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CAMPUS SAVE ACT:  Policy Concerning Sexual Assault,
Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking

Introduction

Norco College is committed to providing a safe learning and working environment. In compliance with federal law, specifically the Jeanne Clery Act and the Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act (SaVE Act), Norco College has adopted policies and procedures to prevent and respond to incidents of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. These guidelines apply to all members of the Norco College community (students, faculty, and staff) as well as contractors and visitors.

Norco College will not tolerate sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking, as defined in this Policy, in any form. Such acts of violence are prohibited by Norco College policy, as well as state and federal laws. Individuals who the College determines more likely than not engaged in these types of behaviors are subject to penalties up to and including dismissal or separation from Norco College, regardless of whether they are also facing criminal or civil charges in a court of law.

Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking

Sexual Assault refers to any sexual act directed against another person, forcibly and/or against the person’s will; or not forcibly or against the person’s will where the survivor is incapable of giving consent, as well as incest or statutory rape.

Domestic Violence includes felony or misdemeanor crimes of violence committed by:

  • A current or former spouse or intimate partner of the survivor;
  • A person with whom the survivor shares a child in common;
  • A person who is or was residing in the same household as the survivor; or
  • Any person against someone who is protected from that person’s acts under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction.

Dating Violence refers to violence committed by a person who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the survivor.

Stalking occurs when an individual engages in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to fear for his or her safety or the safety of others, or suffer substantial emotional distress.

Reporting an Incident

Norco College encourages any member of the college community who has experienced sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking, or knows of another member of the college community who has experienced sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking to report the incident to the College.

If a Norco College student, faculty or staff member, visitor, or contractor has experienced a sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking, they should immediately report the incident to the Norco College Police at 951-222-8171.

Individuals who are on campus can also make an in-person report at Norco College Campus Police.  Campus Police will assist all members of the Norco College community by assessing the incident, advising the survivor on how he or she can seek legal protection, and making the survivor aware of medical, counseling, and other support services. If a reported incident did not occur on campus, Norco College Campus Police can assist the survivor in notifying the local police department with jurisdiction over the crime. In case of an emergency or ongoing threat, a survivor should get to a safe location and call 911. Calling 911 will put you in touch with local police.

Students who have experienced a sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking may also report an incident to the Dean of Student Life located in the Center for Student Success Building, 2nd Floor at 2001 3rd Street, Norco, CA  92860 or 951-372-7021, or to the District’s Title IX Coordinator at 951-328-3874.

Employees who have experienced a sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking may also report an incident to the Offices of Human Resources at 951-328-3874.

These offices will provide survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking with information about available support services and resources, and also assist any survivor in notifying law enforcement, including the local police, if the survivor elects to do so.

Survivors are not required to report to area law enforcement in order to receive assistance from or pursue any options within Norco College.

Reporting sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking to the police (including the Norco College Police Department) does not commit the survivor to further legal action. However, the earlier an incident is reported, the easier it will be for the police to investigate, if the survivor decides to proceed with criminal charges.

Written Notification of Right and Options

Any student or employee, who reports an incident of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking, whether the incident occurred on or off campus, shall receive a written explanation of their rights and options as provided for under this policy.

These rights and options include the right(s) of a survivor to:

  1. Go to court, and to file a domestic abuse complaint requesting an order restraining your attacker from abusing you, and/or an order directing your attacker to leave your household, building, school, college, or workplace;
  2. Seek a criminal complaint for threats, assault and battery, or other related offenses;
  3. Seek medical treatment (the police will arrange transportation for you to the nearest hospital or otherwise assist you in obtaining medical treatment if you wish);
  4. Request the police remain at the scene until your safety is otherwise ensured;
  5. Request that a police officer assist you by arranging transportation or by taking you to a safe place, such as a shelter or a family or friend's residence; and
  6. Obtain a copy of the police incident report at no cost from the police department.

