Annual Security Report
Cleveland State Community College, in its continuing effort to maintain a safe academic and work environment for students, faculty, staff, and guests, presents this Annual Security Report with the knowledge that individual awareness and adherence to security procedures is the best method to maintain a safe campus environment. Cleveland State Community College requests anyone who witnesses or is a victim of crime to report the incident immediately to the Campus Police at 423-618-1720 or call 9-1-1.
The campus crime statistics are furnished pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, or Clery Act, the Tennessee College and University Security Information Act and the Robert Nottingham Campus Crime Scene Investigation Act. Additional copies of the complete crime statistics report are available at the Campus Police office, upon request, or by calling Campus Police. Written request may be made to the following address: Cleveland State Community College, Campus Police, 3535 Adkisson Drive, Cleveland, TN 37320.
Cleveland State Community College
Annual Security Report
Campus Police Department
(423) 472-7141 ext. 202 and 236
- The number of undergraduate and graduate students enrolled
- The number of students living in student housing
- The total number of non-student employees working on the campuses
- The administrative office responsible for security on the campuses
- A description of the type and number of police/security personnel utilized by the institution, including a description of their training
- The enforcement authority of police/security personnel, including their working relationships with state and local law enforcement agencies and any agreements for investigating crimes
- The working relationship of campus police personnel with State and local law enforcement agencies
- A statement on the applicant or employee with a criminal history
- Procedures which encourage accurate and prompt reporting of all crime to the campus police and the appropriate law enforcement agency
- Policy regarding access to institutional facilities and programs
- Procedures and facilities for students and others to report criminal actions or other emergencies occurring on campus and policies concerning the institutions response to such reports
- Policy for limited voluntary confidential reporting reporting
- Policy encouraging pastoral and professional counselors, if allowed by the institution, to inform clients of voluntary, confidential crime reporting procedures
- Procedures for preparing the Annual Security Report Report
- A statement of policy regarding the campus sexual assault programs to prevent sex offenses and procedures to follow when a sex offense occurs
- Additional information regarding Sexual Misconduct: Link
- A statement of policy regarding sexual harassment, racial harassment, and hazing
- A policy statement prohibiting Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct: Link
- A policy statement defining Sex Discrimination, Sexual harassment, and Sexual Misconduct: Link
- Cleveland State policy on Sexual Discrimination and Sexual Harassment: Link
- Cleveland State policy on Discrimination and Harassment: Link to P-080
- A statement of policy regarding the possession, use, and sale of alcoholic beverages and illegal drugs
- A statement of policy regarding the possession of weapons by campus police and any other person
- Description of the type and frequency of programs designed to inform students and employees about campus security procedures and practices and to encourage students and employees to be aware of their own security and the security of others
- Policy concerning monitoring and recording student off-campus criminal activity through local police, including student organizations with off-campus housing housing
- Security considerations used in the maintenance of campus facilities, including landscaping, grounds keeping, and outdoor lighting
- Policy regarding our emergency response and evacuation procedures
- Categories that qualify as hate crimes
- Crime statistics beginning on page
Cleveland State Community College, in its continuing effort to maintain a safe academic and work environment for students, faculty, staff, and guests, presents this Annual Security Report with the knowledge that individual awareness and adherence to security procedures is the best method to maintain a safe campus environment. Cleveland State Community College requests anyone who witnesses or is a victim of crime to report the incident immediately to the Campus Police at 423-618-1720 (cell) or call 9-1-1.
The campus crime statistics are furnished pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, or Clery Act, the Tennessee College and University Security Information Act and the Robert Nottingham Campus Crime Scene Investigation Act. Additional copies of the complete crime statistics report are available at the Campus Police office, upon request, or by calling Campus Police. Written request may be made to the following address: Cleveland State Community College, Campus Police, 3535 Adkisson Drive, Cleveland, TN 37320. Additionally copies can be obtained on the internet at http://www.clevelandstatecc.edu/about/security-report
In compliance with the federal Campus Sex Crime Prevention Act, the Tennessee College and University Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act of 2002 and Tennessee Code Annotated 40-39-102, members of the campus community may obtain the most recent information received from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) concerning sex offenders employed, enrolled, or volunteering at this institution at the Campus Police office. Information is also available on the TBI’s web site listing of sex offenders located on the internet at http://www.tbi.tn.gov/sex_ofender_reg/sex_ofender_reg.shtml
There were 3790 undergraduate students enrolled at Cleveland State Community College as of Fall Semester 2013. As a community college, Cleveland State Community College does not have any graduate programs or graduate students.
Cleveland State Community College is a “commuter” college and, as such, does not provide student housing.
There were 197 regular full-time and part-time non-student employees working on the campuses as of September 2013. This does not include student workers.
Our Campus Police is the office with overall responsibility for security on all Cleveland State property owned, controlled, or leased by the college to include the main campus, satellite campus sites, and all non-campus teaching sites. At satellite campus sites, located in Athens or Sequoyah H.S. security officers maintain a presence when students are at these sites. The satellite campus in Athens has 1 full time P.O.S.T. certified police officer and one part time unarmed security officer. At the satellite campus site in Sequoyah H.S., Cleveland State Community College does not have a security officer on duty. However, random patrol checks are made throughout the year and a Monroe County Sheriff’s Department response can be made within minutes. Should an event occur at Cleveland State at Sequoyah H.S. that would require a quicker response time from first responders, Monroe County 9-1-1 would be notified. At non-campus teaching sites Cleveland State Community College is dependent upon local law enforcement agencies to respond to and investigate criminal offenses that require an immediate law enforcement presence to safeguard life and/or property. Criminal offenses that do not require an immediate law enforcement presence are handled by the Campus Police’s Security personnel at non-campus sites and satellite sites when students are not present.
A description of the type and number of police/security personnel utilized by the institution, including a description of their training:
Cleveland State employs a Chief of Police who is certified by the Tennessee Post Commission and meets the standards of the Tennessee Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) and has arrest powers in accordance with Tennessee Code Annotated (TCA) 49-7-188, Tennessee Board of Regents Policy 5-01-07-00, and other applicable state laws. The Chief of Campus Police has successfully completed a minimum of (400) hours of POST certified training to include weapons qualification. Further, Cleveland State has employed 2 additional full-time POST certified armed police officers with arrest powers. All POST certified officers must successfully complete a minimum of forty (40) hours of annual in-service training in accordance with POST requirements. Additionally, campus police officers complete training specifically designed for a college environment as directed by the Campus Police Chief.
Cleveland State also employs unarmed security officers to work, Monday through Friday, weekends, and backfill when necessary during other hours. Security officers are also present at satellite campus sites when classes are being conducted. Security officers undergo an initial eight (8) hours of training and periodic training on areas designated by the Chief of Campus Police. Additionally, security officers supplement the campus police officers during special events or other times at the discretion of the Campus Police Chief.
