Rights and Options of Those Who Report/disclose

Those who report any type of sexual misconduct, including sexual harassment, sexual assault, stalking, and intimate partner violence, to a College employee will be informed in a timely manner of all their rights and options, including the necessary steps and potential outcomes of each option. When choosing a reporting resource the following information should be considered:

  • All reports of sexual misconduct, including sexual harassment, sexual assault and intimate, stalking, and partner violence, will be treated seriously and with dignity by the College.
  • Referrals to off-campus counseling and medical services are available immediately and confidentially, whether or not those who report an assault feel ready to make any decisions about reporting the assault to police, the Dean of Students, Tim St.James or the College’s Title IX Coordinator, Yhara Zelinka.
  • Those who have been assaulted have the right to take both legal action (criminal/civil action) and action in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct and Policy Against Harassment against the individual allegedly responsible.
  • Those who may wish that her/his report of an assault to be handled in a confidential manner may contact the Sexual Assault Crisis Services of Connecticut or The Network Against Domestic Abuse both of whom are bound by state statutes and professional ethics to maintain confidentiality without written releases.

Options for Changing Academic, Transportation and Working Arrangements

Asnuntuck Community College will provide assistance to those involved in a report of sexual harassment, sexual assault or intimate partner violence, including but not limited to, reasonably available options for changing academic, campus transportation or working situations as well as honoring lawful protective or temporary restraining orders.

Agency Contact Information

It is the Policy of the College that whenever the College’s Title IX Coordinator or other employee receives a report that a student, faculty or staff member has been subjected to sexual misconduct, including sexual harassment, sexual assault, stalking, or intimate partner violence, the College’s Title IX Coordinator or other employee shall immediately provide student, faculty or staff member with contact information for and, if requested, professional assistance in accessing and using campus, local advocacy, counseling, health, and mental health services. The following list of services, including contact information, is provided for this purpose:

  • 211 –Confidential and free service that provides crisis intervention assistance to those in need. Dial 211 or you may call 1-800-203-1234 or http://www.211ct.or
  • The Network:  24-hour Hotline phone number (860) 763-4542  Statewide hotline Phone (888) 774-2900 (24 hour crisis hotline) http://thenetworkct.org
  • YWCA/Sexual Assault Crisis Service: 24-hour Hotline (888) 999-5545.   Spanish (888) 568-8332
  • Connecticut Alliance To End Sexual Violence. Please call their confidential 24-hour hotline English – (888) 999-5545, Spanish – (888) 568-8332, local Hartford – (860) 547-1022
  • Community Health Resources –a private, non-profit, community-based system of behavioral health care. Additional information about CHR is available online: www.chrhealth.org
  • Enfield Social Services: need based services to the community in order to sustain or improve the quality of life, with respect and appreciation for human and cultural differences. Enfield Social Services website  http://enfield-ct.gov/429/Social-Services
  • Enfield Police Department –(860) 763-6400
  • Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, 114 Woodland Street, Hartford, CT (860) 714-4000
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255)  www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org
  • New Directions of North Central Connecticut (860) 741-3001 http://newdirectionsct.org/
  • GLBT National Help Center 1-888-843-4564 help@GLBThotline.org http://www.glbthotline.org/ 
  • Trans Lifeline: a hotline dedicated to the well being of transgender people, run by transgender people 877-565-8860  www.translifeline.org

 

Right to Notify Law Enforcement & Seek Protective and Other Orders

Those who report being subjected to sexual misconduct, including harassment, sexual assault or intimate partner violence, shall be provided written information about her/his right to:

(1) Notify law enforcement and receive assistance from campus authorities in making the notification; and,

(2) Obtain a protective order, apply for a temporary restraining order or seek enforcement of an existing order. Such orders include:

  • standing criminal protective orders;
  • protective orders issued in cases of stalking, harassment, sexual assault, or risk of injury to or impairing the morals of a child;
  • temporary restraining orders or protective orders prohibiting the harassment of a witness;
  • relief from physical abuse by a family or household member or person in a dating relationship;
  • family violence protective orders.

Information pertaining to how to apply for a restraining order is available at:

http://jud.ct.gov/Publications/fm142.pdf  as well as through the Office for Victim Services.

In addition, the Office of Victim Services (OVS), Connecticut Judicial Branch, is the state’s lead agency established to provide services to victims of violent crime. For further information, including contact information for the OVS, see: http://jud.ct.gov/crimevictim/index.html or call 1-800-822-8428.

Students should be aware that under Connecticut law (Public Act 12-114, entitled An Act Concerning Domestic Violence) that became effective on October 1, 2012, among other provisions, requires clerks of court, upon request of the protected person, to send notice of a protective order to the President and the special police force, if any, at the College or University at which the victim is enrolled. The full text of the statute can be found at: http://www.cga.ct.gov/2012/ACT/PA/2012PA-00114-R00HB-05548-PA.htm

Rights of Both the Reported Victim and the Accused

Additionally, both the reported victim and the accused student are entitled to the following:

  • to be accompanied to any meeting or proceeding by an advisor or support person of their choice, provided that the advisor or support person does not cause a scheduled meeting to be delayed or postponed;
  • to request that student conduct proceedings begin promptly;
  • to have student conduct proceedings be conducted by an official trained in issues relating to sexual assault and intimate partner violence;
  • to present information, including other persons, on their behalf;
  • to have the student conduct proceedings use the more likely than not standard in determining whether a violation of the Expectations for Student Conduct has been committed, i. e., whether it is more likely than not that the reported act of sexual misconduct, including sexual harassment, sexual assault or intimate partner violence, was committed by the accused student.
  • to be informed in writing of the results of the proceeding as soon as possible after it concludes, normally no later than the next business day after it concludes; and
  • consistent with the requirements of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and  other federal and state laws, have their identities kept confidential.

 

For any questions regarding Title IX please contact Yhara Zelinka, Academic Advisor and Title IX/Diversity Coordinator at the Center for Advising & Student Achievement (C.A.S.A) Room 111 (860) 253-3092 or yzelinka@asnuntuck.edu