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Sexual Harrassment/Title IX

Title IX Team

Nygil Likely is designated as the Title IX Coordinator for Lake Michigan College. The Title IX Coordinator serves the campus community as a contact point for Title IX communications and grievances. The Title IX Coordinator is responsible for coordination of all the institution’s compliance efforts on gender discrimination, sexual harassment, retaliation, sexual assault, athletics equity and related civil rights investigations.

Lake Michigan College's Title IX Team receives training through ATIXA - learn more on their website.

Title IX Coordinator

Nygil Likely
Vice President of Student Affairs
nlikely@lakemichigancollege.edu
(269)927-8752
Benton Harbor Campus, Main Building, A-303

Deputy Title IX Coordinator

Denise Eberth
Executive Director, Human Resources
deberth@lakemichigancollege.edu
(269)927-8704

Melissa Grau
Athletic Director
grau@lakemichigancollege.edu
(269)927-6172

Nicole Hatter
Academic Advisor
nhatter@lakemichigancollege.edu
(269)927-8185

Pam McVay
Director, Culture and Talent Success
mcvay@lakemichigancollege.edu
(269)927-8150

Definitions and Resources

The Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, height, weight, marital status, arrest record and disability in all employment practices, including terms, conditions and privileges of employment.  This act prohibits discrimination and provides specific remedies and penalties.  Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 prohibits sexual harassment of students in any part of any higher education institution receiving federal funds and requires institutions to maintain grievance procedures capable of prompt and equitable resolution of sexual harassment complaints.  

Lake Michigan College prohibits sexual harassment in its employment practices and in its education programs and activities.  

Sexual harassment consists of unwelcome sexual advances, including unwanted touching, verbal remarks of a sexually suggestive or derogatory nature, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical behavior of a sexual nature which have as their consequence an adverse effect on the recipients’ morale, work status, or academic or job performance.  Such conduct is absolutely prohibited whether the perpetrators are students, employees of the College or contractors or other non-employees who have reason to be on College premises where:  

  • submission to such conduct is either an expressed or implied condition of employment, education, or academic, financial or counseling assistance,  
  • submission to or rejection of such conduct is used as a basis for an employment decision or the performance evaluation of students or staff, or  
  • the conduct has the purpose or effect of substantially interfering with an affected person’s work or scholarly performance, or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive work or education environment.  

The College will actively investigate any allegations of sexual harassment by students or staff, and if it is determined that sexual harassment has occurred, will take prompt and appropriate disciplinary action.  

Anyone who believes that sexual harassment has occurred is expected to report such conduct promptly under appropriate College procedures.  

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects 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.  

Sexual assault happens without your consent.  It is you’re not wanting the physical contact that makes it a sexual assault, not the amount of physical force used.  It is unwanted physical contact of a sexual nature.  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 Director, Public Safety/Evening Administrator or a campus security authority.  Emergency phone numbers for both on and off campus are listed and can be used in the case of sexual assault.  

Remember: ASSAULT IS AN EMERGENCY!  

The following procedures for campus discipline are applicable in cases of an alleged sex offense. When reports of alleged violation of the Code of Conduct surface, they are addressed by the Vice President, Student Engagement and Support or designee.  The judicial process exists to ensure that basic due process is granted to all LMC students who find themselves in conflict with College standards.  

The reporting of student misconduct shall be documented by providing all relevant information on the Maxient report.  The Dean of Student Affairs or designee handles matters that require disciplinary action at Lake Michigan College. Disciplinary actions taken by the Dean of Student Affairs or designee toward a student found responsible for misconduct or a violation of College rules may include, but are not limited to, an oral warning up to expulsion from the College.

Due process is the guarantee of student civil rights under the Constitution of the United States and the laws and regulations of Michigan and Lake Michigan College.  Due Process is that process which prevents rights from being taken away from an individual without notice and an opportunity to respond to allegations.  

A student found responsible for violating the Student Conduct Code may submit a written appeal request to the Dean of Student Affairs or designee, who will forward the appeal to the chair of the Student Appeals Committee.  