The enforcement authority of police/security personnel, including their working relationship with state and local law enforcement agencies and any agreements for investigating crimes:
The Chief of Campus Police and all full-time armed campus police officers are sworn law enforcement officers and as such have the duty and authority to enforce Tennessee state laws including detention and arrest on any Cleveland State property owned, controlled, or leased by the college. Armed campus police officers will obtain all pertinent information in an official and courteous manner and will respond professionally and judiciously to any situation. If force is required, only the minimum amount of force consistent with the accomplishment of duties will be used.
Security officers do not have the authority, under applicable Tennessee laws, to arrest or detain any person on a Cleveland State campus. Security officers will immediately report criminal or safety violations to the Chief of Campus Police as well as the local supporting law enforcement agency if the situation warrants. As with the campus police officers, security officers will respond to complaints in a professional and courteous manner and document incidents in a thorough manner.
Cleveland State Community College currently has no written agreements with local or state law enforcement agencies with regard to property owned, controlled or leased by this college. However, Cleveland State Community College abides by current state law as defined in the Robert “Robbie” Nottingham Campus Crime Scene Investigation Act of 2004 as noted in T.C.A. 49-7-129.
The office of Campus Police has a close working relationship with the Cleveland Police Department, Athens Police Department and Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation as well as other Federal agencies. Campus police officers routinely undergo training sponsored by supporting law enforcement agencies and interact with other officers on almost a daily basis. Outside law enforcement agencies, upon request, assist the campus police in criminal investigations and other request for assistance. As noted above, Cleveland State Community College has not entered into any written agreements with other law enforcement agencies for the investigation of criminal offenses.
The office of Campus Police has 800 series radios which enable the college to instantly communicate with key local law enforcement agencies in the event of an emergency that would require local law enforcement support.
Any person who indicates on an application for employment a conviction for a felony offense will be subject to review by the director of Human Resources and Affirmative Action Officer. When such conviction directly affects the performance of any employee or poses a threat to the campus community in any way, the employee may be subject to termination or reassignment at the direction of the director of Human Resources and Affirmative Action Officer. These standards also apply to felony convictions after achievement of employee status.
Procedures which encourage accurate and prompt reporting of all crime to the campus police and the appropriate law enforcement agency:
First, and foremost, Cleveland State Community College strongly encourages anyone who witnessed a crime, suspicious activity, or is a victim of a crime to immediately notify the office of Campus Police at (423) 618-1720 or call 9-1-1- immediately!
When any crime is reported to Campus Police, the Chief of Police is notified. The Chief of Police will determine whether to investigate the offense with campus police staff or refer the offense to an outside law enforcement agency in accordance with applicable state law. The Chief of Campus Police will make this determination based upon the facts developed, nature/type of the offense, victim input, and state and federal law.
In accordance with the Robert “Robbie” Nottingham Campus Crime Scene Investigation Act of 2004 (T.C.A. 49-7-129), Cleveland State Community College will notify the law enforcement agency with the territorial jurisdiction and request a joint investigation of any medically unattended death which may occur on a campus or at any satellite campus site or non-campus location. The local law enforcement agency with territorial jurisdiction will be the lead agency conducting the joint investigation.
The Cleveland State Campus Police will be the investigating agency of any allegations of rape or attempted rape that occur on property owned, leased or controlled by the college.
The Chief of Campus Police will notify the law enforcement agency with territorial jurisdiction of any rape or attempted rape allegation on any property owned, leased or controlled by the college if requested by the victim. Third party notification allegations to the Chief of Campus Police of an alleged rape or attempted rape will not trigger notification to an outside law enforcement agency with territorial jurisdiction.
The Tennessee bureau of Investigation and the Federal Bureau of Investigation receive monthly crime statistics from Cleveland State through the Tennessee Incident Based Reporting System (TIBRS). Cleveland State also submits annual crime statistics to the United States Department of Education in accordance with federal law.
For the purpose of reporting crimes, Cleveland State Community College defines its boundaries as the following:
Cleveland State’s main campus is located at 3535 Adkisson Drive, Cleveland, Tennessee. The main campus consists of 16 buildings, 9 parking lots, a walking trail and vacant land.
Cleveland State at Athens is classified under the Clery Act as a satellite building or property and is located at 2280 Ingleside Drive in Athens, Tennessee. This property is leased by Cleveland State, and the area immediately outside the main and rear entrance. Information concerning incidents of crime in the parking lot is shared with all tenants of the property by the Athens Police Department even though the Athens site has a full time campus police officer.
The Sequoyah H.S. site is considered a satellite site in Madisonville, Tennessee. The Sequoyah H.S. is classified under the Clery Act as a satellite building or property and is located at 3128 Hwy 411 in Madisonville, Tennessee. The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office is the primary servicing law enforcement agency for this site when police/security officers are not present.
Campuses and facilities of Cleveland State Community College are governed by Tennessee Board of Regents policy (Policy No. 3:02:02:00), after Hours Building Access. During business hours, the college is open to students, faculty, staff, and guests of the college except when part or all of the campus, its buildings or facilities are open to the general public for a designated time and purpose or when non-affiliated groups, organizations, or individuals have been granted approval. During non-business hours, access is by permission only.
Entrance/exit doors to all buildings will be secured when the campus is closed. All individuals on campus during non-business hours must check with the Campus Police upon entering and leaving campus.
The Cleveland State main campus library is open to the general public during normal business hours.
All persons on campus including students, faculty, staff, visitors, and guests shall be subject to all rules and regulations of the college, Tennessee Board of Regents policy, and to all applicable federal and state laws and regulations. In addition, all personnel who operate motor vehicles on campus agree by such operation to be subject to state traffic laws, college and Tennessee Board of Regents rules, regulations, policies, and procedures on traffic and parking.
All people on campus shall provide adequate identification upon request to appropriate officials and police/security personnel of the college. Personnel and students of the college who refuse to provide such identification may be subject to disciplinary action. Other persons who refuse to provide such identification shall be requested to leave the campus and may be subject to lawful removal and prosecution.
Keys to buildings are controlled by the director of Plant Operations.
Procedures and facilities for students and others to report criminal actions or other emergencies occurring on campus and policies concerning the institutions response to such reports:
Students, staff, faculty, and guests of the college are strongly encouraged to report all crimes and safety-related incidents immediately to the office of Campus Police. The office of Campus Police can be reached by calling (423) 618-1720. Officers are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, to handle any request for assistance. Crimes may also be reported to any staff or faculty members of the college.
Campus police/security officers patrol the campus by automobile and foot. Emergency/Assistance telephones are located on the main campus and in Athens campus. Emergency/Assistance telephones can be used anytime to contact 9-1-1 or the office of Campus Police.
