What is Title IX?

A federal law that simply states, no person in the U.S. shall be on the basis of sex, be excluded from, denied benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.

It is often thought that Title IX is only covers athletics programs, when it is a much broader spectrum.

Who Does Title IX Protect?

Any person in connection with all educational, extracurricular, athletic, and/or other programs of the school; even if the events take place off campus during a school event.

This Can Be:

  • Students
  • Staff
  • Faculty

Reducing the Risk of Sexual Assault

You have the right to your own values, attitudes and beliefs about sexual behavior and relationships in general. Therefore, you have the right to determine the type of interactions and activities you feel comfortable with and to end those activities at any time.

  • You are not obligated to perform sexual acts as payment or as a favor.
  • You have the right to deny alcohol at any time.  Alcohol impairs your judgment and lowers your ability to say NO!
  • You have the right to say no at any time, for any reason, and to let the offending party know that his/her actions are unwelcome.
  • Going to parties with people you trust may help you to avoid dangerous situations, and is a great way to ensure that there will be others close by when needed.
  • Having your own transportation gives you a degree of power to leave a challenging and potentially high risk situation. If you travel to a party with a friend, depart together—stay safe.
  • If you must walk alone, call for a walking escort. Call (605) 229-8394.

Steps if you have been assaulted:

  1. If you are in immediate danger, get to a safe place.
  2. Call Campus Safety or the Police. Contact a safe person such as a friend. Campus Counseling Services and other community agencies are available to assist you.
  3. If this is immediately following a sexual assault,  please do not shower or “clean up.” While this is a natural impulse, medical examiners and forensics experts can use evidence from an assault to prosecute perpetrators. If you do “clean up,” there may still be information and evidence that can be collected.
  4. You may wish to write down details of your assault.  Be as thorough and descriptive as possible. If you can, make clothing and other items available to law enforcement.
  5. Do not blame yourself. Sexual Assault is never the victim’s fault. Talk to others to get help. Friends, counseling services, and community agencies can help you.

Who to contact for more information or to file a complaint:

Jason Pettigrew
Director of Human Resources/Title IX Coordinator
(605) 229-8350
Jason.pettigrew@presentation.edu

DJ Mounga
Director of Residence Life
(605) 229-8366
dj.mounga@presentation.edu

Counseling Services

Counseling Services are available upon request.

Information shared with counseling staff and campus ministries is confidential. No information will be shared unless a student agrees to have their case information released.

Grievance Procedures

The accuser/accused has the right:

  • To present his or her case
  • To be notified of the time frame
  • To be notified in writing of the outcome of the complaint
  • To be notified of any changes in housing, academic circumstances etc.

Presentation College is dedicated to promoting a safe environment for students, faculty, and staff. If you are experiencing any kind of harassment, you should report it! All students can play a role in combating sexual assault by holding perpetrators accountable, supporting the rights and choices of those who have been assaulted, and making full use of campus resources to educate themselves on this serious, yet preventable problem.

Reporting

If you feel you have been a victim of sexual harassment or sexual violence, you are strongly encouraged to seek help. Before enlisting help from university staff, please note that different staff may have different roles with regard to reporting. Presentation College staff are committed to and concerned about student safety. Action can and will be taken to help the victims avoid contact with the alleged perpetrators.

Campus resources are available to students; university faculty and staff (excluding Counseling and Pastoral staff) are mandatory reporters.

Director of Residence Life                             (605) 229-8366
Vice President for Student Services             (605) 229-8395
Campus Safety                                              (605) 229-8394
Title IX Coordinator/HR                                 (605) 229-8350

You may report to faculty, staff, and resident assistants. These individuals are also mandatory reporters. Information about underage alcohol or drug use related to the complaint will not be used to discipline victims.

Resources

Community Resources

Safe Harbor

www.safeharborsd.org/

  • Provides On Call Advocates to assist law enforcement officers and Avera St. Lukes. These trained volunteer advocates are available for survivors of family violence and sexual assault.
  • Advocates provide confidential and free services to help families through crisis situations. They assist with safety planning, offer support, and information about Safe Harbor and community resources
  • They provide emergency shelter as well as providing assistance with protection orders
  • 24 hour crisis line 605-226-1212 or 1-888-290-2935

Counseling Services

Medical Services

Campus Prevention Programs

Prevention education for students, faculty, and staff will be offered through Student Development and Human Resources on an ongoing basis. New students will receive information during the orientation process. Counseling staff will be available to speak to student organizations that request additional information.

Campus Counseling Staff and phone numbers:

Rebecca Christiansen

(605) 229-8524

Rebecca.christiansen@presentation.edu

What is Sexual Misconduct

WHAT IS SEXUAL MISCONDUCT

Unwelcome sexual misconduct, requests for sexual favors and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature that creates a hostile academic environment and/or interferes with another’s academic performance.

Forms of Sexual Misconduct

Sexual Discrimination
Treating someone differently or unfavorably based on sex or choice of sex (by a student or staff)

Sexual Harassment
Unwelcome sex or gender based verbal or physical conduct

Sexual Violence
Forced physical sexual acts

Sexual Contact
Intentional contact with the breast, buttock, groin, or genitals, or touching another with any of these body parts, or making another touch you or themselves with any of these body parts or any other intentional bodily contact of a sexual matter

Sexual Exploitation
Invasion of sexual privacy, prostituting, non-consensual broadcasting of a sexual activity, going beyond boundaries of consent (such as letting someone hide in closet to watch you having consensual sex), knowingly exposing another to an STD or HIV, and exposing ones genitals in non-consensual circumstances

Stalking
Course of conduct directed at a specific individual that is unwelcome and would cause a “reasonable person to feel fear”

Bullying and Cyber-bullying
Repeated and/or severe aggressive behaviors that intimidate or intentionally harm or control another person physically or emotionally.

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