MCC is committed to protecting our campus community from sexual and interpersonal misconduct as well as ensuring that resources are available to support any community member. Faculty and staff members are often a first point of contact for students in the reporting process, and having the correct information and tools for support is critical.
A student may come to you seeking emotional support, requesting extensions for assignments or examinations, or looking for resources. The incident they disclose may have been recent, in the past or even ongoing. The best way you can assist them is to listen without judgment, to provide support and to direct them to resources.
MCC employees are considered “responsible” under law and must timely report cases of sexual or interpersonal misconduct to the Title IX Coordinator on your campus (Dean of Students).
Merely reporting to any other faculty or staff member, even a department head, is not sufficient
Before a student reveals any information to you that he or she may want to keep confidential, you should make every effort to ensure that he or she understands the following:
- Your obligation to report the incident to the Title IX Coordinator (Dean of Students) includes the identities of the parties involved, as well as other facts that you are told about the date, time and location of the incident.
The student can request that MCC maintains confidentiality during the investigation, which the Title IX Coordinator (Dean of Students) will take into consideration. For confidential reporting of a sexual assault, discrimination, harassment or other Title IX issues, contact Kim Fernandes at 816-604-1418.
- The student can speak on a confidential basis to off-campus crisis centers and hotlines.
Confidentiality will be maintained to the extent possible: all persons who make a complaint or who are involved in an investigation are bound by rules of confidentiality. However, MCC reserves the right to share information regarding a case of sexual misconduct on a need-to-know basis.
In the event that a student comes to you reporting a case of sexual or interpersonal misconduct, you still have a legal obligation to report the Title IX Coordinator (Dean of Students) — even if the student requests confidentiality.
How to Report Student-on-Student Misconduct
All reports should be made to the Title IX Coordinator (Dean of Students) on your campus. Even if you are unsure if what you have heard or witnessed constitutes sexual or interpersonal misconduct, you should still contact the Dean so that he/she can determine a necessary response.
If you witness sexual misconduct or perceive an imminent threat of sexual misconduct on campus, call for emergency assistance the MCC Police Department at 816-604-1200 or call 911.
How to Report Faculty/Staff-on-Student Misconduct
All reports should be made to the Title IX Coordinator (Dean of Students) on your campus.