The purpose of a hearing is to provide the opportunity for the campus designee or complainant and the respondent to present all relevant information and evidence with regard to the alleged misconduct.  It is the responsibility of the Student Appeals Committee, as applicable, to consider impartially all relevant information and evidence, determine the facts, apply College policy, and impose appropriate sanctions if the respondent is found responsible for the alleged violation.  The Student Appeals Committee chair sends to the accused the decision in writing within seven (7) business days.

Lake Michigan College will, upon written request, disclose to the alleged victim of a crime of violence, or a non-forcible sex offense, the results of any disciplinary hearing conducted by the College against the student who is the alleged perpetrator of the crime or offense.  If the alleged victim is deceased as a result of the crime or offense, results of the disciplinary hearing may be provided to the victim’s next of kin, if so requested.  

Please refer to the Student Code of Conduct for additional information.  

Lake Michigan College supports the rights of all students and employees to learn and work in an environment free from sexual coercion and violence.  Sexual contact with another person without consent or with the use or threat of force violates the standards of civility, decency, and respect expected of all member of the campus community.  

The requirements of this policy are blind to the sexual orientation or preference of individuals engaging in sexual activity or sexually exploitative behavior.

Any retaliatory action or behavior taken toward an alleged victim as a consequence of his or her decision to report a violation, pursue conduct action, or criminal prosecution, is prohibited.  Retaliation by either party may result in immediate disciplinary action.  

Prohibited Conduct

  1. Non-Consensual Sexual Activity
    Non-consensual sexual activity includes, but is not limited to, any sexual activity by a group or individual that takes place without the effective consent of the other individuals(s) involved. Effective consent is shown by the exchange of mutually understandable words or actions between parties to a sexual interaction.  Consent must be informed and freely and actively given. Silence in and of itself is not an indication of consent.

    In order to be effective, consent cannot be procured by use of physical force, compelling threats, intimidating behavior, or coercion.  Coercive behavior differs from seductive behavior based on the type of pressure someone uses to get consent from another.  When someone makes clear that he or she does not want sex, that they want to stop, or that they do not want to go past a certain point of sexual interaction, continued pressure beyond that point can be coercive.  In other words, consent may be withdrawn at any time.

    In order to give effective consent, one must be of legal age (16).  Sexual activity with someone a person knows to be – or should know to be – mentally or physically incapacitated (because of disability, alcohol or other drug use, sleep, unconsciousness, blackout, or bodily restraint), is a violation of this policy.

    Any time sexual activity takes place between individuals; those persons must be capable of controlling their physical actions and be capable of making rational, reasonable decisions about their sexual behavior.  A person who has consumed alcohol may experience diminished capacity for effective decision-making and action, and thus may be incapable of consenting to sexual activity.

    Sexual activity with someone whose incapacity results from the ingestion of a so-called “date-rape” drug is in violation of this policy.  Possession, use and/or distribution of any of these substances, including Rohypnol, Ketamine, GHB, Burundanga, etc., is prohibited and administering one of these drugs to another student or employee for the purpose of inducing incapacity is a violation of this policy.

    Use of alcohol or other drugs will never function to excuse behavior that violates this policy.
     

  2. Sexually Exploitative Behavior  
    Sexually exploitative behavior occurs when a student or employee takes non-consensual or abusive sexual advantage of another for his or her own advantage or benefit, or to benefit or advantage anyone other than the one being exploited, and that behavior does not otherwise constitute one of other sexual misconduct offenses.  Examples of sexual exploitation include, but are not limited to: prostituting another student or employee, nonconsensual video/audio-taping or photographing of sexual activity, unauthorized posting or distribution of materials involving the sexual activity of another person, going beyond the boundaries of consent (such as voyeurism or secretly watching others), or knowingly transmitting an STD or HIV to another student or employee.  

Lake Michigan College recognizes that all survivors of sexual assault, stalking, dating and domestic violence have the right to have any and all assaults against them treated seriously and the right to be treated with dignity. Lake Michigan College prohibits any offenses of sexual assault, stalking, dating or domestic violence.  

The College further recognizes the right of a sexual assault, stalking, dating or domestic violence victim to be free from undue coercion of any kind from the institution’s personnel for the victim not to report an assault committed against him or her to civil or criminal authorities or the institution’s law enforcement authorities or disciplinary officials, or for the victim to report a sexual assault, stalking, dating or domestic violence as a lesser offense than the victim perceives it to be.   

