Sexual Assault Response / Prevention Programs
Sexual assault as defined in this policy is criminal sexual conduct, and a violation of Tennessee law. This includes acquaintance or date rape, the most prevalent from of sexual assault on college campuses. Sexual assault, including date rape, is also a violation of the College’s Code of Conduct.
A College student charged with sexual assault may be prosecuted pursuant to the Tennessee Penal Code, and may also be subject to College disciplinary action up to and including expulsion. In addition to criminal prosecution, College employees charged with sexual assault may be subject to College disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment.
Sexual assault is sexual contact without consent. Regardless of the relationship that exists between the parties, if consent is not given, or force or coercion is used against a party, any sexual contact is within the definitions of criminal sexual contact and sexual assault.
More specifically, a forcible sexual offense is “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.” This includes forcible rape, forcible sodomy, sexual assault with an object, or forcible fondling. (Reference: Uniform Crime Reporting Program, published in the 1994 Federal Register.).
IF YOU ARE THE VICTIM OF SEXUAL ASSAULT...
COLLEGE’S RESPONSE TO REPORTED SEXUAL ASSAULT
The procedures for making a report of a sexual assault and obtaining support and other assistance are outlined in the College’s student, staff, and faculty handbooks. The Office of Student Affairs should be contacted by students, and the Office of Personnel by employees, faculty, and visitors.
Lane College encourages individuals who may be victims of crime to report the crime to the proper authorities. However, the choice is completely left to the individual.
Campus Disciplinary Policies
In all cases of the violation of Lane College’s rules, regulations, and policies, or in violation of local, state, federal, or international laws that affect the College, the College reserves the right to proceed with its own disciplinary action independently of governmental charges or prosecution.
The College has no obligation to await the outcome of governmental prosecution before taking its own disciplinary action. Disciplinary procedures and processes are outlined in Lane College’s Student Handbook, Staff Handbook, and Faculty Handbook.
Possible sanctions for violations of campus policies include, but are not limited to:
Both the accuser and the accused shall be informed of the outcome of any institutional disciplinary proceeding brought alleging a sex offense.
Additionally, in cases of alleged sexual assault, Lane College’s policies provide that:
1) The accuser and the accused are entitled to the same opportunities to have others present during a campus disciplinary proceeding; (These rights are outlined in the handbooks),
2) Both the accuser and the accused shall be informed of the final outcome of a campus disciplinary proceeding brought alleging a sexual assault.