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Sexual Misconduct Policy

Blue Ridge Community College and the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) will not tolerate sexual misconduct in any form. Sexual misconduct is a flagrant violation of the values and behavioral expectations of a college community. All reported violations within the jurisdiction of the College, including sexual assault and harassment, will be investigated and, as warranted, will be resolved through appropriate college disciplinary processes and/or criminal proceedings in accordance with applicable state and federal laws. (c.f. The Virginia Community College System Policy Manual, Section 3.10, Appendixes III and XVII to Section 3, and Section 6.5.6.2).

An educational institution is a community of trust whose very existence depends on the recognition of each individual’s importance and value. This trust creates the freedom for each individual to live, think, act, and speak without fear of physical harm. Sexual misconduct shatters the bond of trust within a college community. If you believe that a member of the college community has violated this policy, we encourage you to follow the reporting procedures outlined below.

Sexual assault and sexual harassment are behaviors specifically prohibited by this policy. Definitions of these behaviors are available from the Dean of Student Services in the Advising Center on the first floor of Houff Student Center.

Reporting Procedures

Students who believe that they have been subjected to sexual assault or harassment should report their complaint as soon as possible after the event occurs. Reports of sexual misconduct by another student may be made to the Dean of Student Services located in the Advising Center on the first floor of Houff Student Center at the Weyers Cave campus, x2332, or to the Vice President of Instruction and Student Services.

Students’ allegations involving college employees may be reported to the supervisor of the accused employee or the College Human Resource Director x2371, or the Dean of Student Services.

Existing disciplinary and grievance procedures will serve as the framework for resolving allegations of sexual misconduct. Students found guilty of sexual misconduct will be subject to campus disciplinary penalties found in the Student Handbook. College employees found guilty of sexual misconduct will be subject to disciplinary action as specified by personnel policies. In addition, employees and students may face criminal prosecution in the event of violations of applicable laws. The College also reserves the right to refer a complaint to a law enforcement agency if it appears that a crime may have been committed.

The rights of both the accused and the complainant shall be protected, and the confidentiality of proceedings will be maintained to the fullest extent possible. The rights of the individual filing the grievance to pursue legal remedies through criminal or civil courts will not be infringed by use of College disciplinary or grievance procedures. Similarly, College disciplinary or grievance procedures will not be prejudiced by the initiation of such action.