Parking Control shall provide all alleged victims of

sexual assault with the following, upon request:

  • A copy of the District's policy and procedure regarding sexual assault;
  • A description of available services, and the persons on campus available to
  • provide those services if requested.
  • Referral to the Imperial County Sheriff's Office, with the consent of the victim, for
  • collection of evidence and/or the criminal prosecution of responsible persons.
  • transportation to a hospital, if necessary; counseling or referral to a counseling;
  • A description of each of the following procedures:
    • criminal prosecution;
    • District disciplinary procedures, both student and employee;
    • modification of class schedules;

All alleged victims of sexual assault shall be kept informed, through the Campus Safety

and Parking Control Office of any ongoing investigation. Information shall include the

status of any student or employee disciplinary proceedings or appeal; alleged victims of

sexual assault are required to maintain any such information in confidence, unless the

alleged assailant has waived rights to confidentiality.

The District shall maintain the identity of any alleged victim or witness of sexual assault,

as defined above, in confidence unless the alleged victim or witness specifically waives

that right to confidentiality. All inquiries from reporters or other media representatives

about alleged sexual assaults shall be referred to President's Office, which shall work

with District Legal Advisor to assure that all confidentiality rights are maintained.

Education and Prevention Information

The Campus Safety and Parking Control Office and the Student Affairs Office shall:

 Provide, as part of each campus' established on-campus orientation program,

education and prevention information about sexual assault. The information shall

be developed in collaboration with campus-based and community-based victim

advocacy organizations.

  • Post sexual violence prevention and education information on the campus
  • internet website.
  • The Campus Safety and Parking Control Office educates the student community
  • about rape, acquaintance rape, and other forcible and non-forcible sex offenses
  • through mandatory freshman orientation each fall. The Campus Safety and
  • Parking Control Office offers sexual assault education and information programs
  • to students and employees upon request. Literature on date rape education, risk
  • reduction, and the College's response is available through the Campus Safety
  • and Parking Control Office.

If you are a victim of a sexual assault, your first priority should be to get to a place of

safety. You should then obtain necessary medical treatment. The Campus Safety and

Parking Control Office strongly advocates that a victim of sexual assault report the

incident in a timely manner. Time is a critical factor for evidence collection and

preservation. An assault should be reported directly to a Campus Safety Officer or to

the Imperial County Sheriff's Office (ICSO). Filing a report with the Campus Safety and

Parking Control Office or the ICSO will not obligate the victim to prosecute, nor will it

subject the victim to scrutiny or judgmental opinions from officers. Filing a police report

will:

  • ensure that you receive the necessary medical treatment and tests, at no
  • expense to you
  • the opportunity for collection of evidence helpful in prosecution, which cannot be
  • obtained later (ideally the victim of sexual assault should not wash, douche, use
  • the toilet, or change clothing prior to a medical/legal exam)
  • ensure you have access to free confidential counseling from counselors
  • specifically trained in the area of sexual assault crisis intervention

When a sexual assault victim contacts the Campus Safety and Parking Control Office,

the ICSO will be notified as well. A representative from the Student Affairs Office will

also be notified although no identifying information of the victim will be released. The

victim of a sexual assault may choose for the investigation to be pursued through the

criminal justice system and the Campus Safety and Parking Control Office, or only the

latter. A Campus Safety Officer will guide the victim through the available options and

support the victim in his or her decision. Various counseling options are available from

the College through the Student Health Center, Employee Assistance, and the

Psychological and Counseling Center. Counseling and support services outside the

College system can be obtained by referral from the ICSO.

College disciplinary proceedings, as well as special guidelines for cases involving

sexual misconduct, are detailed in the Student Handbook. The Handbook provides, in

part, that the accused and the victim will each be allowed to choose one person to

accompany them throughout the hearing. Both the victim and accused will be informed

of the outcome of the hearing. A student found guilty of violating the College sexual

misconduct policy could be criminally prosecuted in the state courts and may be

suspended or expelled from the College for the first offense.

Student victims have the option to change their academic situations after an alleged

sexual assault, if such changes are reasonably available.

For additional information and resources on sexual assault, domestic violence, dating

violence, and stalking in the educational/campus environment, the Department of

Justice has established a clearinghouse of resources geared towards colleges and

universities, which can be accessed at the California Attorney General's website.

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