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Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault
Sexual Harassment

LMC is committed to providing a positive environment and educational experience for students. The College has clearly stated policies and procedural options that are available to students outlined in the College Catalog, Handbook and on the website to address academic and nonacademic disciplinary and behavioral type issues. Grievance procedures related to sexual harassment, civil rights, Title IX, and disability concerns can be found in the College Policies section of the College catalog or directed to the Assistant Director of Human Resources and Diversity in room A-305, (269) 927-8102.

Sexual harassment is a form of gender discrimination and violates the law. It includes unwanted touching, requests for sexual favors, sexually suggestive comments or remarks, and other conduct that unreasonably interferes with a person’s performance or creates an “intimidating, hostile, or offensive working environment,” encompassing the classroom/ learning environment.

Any threat or suggestion that your job, grade, evaluation, or opportunity in a course is based on submission to or rejection of requests for sexual favors is sexual harassment. Under no circumstances should your opportunity for employment, professional development, financial, academic, or counseling assistance be linked to acceptance or rejection of sexual conduct.

Each of us deserves to be treated equally at work and in the classroom, regardless of our gender.

How Do I Know If I Am Being Sexually Harassed?
People who are harassed sometimes wonder if the harassment is “serious” or if they did something personally to provoke the problem. They may hesitate to report the harasser for fear that others will “laugh it off” or blame them for their conduct.

If the harasser’s behavior makes you feel anxious, angry, frustrated, resentful, helpless, or depressed, then the problem is serious, regardless of the nature of the behavior in question. Trust your thoughts and your feelings.

If something “doesn’t seem right” to you, then it probably isn’t.

Warning Signals
Thoughts like these often accompany sexual harassment:

  • Why me? What did I do?
  • I can’t believe this is happening to me.
  • I wish I could make it stop.
  • If I say anything, everyone will think I’m crazy.
  • I hate you!
  • What’s going to happen next?

Changing your habits, going out of your way to avoid meeting a certain person, dreading going to class or work—these are all signs of harassment.

Let Someone Know
Some people think that sexual harassment is just a fact of life. They believe that nothing can be done about it, so it’s useless to complain. They may also fear retaliation or personal embarrassment if they make a complaint.

Lake Michigan College prohibits sexual harassment in its employment practices and in its educational programs and special events. If you are experiencing sexual harassment at LMC, we want to know about it! We will help resolve the problem promptly and confidentially.

What Can I Do?
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protect you from sexual harassment. In addition, Lake Michigan College has a policy strictly forbidding sexual harassment in any of its employment and educational practices. This policy protects students of Lake Michigan College as well as employees of Lake Michigan College. If a person’s behavior makes you feel uncomfortable, you must let that person know it does, either by telling them or asking them to stop the behavior. If concerns continue, contact the assistant director of human resources and diversity, room A305, (269) 927-8102.

Sexual Assault

Sexual assault happens without your consent. It is unwanted physical contact of a sexual nature regardless of the amount of physical force used. It may follow sexual harassment, or be accompanied by harassment. What is important to remember is that if you did not give your consent for the physical contact, it is assault and you must let someone know.

Lake Michigan College has strict policies against sexual harassment, and the College applies these policies to sexual assault. Sexual assault is a criminal offense and should be reported to the police as well as to the Public Safety Director/Evening Administrator, or the Affirmative Action Officer. Emergency phone numbers for both on and off campus are listed in the front of this book and can be used in the case of sexual assault.

Remember: ASSAULT IS AN EMERGENCY!

If You Are Assaulted
Please call the police and report the assault. Calling the police does not mean you need to press charges and testify at a trial. The police will help you get medical attention you need.

Please call one of the emergency numbers at Lake Michigan College. We cannot use our policies to protect you if we do not know what has happened. We need you to report the assault.

Thoughts For The Victim
What happened to you was horrible. It was frightening. It was not your fault. You are not to blame for this. You did not want this. Someone took control and forced this on you. You did not give your consent. You are a good person. No one had the right to do that to you. You are the victim of a crime.

You are not going crazy. Almost any reaction you have is normal and valid. You have every right to scream, cry, and be upset. You deserve the best professional help you can get—ask for it and keep asking until someone listens.

Some people may not understand what has happened to you. These people may hurt your feelings or make you feel badly. Stay away from these people until you are better. Take care of yourself; you will recover in your own way and in your own time. Employees are encouraged to contact LMC’s Employee Assistance Plan at any time such as this, where immediate counseling is required.

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