Sexual Offense Education, Awareness, and Prevention

(From Section 8 and 9 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.

  1. 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.
  2. Campus Assessments – The College shall conduct climate surveys. In addition, the College shall aggregate data about Sexual Misconduct incidents on campus to identify patterns or systemic problems related to Sexual Misconduct.

Section 9: Training

Student Training – The College shall provide training for students and/or student employees, which shall include: (a) encouragement to report incidents of Sexual Misconduct, (b) information on how to report Sexual Misconduct to campus safety or local law enforcement and the ability to pursue law enforcement proceedings simultaneously with a Title IX grievance, (c) general information on Sexual Misconduct Policy, (d) what constitutes Sexual Misconduct under the College’s policies, (e) the College’s definition of consent as applicable to sexual conduct, including examples, (f) information on when unwelcome sexual conduct creates a Hostile Environment, (g) places where students can seek confidential support services, (h) reporting and confidential disclosure options, (i) grievance procedures used to process complaints of Sexual Misconduct, (j) disciplinary code provisions relating to Sexual Misconduct as well as the consequences of violating those provisions, (k) effects of trauma on victims (l) the role alcohol and drugs often play in Sexual Misconduct incidents, including the deliberate use of alcohol and/or other drugs to perpetuate Sexual Misconduct, (m) strategies and skills for bystanders to intervene to prevent possible Sexual Misconduct, (n) protections against retaliation, (o) persons on campus to whom students can confidentially report incidents of Sexual Misconduct, (p) an explanation that students do not need to determine whether incidents of Sexual Misconduct created a Hostile Environment or actually occurred before reporting the incident, and (q) other information relevant to reducing or eliminating incidents of Sexual Misconduct and mitigating its effects.

Resident Advisers Training – The College shall provide the following training for Resident Advisers: (a) information on how and where students can seek confidential support services, (b) contact information for local rape crisis centers or other off-campus resources so that RAs can provide this information to students, and (c) reporting and other responsibilities for RAs.

Faculty and Staff Training – The College shall provide training, on an annual basis, for all faculty and staff about Sexual Misconduct and the prohibition of Sexual Misconduct, under this policy. Training shall include practical information about (a) how to prevent and identify Sexual Misconduct, including same-sex Sexual Misconduct; (b) behaviors that may lead to and result in Sexual Misconduct; (c) the attitudes of bystanders that may allow conduct to continue; (d) the potential for revictimization by responders and its effect on students or other victims; (e) appropriate methods for responding to a student or other victim who may have experienced Sexual Misconduct, including the use of nonjudgmental language; (f) the person(s) to whom such misconduct must be reported.

Special Training for Required Reporters – Required reporters are those employees defined in Section 5. Required reporters shall be trained so that they will know how to respond properly to Sexual Misconduct reports.

Special Training for Title VII/IX Coordinator and Others Involved in Grievance Procedure – The College shall require training for the Title VII/IX Coordinator, others who receive complaints, investigators, and grievance adjudicators

Special Training for Pastoral and Professional Counselors – The College advises pastoral and professional counselors to inform students:

  • Of their right to file a complaint with the College and a separate complaint with campus or local law enforcement.
  • They are available to assist the student in filing such complaints.
  • Title IX includes protections against retaliation.
  • The College officials will not only take steps to prevent retaliation but also take strong responsive action if it occurs.

Pastoral and professional counselors shall be trained to ensure that they understand the extent to which they may keep a report confidential and to avoid disclosing personally identifiable information.