Police emergencies, fire emergencies, ambulance service, or other types of assistance can be obtained by calling Campus Police at (423) 618-1720 or 9-1-1. If a student, staff, faculty, or guest request assistance from a local law enforcement agency, the Campus Police will assist that person in any way possible to make the appropriate contact.
When a person asks for assistance or files a complaint, all pertinent information is obtained and documented. All reports are maintained in the office of Campus Police.
Reports are acted upon in a judicious manner consistent with Cleveland State policies and legal procedures.
Crimes should be reported to the office of Campus Police to ensure inclusion in the annual crime statistics and to aid in providing timely warning notices to the community, when appropriate.
In the event that a situation arises, either on our main campus, satellite sites or non-campus locations, in the judgment of college officials or the Chief of Campus Police, and constitutes an immediate, ongoing or continuing threat, a campus-wide “timely warning” will be issued. The warning could be issued using one or all of the following means:
- Campus alert emergency notification system
- Campus Police website http://www.clevelandstatecc.edu/about/campus-police
- Campus email system to students, staff, and faculty
- Verbally by supervisors to employees and faculty to students
- Through Building Coordinators and Assistant Building Coordinators to building occupants.
The campus emergency alert system is the primary means of communication the college uses to alert students, staff, and faculty of any threat that requires a campus or partial campus response. The alert system is a web-based mass notification system that enables emergency and non-emergency messages to be instantly communicated to students, staff, and faculty through landline, web page, and email. The system will not be used to send advertisements, and user information will not be shared with third parties outside the college. There is no cost to participate in the Campus Alert and text messages are not available at this time.
A Timely Warning is a significant emergency or dangerous situation involving an immediate threat to the health and safety of students or employees occurring on the campus or in close proximity to the campus that would create an immediate threat to the campus community. An immediate threat encompasses an imminent or impending threat such as an approaching forest fire or a fire raging in one of the buildings. Some other examples include, but not limited to, a tornado, hurricane or other extreme weather condition; earthquake; gas leak; terrorist incident; armed intruder; bomb threat; civil unrest or rioting; explosion; and chemical or hazardous waste spills.
Anyone with information warranting a Timely Warning should immediately report the circumstances to the office of Campus Police in person or by telephone. Cleveland State primarily utilizes the Campus alert system to disseminate this information to the campus community. However, other means of emergency social media messages, and verbally through the Building coordinators and Assistant Building Coordinators depending upon the emergency situation.
In accordance with state law, Cleveland State Community College allows limited voluntary confidential reporting. The Cleveland State office of Campus Police encourages anyone who is a victim or witness to any crime to promptly report the incident to the campus police. Because police reports are public records under state law, the office of Campus Police cannot hold reports of crime in confidence. If you are the victim of a crime and do not want to pursue action within the college system or the criminal justice system, you may still want to consider making a confidential report. With your permission, the office of Campus Police can file a report on the details of the incident without revealing your identity. The purpose of a confidential report is to comply with your wish to keep the matter confidential, while taking steps to ensure the future safety of yourself and others. With such information, the college can keep accurate records of the crime with regard to a particular location, method, or assailant; and alert the campus community to potential danger. Reports filed in this manner are counted and disclosed in the annual crimes statistics for the institution. Individuals who wish to report a crime but remain anonymous may call the office of Campus Police at (423) 618-1720 for more information.
Policy encouraging pastoral and professional counselors, if allowed by the institution, to inform clients of voluntary, confidential crime reporting procedures:
Cleveland State Community College does not employ pastoral or professional counselors for student, staff, or faculty counseling. Staff and faculty are encouraged to use the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) offered by the State of Tennessee. Staff and faculty can obtain more information about the EAP from the director of Human Resources or by calling 423-478-6205. If needed, students are encouraged to contact their health care provider.
Crimes disclosed to a pastoral or mental health counselor, serving in that capacity at the time of disclosure, are not subject to mandatory reporting. The term “pastoral counselor” is defined as a person who is associated with a religious order or denomination that recognizes him/her as someone who provides confidential counseling. The term “mental health counselor” is defined as a fully qualified and/or licensed professional whose official responsibilities include providing mental health counseling and is functioning within the scope of his/her license or certification. This exemption does not relieve counselors of the duty to exercise reasonable care to protect a foreseeable victim from danger posed by the person being counseled. When speaking to a victim or witness to a crime, counselors should inform the individual of voluntary disclosure procedures in accordance with applicable law.
The office of Campus Police prepares this report to comply with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act, Title 34, CFR 668.46, Tennessee College and University Security Information Act, and the Robert Nottingham Campus Crime Scene Investigation Act. This report is prepared in cooperation with local law enforcement agencies surrounding our main, satellite, and non-campus sites where classes are conducted. Classifying criminal offenses to be reported is the responsibility of the Chief of Campus Police.
Campus crime, arrest, and referral statistics include those reported to the Cleveland State office of Campus Police, designated campus officials (including, but not limited to, directors, deans, department heads, and advisors to student organizations) as well as local law enforcement agencies. These statistics also include reported criminal offenses that occurred on public property adjacent to our main campus, satellite and non-campus buildings.
The Chief of Campus Police serves as the Campus Security Survey Administrator (CSSA) and as such is responsible for reporting certain criminal offenses to the United States Department of Education on an annual basis. Statistics reported to the United States Department of Education are available for review by October 1st of each calendar year.
Cleveland State makes every effort to notify students, prospective students, staff and faculty as well as prospective staff and faculty. Each year the Annual Security Report and crime statistics will be available to view on our college website at http://www.clevelandstatecc.edu/about/security-report Copies may be obtained from the office of Cleveland State Community College Campus Police, in person or by calling (423)618-1720.
A statement of policy regarding the campus sexual assault programs to prevent sex offenses and procedures to follow when a sex offense occurs:
Cleveland State Community College strives to maintain an environment that is free of intimidation and encourages education of students to their fullest extent. Cleveland State Community College will not tolerate any acts of sexual misconduct, including domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking. ANYONE who knows of any incident that fits the definitions of these crimes needs to report it to Campus Police immediately. The College has established a policy and procedure regarding sexual misconduct:
Sexual misconduct is a form of sex discrimination prohibited by Title IX. Cleveland State Community College is committed to eliminating any and all acts of sexual misconduct and discrimination on its campuses. As set forth in this policy, sexual misconduct includes dating violence, domestic violence, stalking, and sexual assault. Cleveland State Community College strictly prohibits these offenses. Any allegation of sexual misconduct as defined herein will be investigated and adjudicated according to this policy. [this policy is linked at the end of this document]
Additional information regarding Sexual Misconduct:Link to CSCC 7:05:00:00
Any form of sexual harassment, racial harassment, and hazing will not be tolerated by the college officials in any form. Alleged violations should immediately be reported the Title IX Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action (EEO/AA) Officer who also serves as the Human Resource Officer for the college. Such allegations will be investigated and adjudicated according to TBR Policy P-080. Questions should be addressed to the EEO/AA Office.