The College recognizes the right of a sexual assault, stalking, dating or domestic violence victim to decide, without pressure or coercion, what action he/she will take following an assault. The College encourages students to report all crimes to the police and to pursue sanctions against offenders through the College judicial process. The College makes information available to students about sexual assault, stalking, dating and domestic violence victim rights, options, and resources for help.  

Lake Michigan College recognizes that sexual assault, stalking, dating and domestic violence are a serious social problem that occurs among college students just as it does within other segments of our society. The college makes a strong commitment to work toward preventing sexual assault, stalking, dating, and domestic violence within our community, to provide support and assistance to assault survivors, and to impose sanctions on those who have been found guilty of committing a sexual assault, stalking, dating and domestic violence.  

Our goal is to foster and protect within an environment of mutual respect and concern and to provide a safe community in which learning and growth can occur.  

For the purposes of this document the term “sexual assault” includes rape, attempted rape, and other sex offenses, both forcible and non-forcible.  

Domestic Violence includes felony or misdemeanor crimes of violence committed by a current or former spouse or intimate partner of the victim, by a person with whom the victim shares a child in common, by a person who is cohabitating with or has cohabitated with the victim as a spouse, by a person similarly situated to a spouse to a spouse of a victim under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction receiving grant monies, or by any other person against an adult or youth victim who is protected from that person’s acts under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction.  

Dating violence means violence committed by a person who has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the victim. Also where the existence of such a relationship shall be determined based on a consideration of the following factors; the length of the relationship, the type of relationship, the frequency of interaction between the persons involved in the relationship.  

Stalking is defined as engaging in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to, fear for his or her or the safety of others: or suffer substantial emotional distress.  

LMC is committed to the prevention of sexual misconduct and harassment through education and awareness programs. Throughout the year, LMC offers educational programs to promote awareness of sexual misconduct and harassment, Prevention programs include an overview of LMC’s policies and procedures, relevant definitions, including prohibited conduct, discussion of the impact of alcohol and drug use, effective consent, bystander intervention, and information about risk reduction. LMC’s Title IX Coordinators oversees the education and prevention calendar and tailors programming to campus needs and climate. All educational programs include a review of resources and reporting options available for students, faculty, and staff.

The College encourages victims of sexual assault to take the following steps following an assault:  

  1. Preserve physical evidence.
    The sexual assault, stalking, dating and domestic violence victim has the right for full and prompt cooperation from College personnel and law enforcement authorities in obtaining, securing, and maintaining evidence that may be necessary to the proof of criminal sexual assault, stalking, dating or domestic violence in legal proceedings, including, but not limited to, a medical examination of the victim.

    A special physical examination performed at the hospital collects evidence that will be helpful if the victim later decides to prosecute the assailant. To preserve evidence, the victim should not wash, brush teeth, use the toilet, douche, destroy clothing, or straighten up the area where the assault occurred.
     

  2. Report the assault to the police at (269) 926-8221 or dial 911. 
    It is the victim’s decision whether or not to report the assault to the police. Reporting a sexual assault, stalking, dating or domestic violence to the police may protect the victim and others from possible future victimization by helping public safety officers apprehend the assailant. A police report also maintains the victim’s future option of criminal prosecution, and helps support a College disciplinary action or a civil lawsuit against the perpetrator. Making a police report does not obligate the victim to prosecute the assailant. Whether or not the case will be prosecuted is a decision that is made later, based on a number of factors. The police do not reveal the victim’s or the suspect’s name or any identifying information to the media for printing or to the general public.  If the victim chooses campus security authorities will assist in notifying law enforcement.
     
  3. Get medical attention.
    The rape evidence exam should be performed as soon as possible. The exam is available only at Lakeland Regional Health System.

    If the victim decides not to have the rape evidence exam, she/he should still be examined for possible injury, pregnancy, and sexually transmitted infections. An exam for these purposes is available at Planned Parenthood, or with a physician of choice.

    Injuries as a result of sexual assault, stalking, dating or domestic violence should be treated and photographed as soon as possible.
     

