Sexual Assault and Sex Offense Policy and Reporting Procedure

Cleveland State Community College will not tolerate sexual assault in any form. A student charged with sexual assault can be prosecuted under Tennessee criminal statutes and disciplined under the campus code of student conduct. Even if the criminal justice authorities choose not to prosecute, the campus can pursue disciplinary action.

The college uses the following methods to educate the college community about sexual offense prevention:

  • Counseling brochures designed to inform students of existing on- and off-campus counseling, mental health and other student services for victims of sexual offenses.
  • Lectures open to all students and employees
  • Posters on campus bulletin boards
  • Other activities sponsored by student organizations

Students, faculty and staff should report all crimes so that an investigation can be made to determine if any pattern of recurring crime can be determined. If a reported crime is considered a threat, alert posters are published and posted throughout campus as a form of direct communication in order to maintain a wellinformed campus environment.


Reporting a Sexual Offense

If a rape/sexual offense occurs on the main campus, contact one of the Sexual Offense Management Team members listed below. Off-campus staff names are provided as well.

Sexual Offense Management Team:

Dr. C. Michael Stokes, Ext. 211
Vice-President for Student Services
George L. Mathis Student Center

Patty Weaver, Ext. 462
Director of the Athens and
Madisonville Sites

Mark Wilson, Ext. 453
Director of the ACCESS Center
George L. Mathis Student Center

Suzanne Bayne, Ext. 743
Recruiting and Enrollment Office
George L. Mathis Student Center

Campus Police will do a preliminary interview and give direction on how to proceed. If the rape/sexual offense occurs at an off-campus site, contact the site director and they will call Campus Police on the main campus for instructions on how to proceed. Campus Police will assist you in notifying local police of any campus offenses if you choose to do so. Victims have the option to notify or not notify law enforcement.

When a rape/sexual offense is reported, the college will make every effort to see that the victim is offered both medical and psychological care as well as information about prosecuting the suspect through both criminal and college disciplinary channels.

A victim of any form of sexual offense is encouraged to seek appropriate medical assistance. If immediate medical attention is warranted, the victim should be transported to a hospital emergency room. It is important that the victim seek medical attention in order to assure his/her well being and to ensure that any evidence is preserved as possible proof of a criminal sexual offense in the event that criminal charges are pursued.

Sex Offender

The federal Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act and the Tennessee College and University Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act of 2002 require that whenever a sex offender becomes enrolls as a student or volunteers at an institution of higher education in the state of Tennessee, he or she must complete or update the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) sexual offender registration/monitoring form and deliver it to TBI headquarters in Nashville. As defined in section 40-39-102 of the Tennessee Code, a “sexual offender means a person who is, or has been, convicted in this state of committing a sexual offense or who is, or has been, convicted in another state or another country, or who is or has been convicted in a federal or military court, of committing an act which would have constituted a sexual offense if it had been committed in this state. A “sexual offense” means the commission of acts including but not limited to aggravated and statutory rape, sexual battery, sexual exploitation of a minor, aggravated prostitution and kidnapping.

Both acts designate certain information concerning a registered sexual offender as public information and therefore amend and supercede the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and other federal and state laws that previously prohibited the disclosure of such personal information. Since the laws require the publication of information pertaining to sexual offenders enrolled or volunteering at an educational institution, said publication does not consitute grounds for a grievance or complaint under institutional or Tennessee Board of Regents policies or procedures.

In compliance with the federal Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act and the Tennessee College and University Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act of 2002, members of the campus community may obtain the most recent information received from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) concerning sex offenders enrolled or volunteering at this institution at the Office of the Vice President of Finance and Administration. Information is also available on the TBI’s website listing of sex offenders located on the internet at