Title IX Information and Nondiscrimination Statement

/Title IX Information and Nondiscrimination Statement
Title IX Information and Nondiscrimination Statement2018-11-19T21:25:12+00:00

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 states:

No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.

Campus Resources

Title IX Coordinator

Nicole Lenez
Bassett, Room 105
(540) 365 – 4461
nlenez@ferrum.edu

Title IX Deputy Coordinator

Chris Chandler
Pine House – Human Resources
(540) 365-4287
cchandler@ferrum.edu

Counselor

Jessica Stallard
Bassett Hall, Room 106
(540) 365  -4219
jstallard@ferrum.edu

Medical Assistance

For any non-emergency care or followup, contact the Tri-Area Health Center.

How to Support a Friend

NOTE: If someone you know has experienced sexual misconduct, the first thing to know is many times this person feels that control has been taken away from them. It is important for supporting people to help them regain as much control as possible. Though this section lays out information and good practices for next steps, it is ultimately up to the person disclosing what they want to do and how they want to handle their situation.

Ensure that they are safe, in a safe place, and feel safe.
The physical safety of a survivor is of the utmost importance. If they are in immediate danger call Campus Police (540-365-4444) or 911.

Encourage the person to seek medical attention and offer to help to connect them with services.
Medical attention will help the immediate physical health of an individual and may prevent further damage to their health. This is especially important in the 24 hours after an assault occurs. Sexual assault is a violent crime and physical trauma may have occurred during the assault. Additionally, the reporter may be at risk of acquiring a STI. Medical personnel can also perform a forensic exam if the reporter chooses to participate.

Offer to connect person with other resources and people to speak to.
Sexual misconduct can be traumatic for anyone. Encourage your friend to speak with someone. Speaking to a licensed counselor/therapist, someone who works in a community organization specializing in sexual violence, and/or a spiritual advisor can be valuable coping options.

Speak to the person about reporting options.
The person disclosing to you may wish to report this incident. There are several options for reporting including reporting to Ferrum, reporting to law enforcement, reporting to a third party, and/or anonymous reporting.

Continue to support your friend.
The road to recovery for a survivor of sexual violence can be long and difficult and, in some ways, may not ever end. Continue to check in and offer your help. Also, continue to do the things you used to do with your friend, if they want to. Getting back as close to normal as possible can help in the recovery process.

Additionally, if someone discloses to you about a sexual assault it is because they trust you immensely. Please maintain that trust by keeping information shared private from social circles.
It may be difficult to understand what your friend may be going through and the complex emotions associated with trauma and assault. Please talk with an RHE, counselor, or the Dean of Students if you would like assistance understanding. You will never be required to report on your friend’s behalf and do not need to disclose any names or details.

Take care of yourself.
Supporting a person through a difficult and traumatic experience can be difficult and traumatic for the support person too. If you need to talk to someone, contact your RHE, counseling services, or the Dean of Students.

For Parents or Families

What can I do for my student? How will Ferrum handle this?
Parental support can be crucial to the healing process for a survivor. For people who experience sexual misconduct, many times they feel that control has been taken away from them. It is important for supporting people to help them regain as much control possible. Though this section lays out information and good practices for next steps, it is ultimately up to your son/daughter what they want to do and how they want to handle their situation.

NOTE: Because of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), if your student is over 18, Ferrum cannot share details of reports, investigations, or case findings to parents without the permission of the student. If the student wishes information to be shared with parents (or others) they may fill out a consent form with the Title IX Coordinator.

If your student discloses to you:

Ensure that they are safe, in a safe place, and feel safe.
The physical safety of a survivor is of the utmost importance. If they are in immediate danger call Campus Police (540-365-4444) or 911. Encourage your student to seek medical attention and offer to help to connect them with services.

Medical attention will help the immediate physical health of an individual and may prevent further damage to their health. This is especially important in the 24 hours after an assault occurs. Sexual assault is a violent crime and physical trauma may have occurred during the assault. Additionally, your student may be at risk of acquiring a STI. Medical personnel can also perform a forensic exam (also known as a “rape kit”) if the reporter chooses to participate.

Offer to connect student with other resources and people to speak to.
Sexual misconduct can be traumatic for anyone. Encourage the student to speak with someone. That person might be you, however, sometimes students are not comfortable speaking to their parents about an incident. Speaking to a licensed counselor/therapist, someone who works in a community organization concerned with sexual violence, and/or a spiritual advisor can be valuable coping options.

Speak to them about reporting options.
Your student may wish to report this incident. There are several options for reporting including reporting to Ferrum, reporting to law enforcement, reporting to a third party, and/or anonymous reporting.

If your student is considering reporting to law enforcement, Rape, Assault, & Incest National Network (RAINN) or SARA (Sexual Assault Response and Awareness) are good resources for familiarizing yourself with the criminal process. Ferrum College Police Department will also assist in understanding the process no matter where the incident took place.

If your student is considering reporting to Ferrum, it will be important for you and your student to familiarize yourself with the process. For information about the College’s process to investigate and adjudicate cases and the rights of those involved, please see the Sexual Misconduct Policy (Link). Interim protective measures and accommodations available.

If a student chooses to pursue a report through the College, Ferrum can work with the student to enact interim measures during the investigation and adjudication process to aid the safety and well-being of the student.