  4. Ask for information, support and assistance.
    To ensure that victims of sexual assault, stalking, dating and domestic assault have accurate and complete information about their rights, options, and available resources for help, as well as any assistance they need in carrying out decisions about what to do following an assault, the victim may wish to call the 24-hour crisis line at 269-925-9500. Child & Family Services of Southwestern Michigan provides information and support by phone or on-site at the hospital or police stations. The assault victim has the right to be made aware of, and assisted in exercising, any option provided under state and federal law regarding mandatory testing of sexual assault suspects for communicable diseases and notification to the victim of the results of the testing. The victim also has the right to be informed of rights and remedies accorded to crime victims generally.
      
  5. Report the assault to the Title IX Coordinator. 
    Sexual assault, stalking, dating and domestic violence are expressly prohibited by the College’s rules and regulations. The College has the right to discipline students who violate these rules and regulations. It is not necessary for the victim to file a police report in order to pursue sanctions through the College; however, it is strongly recommended as beneficial to the victim. Pursuing sanctions through the College does not preclude the victim from also pursuing criminal prosecution or a civil lawsuit.

    The victim has the right after the assault has been reported to appropriate campus authorities to require the institution’s personnel to take any reasonable feasible actions as are needed to prevent any unnecessary or unwanted contact or proximity with an alleged assailant, including, but not limited to, the issuance of an No Contact Order, to classroom adjustments/arrangements, providing an escort, moving he individual’s residence, adjusting the individual’s work schedule, allowing the individual to withdraw from or retake a class without penalty, providing access to tutoring or other academic support, to interim suspensions of the alleged perpetrator if necessary.

    The College’s judicial process is initiated by the victim making a report. A detailed description of the process is included in the student handbook, copies of which are available at many locations on campus as well as the college webpage.

    Evidentiary Standard: Preponderance of the Evidence.  

Sexual assault victims are assured the following rights within the College’s judicial process:   

  1. The right to have a support person present throughout the process to advise and provide support.  
  2. The right to not have her/his sexual history discussed during the proceedings, except as it relates to the specific incidents in question.  
  3. The right to relate her/his account of the incident.  
  4. The right to be informed of the results of the judicial proceeding upon written request.  
  5. The right to have her/his name and any identifying information kept confidential.  
  6. The right to a speedy hearing and decision.  

A student charged with committing sexual assault is also assured of the rights listed above. A student found guilty of committing a sexual assault or other sexual offense by the College’s judicial process will be given a sanction appropriate to the offense. Possible sanctions range from a reprimand to expulsion from the College.  

If a report of sexual misconduct is reported to an LMC representative, below are the procedures that will be followed:   

In the case of Stalking, Domestic Violence or Dating Violence
  1. Assess immediate safety needs of complainant  
  2. Assist complainant with contacting campus security or local police if complainant requests AND provide contact information for local police departments.   
  3. Provide instructions on how to apply for Protective Order if the complainant wishes to pursue this option.  
  4. Provide information to complainant on how to preserve evidence
  5. Assess need to implement interim or long-term protective measures to protect the complainant, if appropriate.  
  6. Provide a No Contact or No Trespass directive to accused party if deemed appropriate.
  7. Provide written information regarding community resources.
For sexual assault and sexual exploitation LMC will
  1. Depending on when reported (immediate vs delayed report), provide complainant with access to medical care.  
  2. Assess immediate safety needs of complainant.
  3. Assist complainant with contacting campus security or local police if complainant requests AND provide contact information for local police department.
  4. Provide written information regarding community resources including referrals to off-campus mental health providers.
  5. Assess need to implement interim or long-term protective measures, such as change in class schedule, "No Contact" directive between both parties.
  6. Provide a No Contact or No Trespass directive to accused party if deemed appropriate.
  7. Provide written instructions on how to apply for Protective Order
  8. Provide a copy of the Sexual Misconduct Policy to complainant and inform the complainant regarding timeframes for inquiry, investigation and resolution
  9. Inform the complainant of the outcome of the investigation, whether or not the accused will be charged with a violation of the Code of Conduct and what the outcome of the meeting is  
  10. Enforce and take immediate and separate action against parties that retaliate against a person for complaining of sex-based discrimination or for assisting in the investigation

Protective measures for the complainant may range from No Contact Orders, to classroom adjustments/arrangements, providing an escort, moving the individual’s residence, adjusting the individual’s work schedule, allowing the individual to withdraw from or retake a class without penalty, providing access to tutoring or other academic support, to interim suspensions of the alleged perpetrator if necessary. LMC representatives will strive to maintain confidentiality regarding protective measures provided to the victim.  

