Sexual Misconduct

Statement

The College is committed to creating a community that is safe and supportive of people of all gender and sexual identities; the Policy on Sexual Misconduct and Relationship Violence pertains to the entire campus community, whether on ground or virtual, students, faculty, and staff. Two of the College’s primary concerns are the health and well-being of each individual and fostering healthy interpersonal relationships. The principles of the Board of Regents Policy on Student Conduct (integrity, equity, respect and responsibility) address elements necessary for healthy interpersonal relationships and these principles are especially important when relationships become intimate.

Sexual intimacy is permissible only if it is agreed to by all participants and all activity is affirmatively consensual at all times. Sexual misconduct, including sexual harassment, sexual assault and intimate partner violence, against anyone is unacceptable and is both a crime under State law and a violation of College policies, including but not limited to: The Board of Regents Policy on Student Conduct, and the Gateway Community College Sexual Relationships. The College is committed to providing an environment free of personal offenses.

At planned sessions before and throughout the academic year, students are presented information designed to create student awareness communicating the prevalence of sexual assault and present tools for students to empower themselves to take a stand against sexual assault. Training is also planned for faculty, staff members, and administrators. Each entering student is given an emergency sexual assault notification card that explains available services for victims of sexual assault, as well as the immediate response role of College personnel.

 

Reporting sexual misconduct

Reports of sexual misconduct are made to:

Dean of Student Affairs
Room N220 – Student Affairs
(203) 285-2210

Reports against a Gateway student will be handled through the Title IX Investigation Team while reports against a Gateway employee will be handled by the Office of Human Resources in conjunction with the Office of Student Development. Reports may be made concerning misconduct that takes place on-campus, off-campus, and/or online.

The College strongly encourages the reporting of sexual misconduct, including sexual harassment, sexual assault and intimate partner violence, as an effective means of taking action.

Once a report is made, the College will provide the victim with resources counseling, local advocacy, health and mental health services. Information about these services may be found here. The only way that action can be taken against anyone who violates another in such a manner is through reporting such acts to the appropriate officials and pursuing criminal action or student-conduct procedures.

 

Limitations to Confidentiality

Reporting sexual misconduct is a deeply personal choice that only the victim can make. It is important for the reporter to understand that there are limitations to confidentiality when sexual misconduct is reported. Please review the Confidentiality Section to understand such limitations.

Once a college employee becomes aware of a misconduct incident, he or she must report it to the Office of Student Development who will conduct a mandatory investigation.

 

Time for Reporting

Normally, reports must be received by the Office of Student Development within thirty (30) days of the date of the violation or within thirty (days) of the date the facts constituting a possible violation were known. However, the College recognizes that the decision to file a report of sexual misconduct or relationship violence is difficult and may take some time. Because memories may fade, and witnesses may become inaccessible, the sooner information is gathered, the greater is the ability of the College to effectively investigate and resolve the matter fairly to all parties concerned.