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Pima County Community College District Standard Practice Guide

SPG Title: Sexual Violence
SPG Number: 
SPG-1505/AA
Effective Date: 5/30/96
Approval Date: 5/29/96          
Review Date(s): 4/7/03
Revision Date(s):  4/7/03
Sponsoring Unit/Department:  AVC Administrative Services and Facilities
Regulation Title & No.: Sexual Violence, RG-1505/A
Board Policy Title & No.: Institutional Security, BP-1505 
Legal Reference: Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistic Act; 34 CFR Part 668 (Student Assistance General Provisions); Arizona Revised Statutes, Title 13, Chapter 14
Cross Reference: Department of Public Safety Operational Directive 907, Sexual Assault; Personnel Policy Statement for College Employees; Student Rights and Responsibilities


The purpose of this procedure is to implement Board Policy on Institutional Security as it relates to sexual violence.

For the purpose of this procedure, the definition of sexual violence is any unwanted sexual contact or attention achieved by force, threats, bribes, manipulation, pressure, tricks or violence. Sexual violence may be physical or non-physical and includes sexual assault (rape), attempted sexual assault and acquaintance rape.

Sexual violence is committed by strangers and, more often, acquaintances, friends or relatives.  Anyone can become a victim of sexual violence, regardless of age, race or income level. Pima Community College shall provide an environment that will, to the greatest extent possible, preclude the occurrence of and encourage the reporting of sexual violence.

SECTION 1 - REPORTING RESPONSIBILITIES

1.1   Victims are encouraged to report acts of sexual violence to the Department of Public Safety as soon as possible. The Department of Public Safety shall post 24-hour emergency telephone numbers at various locations on all campuses or otherwise provide for emergency contact with the Department, such as, direct telephone lines in all elevators and other locations.

1.2   Any student or employee who witness sexual violence or is informed about an alleged sexual offense shall, as soon as possible, contact the Department of Public Safety.

1.3   The Department of Public Safety is responsible for the dissemination of sexual assault statistics to the college community. Sexual assault statistics shall be published annually and provided to the student population in accordance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistic Act.

SECTION 2-PREVENTION AND EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS

The College will utilize a number of strategies and activities specifically designed to educate the college community regarding sexual offense issues and to promote awareness of strategies to prevent sexual assault, rape, acquaintance rape, and other sexual offenses.

2.1   Campus Presidents/Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Student Development

2.1.1 Campus Presidents or designee will provide workshops for all employees and students. All Campus Presidents or designee will provide to the student population information on sexual violence prevention and assistance.

2.1.2 Campus Presidents or designee will provide for the display of posters, flyers, brochures, etc. that relate to sexual violence.

2.1.3 The Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Student Development or designee responsibilities are similar to the Campus Presidents for employees at the DCO/DSSC.

2.2   Dean of Student Development

2.2.1 The Deans of Student Development or designee will be responsible for preparing, scheduling and conducting the various workshops or other educational programs dealing with sexual violence.

2.2.2 The Deans of Student Development or designee will be responsible for the selection of locations for the display of posters, flyers, brochures or other educational materials relating to sexual violence.

2.2.3 The Deans of Student Development or designee will ensure that all education support faculty are provided with training in the area of sexual violence counseling.

2.3   Department of Public Safety

2.3.1 The Department of Public Safety will provide assistance and expertise in the preparation of workshops or other educational programs and will provide, as needed, assistance in the presentation of information about the role of the Department in sexual offense response and investigation.

The Department of Public Safety will be responsible for the acquisition of posters, flyers, brochures or other educational materials relating to sexual violence.

2.3.3 The Department of Public Safety will provide a cost-free videotape loan program for the college community. The videotapes will cover various aspects of sexual violence. The Department will also provide a videotape viewing area, so the programs can be viewed by persons without video players.

2.3.4 The Department of Public Safety will provide to the College student newspaper (The Aztec Press), the Bulletin, articles and information on the prevention of sexual violence to be published at least twice yearly, during the Spring and Fall semesters.

2.3.5 The Department of Public Safety will provide assistance and referral information electronically to the college community through the Pima Info Web.

2.4   Human Resources and Affirmative Action Office

2.4.1 Human Resources and the Affirmative Action Office will assist in the development of sexual violence workshops by providing expert presenters in the various aspects of the workshops.

2.4.2 Human Resources and the Affirmative Action Office will be responsible for preparing, scheduling and conducting the workshops or other educational programs dealing with sexual violence for all College employees.

2.4.2.1 These employee-related workshops should include information on receiving reports of sexual violence, reporting incidents of sexual violence to the Department of Public Safety, and where to refer victims for assistance.

SECTION 3 - CRISIS RESPONSE TEAM

The College will establish a Crisis Response Team, which will be activated by the Department of Public Safety in the event of an alleged sexual offense.

3.1   Once the Department of Public Safety becomes aware of an alleged sexual offense, the Department will implement criminal investigative procedures outlined in its Departmental Procedure Manual. These procedures provide specific details on the investigative requirements of sexual offenses and compliance with federal, state and local criminal justice policies.

3.2   In addition to implementing investigative procedures, the Department of Public Safety is responsible for making notifications to all appropriate members of the Crisis Response Team, including but not limited to:

  • Appropriate Campus President or designee.
  • The Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Student Development or designee (for incidents at DCO/DSSC or non-campus areas).
  • The Vice Chancellor for Human Resources or designee (when college employee is involved).
  • Other Community Services as needed (i.e. Rape Crisis Center, Victim Witness Program, Mental Health Services, Medical Services).