Reports of student misconduct will be managed and investigated by the Title XI Coordinator in Student Services. Complaints involving employees will be investigated by a Title IX Coordinator in the Human Resources office. All investigations will be conducted professionally, expeditiously, and confidentially (to the extent possible). The process may take up to 60 business days to complete from start to finish; however, many cases will be resolved before the 60 days.

LMC will provide the complainant and accused with equitable opportunities throughout the investigation and resolution process.

Upon receipt of a complaint, the Title IX Coordinator will confirm with the complainant the receipt of the complaint and will specify who will be assigned to conduct the investigation. Generally, the Title IX Coordinator or designee interviews the complainant and any relevant witnesses identified by the complainant. Once sufficient information is gathered, the Title IX Coordinator or designee will then notify the charged individual of the allegations. With permission from the complainant, the Title IX Coordinator or designee shall advise the charged individual of the name of the complainant. Where a complainant does not wish to be identified, the extent of the investigation may be limited; however, the investigation will continue to the extent possible while maintaining the confidentiality of the complainant. The Title IX Coordinator or designee will interview the charged individual and any witnesses deemed relevant.  

Additional evidence may be sought from any relevant party or witness, including but not limited to, email communications, social media postings, text messages, phone records, etc. Parties are expected to cooperate and provide this information. Failure to cooperate with an investigation may result in separate disciplinary proceedings. Parties should be aware that as members of the College community, their access to College resources has very limited privacy rights, and the College may obtain information through the College’s resources and informational technology system with or without the individual’s cooperation. The investigation and findings generally should be completed within 60 business days of receipt of the complaint, preferably sooner as practical.  

Once the Title IX Coordinator or designee has gathered the information, he/she shall render a determination on responsibility and refer the matter to the appropriate administrative official.  

After the investigation, the Title IX Coordinator or designee shall render a finding based on the relevant evidence utilizing a preponderance of the evidence standard, i.e. the facts complained of are more likely true than not.

Upon completion of the investigation, the Title IX Coordinator or designee is authorized to take the following actions:

  1. Dismissal of the claim - The Title IX Coordinator or designee finds that no violation occurred and dismisses the complaint, giving written notice of said dismissal to each party involved.
     
  2. Determination of Responsibility - The Title IX Coordinator or designee makes a finding of responsibility for any of the allegations and notifies the parties and appropriate administrative officers of the finding and may recommend actions to be taken. Both parties shall receive notification, in writing, which will include:
    1. The result of any investigation that arose from an allegation of violation.  
    2. (For students) Additional appeal rights as set forth in the Code of Conduct.  
    3. (For employees) If evidence supports a finding of misconduct, the College will take appropriate corrective or disciplinary action. Action taken by the College for employees may include (but will not be limited to), counseling, warning, transfer, demotion, termination.   
    4. If evidence supports a finding of responsibility, the written report of the action taken shall then be placed in the personnel record of the employee or student file. Sanctions of suspension, expulsion, or revocation or withholding of a degree will become a permanent part of a student’s record. Cases that result in all other sanctions will be maintained for seven (7) years.
       
