REPORTING SEXUAL MISCONDUCT

Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College encourages all members of the campus community to report any incident of sexual misconduct. The College has adopted procedures to promptly and fairly address concerns and complaints about sexual misconduct. Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College encourages the reporting of sexual misconduct as it may be necessary to give the College opportunity to take action. Complaints may be submitted informally or formally. The standard of proof as recommended by the Office of Civil Rights used in sexual misconduct hearings will be Preponderance of Evidence or “more likely than not” that the violation did/did not occur. There are two options in which students can pursue to make a formal complaint of sexual misconduct.

Making a Complaint to College Administration

Students may make a complaint of sexual misconduct by another student or college employee by contacting the Title IX Coordinator at 601.928.6672, or the Dean of Student Services at the campus in which the student is enrolled. Although there is no time limit on making a complaint to College Administration, students are highly encouraged to report incidents of, or share information about, sexual misconduct as soon as possible after the incident occurred. The College may ultimately be unable to adequately investigate if too much time has passed or if an accused individual has left the institution. Other factors that could negatively affect the College’s ability to investigate include the loss of physical evidence, the potential departure of witnesses, or loss of memory.

Making a Report to Law Enforcement

In the case of an emergency, victims should call 911 from wherever they are, and a law enforcement official will respond to assist them. In non-emergency situations, allegations of misconduct should be reported to the law enforcement agency that has jurisdiction over the location where the assault or abuse occurred. Non-emergency reports to law enforcement may be made as follows:

Contact Campus Police at 228.497.7690 if the incident occurred on the Jackson County Campus and/or property.

Contact Gautier Police Department at 228.497.2846 if the incident occurred in Gautier.

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Contact Campus Police at 228.896.2516 if the incident occurred on the Jefferson Davis Campus and/or property.

Contact Gulfport Police Department at 228.868.5900 if the incident occurred in Gulfport.

Contact Biloxi Police Department at 228.392.0641 if the incident occurred in Biloxi.

Contact Campus Police at 601.928.6327 if the incident occurred on the Perkinston Campus and/or property.

Contact Stone County Sheriff’s Department at 228.928.7251 if the incident occurred in Stone County.

Contact Campus Police at 601.766.6447 if the incident occurred at the George County Center and/or property.

Contact Lucedale Police Department at 601.947.3261 if the incident occurred in Lucedale.

Contact Keesler AFB Security at 228.377.2450 if the incident occurred at the MGCCC-Keesler Center.

DISCLOSURE OPTIONS

Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College encourages victims of sexual violence to talk to somebody about what happened – so victims can get the support they need, and so the College can respond appropriately. Different employees on campus have different abilities to maintain a victim’s confidentiality. The College Statement on Privacy and Confidentiality is intended to make members of the college community aware of the various reporting and confidential disclosure options available to them – so they can make informed choices about where to turn should they become a victim of sexual violence. The College encourages victims to talk to someone identified in one or more of these groups:

Disclosure to Responsible Employees

A “responsible employee” is a College employee who has the authority to address sexual violence, who has the duty to report incidents of sexual violence or other student misconduct, or who a student could reasonably believe has this authority or duty. When a victim tells a responsible employee about an incident of sexual violence, the victim has the right to expect the College to take immediate and appropriate steps to investigate what happened and to resolve the matter promptly and equitably. A responsible employee must report all relevant details about the alleged sexual violence shared by the victim and that the College will need to determine what happened – including the names of the victim and alleged perpetrator(s), any witnesses, and any other relevant facts, including the date, time and specific location of the alleged incident. To the extent possible, information reported to a responsible employee will be shared only with people responsible for handling the College’s response to the report.

Before a victim reveals any information to a responsible employee, the employee should ensure that the victim understands the employee’s reporting obligations – and, if the victim wants to maintain confidentiality, direct the victim to confidential resources. With the exception of Enrollment Specialists, all other College employees are considered “responsible employees.”

Disclosure to Confidential Employees

Enrollment Specialists individuals who work or volunteer in the college’s Enrollment Services Centers can generally talk to a victim without revealing any personally identifying information about an incident to the College. A victim can seek assistance and support from these individuals without triggering a College investigation that could reveal the victim’s identity or that the victim has disclosed the incident. These employees are known as Confidential Employees.

While maintaining a victim’s confidentiality, Enrollment Specialists should report the nature, date, time, and general location of an incident to Campus Police or the Title IX Coordinator. This limited report – which includes no information that would directly or indirectly identify the victim – helps keep the Title IX Coordinator and/or Campus Police informed of the general extent and nature of sexual violence on and off campus so the coordinator can track patterns, evaluate the scope of the problem, and formulate appropriate campus-wide responses. Before reporting any information to the Title IX Coordinator and/or Campus Police, Enrollment Specialists will consult with the victim to ensure that no personally identifying details are shared with the Title IX Coordinator and/or Campus Police. A victim who speaks to a professional or non-professional counselor or advocate must understand that, if the victim wants to maintain confidentiality, the College will be unable to conduct an investigation into the particular incident or pursue disciplinary action against the alleged perpetrator.

Disclosure to Privileged Employees

Professional, licensed counselors in the College’s Enrollment Services Centers who provide mental-health counseling to members of the school community are not required to report any information about an incident to the Title IX coordinator, Campus Police, or Dean of Student Services without a victim’s permission. These employees are known as Privileged Employees.

INVESTIGATION OF COMPLAINTS

The lead investigator for student-on-student sexual misconduct issues will typically be the college’s Title IX Coordinator or an appointed deputy coordinator. If circumstances arise where it is inappropriate for these persons to serve as the lead investigator, the responsibility will be assigned to another campus official trained in issues of sexual misconduct. If sufficient cause has been established to proceed with the complaint, a Disciplinary Conference or a Student Conduct Hearing is conducted. Please refer to Student Rights and Responsibilities (Statement NO-717) from the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Student Handbook.