Sexual Offense Education, Awareness, and Prevention

(From Section 8 of Berea College’s Sexual Misconduct Policy)

Section 8: Prevention and Education

This policy shall be accessible to persons with disabilities. This policy, reporting forms, information and training shall be accessible to students who are English language learners. This policy shall be distributed on campus in such a way that all persons, regardless of their immigration status, including undocumented students and international students, are aware of their rights under applicable law. State and federal laws prohibit retaliation against the Complainant, anyone who files a third-party report, any witness or anyone who otherwise participates in the investigative and/or disciplinary process, and the College will take steps to prevent retaliation and strong responsive action if it occurs, including any retaliatory actions by College officials. The College must routinely take steps to inform students that the College’s primary concern is student safety and that the use of alcohol and drugs never makes the survivor at fault for Sexual Violence.

a. Resident Advisors – As noted above, RAs are Responsible Employees.  In cases of Sexual Misconduct involving students, RAs shall explain to the student (before the student reveals confidential information) that although the RA must report the names of the perpetrator and the Complainant and other relevant facts to the Title IX Coordinator or other designated College officials, the College will protect the student’s confidentiality to the greatest extent possible. RAs shall provide students with information regarding on-campus resources, including victim advocacy, housing assistance, academic support, counseling, disability services, health and mental health services, legal assistance, and the local rape crisis center or other off-campus resources.

b.  Sexual Violence and Prevention Program – The College’s Sexual Violence and Prevention Program (SVPP) shall clearly identify the offices or individuals with whom students, faculty, and staff can speak confidentially. The SVPP shall clearly identify the offices or individuals who can provide resources such as victim advocacy, housing assistance, academic support, counseling disability services, health and mental health services, and referrals for legal assistance. The SVPP shall identify the College’s Responsible Employees. The SVPP shall explain that if an incident is reported to a Responsible Employee, that employee is required to report the incident to the Title IX Coordinator or other appropriate official, including the names of the alleged perpetrator and victims involved in the Sexual Violence, the date, time, and location. Information concerning the College’s SVPP is available online at:  http://www.berea.edu/.

c.  Bystander Intervention – The College shall utilize bystander intervention as a tool to prevent Sexual Misconduct. In implementing the bystander-focused prevention methods, the College shall implement the common components of bystander intervention and delivery methods found at: https://www.notalone.gov/assets/bystander-summary.pdf.

d.   Campus Assessments – The College shall conduct climate surveys in accordance with the guidelines found at: https://www.notalone.gov/assets/ovw-climate-survey.pdf.  In addition, the College shall aggregate data about Sexual Violence incidents on campus in order to identify patterns or systemic problems related to Sexual Violence.

e.   Educating Students – The College shall conduct programs to educate students about the College’s Sexual Misconduct policy at least once each calendar year. At Sexual Violence awareness events, the College shall provide information on (a) Title IX, (b) how to file a Title IX complaint with the College, (c) resources available to Sexual Violence victims such as counseling, mental health and health services, and (d) options for reporting an incident of Sexual Violence to campus or local law enforcement. The College shall provide education programs for students to promote the awareness of rape, acquaintance rape, Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, and stalking, which shall include:

1.   primary prevention and awareness programs for all incoming students and new employees, which shall include:

(a)  a statement that the College prohibits the offenses of Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault, and stalking;

(b)  the definition of Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault, and stalking in the state of Kentucky and under this policy;

(c)  the definition of consent, in reference to sexual activity, in the state of Kentucky and under this policy;

(d)  safe and positive options for bystander intervention that may be carried out by an individual to prevent harm or intervene when there is a risk of Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault, or stalking against a person other than such individual;

(e)  information on risk reduction to recognize warning signs of abusive behavior and how to avoid potential attacks;

(f)  information described in 20 U.S.C. 1092(f)(8)(B)(ii) through (vii); and

2.   ongoing prevention and awareness campaigns for students, faculty and staff, including the information described in clauses (a) through (f) of subparagraph 1 above.