Several laws pertain to criminal sexual misconduct and interpersonal misconduct, and are listed below. The excerpts provided on this page are not intended to be an exhaustive description or list of laws pertaining to sexual misconduct, inappropriate or criminal sexual behavior or interpersonal misconduct. Click on the links below to jump to each section.
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any education program or activity that receives federal funding.
Under Title IX, MCC has a responsibility to respond promptly and equitably to address Sexual Harassment, sexual violence and interpersonal misconduct. If MCC knows or reasonably should know about Sexual Harassment, sexual violence or interpersonal misconduct that creates a hostile environment, MCC must take action to eliminate the Sexual Harassment, sexual violence or relationship misconduct, prevent its recurrence and address its effects.
MCC encourages prompt reporting of crime to MCC Police Department and/or local law enforcement. Even if a Student elects not to file a Code of Student Conduct complaint, does not request that MCC take any action on the Student’s behalf or is unable to make a report to MCC and/or law enforcement, if MCC knows or reasonably should know about possible Sexual Harassment, sexual violence or interpersonal misconduct, MCC must promptly investigate to determine what occurred and then take appropriate steps to resolve the situation. In appropriate circumstances, MCC may report crimes to law enforcement when a victim decides not to report or cannot report the crime.
A criminal investigation into allegations of Sexual Harassment or sexual violence does not relieve MCC of its duty under Title IX to resolve complaints promptly and equitably.
How do I file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights?
If you believe that Metropolitan Community College does not respond appropriately to your allegations of sexual assault, harassment, or misconduct after you have filed a report with Campus Police, or gone through the student disciplinary procedures, you have the option to file a complaint with the Office of Civil Rights.
1. You may file a complaint in person, online or by mail.
a. In person: via telephone (816) 268-0550
b. Online: via email: http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/index.html
c. By mail: write letter to: Kansas City, Office, Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, One Petticoat Lane, 1010 Walnut Street, Suite 320, Kansas City, MO 64106
2. For more information about filing a complaint, please visit www.NotAlone.gov.
The Clery Act
The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (also known as the Clery Act) is a federal law that requires all colleges and universities in the United States to disclose information about crimes committed on and around their campuses. Enforced by the U.S. Department of Education, the law requires all institutions that receive federal funding to do the following:
- Publish an Annual Security Report (ASR) by October 1 of the calendar year, documenting campus crime data from the past three years and existing policies and procedures regarding sexual assault.
- Maintain a public crime log with the nature, date, time and general location of each crime.
- Disclose crime statistics on campus in public areas regarding a variety of crimes, including sex offenses.
- Issue timely warnings about Clery Act crimes which pose a serious or ongoing threat to students and employees.
- Devise an emergency response, notification and testing policy.
- Compile and report fire data to the federal government and publish an annual fire safety report.
- Enact policies and procedures to handle reports of missing students.
*adapted from the Clery Center for Security on Campus
NotAlone: Together Against Sexual Assault
In April 2014, the White House launched www.NotAlone.gov, a website to house their nationwide campaign on campus sexual assault, which provides information for students and universities alike on campus sexual assault prevention and response. The website is a useful and comprehensive resource for the latest updates in the nationwide response to the growing problem of sexual assault on college campuses.
Visit www.NotAlone.gov for more information about the White House initiative.