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
Vice President of Student Affairs
Benton Harbor Campus, Main Building, A-303
Deputy Title IX Coordinator
Director, Culture and Talent Success
Definition of Sexual Harassment
Read the Title IX Sexual Harassment Policy.
The College has adopted the following definition of sexual harassment. Note that acts of sexual harassment may be committed by any person upon another person, regardless of the sex, sexual orientation, and/or gender identity of those involved.
Sexual harassment, as an umbrella category, includes the actual or attempted offenses of sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking, defined as follows.
As used above, the following definitions apply:
- Force means the use of physical violence and/or physical imposition to gain sexual access. Force also includes threats, intimidation (implied threats), and coercion that is intended to overcome resistance or produce consent.
- Coercion means unreasonable pressure for sexual activity. When someone makes clear that they do not want to engage in certain sexual activity, 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.
- Consent means a voluntary, informed, un-coerced agreement through words or actions that freely given, and which could be reasonably interpreted as a willingness to participate in mutually agreed upon sexual acts. Consensual sexual activity happens when each partner willingly and affirmatively chooses to participate. Important points regarding consent include:
- Consent to one act does not constitute consent to another act.
- Consent on a prior occasion does not constitute consent on subsequent occasions.
- The existence of prior or current relationship does not, in itself, constitute consent.
- Consent can be withdrawn or modified at any time.
- Consent is not implicit in an individual’s manner or dress.
- Silence, passivity, or lack or resistance does not necessarily constitute consent.
- Incapacitation means a state when an individual’s perception or judgement is so impaired that the individual lacks the cognitive capacity to make or act on conscious decisions. The use of drugs or alcohol can cause incapacitation. An individual who is incapacitated is unable to consent to sexual activity. Engaging in sexual activity with an individual who is incapacitated (and therefor unable to consent), where an individual knows or should have reasonably understood that the individual is incapacitated, constitutes Title IX Sexual Harassment as defined in this policy. This policy also covers a person whose incapacity results from a temporary or permanent physical or mental health condition, involuntary physical restraint, and/or the consumption of incapacitating drugs.
- Sexual Harassment
Defined as unwelcome sexual conduct determined by a reasonable person to be so serve, pervasive, and objectively offensive that it effectively denies an individual(s) equal access to the College’s education program or activity.
Sexual harassment may be repeated acts or be a single act that is sufficiently severe to have a systemic effect of denying a Complainant equal access to an education program or activity.
Elements of severity, pervasiveness, and objective offensiveness must be evaluated in light of the known circumstances and depend on the facts of each situation and must be determined from the perspective of a reasonable person standing in the shoes of the Complainant.
- Sexual Assault
Defined as any sexual act directed against another person, without the consent of the victim, including instances where the victim is incapable of giving consent. This includes:
- Rape: The carnal knowledge of a person, without consent.
- Sodomy: Oral or anal sexual intercourse with another person, without consent.
- Sexual Assault with an Object: To use an object or instrument to unlawfully penetrate, however slightly, the genital or anal openings of the body of another person without consent.
- Fondling: The touching of the private body parts of another person for the purpose of sexual gratification, without consent.
- Incest: Sexual intercourse between persons who are related to each other within the degrees wherein marriage is prohibited by law.
- Statutory Rape: Sexual intercourse with a person who is under the statutory age of consent. In Michigan, the age of consent is 16.
Sexual assault does not require a showing of severity, pervasiveness, or objective offensiveness.
- Dating Violence
Defined as violence committed by an individual who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with another individual. The existence of such a relationship will be determined based on the reporting individual’s statement and with consideration of the length of the relationship, the type of relationship, and the frequency of interaction between the individuals involved in the relationship. This includes, but is not limited to, sexual or physical abuse or the threat of such abuse. Dating violence does not cover acts covered under the definition of domestic violence. Dating violence does not require a showing of severity, pervasiveness, or objective offensiveness.
- Domestic Violence
Defined as 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 or intimate partner, by a person similarly situated to a spouse of the 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 laws of the State of Michigan.
Domestic violence does not require a showing of severity, pervasiveness, or objective offensiveness.
Defined as engaging in a course of conduct directed at a specific individual that would cause a reasonable person to: (a) fear for the individual’s safety or the safety of others; or (b) suffer substantial emotional distress.
Course of Conduct means two or more acts, including acts in which the stalker directly, indirectly, or through third parties, by any action, method, device, or means, follows, monitors, observes, surveils, threatens, or communicates to or about an individual, or interferes with an individual’s property.
Stalking does not require a showing of severity, pervasiveness, or objective offensiveness.