All forms of sexual violence, should be reported, no matter the severity. Seminole State College’s primary concern is safety; therefore, individuals should not be deterred from reporting even if the use of alcohol or other drugs was involved.
The college encourages victims of sexual violence to talk to someone about what happened so that they can receive support and so the college can respond appropriately. The college offers both confidential services and non-confidential reporting options. It is important to know that different individuals may have different responsibilities regarding confidentiality, depending on their position. Under state law, some individuals can assure confidentiality for a victim, including counselors and victim advocates. In general, however, any other college employee cannot guarantee complete confidentiality, unless specifically provided by law. The college must balance the needs of the individual victim with an obligation to protect the safety and well-being of the community.
Different employees on campus have different abilities to maintain a victim’s request for confidentiality.
- Some employees may talk to a victim in confidence and generally report only that an incident occurred without revealing any personally identifying information.Disclosure to these employees will not trigger a college investigation into an incident against the victim’s wishes. This report is done through a Clery Report and does not include the victim’s name or other identifying information.
- Some employees are required to report all the details of an incident (including the identities of both the victim and alleged perpetrator) to the Title IX coordinator or deputy coordinator.
Confidential service options provide students with the ability to confidentially share and discuss an instance of sexual violence, without their information being shared with others. Please note that Seminole State College does not employee professional and licensed counselors, victim advocate, or health providers that allow for confidential reporting. Confidential services limits the college’s ability to respond to incidents.
Non-Confidential Reporting Options
Seminole State College and the Clery Act require all employees who become aware of an instance of sexual violence to report the instance to SSC Police. The victim’s name should not be reported to the police without the victim’s permission. The report should include the nature, date, time and general location of an incident. This is a limited report that includes no information that would directly or indirectly identify the victim. This allows for the college to track patterns and develop appropriate campus-wide responses.
If the college determines that the alleged individual(s) pose a serious and immediate threat to the campus, the college may issue a timely warning to the community. Any such warning will not include any information that identifies the victim.
When an instance of sexual violence is reported to a “responsible employee,” a student can expect the incident will be reported to the college’s Title IX Coordinator or Student Conduct. A “responsible employee” is an employee who has the authority to redress sexual violence, has the duty to report incidents of sexual harassment and other student misconduct, or who a student could reasonably believe has this authority or duty. Examples include, but are not limited to, faculty members, advisors, employees in student services offices and anyone in a supervisory role.
A responsible employee must report to the Title IX Coordinator or Student Conduct all relevant details about the alleged sexual violence shared by the victim including names, date, time, and specific location of the alleged incident.
To the extent possible, information reported to a responsible employee will be shared only with people responsible for handling the college’s response to the report. A responsible employee should not share information about the victim to law enforcement unless a victim requests the employee to do so.
When a victim tells a responsible employee about an incident of sexual violence, the victim has the right to expect the college will investigate the alleged sexual violence, end any sexual violence, prevent the sexual violence from recurring, and educate on sexual violence.
Before a victim reveals any information to a responsible employee, the employee should ensure that the victim understands the employee’s reporting obligations and if the victim wants to maintain confidentiality, then the victim should be directed to a confidential resource.
Requests for No Action
When Student Conduct is made aware of an alleged sexual violence situation, a victim will be sent resources via their college email address.
- If there is no response from the victim, Student Conduct will contact the alleged individual(s), if known, to discuss the concern and educate on sexual violence prevention. The information collected will be documented.
- If the victim requests that no action be taken, Student Conduct and the college must weigh that request against the obligation to provide a safe environment for all students, including the victim. No action request could include the following:
- A request to not contact the alleged individual(s),
- A request for no investigation from the college, or
- A request for no conduct action to be taken.
If the college honors the request for confidentiality, a victim must understand that the college’s ability to meaningfully investigate and respond to the incident may be limited.
Although rare, there are times when the college may not be able to honor a victim’s request in order to provide a safe environment for all students. When weighing a victim’s request for no action the following will be considered:
- The increased risk that the alleged respondent will commit additional acts of sexual or other violence, such as:
- whether there have been other sexual violence complaints about the same alleged respondent;
- whether the alleged respondent has a history of arrests or records from a prior school indicating a history of violence;
- whether the alleged respondent threatened further sexual violence or other violence against the victim or others;
- whether the sexual violence was committed by multiple respondents;
- whether the sexual violence was perpetrated with a weapon;
- whether the victim is a minor;
- whether the respondent participates in college-approved student activities (e.g., athletics, student organization etc.);
- whether the college possesses other means to obtain relevant information of the sexual violence (e.g., security cameras, personnel, physical evidence); and,
- whether the victim’s report reveals a pattern of perpetration (e.g., via illicit use of drugs or alcohol) at a given location or by a particular group.
The presence of one or more of these factors could lead the college to investigate and, if appropriate, pursue conduct action. If none of these factors is present, the college will likely respect the victim’s request for no action.
If determined that the college cannot maintain a victim’s confidentiality, the college will inform the victim prior to starting an investigation. The college will remain ever mindful of the victim’s well-being and will take ongoing steps to protect the victim from retaliation or harm and work with the victim to create a safety plan. The college may not require a victim to participate in any investigation or conduct process. Retaliation against the victim, whether by students or college employees, will not be tolerated.
Reporting to the Police
The college strongly encourages individuals to report sexual violence and any other criminal offenses to the police. This does not commit a victim to prosecute but will allow the gathering of information and evidence. The information and evidence preserve future options regarding criminal prosecution, college conduct actions and/or civil actions against the perpetrator.
On campus incidents can be reported to the SSC Police Department Walkingstick Student Services Building or at 405-382-9500 or 405-380-8989. If the incident occurred elsewhere in Seminole, it can be reported to the Seminole Police Department at 900 N Harvey Rd, Ste C, Seminole, OK 74868 or at 405-382-3434
If the incident happened anywhere else, it can be reported to the local law enforcement with jurisdiction in the location where it occurred. Please know that the information reported can be helpful in supporting other reports and preventing further incidents.
Reporting to Student Conduct
Anyone can report instances of sexual violence to Student Conduct Student office at Walkingstick Student Services #120, call 405-382-9272, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
A complaint should be filed as soon as possible, preferably within 180 calendar days of the incident. A complaint can be emailed to email@example.com in person in the office of Student Conduct.
If either the victim or the respondent is a student, the incident will be addressed through the student conduct process once a complaint is filed.
The college strongly encourages individuals to report any instance of sexual violence to the police.