Additional Security Policies
Sexual assaults, including date/acquaintance rape, are a very serious concern of SCCC. The College investigates all reported incidents of sexual assault and cooperates fully with all such investigations by outside law enforcement agencies. The survivor's confidentiality is protected in any investigation, and the College pledges to treat all sexual assault complaints with sensitivity, understanding and professionalism. All students, not only victims of sexual assault, should be familiar with the Disciplinary Proceedings involved regarding sexual assault. Statistics show that a very high percentage of date/acquaintance rapes involve the consumption of alcohol - by the rapist, by the victim, or by both. Lower your risk of becoming a victim of sexual assault by responsible drinking, or not drinking at all, and with alertness in potentially threatening situations with anyone who may have been drinking. It is never appropriate to force or pressure sexual acts on someone; intoxication is not a legal defense for sexual assault.
The College considers sex offenses as acts of violence, which may be adjudicated by the criminal court system as well as the College's disciplinary system. Students found responsible for committing a sexual offense will receive punishment that could include expulsion from the College. Both the victim and the accused are entitled to the same opportunities to have others present during a disciplinary proceeding and both will be informed of the outcome of any campus disciplinary proceeding alleging a sex offense.
Victims of sex offenses are strongly encouraged to report the incident to the Security Department, SLC Manager, or any Department on Campus as soon after the crime has occurred as is practical. Crimes, which occur off-campus, should be reported to the jurisdiction in which the crime occurred (Security will assist individuals who are unsure of whom to contact). Should a victim request it, campus authorities will provide prompt assistance in notifying the police or other law enforcement agency. The safety and well being of sex offense victims are the primary concerns of College officials.
Evidence should be preserved so that it might be later used in the prosecution of the offense.
• DO NOT change your clothing.
• DO NOT clean your clothing or bathe yourself
• DO NOT apply medication
If you do so, you may destroy evidence. Write down a good description of the assailant, specifying any identifying marks, scars, or tattoos. Include the assailant’s clothing, eye color and hair color. In conducting a through investigation of a rape or assault, officers will ask you many questions and will go over details of the crime. Additional interviews may be necessary because a victim frequently remembers information and details during subsequent interviews. The interviews may be unpleasant, but are not intended to embarrass or intimidate victims. If desired, a counselor will be called for victims of sexual assault or rape. The counselor will accompany victims through the examination and is trained to help.
Any victim of an alleged assault or rape incident shall have the right to request assistance in changing academic and/or living situations and be granted the request if such changes are reasonably available.
If you are attacked be realistic about your ability to protect yourself. Yelling, hitting or biting may give you a chance to escape, but it may also lead to further harm. Cooperate with the attacker if your life is in danger. Never feel guilty about what you did - or did not - decide to do. REMEMBER: Every emergency situation is different. Only you can decide which course of action is appropriate. Equally important is to be knowledgeable about Acquaintance or Date Rape. Don’t be a victim. Additional information may be obtained from the Security Department.
The City of Liberal also has a Rape/Domestic Violence Crisis Center. The telephone number is listed in the section for Emergency Numbers. They will also be able to provide information on Rape Aggression Defense. RAD is a female self-defense program designed to combat sexual assault and rape. This program is designed for the average woman who chooses to use the option of physical self-defense. Certified instructors teach RAD and the course is physically and mentally challenging, however, it is also taught in a fun and friendly atmosphere. The following areas are covered in class:
Awareness - Awareness and risk reduction discussion covering such issues as home and personal safety, date rape, carrying mace and/or other weapons.
Technique - Teaches self-defense techniques that can be used in a variety of confrontational situations.
Simulation - Realistic simulation attack where a person is dressed in padded equipment to give class participants the opportunity to practice their techniques.
