Responding to Sexual Misconduct and Harassment

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.

    - For all students who want to submit  Sexual Misconduct Report Form

    - For all students who want to submit Harassment Report Form  

    - Important Numbers and Resources (PDF)

    - Sexual Misconduct and Harassment FAQ (PDF)

IMPORTANT: All reported incidents of sexual misconduct will be investigated by the Title IX Coordinator (Jen Thompson, Executive Assistant to the President), or her 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 underage students.
 

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:

  • Non-consensual sexual intercourse: Non-consensual sexual intercourse involves any form of sexual intercourse with an individual, without his or her consent, or after consent is withdrawn. This includes non-consensual anal, oral, or vaginal penetration, whether by a finger, tongue, penis or an inanimate object. Non-consensual sexual intercourse also includes compelling an unwilling individual to perform any of the above named acts. Being under the influence of alcohol or drugs may impair consent. Because sexual assault is a crime, a complainant may also choose to consult with local authorities.
  • Non-consensual sexual contact: Non-consensual sexual contact involves the intentional touching, manipulation or fondling of an individual by a perpetrator. It also involves forcing an individual to touch the perpetrator directly, or through clothing.  Non-consensual sexual contact also includes forcing an individual to touch another person's groin, genitals, breasts, thighs or buttocks.  In addition, non-consensual sexual contact involves forcing an individual to touch the above named parts of his or her body for the sexual gratification of another, against the individual's consent, or after the complainant has withdrawn their consent. Non-consensual kissing, stroking, or fondling of a non-sexual body part (in an intimate way) are also included.

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 an STD.

Once again, any form of sexual misconduct is a form of discrimination 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 Ms. Heather Hammock 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, Kendra Grimes.

Please contact Dr. Anderson, Dr. Schubert and Ms. Heather Hammock 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 Ms. Hammock. Kendra Grimes, the College Chaplain, can be contacted at 752.7374; she 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, Jen Thompson, Executive Assistant to the President, can be contacted at 752.7315; afterhours, the Coordinator can be contacted through Campus Safety at Ext. 4710.  

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 living conditions.

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 College community.

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 preference.

Students, faculty and staff have access to important resources and phone numbers via Buzznet. Please Note: Multiple resources are listed to afford students the option of starting with the most appropriate resource based upon their particular needs.