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2.1001 Preventing and Responding to Domestic VIolence

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I. Title of Policy

Preventing and Responding to Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault, and Stalking

II. Objective of Policy

To address the public well-being of Brookdale students, faculty, and staff and to comply with the requirements of all applicable legislation, and to affirm the College’s commitment to create and maintain an environment that is free from sexual harassment, domestic violence, dating violence, and sexual assault and stalking (“sexual misconduct”). As a result of this Board policy and as required by law, Brookdale Community College is compliant with the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (VAWA) and the obligations on all post-secondary institutions under the Campus Sexual Violence Act (SAVE) .

III. Authority

All applicable legislation including but not limited to the Clery Act by the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (VAWA) of 2013; the Campus SaVE Act of 2012; Title IX of the Higher Education Act; the Prevention of Domestic Violence Act of 1991, N.J.S.A. 2C:25-17 et seq; State of New Jersey P.L. 1994, Chapter 160; United States Department of Education regulations, 34 C.F.R. 668.46 and other applicable State or Federal laws and regulations; and the Bylaws of the Board of Trustees.

IV. Policy Statement

The Board of Trustees will not tolerate domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking and sexual harassment. Brookdale Community College is committed to prevention of sexual misconduct/violence so that that no student or employee shall engage in such behavior or be victimized by such behavior.

Regulations of Brookdale Community College define sexual offenses, detail services available to students, faculty and staff who experience sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence, and instances of stalking, provide information for bystanders and students, and provide other information required by law. College policies and regulations identify responsible employees to whom offenses may be reported, counseling services and other resources; including Policies 2.1000 College Security; 3.9002 Non-Discrimination; 3.9007 Affirmative Action; and 3.9008 Code of Ethics for Employees; and Regulations 2.1000R College Security; 3.9002R Non Discrimination; 3.9008R Code of Ethics for Employees; and 6.3000R Student Conduct Code and Academic Integrity Code.

Brookdale will utilize procedures that provide, prompt, fair, and impartial investigation and resolution in cases involving same. This includes domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking and sexual harassment, as defined by our non-discrimination policy.

The College provides prevention, awareness, risk reduction, compliance, and bystander intervention programming; crime statistics, and methods for reporting incidents, and ensures confidentiality for victims. The Student Conduct Code and the Disciplinary Appeal Procedure; and the Employee’s Code of Ethics, are disseminated annually. As required by law, the Brookdale Community College Annual Security Report contains policy statements and crime statistics for all Brookdale Community College locations.

Sexual assaults are serious violations of the College’s student judicial code, faculty standards and College employee policies, and will not be tolerated. They are also crimes, punishable by fines and/or imprisonment; and subject to civil suit for damages.

The Brookdale Community College Annual Security Report contains policy statements and crime statistics for all Brookdale locations.

Each academic year new students will receive information about sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking, their prevention, rights of victims, bystander intervention, risk reduction and such other information as set forth in this Policy and as required under federal and state law through presentations given during the new student orientation, college publications and by other effective methods. Each academic year, new faculty will receive similar information about such policies and procedures during faculty orientation and by other effective methods. All faculty shall be periodically presented such information by the College.

Training shall be provided to those conducting hearings under the Code of Student Conduct.

V. Responsibility for Implementation

President.

Approved: Board of Trustees
1/15/98
Approved: 6/19/14
Revised: 29 January 2015
Approved: 26 February 2015
Revised: Lodging of Proposed Revision 19 May 2015
Approved: 25 June 2015

Supporting Documents/Links
1. Student Code of Conduct
2. Employee Code of Ethics
3. Board of Trustees Code of Ethics
4. Rape Care Program brochure
5. Rape Care Program brochure for the LBGTQI Community
6. The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act (with the inclusion of new definitions of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and certain bias or hate crimes). View the most recent PDF – Fall 2014.