Continue to support your student.
The road to recovery for a survivor of sexual violence can be long and difficult and, in some ways, may not ever end. Explore long-term care options with your student and how you can help.

It may be difficult to understand what your student may be going through and the complex emotions associated with trauma and assault.

Take care of yourself.
Supporting a person through a difficult and traumatic experience can be difficult and traumatic for the support person too.

How to Support as Faculty/Staff

How do I support a student who disclosed to me?
If a student chooses to disclose to you, it is because they have trust in you and your ability to help. For people who experience sexual misconduct, many times they feel that control has been taken away from them. It is important for supporting people to help them regain as much control as possible. Though this section lays out information and good practices for next steps, it is ultimately up to the person disclosing what they want to do and how they want to handle their situation.

Important note on your status as a Responsible Employee:
The Office of Civil Rights 2001 guidance document defines Responsible Employee as an employee who: “has the authority to take action to redress sexual violence; who has been given the duty of reporting incidents of sexual violence or any other misconduct by students to the Title IX coordinator or other appropriate school designee; or whom a student could reasonably believe has this authority or duty”. Ferrum interprets this as most employees, including but not limited to faculty, administration, staff, resident assistants (RAs), and head residents (HR’s).

Responsible Employees are mandated reports, meaning they are required to report information shared with them regarding Sexual Harassment, Sexual Misconduct, Stalking and/or Retaliation. NOTE: Once a report is filed, it is up to the student as to whether they want to the report to move forward or continue in the process. Reports must be made to the Title IX Coordinator and/or Deputy Coordinator.

Nicole Lenez, Title IX Coordinator – (540) 365-4461, Bassett 105, nlenez@ferrum.edu
Chris Chandler, Deputy Title IX Coordinator – (540) 365- 4287, Pine House/Human Resources, cchandler@ferrum.edu

Supporting a student who discloses to you:

Ensure that they are safe, in a safe place, and feel safe.
The physical safety of a survivor is of the utmost importance. If they are in immediate danger, call Campus Police at (540) 365-4444 or call 911.

Encourage the student to seek medical attention and offer to help to connect them with services
Medical attention will help the immediate physical health of an individual and may prevent further damage to their health. This is especially important in the 24 hours after an assault occurs. Sexual assault is a violent crime and physical trauma may have occurred during the assault. Additionally, the student may be at risk of acquiring a STI. Medical personnel can also perform a forensic exam if the reporter chooses to participate.

Sexual misconduct can be traumatic for anyone. Encourage the student to speak with someone. Speaking to a licensed counselor/therapist, someone who works in a community organization concerned with sexual violence, and/or a spiritual advisor can be valuable coping options.

Speak to the student about your responsibility to report.
Let the student know that under federal law and Ferrum College policy, you are required to report all incidents of sexual misconduct to the Title IX Coordinator. However, it will be the person’s choice if they want to move forward with the investigation or participate in the process.
Let the person know you will treat anything disclosed as private, meaning only pertinent information (who, what, when, and where) will be shared with the Title IX Office, and no one else.

If someone discloses to you, it will be important for you to familiarize yourself with the process. For information about the University’s process to investigate and adjudicate cases and the rights of those involved, please see the “Denison’s Response and Process for Reports” section of the website.

In addition to reporting to Denison, there are several other options for reporting including to law enforcement or reporting to a third party. More information can be found in the “Something Happened to Me” page of the site, under the “How do I report?” section.
Talk to student about interim protective measures and accommodations available.

If a student chooses to pursue a report through the University, Denison can work with the student to enact interim measures during the investigation and adjudication process to aid the safety and well-being of the student. More information on accommodations and how to request can be found on the “Something Happened to Me” page in the “How do I get through this?” section.

Continue to support the student.
The road to recovery for a survivor of sexual violence can be long and difficult and, in some ways, may not ever end. Continue to check in and offer your help.
It may be difficult to understand what a survivor may be going through, and the complex emotions associated with trauma and assault. Vera House Incorporated has a collection of stories written by survivors that provide insight into what a survivor may or may not be feeling and/or thinking. Those stories can be accessed here.

Take care of yourself.
Supporting a person through a difficult and traumatic experience can be difficult and traumatic for the support person too.

Nondiscrimination Statement

Ferrum College does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran status, gender, sex, disability, or any other protected status in admission to, access to, treatment in or employment in its programs and activities. Ferrum College affirms the dignity and worth of every individual, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, and will not tolerate harassment or discrimination toward any individual.

If you wish to file a complaint of discrimination with the appropriate outside agency, you may do so as follows:

  • Refer to the website for the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education.
    OR
    Contact the Region III Office for Civil Rights:
    Elizabeth Williamson, Northeast HUB Leader
    The Wanamaker Building
    100 Penn Square East-Suite 505
    Philadelphia, PA 19107
    Telephone: 215-656-6010
    Fax: 215-656-6020
  • Complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at ascr.usda.gov, or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form as follows:
    By letter to
    Director, Office of Adjudication
    U.S. Department of Agriculture
    1400 Independence Avenue, S.W.
    Washington D.C. 20250-9410
    By fax to (202) 690-7442
    By email to program.intake@usda.gov