Procedures Survivors Should Follow

If an incident of sexual assault, domestic assault, dating violence, or stalking occurs, it is important to preserve evidence so that successful criminal prosecution remains an option.

The survivor of a sexual assault should not wash, shower or bathe, douche, brush teeth, comb hair, or change clothes prior to a medical exam or treatment. If a survivor has removed the clothing he or she was wearing during the assault prior to seeking medical treatment, that clothing should be placed in a brown paper, not plastic, bag and brought to the hospital when treatment is sought. If the survivor is still wearing the clothes that he or she was wearing during an assault, he or she should bring a change of clothes with him or her to the hospital so that the clothes containing possible evidence can be preserved and examined for evidence of the crime.

Evidence of violence, such as bruising or other visible injuries, following an incident of sexual assault, or domestic or dating violence, should be documented by taking a photograph. Evidence of stalking, including any communications such as written notes, email, voice mail, or other electronic communications sent by the stalker, should be saved and not altered in any way.

On Campus and Off Campus Resources

Norco College, the City of Norco, and the County of Riverside, all offer other important resources to the survivors of sexual assault, domestic assault, dating violence, or stalking, including medical treatment, counseling services, and advocacy that survivors may wish to utilize.

The following Norco College employees and on campus offices can assist members of the Norco College community in considering their options and navigating through any resources or recourse they may elect to pursue.

A survivor need not formally report an incident of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking to law enforcement or Norco College in order to access the following resources:

Norco College Departments:

Dean of Student Life, Center for Student Success Building, 2nd floor 951-372-7021
Student Health & Psychological Services, Lower Level Library 951-372-7046
Title IX Coordinator, Diversity and Human Resources 951-328-3874

Off-Campus Resources Available:

Riverside Rape Crisis Center  951-686-7273
The Trevor Project (LGBT Hotline)  866-488-7386
Safe Link, 24-hour Multilingual Resource 877-785-2020

National Sexual Assault Hotline

800-656-4673

Accommodations

Regardless of whether a student or employee reports an incident of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking to law enforcement or pursues any formal action, if they report such an incident to the College, Norco College is committed to providing them a safe learning or working environment as possible. Upon request, Norco College will make any reasonably available change to a survivor’s academic, transportation, and/or working situation if employed at the college. When a reported incident of abuse involves more than one member of the Norco College community, the District’s Title IX Coordinator, Dean of Student Life, or Norco College Police Department may also issue an institutional No Contact order, prohibiting the individuals from contacting one another, either on or off campus. Students may contact the Dean of Students’ office for assistance, and employees may contact the Office of Human Resources for assistance.

Norco College Campus Police officers will advise survivors of a reported incident of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking about how to seek a restraining order from a criminal court that directs the accused to refrain from abuse and to leave the survivor’s household, building, school, college, or workplace.

Norco College is committed to ensuring that orders of protection issued by courts are fully upheld on all College-owned, used, and controlled property as well as properties immediately adjacent to Norco College. Therefore, if any member of the Norco College community obtains an order of protection or restraining order, he or she should promptly inform Norco College Police and provide them with a copy of that order, so that the College can enforce it. Norco College is also committed to protecting survivors from any further harm, and if the Norco College Police Department determines that an individual’s presence on campus poses a danger to one or more members of the College community, they can issue an institutional No Contact or No Trespass Order barring that individual from Norco College property.

Survivor Confidentiality

Norco College recognizes the sensitive nature of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking incidents. We are committed to protecting the privacy of individuals who report incidents of abuse, to the extent that doing so is permitted by law and consistent with the College’s need to protect the safety of the community. Different Norco College officials and personnel are able to offer varying levels of privacy protections to survivors.