A policy statement prohibiting Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct:Link to CSCC 7:01:00:00
A policy statement defining Sex Discrimination, Sexual harassment, and Sexual Misconduct: Link to CSCC 7:02:00:00
Cleveland State policy on Sexual Discrimination and Sexual Harassment:Link to CSCC 7:03:00:00
Cleveland State policy on Discrimination and Harassment:Link to P-080 CSCC 7:04:00:00
A statement of policy regarding the possession, use, and sale of alcoholic beverages and illegal drugs:
Drug and alcohol abuse hampers the effectiveness of students to learn, teachers to instruct, and employees to do their jobs correctly. The abuse not only endangers the abuser but also jeopardizes the health and safety of others. The possession, sale, manufacture, or distribution of any alcoholic beverage or drug is prohibited on campus by both federal and state law. The possession of alcohol by anyone less than 21 years of age in a public place or a place open to the public is illegal. Violators are subject to disciplinary action by the college and/or criminal prosecution which could result in a fine and imprisonment.
Cleveland State is committed to a drug-free campus. Therefore, pursuant to the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988 and the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendment of 1989, the following statement is made:
The unlawful manufacture, distribution, possession, and/or use of alcohol and illicit drugs on the campus, in the workplace, on property owned or controlled by Cleveland State, or as part of any activity of Cleveland State are strictly prohibited.
As a condition of employment, each employee, including student employees (College Work Study students are considered to be employees), must abide by the terms of this policy and must notify the office of Human Resources of any criminal drug statute conviction for a violation occurring in the workplace no later than five days after such conviction. A conviction includes a finding of guilty, a plea of nolo contendere, or imposition of a sentence by any state or federal judicial body.
Possible disciplinary sanctions for students who fail to comply with the terms of this policy may include one or more of the following depending upon the severity of the offense: 1) expulsion, 2) suspension, 3) mandatory participation in and satisfactory completion of a drug/alcohol abuse program or rehabilitation program, 4) referral for prosecution, 5) probation, 6) written warning, or 7) reprimand.
Moreover, all state and/or federal financial aid recipients are required to sign a certification agreeing not to engage in the unlawful manufacturing, distributing, or using of a controlled substance during the period of his/her grant. This certification applies even if the student is off campus or on a school break.
If a student is convicted of the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession, or use of a controlled substance during the period of the grant, the student must notify the Director, Grants and Contract Services, U.S. Department of Education, in writing within 10 calendar days of the conviction.
Failure to report the conviction, subjects the grant recipient to suspension of payments under the grant, suspension or termination of the grant, or suspension or debarment. If debarred, the student shall be ineligible for award of any grant from a federal agency for a period of five years.
In accordance with state law, any criminal allegation dealing with drugs or alcohol must be reported in the crime statistics submitted monthly to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigations.
As provided in Tennessee Code Annotated 39-17-1309, any unauthorized or illegal possession of, use of, or wearing of firearms or dangerous weapons of any kind shall not be permitted on any Cleveland State campus. State law prescribes a maximum penalty of six (6) years imprisonment and a fine not to exceed three thousand dollars ($3,000) for carrying weapons on school property.
Campus police officers, in accordance with T.C.A. 49-7-188, Peace Officer Standards and Training standards, and TBR policy 5-01-07-00 are authorized to carry firearms, chemical spray, and a baton. Officers are issued these weapons only after successfully completing training in the use of their personal firearm, chemical spray, and baton. Additionally, officers must undergo annual weapons training and demonstrate skill in their use as established by state law and orders established by the Chief of Campus Police.
Description of the type and frequency of programs designed to inform students and employees about campus security procedures and practices and to encourage students and employees to be aware of their own security and the security of others:
At a minimum, Cleveland State Community College tests the Emergency Preparedness Plan on an annual basis. Students, staff, and faculty have the opportunity to practice the established emergency procedures.
Campus Police in conjunction with Marketing inform students through the Cleveland State website, CougarNet, and information stations located in public areas of each building about the security procedures, programs offered, ways to prevent crime on campus and the fact that safety has to be everyone’s responsibility.
Staff and faculty are informed of the college safety procedures during annual in-service training.
Policy concerning monitoring and recording student off-campus criminal activity through local police, including student organizations with off-campus housing:
Cleveland State does not provide housing to students. Staff and faculty who take students off our campus sites for student activities are advised that criminal behavior involving students should be reported to the local police and the campus police as soon as possible.
Security considerations used in the maintenance of campus facilities, including landscaping, grounds keeping, and outdoor lighting:
Campus Police and Plant Operations employees continuously monitor outdoor lighting and any problems are brought to the attention of the Director of Plant Operations and Maintenance for resolution. Monthly fire extinguisher inspections are conducted in all buildings owned or leased by the college. Fire alarms are checked and serviced periodically. In addition, campus police officers routinely report hazardous, unsafe, and potentially unsafe conditions found to exist on campus.
When the college is notified of any significant emergency or dangerous situation that may involve an immediate threat to the safety of students, staff, faculty, and visitors to the campus an immediate response will occur. The following procedures will be implemented:
First, the Campus Police will confirm that a significant emergency or situation exists and determine initially the facts and scope of the emergency or situation.
Second, the President or his/her designee will be contacted with a recommendation from the Chief of Campus Police as to the collage’s initial response and what segments of the college needs to be notified. If the President or his/her designee cannot be immediately contacted the Chief of Campus Police will manage the emergency or situation until notification can be made.
Third, simultaneously an emergency alert will be disseminated to the campus. The initial directions will take into account the segment of the campus that needs to be notified as well as considering the safety of the students, staff, faculty, and visitors to the college. Information, in the professional judgment of the President or Vice President for Business Affairs that could compromise efforts to assist victims or to contain, respond to, or otherwise mitigate the emergency will not be disseminated.
As the emergency or situations develop, updates will be provided. Additionally, depending on the emergency or event, outside resources may be requested to bring the emergency or event to a successful conclusion and recovery.
The President, Vice President for Business Affairs, and Chief of Campus Police are the individuals responsible for implementing the college’s Emergency Action Plan.
Each academic year the college, at a minimum, will test the college’s Emergency Preparedness Plan. This test will involve the entire campus community. After the test, the Chief of Campus Police will conduct a review of the test and document the findings focusing on what areas are strengths and what areas need improvement. The results will be discussed during annual training for Building Coordinators and Assistant Building Coordinators.
In addition, Cleveland State Community College has communicated with supporting law enforcement agencies requesting their cooperation and assistance in informing this institution about events reported to them that may warrant an emergency response.
Cleveland State also does not condone any crime that is motivated by discrimination. The following categories qualify as hate crime motivation categories:
- Sexual Orientation
- Gender Identity
- National Origin
On Campus - Any building or property owned or controlled by Cleveland State Community College or any building or property that is frequently used by students and supports the institution (such as food or other retail vendor).
