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.

DEFINITION

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...

  • You and the matter you report will be treated with the greatest concern and seriousness, regardless of your gender, or the gender of the suspect.

  • Your name will not be released by the College to the public or the media.

  • You will be treated with dignity, courtesy, sensitivity and understanding, and you will not be prejudged or blamed for what occurred.
  • You will be provided with information regarding your options for reporting the sexual assault, and your right to make choices based on this information will be respected.
  • You will be urged to get medical attention immediately.  The primary purpose of a medical examination is to check for physical injury, the presence of sexually transmitted or pregnancy as a result of the assault.   The secondary purpose of a medical examination is to aid in the police investigation and legal proceedings.  Do not change your clothing, urinate or bathe until after a medical examination. Bathing may literally wash away valuable evidence.  It is all right to change clothing, but save what you are wearing for  the police.  Clothing may be used as evidence for prosecution; therefore, each item of clothing should be placed in a separate paper or plastic bag. 
  • You will be advised of, and if you desire, assisted in receiving services from College Departmental Offices (e.g., Student Affairs, Personnel) and from community service agencies which provide assistance to victims of sexual assault.
  • College staff will neither coerce you to report a sexual assault as a lesser offense, nor prevent or discourage you from reporting a sexual assault to another person or authority.
  • You will have the opportunity to pursue all legal and/or disciplinary remedies and obtain counseling services without academic penalty by the College (to be accommodated as deemed appropriate by the Vice President of Student Affairs and the Vice President for Academic Affairs on an ad hoc basis.
  • If you request, College staff will take any reasonable steps to prevent unnecessary or unwanted contact or proximity with the suspect.
  • If you file a complaint, the complaint will be investigated by designated staff members.  You will be notified of victim’s rights and remedies accorded in the Crime Victim’s Rights Act, and you will be kept up-to-date on the status of the investigation.
  • You may be made aware of, and assisted in exercising, any options provided under law regarding the sexual assault suspects for communicable diseases and notification to the victim of the results of the testing.

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:

  1. eviction
  2. reprimand
  3. suspension
  4. termination of employment
  5. expulsion
  6. probation
  7. restitution

Both the accuser and the accused shall be informed of the outcome of any institutional disciplinary proceeding brought alleging a sex offense.

Sexual Assault

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.