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Victim’s Bill of Rights

Introduction

Mid Michigan College will afford specified rights to any student or employee that reports an incident of discrimination, harassment, sexual misconduct or crimes of violence. These Rights are provided whether the incident occurred on or off campus and whether or not they choose to pursue any formal complaint. The College will support the victim’s right to choose which avenues of assistance are most appropriate for them. These avenues may include assistance from: one of the Title IX Coordinators or the Deputy Coordinator, Campus Security, Security Operations and Systems, local police agencies (with proper jurisdiction), local victim advocacy, and/or the emergency department of local hospitals.

Rights

Victims of discrimination, harassment, or sexual misconduct shall be afforded the following rights regardless of whether or not the College has jurisdiction:

  • To be treated with dignity and respect
  • To be free from any suggestion that the reporting individual is at fault when these crimes and violations are committed, or that they should have acted in a different manner to avoid such crimes or violations
  • To submit a report with local law enforcement agencies (with proper jurisdiction), when violations of the law have occurred. Mid will assist the victim in this process if assistance is requested
  • To decline the option of reporting to law enforcement
  • To be provided with information on preserving evidence for proof in a criminal proceeding and clarification on preserving such evidence
  • In instances of sexual assaults, to be provided with information on how to obtain a sexual assault medical examination
  • To receive information on the process to petition for a Personal Protection Order through the Circuit or Family Court, with proper authority to issue such an Order.
  • To be provided with information regarding the availability of counseling, health, victim advocacy, legal assistance, visa and immigration assistance, student financial aid, and other services available both on-campus and through off-campus external agencies
  • To be afforded interim measures which may include a change in class assignments or working arrangements, a College No Contact Order, Security Escort or other assistance, if requested and reasonably available. This is regardless of whether or not a formal report is made

In instances where the College has jurisdiction, victims of discrimination, harassment, or sexual misconduct will be provided with the following additional rights:

  • To report the crime or violation to the Title IX Coordinator or designee and decide whether toparticipate in the College’s conduct process, without any duress from the College
  • To be provided with detailed information about the College’s judicial process and grievance procedures
  • To be afforded an investigation and resolution that is prompt, fair, impartial and equitable
  • To be granted a Campus No Contact Order against any member of the campus community who has engaged in or threatens to engage in stalking, threats, harassment, or other improper behaviors that present a danger to the welfare of the victim or others
  • In instances of sexual misconduct, to have an investigation and proceeding conducted by officials who receive annual misconduct and sexual violence training
  • To petition for the removal of any member of the investigation or judicial proceeding, based on demonstrated bias
  • To have freedom from retaliation by the College, the accused/Respondent, their friends, family, and acquaintances within the jurisdiction of the College
  • To be accompanied to any related meeting or proceeding by an Advisor; the Advisor may be anyone, including a union representative from the Complainant’s collective bargaining unit, an attorney or in cases of sexual misconduct, a Sexual Assault Victim’s Advocate; the Advisor cannot be a person with relevant information to the allegations whom may be interviewed by the Investigator during the investigation; the Advisor may not answer questions for the Complainant regarding the subject matter of the investigation; the Advisor may observe and consult with the Complainant and take appropriate action to ensure that the investigation does not violate policies or collective bargaining agreements
  • To understand the standard of evidence that the College uses when making a determination, which is by “preponderance of evidence” or “more likely than not”
  • To receive written notification regarding the outcome of any College investigation or proceeding;same is allowed to the accused/Respondent
  • To be given notice (to both the victim and the accused/Respondent) on:the right to file an appeal of the proceeding, any changes that should result from an appeal and when results/findings become final
  • To be provided with a paper copy of the College’s Non-Discrimination, Harassment and Sexual Misconduct Policy
  • To receive information explaining the College’s responsibility of submitting a confidential report (required by the Clery Act) for the purposes of tracking campus crime statistics
  • In instances of sexual misconduct (including acts of dating violence, domestic violence, stalking and sexual assault) to be provided with a Resource Guide created by Security Operations and Systems entitled, Commonly Asked Questions and Answers for Survivors of Sexual Misconduct
  • To have Rights and options reviewed in more detail, victims are encouraged to contact one of the following College’s Title IX Coordinators:

Contact Information for the College’s Title IX Coordinators:

For Students:

Kim Barnes

AVP of Security Operations and Systems
Chief Title IX Coordinator

Mt. Pleasant Campus, 2600 S. Summerton Rd., Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858

Office: Mt. Pleasant Campus, Doan Center, Room 105
(989) 386-6622 x236 | kbarnes@midmich.edu


Martricia Farrell

Director of Security Operations and Systems
Deputy Title IX Coordinator
/Clery Compliance Officer
1375 S. Clare Ave., Harrison, MI 48625

Office: Harrison Campus, Safety and Security Office
(989) 386-6622 x394 | mfarrell@midmich.edu


For Employees:

Lori Fassett

AVP of Human Resources
Title IX Coordinator
1375 S. Clare Ave. Harrison, MI 48625
2600 S. Summerton Rd., Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858

Offices: Harrison Campus, Room 213B; Mt. Pleasant Campus, Doan Center, Room 104

(989) 386-6622 x692 | lfassett1@midmich.edu

If the complaint involves both students and employees, a joint investigation will occur involving both student and employee Title IX Coordinators.

 
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