Non-Campus building or property - Any building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized or any building or property owned or controlled by Cleveland State Community College that is used in direct support of, or in relation to, Cleveland State Community College’s educational purposes, is frequently used by students, and is not within the same reasonably contiguous geographic area of Cleveland State Community College.
Public Property - All public property, including thorough fares, streets, sidewalks, and parking facilities, that are within the campus or are immediately adjacent to and accessible to the campus.
In compliance with the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Reauthorization Act of 2012, crime statistics, beginning in calendar year 2013 were added for the following offenses: Sexual Assault (from Rape), Dating Violence, Domestic Violence, and Stalking. Additionally, gender identity and national origin were added to the types of bias or prejudice reported.
The following additional offenses, not listed above, will be reported if determined to be motivated by a bias: Larceny-theft, Simple Assault, Intimidation, Destruction/damage/vandalism.
NO HATE CRIMES WERE REPORTED TO THIS INSTITUTION FOR THE CALENDAR YEARS 2011, 2012, 2013. THE CATEGORIES OF BIAS WERE LISTED ABOVE.
Cleveland State Community College
3535 Adkisson Drive
P.O. Box 3570
Cleveland, TN 37320
Cell phone 423-618-1720
Policy No. 7:05:00:00
CLEVELAND STATE COMMUNITY COLLEGE Cleveland, Tennessee
SUBJECT: SEXUAL MISCONDUCT
This policy is intended to provide a single, easily accessible and user-friendly document for students, employees, and others affected by sexual misconduct to find information regarding the rules and procedures of Cleveland State Community College related to the offenses defined herein.
This policy is adopted by Cleveland State Community College (College) specifically to address the offenses defined herein. All other forms of discrimination including sex discrimination and sexual harassment are also strictly prohibited. Allegations that are not within the scope of this policy are subject to the policies and procedures described in Cleveland State Community College Policies 7:01:00:00 – 7:04:00:00.
Sexual misconduct is a form of sex discrimination prohibited by Title IX. Cleveland State Community College is committed to eliminating any and all acts of sexual misconduct and discrimination on its campuses. As set forth in this policy, sexual misconduct includes dating violence, domestic violence, stalking, and sexual assault. Cleveland State Community College strictly prohibits these offenses. Any allegation of sexual misconduct as defined herein will be investigated and adjudicated according to this policy.
Scope: These procedures shall be utilized by:
- Any employee or student who has been a victim of sexual misconduct, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression;
- Former employees or students if the conduct took place during the time of employment or enrollment at Cleveland State Community College and the conduct has a reasonable connection to the institution;
- All third parties with whom Cleveland State Community College has an educational or business relationship and the conduct has a reasonable connection to the institution;
- Consent—an informed decision, freely given, made through mutually understandable words or actions that indicate a willingness to participate in mutually agreed upon sexual activity. Consent cannot be given by an individual who is asleep; unconscious; or mentally or physically incapacitated, either through the effect of drugs or alcohol or for any other reason; or, is under duress, threat, coercion, or force. Past consent does not imply future consent. Silence or an absence of resistance does not imply consent. Consent can be withdrawn at any time.
Dating Violence—violence against a person when the accuser and accused are dating, or who have dated, or who have or had a sexual relationship. “Dating” and “dated” do not include fraternization between two (2) individuals solely in a business or non-romantic social context. Violence includes, but is not necessarily limited to:
- Inflicting, or attempting to inflict, physical injury on the accuser by other than accidental means;
- Placing the accuser in fear of physical harm;
- Physical restraint;
- Malicious damage to the personal property of the accuser, including inflicting, or attempting to inflict, physical injury on any animal owned, possessed, leased, kept, or held by the accuser; or,
- Placing a victim in fear of physical harm to any animal owned, possessed, leased, kept, or held by the accuser – TCA § 36-3-601(5)(c)
Domestic Violence Victim—violence against a person when the accuser and accused:
- Are current or former spouses
- Live together or have lived together;
- Are related by blood or adoption;
- Are related or were formally related by marriage; or,
- Are adult or minor children of a person in a relationship described above
Domestic Violence – includes, but is not necessarily limited to:
- Inflicting, or attempting to inflict, physical injury on the accuser by other than accidental means;
- Placing the accuser in fear of physical harm;
- Physical restraint;
- Malicious damage to the personal property of the accuser, including inflicting, or attempting to inflict, physical injury on any animal owned, possessed, leased, kept, or held by the accuser; or,
- Placing the accuser in fear of physical harm to any animal owned, possessed, leased, kept, or held by the accuser – TCA § 36-3-601
- Sexual Assault—the nonconsensual sexual contact with the accuser by the accused, or the accused by the accuser when force or coercion is used to accomplish the act, the sexual contact is accomplished without consent of the accuser, and the accused knows or has reason to know at the time of the contact that the accuser did not or could not consent. Sexual contact includes, but is not limited to, the intentional touching of the accuser’s, the accused’s, or any other person’s intimate parts, or the intentional touching of the clothing covering the immediate area of the accuser’s, the accused’s, or any other person’s intimate parts, if that intentional touching can be reasonably construed as being for the purpose of sexual arousal or gratification.
- Sexual Misconduct—for the purposes of this policy, “sexual misconduct” is defined as dating violence, domestic violence, stalking, and sexual assault.
- Stalking—a willful course of conduct involving repeated or continuing harassment of another individual that would cause a reasonable person to feel terrorized, frightened, intimidated, threatened, harassed, or molested, and that actually causes the accuser to feel terrorized, frightened, intimidated, threatened, harassed, or molested. Harassment – means conduct directed toward the accuser that includes, but is not limited to, repeated or continuing unconsented contact that would cause a reasonable person to suffer emotional distress, and that actually causes the accuser to suffer emotional distress. Harassment does not include constitutionally protected activity or conduct that serves a legitimate purpose– TCA § 39-17-315
Immediate Actions A Victim Should Take
- In the immediate aftermath of a sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence or similar event, the most important thing is for the victim to get to a safe place.
- When a feeling of safety has been achieved, the victim should seek medical attention, regardless of his or her decision to report the crime to the police. It is very important for the victim of sexual assault to seek medical attention immediately so that the victim can be screened for sexually transmitted diseases/pregnancy/date rape drugs, obtain emergency contraception, and receive treatment for any physical injuries.
- A victim has the right to accept or decline any or all parts of a medical exam. However, critical evidence may be lost or missed if not collected or analyzed.