Riverside Community College District requires all College employees, with the exception of licensed medical professionals who work at the Student Health & Psychological Services Clinic, mental health counselors who work at the Student Health & Psychological Services Clinic,  the College’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Advocate, to share with the College’s Title IX Coordinator information they learn concerning a report of sexual assault, or an incident of domestic or dating violence, or stalking, so that the Title IX Coordinator can investigate the incidents, track trends (including possible multiple reports involving the same assailant) and determine whether steps are needed to ensure the safety of the community. It is the survivor’s choice whether he or she wishes to participate in the investigation; however the College may proceed with an investigation without the survivor’s participation if there is a concern for the safety of other members of the community.

Reports made to the Norco College Campus Police  will be shared with the Title IX Coordinator in all cases, and may also be made public (maintaining the survivor’s anonymity) and shared with the accused in cases where criminal prosecution is pursued. Reports received by the College concerning the abuse of a minor or juvenile must be reported to state officials in compliance with state law requiring mandatory reporting of child abuse. All members of the Norco College community are required by College policy to report any instances of known child abuse or neglect to the police, and the police will in turn report such information to the appropriate state authorities.

Reports and information received by Norco’s medical professionals, mental health counselors are considered legally protected or ‘privileged’ under California law. Thus, those individuals will not share information they learn from survivors with others within the institution (including the College’s Title IX Coordinator) or with any third party except in cases of imminent danger to the victim or third party. Absent of such circumstances of imminent danger, the only information that these employees will report to the College concerning incidents is statistical information, which does not identify the survivor, so that the incident can be included in the College’s crime reporting statistics that are reported in Norco’s annual Clery Reports. Such crime reporting statistics are also included in a Title IX trend report maintained by the College.

Reports of sexual assault, domestic or dating violence, or stalking, which are shared with the District Title IX Coordinator or other College officials, and will be treated with the greatest degree of respect and privacy possible while still fulfilling Norco’s obligation to investigate and effectively respond to the report. Every effort will be made to limit the scope of information shared to keep it to a minimum of detail, and only when absolutely necessary. It is the survivor’s choice whether to participate in the investigation; however the College may proceed with the investigation without the survivor’s participation if there is a potential threat to other members of the community.

A survivor’s ability to speak in confidence and with confidentiality may be essential to his or her recovery. Norco College thus expects employees to treat information they learn concerning incidents of reported sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking with as much respect and as much privacy as possible. College employees must share such information only with those College officials who must be informed of the information pursuant to College policy. Failure by a Norco College employee to maintain privacy in accordance with Norco College policy will be grounds for discipline.

While federal law requires Norco College to include certain reported incidents of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking among its annual campus crime statistics, such information will be reported in a manner that does not permit identification of survivors.

Norco College Educational Programs

Norco College is committed to increasing the awareness of and prevention of violence. Norco College makes continued efforts to provide students and employees with education programing, and strategies intended to prevent rape, acquaintance rape, sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking before they occur.

To address the issue of sexual assaults, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking in a college environment, Norco College offers practical guidance for risk reduction, violence prevention, and bystander intervention. Some of this information can be found below:

New Student Orientation/Faculty Back to College Days – New student orientation programs along with faculty workshops addressing active bystander awareness, support services, medical amnesty, wellness, and personal safety are delivered by members of Health Services, Student Services, and the Norco College Police Department to first time students and returning faculty.

Safety Escorts – The Norco College Police Department provides safety escorts twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. This service provides students, faculty, and staff with walking or motor vehicle escort between locations on campus.

Crime Bulletins and Alerts – The Riverside Community College District Police Department periodically distributes crime bulletins or alerts to inform members of the Norco community about incidents of crime in the areas surrounding the College that may pose an imminent threat of harm to members of the community.

New Employee Orientation – All new employees receive training on Sexual Harassment and Title IX through the Office of Human Resources. The Norco College Safety Committee also provides all employees with information concerning issues of safety and personal awareness as well as Emergency Preparedness.

Office of Diversity and Human Resources Programs – The staff of the Office of Diversity and Human Resources provide educational sessions for staff and faculty focusing on issues related to campus climate, gender issues, power and privilege, sexual assault, conflict resolution, and helping skills. These programs are made available to the District Community throughout the year.