  3. Potential student sanctions will be applied based upon the facts and circumstances of the case. Sanctions may include:
    1. College Property Restrictions – restriction from certain college facilities or property, either physical or virtual, for a definite period of time.   
    2. Disqualification – from receipt of institutional financial aid while the sanction is imposed or possibly thereafter.   
    3. Educational Sanctions – a student is required to write a paper, plan and present a program, attend a class or seminar, or complete other educational requirements.   
    4. Expulsion – the most severe sanction of violation of college policy is expulsion, which results in immediate dismissal and permanent separation from the college. Any student who is expelled due to misconduct will not be entitled to any refund of tuition or other fees and may incur additional charges and fees after financial aid is adjusted.   
    5. Fine – a monetary penalty for property damage, theft, or other violations that result in inconvenience cost to others.   
    6. Formal Warning – a written reprimand that expresses disapproval of the student’s actions and warns against any potential violations of college policy in the future.   
    7. Interim Suspension – temporarily restrict student(s) from campus/college activities pending a hearing.   
    8. Loss of Privileges – denial of specific privileges for a designated period of time.   
    9. Parental Notification – as permitted by law, the college reserves the right to disclose to parents or legal guardians information about a student’s violation of college regulations and policies and Federal, State and/or local laws governing the use of alcohol or a controlled substance. The college may notify parents/legal guardians of alcohol or a controlled substance violation if the student is under the age of 21. The Vice President, Student Engagement and Support or designee determines the circumstances under which parental notification takes place.  
    10. Probation – a period of observation and review. The length of this period of probation will be determined by the Vice President, Student Engagement and Support or designee. If found responsible for violating any college policies or failure to comply with other requirements stipulated during this period, the student may be immediately suspended from the college and/or events pending further disciplinary review.   
    11. Restitution – compensation for loss, damage, or injury. This may take the form of appropriate service and/or monetary replacement.   
    12. Suspension – immediate dismissal from classes and activities at the college for at least the remainder of the term/semester in progress and/or a specified period of time thereafter. Any additional violations or failure to comply with other requirements stipulated during this time period of suspension may result in expulsion. During suspension, the student is not permitted to visit the college premises or attend any college functions without prior written permission from the Vice President, Student Engagement and Support or designee. Any student who is suspended due to misconduct will not be entitled to any refund of tuition or other fees and may incur additional charges and fees after financial aid is adjusted.
       
  4. For employee appeals, refer to the appropriate handbook.
     
  5. For hearing procedures for students, refer to the Code of Conduct.  

An employee or student may be accountable for sexual misconduct under applicable local, state, and/or federal law, as well as under LMC policy. A criminal investigation may be conducted concurrently with the Title IX investigation. Disciplinary action by LMC may proceed while criminal proceedings are pending and will not be subject to challenge on the grounds that criminal charges involving the same incident have been dismissed or reduced.  

On-Campus

Title IX (Students) Coordinator269-927-8150
Title IX (Employees) Coordinator269-927-8102
Director of Public Safety269-927-7060
Vice President of Student Affairs269-917-8752

Off-Campus

National Domestic Violence Hot Line800-799-SAFE
Child & Family Services of Southwestern Michigan269-925-1726
Safe Shelter888-237-1891
Domestic Violence Coalition888-655-9008
MI Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence517-347-7000 
Spectrum Regional Health System 269-927-5350 

Counseling Information

Andrews Community Counseling Center269-471-6238
Providing free psychological services under the supervision of licensed psychologists. Mental health services to children, adolescents, and adults who reside in the Michigan area, or who are members of the community near the university. Office is located in
Berrien Springs.

Centered on Wellness269-926-6199
Offering behavioral counseling, coaching, consulting, education and prevention for children, families, couples, and adults. Offices are located in Benton Harbor and Niles.

Freedom Counseling Center269-982-7200
Freedom Counseling Center provides high-quality counseling and psychological evaluations to individuals, parents, couples, adolescents and children.

Riverwood Center800-336-0341 (24-hour hotline)
Riverwood partners with children, families and adults in their journey toward recovering from behavioral health and substance use challenges, and helps individuals with intellectual disabilities succeed in community living. Offices located in Benton Harbor.

Southwestern Medical Clinic Christian Counseling and Psychological Services269-429-7727
Counseling services for treating abuse and trauma, addictions and co-occurring disorders, anxiety, depression, AHHD, eating disorders, coping with loss and grief and behavioral services for children and adolescents. Offices located in Berrien Springs, St. Joseph, Stevensville, Coloma, and Niles.

HelpNet - Employee Assistance Program
The college’s Employee Assistance Program, available to all full and part-time employees, is administered through HelpNet. Information can be found in the Human Resources offices or on SharePoint under the staff and faculty benefit links. 