The Kansas Sexual Offender Registration Act of 1996 allows public access to a list of convicted registered Kansas sexual offenders. In compliance with the Jeanne Cleary Act, this information can be accessed at:
Sexual Harassment Policy
Harassment of any student or staff member on the basis of sex shall be considered a violation of college policy. Conduct involving unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature shall be considered to constitute sexual harassment. Prohibited is any behavior that represents repeated or unwanted sexual attention that is made a condition of reward or penalty. In determining whether alleged behavior constitutes sexual harassment, Seward County Community College will examine the record as a whole and all aspects or circumstances, such as the nature of sexual advances and the context in which the alleged incidents occurred. Students or employees who feel they have been a victim of sexual harassment should contact the Dean of Administrative Services, the president or his designee. They will be advised of their rights and policies and procedures of the grievance process. They will also be advised of external resources and the option for notifying local campus security and local law enforcement authorities. All these policies and procedures are maintained to be in compliance with the Higher Educations Amendment of 1992, Section 485 (F).
Pursuant to K.S.A. 74-7333, as amended, a crime victim has the following rights in Kansas:
1. Victims should be treated with courtesy, compassion, and with respect for the dignity and privacy and should suffer the minimum of necessary inconvenience from their involvement with the criminal justice system.
2. Victims should receive, through formal and informal procedures, prompt and fair redress for the harm, which they suffered.
3. Information regarding the availability of criminal restitution, recovery of damages in a civil cause of action, the crime victims compensation fund and other remedies and the mechanisms to obtain such remedies should be made to victims.
4. Information should be made available to victims about their participation in criminal proceedings and the scheduling, progress and ultimate disposition of the proceedings.
5. The views and concerns of victims should be ascertained and the appropriate assistance provided throughout the criminal process.
6. When the personal interests of the victim are affected, the views or concerns of the victim should, when appropriate and consistent with criminal law and the procedure, be brought to the attention of the court.
7. Measures may be taken when necessary to provide for the safety of victims and their families and to protect them from intimidation and retaliation.
8. Enhanced training should be made available to sensitize criminal justice personnel to the needs and concerns of victims and guidelines should be developed for this purpose.
9. Victims should be informed of the availability of health and social services and other relevant assistance that they might continue to receive the necessary medical, psychological, and social assistance through existing programs and services.
Victims should report the crime and cooperate with law enforcement authorities.
The College has the basic obligation to maintain orderly and equitable conduct of its affairs, free of intimidation and harassment. While peaceful and orderly protest and dissent are the right of all members of the College community, any action from any quarter that obstructs or interferes with the fulfillment of this basic obligation cannot be permitted. Such obstruction or interference will be subject to disciplinary action, which may include dismissal from the College. SCCC Personnel may ask attendees to leave public events at the College for improper behavior. Victims and Suspects are afforded the same rights and to the same opportunities to have others present during a Campus Disciplinary Proceeding.
The possession or use of firearms, ammunition, air guns, spring guns, or hazardous chemicals is forbidden on campus as outlined in the rules and regulations of SCCC. College, local, and state law forbids possession and use of fireworks in Liberal and violators will be fined.
Hazing is prohibited by the College and is against the law in the state of Kansas.
Actions that threaten or endanger in any way the personal safety or security of an individual are grave offenses.
Theft or damage of the property of individuals or of the College subjects students to disciplinary action or criminal prosecution. Financial responsibility for criminal damage to College property will be assigned to any individual(s) who commit such acts. Destruction of property can interrupt your learning and social life. Report any instances of damage to College authorities immediately. Remember - destroying property isn't very smart, but it is illegal and costly. Anyone who steals equipment, furniture or books from campus is actually stealing from you! Everyone deserves the right to use College facilities at their best - to enjoy and benefit from campus life as much as possible. Remember - keeping quiet about theft doesn't pay; it costs.
Students charged with violations of the standards of conduct are subject to disciplinary action through the established disciplinary procedures of the College. When violations are determined to have occurred, the College will impose disciplinary sanctions on students and employees, consistent with local, state, and federal law. Depending upon the circumstances of the case, the sanctions available to the College include: warning, probation, monetary fines, suspension, expulsion, or referral for prosecution by public authorities. Victims and Suspects are afforded the same rights and to the same opportunities to have others present during a Campus Disciplinary Proceeding.