Valuable physical evidence can be obtained from the victim and the victim’s clothing. A victim should make every effort to save anything that might contain the offender’s DNA. Therefore, a victim should not:
- Bathe or shower;
- Wash his/her hands;
- Brush his/her teeth;
- Use the restroom;
- Change clothes;
- Comb hair;
- Clean up the crime scene; or
- Move anything the offender may have touched
- Even if the victim has not yet decided to report the crime, receiving a forensic medical exam and keeping the evidence safe from damage will improve the chances that the police can access and test the stored evidence at a later date.
- Victims of sexual misconduct are encouraged to preserve evidence by saving text messages, instant messages, social networking pages, other communications, and keeping pictures, logs or other copies of documents, if they have any, that would be useful to investigators.
Reporting Sexual Misconduct
The College encourages victims of sexual violence to talk to somebody about what happened so they can get the support they need and so the College can respond appropriately. Though reports will be kept as confidential as possible, the College cannot guarantee the confidentiality of every report or complaint. The following provisions detail the confidentiality options available to individuals.
If a victim choses to report an incident of sexual misconduct to an employee of Cleveland State Community College, the College will initiate and pursue an investigation of the incident. If a victim instead wishes to report an incident of sexual misconduct in a confidential manner, they should contact one of the following entities:
Agency Phone Counties Served Avalon Center Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Program 800-641-3434 Van Buren, Morgan, Fentress, Cumberland, Bledsoe C.E.A.S.E. 423 581-2220 Hamblen, Hawkins, Granger, Claiborne Family Resource Agency 423-476-3886 Bradley, Polk, Rhea Partnership for Families, Children and Adults 423-755-2700 Hamilton & Marion Sexual Assault Center, East TN 865-522-7273 Knox, Anderson, Blount, Roane, Loudon, Sevier, Campbell, Union, Carter, Greene, Hancock, Hawkins, Johnson, Sullivan, Washington, & Tri-Cities The Crisis Center 276-466-2312 Carter, Greene, Hancock, Hawkins, Johnson, Sullivan, Washington, & Tri-Cities The H.O.P.E. Center 423-745-5289 McMinn, Meigs, Monroe
If the victim choses to report in a confidential manner, the College may be unable to conduct an investigation into the matter or pursue disciplinary action against the alleged offender.
Filing an Institutional Complaint
Reports of acts of sexual misconduct made to any employee of the College must be reported to the Title IX/EEO Coordinator, and the College will take immediate and appropriate steps to investigate what happened and to resolve the matter promptly and equitably.
- The College shall not share information with law enforcement without the victim’s consent or unless the victim has also reported the incident to law enforcement.
- Before a complainant reveals any information to an employee, the employee must ensure that the complainant understands the employee’s reporting obligations.
- If the complainant wants to maintain confidentiality, the employee must direct the victim to confidential resources as detailed in Section IV.A. of this policy.
- If the complainant wants to tell an employee what happened but also maintain confidentiality, the employee must advise the complainant that the College will consider the request, but cannot guarantee that it will be able to honor it. In reporting the details of the incident to the Title IX/EEO Coordinator, the employee will also inform the Coordinator of the complainant’s request for confidentiality.
An incident may be directly reported to the Title IX/EEO Coordinator:
3535 Adkisson Drive
Cleveland, TN 37312
Adkisson Administration Bldg. Rm. 107
The Title IX/EEO Coordinator or designee will be available to receive incident reports 24 hours a day at (423) 618-1720.
- Victims may alternatively report incidents to any supervisory employee of the College who will forward the allegation of the incident to the Title IX/EEO Coordinator.
- Reporting Confidentially
Role of Title IX /EEO Coordinator
The College’s Title IX/EEO Coordinator is responsible for oversight all Title IX and other incidents of sexual misconduct reported to the institution and for implementation of this policy. This will include but not be limited to, identifying and addressing any systemic gender-based harassment, discrimination, and sexual misconduct. The Title IX/EEO Coordinator’s responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Investigation or oversight of investigations of allegations related to Title IX;
- Coordination and oversight of educational programs including mandatory training for new students and employees and awareness campaigns for current students and employees;
- Coordination with local law enforcement on matters related to allegations related to sexual misconduct;
- Coordination and oversight of training for anyone involved in responding to, investigating, or adjudicating sexual misconduct;
- Coordination and oversight of training for employees related to their responsibility when they are aware of sexual misconduct;
- Coordination and oversight of annual training for investigators, decision makers, hearing officers and hearing committee members on the issues related to sexual misconduct and on how to conduct an investigation and hearing process that protects the safety of complainants and promotes accountability; and
- Attending appropriate training annually on topics related to responding to or investigating allegations of sexual misconduct.
The Title IX/EEO Coordinator may designate deputies and investigators (“designees”) to assist in carrying out any of the responsibilities related to implementing this policy.
The Title IX/EEO Coordinator shall report at the beginning of each new school year to TBR’s Office of General Counsel the name of and contact information for the College’s Title IX Coordinator.
- The College’s Title IX/EEO Coordinator is responsible for oversight all Title IX and other incidents of sexual misconduct reported to the institution and for implementation of this policy. This will include but not be limited to, identifying and addressing any systemic gender-based harassment, discrimination, and sexual misconduct. The Title IX/EEO Coordinator’s responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
Investigation Requirements and Procedures
- All proceedings will include a prompt, fair, and impartial investigation and result. The College will provide the respondent and complainant equitable rights during the investigative process.
- All complaints of sexual misconduct shall be presented to the Title IX/EEO Coordinator for investigation and appropriate disposition.
- Mediation between the complainant and respondent will never be considered an appropriate resolution in sexual misconduct cases.
Initiating an investigation
- Absent good cause, within three (3) business days of receipt of a report of sexual misconduct the Title IX/EEO Coordinator or designee shall attempt to reduce the complaint to writing with confirmation by the complainant that includes information related to the circumstances giving rise to the complaint, the dates of the alleged occurrences, and names of witnesses, if any. The complainant should be encouraged to complete a complaint form and submit a detailed written report of the alleged incident.
- When the complainant chooses not to provide a written complaint, the Title IX Coordinator or designee will still investigate and take appropriate action.
- Both before and during the pendency of the investigations, the Title IX Coordinator shall consult with the complainant and consider what, if any, interim measures may be necessary.
- Complaints made anonymously or by a third party will be investigated to the extent possible.
- After consultation with TBR General Counsel, if the Title IX/EEO Coordinator determines that the complaint contains an allegation of sexual misconduct, the Title IX/EEO Coordinator shall follow the procedures set forth in this policy to investigate and adjudicate the complaint.
- The Title IX/EEO Coordinator may appoint a qualified, sufficiently trained person to investigate the allegations made in the complaint.
- Only one person shall be identified as the lead investigator for a complaint.
- Investigations shall be conducted by officials who do not have a conflict of interest or bias for or against the complainant or respondent.
