Sexual misconduct and harassment (see definitions below) can occur on our campus;
both are forms of discrimination. We want to encourage members of the Randolph-Macon
community who believe they have been victims of sexual misconduct or harassment
to report these incidents to campus authorities, as well as to the local authorities
for possible prosecution.
IMPORTANT: All reported incidents of sexual misconduct will be investigated
by the Title IX Coordinator (Provost Bill Franz), or his designee. Once an accuser
reports an assault with information about the incident and identifying information
about the accused, the College is required by law to initiate an investigation.
All R-MC employees are required by Title IX to report all known sexual misconduct
information to the Coordinator. There is also mandatory reporting of incidents involving
While the Coordinator will strive to handle all reports in a confidential manner,
the investigators may be required to contact witnesses, including the accused assailant.
When there is an ongoing threat to the community a warning with no identifying information
about the victim may be sent to the community at large.
The professional staffs of Counseling Services, Student Health Services, and the
Office of College Chaplain are exempt from mandatory reporting. Accordingly,
any victim of sexual misconduct may confidentially consult with the counselors
of Counseling Services, the health care providers at Student Health Services, or
the College Chaplain, including consultation about the following (without a mandatory
report to the Coordinator): the College's investigative process, the College's internal
judicial procedures, referrals to the local police, local support resources, and
medical services. Someone accused of sexual misconduct is entitled to the same rights
and protections from Counseling Services, Health Services, and the Chaplain's Office
- and to the same resources.
Sexual Misconduct (reporting to the Title IX Coordinator is mandatory)
is a form of discrimination and refers to physical sexual acts perpetrated against
a person’s will or where a person is incapable of giving consent due to the victim’s
use of drugs or alcohol. An individual also may be unable to give consent due to
an intellectual or other disability. A number of different acts fall into the category
of sexual misconduct, including sexual assault (non-consensual sexual intercourse,
non-consensual sexual contact, and sexual exploitation. All such acts of sexual
misconduct are forms of sexual harassment covered under Title IX.
Sexual assault takes the following forms:
Sexual exploitation (reporting to the Title IX Coordinator is mandatory)
is defined as activity of a sexual nature which results in the nonconsensual exploitation
of one person by another for the purposes of gain or other advantage. The sexual
behavior which results in such exploitation may have been consensual or nonconsensual
in its original nature. Sexual misconduct includes prostitution, videotaping or
recording (by any electronic means) of sexual activity without permission, voyeurism,
or engaging in sexual activity while concealing that one is infected with HIV or
Once again, any form of sexual misconduct is a form of discrimination and as well
as a form of sexual harassment; incidents involving any form sexual misconduct may
be reported under the College Policy on Non-Discrimination. Sexual assault and non-consensual
sexual intercourse are crimes; a victim may also choose to take criminal action
against an alleged perpetrator.
We encourage anyone who has been sexually assaulted or sexually exploited, or was
witness to a sexual assault or sexual exploitation, to file a
Sexual Misconduct Report Form. These report forms can be completed
and submitted online; they can also be completed in an anonymous manner, if that
is the victim’s preference.
Victims of sexual assault are encouraged to seek immediate medical attention and
to protect evidence, as well as plan for their personal safety.
The members of the R-MC Counseling Services staff, Dr. Craig Anderson, Dr.
Beth Schubert, and Dr. Dusti Sisk-Fandrich are available to confidentially
assist students in need and to direct students to the appropriate local resources
as trained "responders". The identity of both the accuser and the accused,
and information about any alleged assaults, will be kept confidential (unless the
victim requests a counselor to file a report or to consult with other College officials).
This protection also applies to information shared with Student Health Services
and the College Chaplain, Darrel Headrick.
Please contact Dr. Anderson, Dr. Schubert, or Dr. Sisk-Fandrich at 752-7270. If
there is an afterhours emergency, please call Campus Safety at Ext. 4710 and ask
to speak with Dr. Anderson, Dr. Schubert, or Dr. Sisk-Fandrich. Darrell Headrick,
the College Chaplain, can be contacted at 752-7374; he can also be reached after
hours through Campus Safety. Students can also use the 24-hour hotline services
of Hanover Safe Place by calling 752-2702.
The Coordinator, Provost Bill Franz, can be contacted at 752-7268; afterhours,
the Coordinator can be contacted through Campus Safety at Ext. 4710.
The Macon-Peer Responders (MPR) are another resource for victims, although
they are not exempt from mandatory reporting. MPR's are fellow R-MC students
who have been trained to do sexual misconduct prevention programs and to be allies
to victims. For contact information, please call Wade Felty (752-3234) or Dr. Denise
Bissler (752-7380) MPR Advisors.
Discrimination is an act or communication that interferes with an individual’s
or a group’s ability to participate fully in the Randolph-Macon College community
on the basis of race, gender, disability, age, national origin, religion, sexual
orientation or gender expression.
Harassment (reporting to the Title IX Coordinator may be mandatory)
is conduct and/or verbal action which, because of its severity and/or persistence,
interferes significantly with an individual's or a group's work or education, or
adversely affects living conditions.
Many forms of harassment constitute impermissible and illegal discrimination. Harassment
of this sort includes but is not limited to incitement to or threat of violence;
epithets referring to race, gender, disability, age, national origin, religion,
sexual orientation or gender expression; and/or physical conduct that is unwelcome,
hostile or intimidating.
College policy also recognizes as harassment other forms of conduct and/or verbal
communication that are derogatory, hostile, intimidating, threatening, "bullying",
humiliating or violent, although not necessarily illegal and that do not necessarily
refer to a legally protected status or environment.
Sexual Harassment (reporting to the Title IX Coordinator may be mandatory)
is a form of discrimination which includes unwelcome sexual advances, requests for
sexual favors and/or other verbal or physical acts of a sexual nature which, because
of their severity and/or persistence, interfere significantly with an individual's
or a group's work or education, or adversely affect an individual's or a group's
Sexual harassment may include but is not limited to quid pro quo (something
for something, such as a demand or offer of sexual activity to retain or obtain
academic or employment benefits), and/or an abusive or hostile environment which
interferes with the ability to function as a full participant in the Randolph-Macon
Any form of harassment is a violation of the Student Code of Conduct and may be
reported under the Code. Any form of harassment is also a violation of the College
Non-Discrimination Policy; in turn, incidents of harassment may also be reported
under the Non-Discrimination Policy. Further, since harassment in any form is also
prohibited by Federal Law, a victim may file a complaint with the Assistant Secretary
for Civil Rights, the U.S. Department of Education in Washington, D.C., the R-MC
Ombuds. An Ombuds, or a member of the R-MC Committee on Non-discrimination, can
help a victim with information about this procedure (Office
of the Ombuds).
We encourage anyone that has encountered any form of harassment to file a
Harassment Report Form. These report forms can be completed and submitted
online; they can also be completed in an anonymous manner, if that is the victim’s
and Phone Numbers Please Note: Multiple resources are listed to afford
students the option of starting with the most appropriate resource based upon their