Montgomery County Community College is committed to your full participation in all of its educational programs and activities. The College understands that Sexual Misconduct is a problem in our society, and even on college campuses.
The College takes any allegation of sexual misconduct seriously, as it gets in the way of your education, your job, your safety and your sense of well-being. Sexual misconduct includes discrimination based on sex, sexual harassment, dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking. The College's stand against sexual misconduct also includes any sexual misconduct you may have experienced as a result of your sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin.
The laws governing campus sexual misconduct or discrimination based on sex are Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972, the Reauthorized Violence Against Women Act and the Campus SAVE (Sexual Assault Violence Elimination) Act. The College has a Title IX Coordinator to oversee all its efforts at preventing sexual misconduct, responding promptly and equitably to instances of sexual misconduct, and fostering a climate of sexual respect.
It is the role of the Title IX Coordinator to oversee and coordinate the College’s commitment to compliance with Title IX, to help to ensure your safety and your full access and full participation in all programs and activities of the College. The Title IX Coordinator is charged with coordinating all responses to all complaints involving possible sex discrimination or sexual misconduct, including monitoring outcomes, identifying and addressing any patterns, assessing effects on the campus climate, making recommendations to remedy the effects of sex discrimination or sexual misconduct, and to prevent their recurrence.
If you are experiencing, or have recently experienced, any form of sex discrimination or sexual misconduct, please contact the Title IX Coordinator at 215-619-7393, or anyone on campus whom you trust. In an emergency or off-hours situation, always call 911 or Public Safety 215-641-6666 (Central) 610-718-1913 (West).
- Get to a safe place, talk to someone you trust, and get medical attention.
- Ask for help from Public Safety (215-641-6666) or the Title IX Coordinator (215-619-7383).
- Either Public Safety or the Title IX Coordinator will help you understand your options for reporting the assault to the College, the Police, or both; for counseling; and medical attention.
- Don't blame yourself, be kind to yourself, and take advantage of counseling resources, both on and off-campus.
- The College will assist you in finding medical providers, and licensed professional counselors, or call Victim Services directly at 1-888-521-0983.
- While the College is limited in assisting you without full and accurate information about the assault, the College will still assist you with all the necessary protections, including escorts and schedule adjustments, with which to keep you safe.
- The College has a continuing obligation to your safety, and an obligation to protect the rest of the campus community from similar incidents of assault. This means that at all times, the College has to carefully weigh your request for confidentiality against your safety, and the community's interest in its safety.
- Because of this ongoing duty to you and others on campus, the College is also sometimes obligated to issue a timely warning to the campus community, while doing everything possible to protect your identity and your privacy.
- Contact the Title IX Coordinator, or the Director of Public Safety, who will guide you in the process of filing a formal complaint with either, or both.
- When a complaint is lodged with the College, the College will conduct a fair and impartial investigation into the incident with trained investigators.
- If the investigation leads to a hearing, you will be advised of your rights before, during and after the hearing, and will be informed about its outcome. The College is obligated, and committed, to conducting the investigation into your complaint and to resolving the complaint promptly (within 60 days) and equitably (with due process rights for both yourself, and for the person who stands accused of hurting you).
- Whether or not you file a criminal complaint with the police, the College will still handle your complaint on its own and using its own process. It will investigate the complaint, review the evidence of your complaint using a preponderance of the evidence standard, and provide you with all the support you may need during, and after this process is completed.
- Counsel your friend if you see that an awkward situation is developing — encourage them to seek professional help.
- Distract potential misconduct that you are witnessing by distracting the would-be assaulter.
- Look out for your friends at a party and help them home if they have had too much to drink.
- Give friends you know who are experiencing dating or domestic violence your attention, and important community phone numbers.
- Talk to the College's Title IX Coordinator if you or a friend is experiencing sexual misconduct, including dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking.
Programs on Sexual Misconduct Prevention
The College has many regularly scheduled programs to learn about how to have healthy relationships, how to understand the full scope of sexual misconduct, how to identify the signs, how to prevent it from happening to you, and how to help a friend who is experiencing sexual misconduct. Announcements of upcoming programs will be printed on this web page in plenty of time for you to plan to attend them.
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. MCCC has joined forces with the Victim Services Center of Norristown in early fall to generate awareness for domestic violence and sexual assault, to provide education and to encourage bystander assistance.
April marks Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). Each spring the campus has joined forces with the Victim Services Center of Norristown to raise awareness about sexual violence and educate the campus community and individuals on prevention. The Sexual Assault Awareness Month focuses on providing education and tools on healthy sexuality and how individuals play a role in promoting healthy foundations for relationships, sexual respect, and sexual violence prevention.
The purpose of this program is to help create a culture on campus that supports survivors of sexual violence and does not tolerate perpetration of sexual violence. The program provides awareness education, risk-reduction strategies, bystander intervention techniques, and how to receive help.
Workshop: 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
3/7/17 Advanced Technology Center 101
3/8/17 South Hall Community Room
Responsible Employee Training
Under the College policy against Sexual Misconduct, employees in Student Affairs, Human Resources, Public Safety, the President, all Vice-Presidents, Directors and Deans, Coaches and Faculty Advisors, are designated responsible employees with a duty to report Title IX violations directly to the Title IX Coordinator, and to directly assist and inform any Title IX complainant who comes to them directly, of their options for confidential treatment, counseling, and filing complaints. If you are a designated responsible employee under our College policy, you are encouraged to attend these new training sessions. All are welcome, but responsible employees would benefit most from this training.
Workshop: 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
3/7/17 Advanced Technology Center 101 & South Hall 221 (videoconference)
4/6/17 South Hall 221 & Advanced Technology Center 101 (videoconference)
Effective Bystander Intervention Training
The purpose of this program is to help encourage bystanders to be active in the prevention of sexual violence. The program gives awareness education that aims to change attitudes and behaviors that promote violence and help identify intervention options.
Workshop: 11:30 PM - 12:30 PM
4/4/17 Advanced Technology Center 101
4/5/17 South Hall Community Room The College also offers online training in sexual misconduct prevention each semester to all new students and all employees –registered new students and new employees are invited to participate in these via college email addresses, on a semester basis.
Reporting Sexual Misconduct
All Programs, and the Lunch and Learn Workshops are presented by the Student Support and Referral Team in conjunction with Victim Services Center of Norristown.