- If the complainant or respondent believes the assigned investigator has a conflict of interest, that party must submit a written explanation of the reason for that belief to the Title IX/EEO Coordinator. When the allegation of sexual misconduct or other conflict of interest is raised against the Title IX/EEO Coordinator, the President will identify an individual who has been trained in investigating such allegations to investigate the allegation and carry out the responsibilities assigned pursuant to this policy. If it is against some other person that has been assigned to the investigation, the Title IX/EEO Coordinator will reassign the investigation to an individual who has been trained in investigating such allegations. When the allegation of harassment is against the President, the Title IX/EEO Coordinator or designee shall notify the OGC who will assign an investigator who will make his/her report to the Chancellor.
- The explanation must be submitted within three (3) business days, absent good cause, of the time when the party knew or should have known the facts that would give rise to the alleged conflict of interest. The Title IX/EEO Coordinator or where appropriate, the President, will determine if the facts warrant the appointment of a different investigator and respond to the parties in writing within three (3) business days, absent good cause. The decision shall be final.
What the investigation should and should not entail
- Once the incident report is received, the investigator shall notify the Complainant in writing of his/her rights and request a meeting.
- The investigator shall also notify the Respondent in writing of the complaint and his/her rights and schedule a meeting.
- The investigator shall notify the Complainant, Respondent, and all individuals interviewed during the investigation that retaliation is strictly prohibited and may be grounds for disciplinary action. The investigator shall also instruct the participants that the investigation shall be treated as confidential and that any discussions regarding the investigation outside of the interview may constitute retaliation. In addition, the investigator shall advise all interviewees that they should report any activity that they perceive as being retaliatory.
- The investigation shall include interviews with both the Complainant and Respondent, unless the Complainant declines an in-person interview.
- The Complainant and Respondent shall be provided with the same opportunities to have others present during an interview, including the opportunity to be accompanied by the advisor of their choice to any related meeting or proceeding.
- The College will not limit the choice of advisor for either the Complainant or Respondent; however, the investigator may limit the participation of advisors during the investigation. Any limits imposed will be the same for both complainant and respondent.
- The investigation shall include interviews with relevant witnesses identified by the Complainant and Respondent or any other potential, relevant witness made known to the investigator via other means.
- The investigator is expected to request a list of relevant witnesses and evidence from Complainant and Respondent and take such into consideration.
- The investigation shall include the gathering and reviewing of any documentary, electronic, physical, or other type of relevant evidence.
- The investigator shall not consider any evidence about the Complainant’s prior sexual conduct with anyone other than the Respondent. Evidence of a prior consensual dating or sexual relationship between the parties by itself does not imply consent or preclude a finding of sexual misconduct.
Timeframe for conducting the investigation
- Every reasonable effort shall be made to conclude the investigation and resolve the complaint within sixty (60) calendar days following receipt of the complaint. Within this sixty (60) day timeframe, absent good cause, it is expected that the investigator will conclude the investigation, that the investigator will present a report to the decision maker, and that the investigator will notify the parties in writing of decision maker’s determination.
- If the investigator or decision maker determines that additional time is needed, both parties shall be notified in writing of the delay, the anticipated date that the investigation will be concluded, and the reasons for such delay.
- If either party determines that additional time is needed, that party shall request such in writing to the investigator. The written request for additional time shall include the reasons for the requested delay and the number of additional days needed. The investigator shall make every reasonable effort to respond to the request for additional time within two (2) business days following receipt of the request and shall notify both parties in written as to whether or not the request is granted.
Outcome of Investigation and Determination of Appropriate Action
- Upon completion of the investigation, the investigator shall prepare a written report that includes the allegations made by the Complainant, the response of the Respondent, corroborating or non-corroborating statements of the witnesses, review of other evidence obtained, and conclusions that may be drawn from the evidence gathered.
- It is the responsibility of the investigator to weigh the credibility of all individuals interviewed and to determine the weight to be given to information received during the course of the investigation.
- At the completion of the investigation, the Title IX/EEO Coordinator will make a determination as to whether a violation of the sexual misconduct policy has occurred, and where appropriate, determine the proper disciplinary/corrective action. The Title IX/EEO Coordinator shall utilize “the preponderance of the evidence” standard when making the determination. Corrective Actions for student respondents will include, but not be limited to those provided in the College’s student discipline policy. Those sanctions can include suspension or expulsion from the College. Sanctions for employees can include any appropriate potential employment action from a reprimand up to, and including, termination of employment.
- The Title IX/EEO Coordinator’s determination shall be communicated in writing simultaneously to the Complainant and Respondent, along with notice to the parties of their right to request an institutional hearing on the determination that a policy violation did or did not occur.
Either the Respondent or the Complainant may appeal the decision of the Title IX/EEO Coordinator.
- If the Respondent is a faculty member, the appeal shall be to the Vice President for Academic Affairs.
- If the Respondent is a student or non-faculty employee, the appeal shall be to the Vice President for Student Affairs.
- Appeals to the Vice President shall be delivered to the Title IX/EEO Coordinator within ten (10) days from receipt of notice of the decision of the Title IX/EEO Coordinator.
- The appeal shall be conducted consistent with the procedures established in Cleveland State Community College policy 3:02:00:01 Part 6, (3) and (4) for hearings conducted by the Student Affairs committee.
- Vice Presidents will apply the preponderance of evidence standard in their proceedings.
- All notices from the Vice Presidents will be delivered to the Complainant and Respondent at the same time and in the same form.
Both the Complainant and the Respondent shall have an opportunity to appeal the Vice President’s decision to the President.
- Appeals to the President shall be delivered to the Title IX/EEO Coordinator within ten (10) days from receipt of notice of the Vice President’s decision.
- The appeal process shall consist of an opportunity for the parties to provide information to the institution’s attention that would change the decision. The appeal process will not be a de novo review of the decision, and the parties will not be allowed to present their appeals in person to the President unless the President determines, in his/her sole discretion, to allow an in-person appeal.
- The appealing party must explain why he/she believes the factual information was incomplete, the analysis of the facts was incorrect, and/or the appropriate legal standard was not applied, and how this would change the determination in the case. Failure to do so may result in a denial of the appeal.
- The President will issue a written decision regarding the appeal as promptly as possible. This decision will constitute the institution’s final decision with respect to the allegation of sexual misconduct.
- The President will apply the preponderance of evidence standard in his/her proceedings.
- All notices from the President will be delivered to the Complainant and Respondent at the same time and in the same form.
Other Applicable Procedures
After the determination becomes final, and where disciplinary action results in termination of employment, suspension or expulsion, the affected party shall have the right to utilize policies applicable to their status, (e.g., employee, student, faculty) to appeal the sanction only.