All Personal Protection Order questions can be addressed to the Clerk’s Office at the Courthouse

Berrien County Clerk’s Office
811 Port Street, St. Joseph
Phone: (269) 983-7111, extension 8736
Fax: (269) 982-8642  

A personal protection action involves seeking an order from the court to protect you from harassment, assault, beating, molesting, wounding, or stalking by another person.  The order can also prohibit a person from entering your premises and from removing minor children, unless the removal is part of court-ordered parenting time.  The person filing the petition for personal protection is called the petitioner.  The person to be restrained by the personal protection order is called the respondent.  

Types of Personal Protection Actions  

There are two types of personal protection actions: domestic and nondomestic. A domestic personal protection order can be obtained if you have or had an established relationship with the other party or have a child in common. A nondomestic personal protection order can be obtained if you want to prevent threatening or violent behavior by someone with whom you have not had any form of domestic relationship; this type of order is also referred to as an order against stalking.  

How Personal Protection Orders are issued  

There are two ways personal protection orders can be issued. The court can issue an order after the other person has been notified that you have filed for a personal protection order and after the court has held a hearing. The court may also issue a personal protection order without notifying the other person and without a hearing.  This is called an ex parte order. In Michigan, most personal protection orders are issued ex parte.

The following programs are the most recent that were open to persons on campus; faculty, staff and students.

Program Name Description  Target Audience Topic Annual Frequency
Safety and Security Update Explaining Emergency Procedures Faculty and Staff Safety Awareness 1
Right-to-Understand New Hazard Communication Shared Faculty and Staff Safety Protection 2
Maxient’s Conduct Manager System Detail on reporting incidents Faculty and Staff How to Use 2
De-Escalation Assertive communication skills Faculty and Staff Warning signs 1
Mental Health Disorder Understanding the symptoms Faculty and Staff Awareness and warning signs 1
Rave Alert Details on how to update personal information to receive news Students, Faculty and Staff  Drills 27
Lockdown Drills Practice following protocols Students, Faculty and Staff Safety during an emergency 2
Student Orientations Safety and security issues Students Student Life 23
Active Shooter Response Training How to react and protect yourself & others Faculty and Staff Safety Awareness 2
Campus Security Authority Film and review responsibilities CSAs Responsibilities 3
VAWA/Campus SaVE Act Overview and Question and Answer session Faculty and Staff Awareness 1
Dating Abuse: How to Recognize a Healthy Partnership Raise Awareness Faculty, Staff and Students Awareness and warning signs 1
Healthy Relationships Raise awareness RAs Responsibilities 1
Victim Advocate and Prevention Educator Awareness and warning signs to abuse Faculty, Staff and Students Safety Awareness 1
Addiction Alcoholism is the illness Faculty, Staff and Students Awareness 1
Self Defense Techniques Faculty, Staff and Students Awareness 1
Addiction Drug Use Faculty, Staff and Students Awareness 1
Title IX Know your Title IX rights (right to make a report) Students  Awareness/ 
Understanding
23
Clery Act Disclosure of timely & annual information about campus crime and security policies Students Awareness 23

 

The following preventive measures will help minimize your chances of being attacked: 

  • Accept the fact that you are a potential assault victim.  Many people operate under the illusion that “it will never happen to me.”  It may. 

  • Above all else…trust your instincts.  If you feel uncomfortable or uneasy, leave immediately. 

