Campus Reporting & Disciplinary Policies
The College educates the staff and student community about dating violence, domestic violence, any form of sexual assault – including but not limited to acquaintance or date rape – and stalking through many different on-campus events each semester. Primary and ongoing prevention and awareness programming and training are designed to promote healthy gender relations through dialogue and education and to work toward the elimination of sexual violence. Domestic violence workshops are offered twice a year through the Student and Employee Assistance Programs/Substance Abuse Resource Center (SEAP/SARC) with a Domestic Violence Program on the horizon. The Police Department offers specialized sexual assault education and information programs to college students and employees upon request. Literature on date rape education, bystander intervention, risk reduction, and prevention is available through the Office of the Campus Police, the Director of Student Life and Activities office and through Student and Employee Assistance Programs/Substance Abuse Resource Center (SEAP/SARC), Risk Management.
If you are a victim of a sexual assault at this institution, your first priority should be to get to a place of safety. You should then obtain necessary medical treatment. The Central Texas College District Police Department strongly advocates that a victim of sexual assault report the incident in a timely manner. Time is a critical factor for evidence collection and preservation. An assault should be reported as soon as possible directly to a campus police officer and/or to the Director of Student Life. Reports of incidents of sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking may also be made to the Central Texas College District Title IX Compliance Officer. Further, all Central Texas College District employees are obligated to report sexual misconduct of which they become aware, unless they have a legally recognized confidentiality privilege, such as physicians and counselors. When making a complaint, a victim should include dates, times, places, witnesses, and specifics of what was said and done. The complaint should also list any proposed resolutions, accommodations or protections requested by the student regardless of whether the incident was reported to law enforcement.
Filing a police report with a Campus officer will not obligate the victim to prosecute, nor will it subject the victim to scrutiny or judgmental opinions from officers or other College personnel. Filing a police report will: • ensure that a victim of sexual assault receives the necessary medical treatment and tests, at no expense to the victim; • provide the opportunity for collection of evidence helpful in prosecution, which cannot be obtained later (ideally a victim of sexual assault should not wash, douche, use the toilet, or change clothing prior to a medical/legal exam) or may be helpful in obtaining a protection order; • assure the victim has access to free confidential counseling from counselors specifically trained in the area of sexual assault crisis intervention.
The victim of a sexual assault may choose for the investigation to be pursued through the criminal justice system and the Student Code of Conduct process, or only the latter. A College representative from the Police Department or the SEAP/SARC will help guide the victim through the available options and support the victim in his or her decision. Central Texas College District will provide him or her written explanation of their rights and options – regardless whether the offense occurred on or off campus. Various counseling options are available from the College through the SEAP, which coordinates its efforts with support services outside the College system and can be obtained through the Rape and Sexual Abuse Center and the Victim’s Assistance Programs with both Bell and Coryell Counties. College disciplinary proceedings, as well as special guidelines for cases involving sexual misconduct, are detailed in CTC's Student Handbook. Disciplinary actions relating to sexual assault/sexual misconduct, allows the accused and the victim to have a support person, process advisor, and/or legal counsel present during all meetings/ proceedings, and/or disciplinary hearings. However, their role will be limited to being present only; they are not allowed to actively participate in the process (legal counsel can advise them whether or not to answer questions). Both the victim and accused will be informed in writing of a) the outcome of the hearing and b) Central Texas College District’s procedures to appeal the result of the disciplinary proceeding, if available, c) any change to the result, and d) when the results of the investigation or disciplinary proceeding become final. A student accused of violating the College sexual misconduct policy could be criminally prosecuted in the state courts whether found guilty or not in the College proceedings.
Investigations will be handled according to the section Resolution of a Student Complaint of Sexual Discrimination or Harassment in CTC’s Student Handbook, and in the case of an accused student, the Student Conduct Code. Any investigative or disciplinary proceedings that arise from a complaint of sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, or stalking will be determined by a preponderance of the available evidence. These proceedings will be conducted by officials who receive annual training on the issues related to dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking and on how to conduct an investigation and/or hearing process that protects the safety of victims and promotes accountability. The complainant, respondent, and appropriate officials will be provided timely and equal access to any information that will be used during the informal and formal disciplinary meetings and hearings. If found guilty, the accused may be suspended or expelled from the College for the first offense. Student victims have the option to change their academic and/or on-campus living situations after an alleged sexual assault, if such changes are reasonably available.