Applicable disciplinary policies and grievances and tenure termination:
Cleveland State Policy 5:01:03:00, Employee Grievance and Complaint Procedure
Cleveland State Policy 5:02:03:00, Academic Tenure
TBR Policy 5:01:00:00, General Personnel
TBR Policy 5:02:03:70, Academic Tenure for Community Colleges
Complainant shall receive all notices relative to these proceedings that the Respondent receives at the same time and in the same form, shall be entitled to be present at all proceedings, to inform any hearing body of relevant witnesses or evidence, to testify, and receive all notices of determination at the same time and in the same form at all levels of the proceedings.
In situations that require immediate action because of safety or other concerns, the College will take any reasonable administrative action that is appropriate. Examples of such interim actions include, but are not limited to:
- Providing an escort to ensure that the complainant can move safely between classes and activities;
- Ensuring that the complainant and respondent do not attend the same classes;
- Providing access to counseling services;
- Providing or assisting in providing medical services;
- Providing academic support services, such as tutoring; and
- Arranging for the complainant to re-take a course or withdraw from a class without penalty, including ensuring that any changes do not adversely affect the complainant’s academic record.
- These remedies may be applied to one, both, or multiple parties involved.
- Student respondents may be placed on interim suspension under the appropriate circumstances pending the outcome of the investigation. The College shall follow TBR Policy 3:02:00:02, General Regulations on Student Conduct & Disciplinary Sanctions and Cleveland State Community College Policy 3:02:00:01 before placing a student respondent on interim suspension.
- The College may, consistent with College policy, take any appropriate interim action with regard to employees, e.g. placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the matter.
- In situations that require immediate action because of safety or other concerns, the College will take any reasonable administrative action that is appropriate. Examples of such interim actions include, but are not limited to:
Education and Prevention Programs
The College will engage in comprehensive educational programming to prevent sexual misconduct. Educational programming consists of primary prevention and awareness programs for all incoming students and new employees and ongoing awareness and prevention campaigns for students, faculty, and staff that:
- Identifies domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking as prohibited conduct;
- Defines what behavior constitutes domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking;
- Defines what behavior and actions constitute consent to sexual activity in the State of Tennessee;
- Provides 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 and stalking against a person other than the bystander; and
- Provides information on risk reduction so that students and employees may recognize warning signs of abusive behavior and how to avoid potential attacks.
- The College will engage in comprehensive educational programming to prevent sexual misconduct. Educational programming consists of primary prevention and awareness programs for all incoming students and new employees and ongoing awareness and prevention campaigns for students, faculty, and staff that:
Assistance for Victims of Sexual Misconduct: Rights and Options
- Regardless of whether a victim elects to pursue a criminal complaint, the College will assist victims of sexual misconduct and will provide each victim with a written explanation of her/his rights as a member of the College.
- Additionally, in the Tennessee court system, a victim of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking has the following rights: the right to confer with the prosecution, right to be free from intimidation, harassment and abuse throughout the criminal justice system, the right to be present at all proceedings where the defendant has the right to be present, the right to be heard, when relevant, at all critical stages of the criminal justice process as defined by the General Assembly, the right to be informed of all proceedings, and of the release, transfer or escape of the accused or convicted person, the right to a speedy trial or disposition and a prompt and final conclusion of the case after the conviction or sentence, the right to restitution from the offender and the right to be informed of each of the rights established for victims. Information related to these rights may be found at Tennessee District Attorneys Victim Rights.
- Protection from abuse orders may be available through TNCOURTS.gov, with forms found at: Order of Protection Forms, and additional information related to such orders may be found at Tennessee Coalition to End Domestic & Sexual Violence.
- The College does not publish the name of crime victims nor maintain identifiable information regarding victims in the Daily Crime Log or in the release of timely warnings.
Resources for Victims of Sexual Misconduct
The resources listed below are not exhaustive or limited to victims who wish to make an official report or participate in an institutional hearing, police investigation or criminal prosecution. However, in cases where a victim wishes to maintain complete confidentiality, the victim should review carefully Section V. ¶A. Reporting Confidentially, related to the limits on the College’s ability to maintain confidentiality.
On Campus Resources
Department Location Phone Cleveland State ACCESS Center George L. Mathis Student Center, Room118 423-478-6217 Campus Police George L. Mathis Student Center, Basement 423-618-1720 Sexual Violence Hotline After Normal Business Hours 423-476-3886 Office of the Title IX Coordinator Director of Human Resources 423-478-6205 Conduct Officer Vice President of Student Services 423-478-6218
In the Cleveland Area
Organization Address Phone Police - City of Cleveland 100 Church Street NE-Cleveland TN 423-728-7311, ext. 0 Sheriff - Bradley County 2290 Blythe Avenue SE-Cleveland TN 37311 423-728-7300 Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Hotline Hotline for Bradley Co. and Polk Co. 423-476-3886 Athens City Police Dept. 815 N Jackson Street-Athens TN 37303 423-745-3687 McMinn Co. Sheriff Dept. 1319 S. White Street-Athens TN 37303 423-745-5613 City of Etowah Police Dept. 1317 S. Tennessee Avenue-Etowah TN 37331 423-263-7088 Monroe Co. Sheriff Dept. 319 Hickory Street-Madisonville TN 37354 423-442-4357 Madisonville Police Dept. 315 Englewood Rd-Madisonville TN 37354 423-442-4357 Meigs Co. Sheriff Dept. 410 River Road-Decatur TN 37322 423-334-5268 Decatur Police Dept. 120 N. Main Street-Decatur TN 37322 423-334-5268 Polk Co. Sheriff Dept. 164 Industrial Access Cir-Benton TN 37307 423-338-8215 Benton Police Dept. 6496 Hwy 411-Benton TN 37307 423-338-8215 SkyRidge Medical Center 2305 Chambliss Avenue-Cleveland TN 37311 423-559-6000 Starr Regional Medical Center 1114 West Madison Avenue-Athens TN 37303 423-745-1411 Sweetwater Hospital Association 304 Church Street-Sweetwater TN 37874 865-213-8200 The H.O.P.E. Center 704 W. Madison Avenue-Athens TN 37303 423-745-5289 (24 Hr helpline) Domestic Violence Intake Center (Protective Orders) http://www.tncourts.gov/programs/self-help-center/forms/order-protection-forms
- http://tncoalition.org/ - State Coalition Against Rape
- http://tncoalition.org/ - State Coalition Against Domestic Violence
- http://www.thehotline.org/ - Website for LGBTQ survivors of sexual or domestic violence and minority women survivors of sexual or domestic violence
- http://www.pandys.org/malesurvivors.html -Website for male survivors
- http://www.rainn.org – Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network
- http://www.ovw.usdoj.gov/sexassault.html - Department of Justice
- http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/index.html Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights
- On Campus Resources
The College, its officers, employees, or agents are strictly prohibited from retaliating, intimidating, threatening, coercing, or otherwise discriminating against any individual for exercising their rights or responsibilities under any provision of this policy. Retaliation will result in disciplinary measures, up to and including termination or expulsion.