  • When you go out, tell someone where you are going and when you will return.
  • Always lock your house/apartment door and don’t lend the key. Keys can be duplicated.
  • Don’t walk alone a night. Take a friend with you.
  • Stay in well-lit areas.
  • Photocopy all important papers that you carry in your purse or wallet, including your driver’s license. Keep the photocopies in a safe place. This information will be invaluable if you lose your license or cards.
  • Be alert. Look around you. Be aware of others on the street. Make it difficult for anyone to take you by surprise. Walk with your keys in hand.
  • If you think someone is following you, turn around and check so that you are not caught off guard. Cross the street or change direction. Walk or run toward people, traffic, or lights. Consider confronting the aggressor and saying in a loud, firm voice, “Don’t follow me.”
  • If a car follows you or stops near you for directions, do not approach the car. Change directions if you feel threatened and walk or run towards stores, a lighted house, or other people.
  • Park in well-lit areas. Check the street before leaving the car. Park in full view of the front of stores and houses.
  • Walk to your car with keys ready.
  • As you approach your car, look all around it, including underneath the car.
  • If you have a flat tire, seek help inside the College, or from a nearby business if off-campus. Beware of someone instantly appearing to offer help—attackers often disable cars to make their owners vulnerable.
  • Check the interior of your car, particularly the back seat before entering; someone could be hiding there.
  • Keep the car doors locked at all times, even when driving in daylight, so no one can jump in at a red light.
  • Keep enough gas in your tank for emergencies.
  • If you are followed by another car, drive to a police station or business that has lights on and people in it. You may not want to go directly home with someone following you. “Driveway” robberies are becoming more common.
  • If your car breaks down, lift the hood, put on the flashers, and wait inside with the doors locked for help. Ask people who stop to call the police or AAA for you. Don’t go with anyone.
  • Don’t stop for stranded motorists. You are of greater help to them by calling the police or sheriff.
  • Try to jog with a partner. Try to avoid running alone, even in daylight. You could become injured from a fall and might need help.
  • Stay in well-lit areas. Vary your route. Be suspicious of people you pass many times.
  • Stay away from parked cars, especially those occupied by suspicious persons.

Sexual assault can happen virtually anywhere, but the largest single grouping of reported incidents is either in the home of the victim or the home of the offender.  It is important to be aware of all potentially hazardous areas: 

  • Remote parking lots 

  • On the street 

  • Stairwells 

  • Shopping centers 

  • Public parks 

  • Hitchhiking 

  • Beaches at night 

  • Laundromats 

  • Jogging courses 

  • Deserted buildings 

  • School playgrounds 

  • Vehicles 

Sexual assaults often occur in conjunction with other crimes such as burglary, so the more effective preventative measures and common-sense precautions you take, the less your chances of becoming a victim.  But regardless of how many or how few precautions you take, you are not provoking the attack.  A locked door gives you time to call the police (911). 

Lake Michigan College encourages all students to participate in maintaining a safe environment on campus.  The power of bystanders, those that witness inappropriate behavior, is a powerful tool to help reduce all types of misconduct on campus.  Bystander intervention techniques are safe and positive options that may be carried out by an individual or individuals to prevent harm or intervene, especially when there is a risk of dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking.  Bystander intervention includes recognizing situations of potential harm, understanding institutional structures and cultural conditions that facilitate violence, overcoming barriers to intervening, identifying safe and effective intervention options, and taking action to intervene.  Bystander intervention includes but is not limited to: 

  • Making a report to Campus Safety and Security or local law enforcement when you observe inappropriate behavior. 

  • Ask if you can help if you see someone that looks like they are in trouble. 

  • Be respectful of yourself and others around you; ask others to be respectful when they are not. 

  • Stop someone from driving if they are impaired. 

  • If you see a friend or acquaintance doing something inappropriate, say something. 

  • Speak up if you see or hear offensive, derogatory, or abusive remarks or actions. 

  • If a friend is impaired, offer to assist them in getting home and don’t let them go off with people they do not know. 

In accordance with the “Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act” of 2000, which amends the Jacob Wetterling Crimes Against Children and Sexually Violent Offender Registration Act, the Jeanne Clery Act and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, Lake Michigan College is providing a link to the Michigan State Police Sex Offender Registry.  This act requires institutions of higher education to issue a statement advising the campus community where law enforcement information provided by a State concerning registered sex offenders may be obtained.  It also requires sex offenders already required to register in a State to provide notice of each institution of higher education in that State at which the person is employed, carries a vocation, or is a student. In the State of Michigan, convicted sex offenders must register with Sex Offender and Crimes Against Minors Registry maintained by the State police. 

The Sex Offenders Registration Act, MCL 28.721 et seq., directs the Michigan State Police to develop and maintain a public registry and provides guidelines on the type of offender information available to the public.  The registration requirements of the Sex Offenders Registration Act are intended to provide the people of this state with an appropriate, comprehensive, and effective means to monitor those persons who pose such a potential danger. 

In accordance with the Wetterling Act, Megan’s Law and the Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act of 2000, it is now mandatory that all registered sex offenders report to the law enforcement agency having jurisdiction in which the institution of higher learning is located.  The Michigan Public Sex Offenders Registry can be accessed online (opens in a new window).

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