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RSCC Policy PA-02-02; Sexual Misconduct
RSCC Policy PA-02-02; Sexual Misconduct
Roane State Community College
Policy Number: PA-02-02
Subject: Sexual Misconduct

The Roane State Community College Sexual Assault Misconduct Policy fulfills the federal requirements of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), the Campus SaVE Act, Title I IX, and the Campus Security Act of 1990: State Laws TCA§36-3-601; TCA §36-3-601(5)(c); TCA §39-17-315. TBR Policy 6:03:00:00 and the above Federal and State policies provide guidelines for Roane State to develop awareness and prevention programs for students and employees to keep our campuses safe from sexual violence.

  1. Purpose
    This policy is intended to provide a single, easily accessible and user-friendly document for students, employees, and others affected by sexual misconduct to find information regarding Roane State’s rules and procedures related to the offenses defined herein.
  2. Policy
    This policy is adopted by Roane State Community College (College) specifically to address the offenses defined herein. All other forms of sex discrimination including sexual harassment are also strictly prohibited. Allegations that are not within the scope of this policy are subject to the procedures described in TBR Guideline P-080 as adopted and implemented by Roane State Policy PA-01-01 (Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Policy) and AA-02-01 (Non-Discrimination on the Basis of Sex in Education Programs and Activities).
  3. Scope
    These procedures shall be utilized by:
    1. Any employee or student who has been a victim of sexual misconduct, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression.
    2. Former employees or students if the conduct took place during the time of employment or enrollment at Roane State and the conduct has a reasonable connection to the institution.
    3. All third parties with whom Roane State has an educational or business relationship and the conduct has a reasonable connection to the institution.
  4. Definitions
    1. Consent – an informed decision, freely given, made through mutually understandable words or actions that indicate a willingness to participate in mutually agreed upon sexual activity. Consent cannot be given by an individual who is asleep, unconscious, or mentally or physically incapacitated, either through the effect of drugs or alcohol or for any other reason, or is under duress, threat, coercion, or force. Past consent does not imply future consent. Silence or an absence of resistance does not imply consent. Consent can be withdrawn at any time.
    2. Dating Violence – violence against a person when the accuser and accused are dating, or who have dated, or who have or had a sexual relationship. “Dating” and “dated” do not include fraternization between two (2) individuals solely in a business or non-romantic social context. Violence includes, but is not necessarily limited to:
      1. Inflicting, or attempting to inflict, physical injury on the accuser by other than accidental means.
      2. Placing the accuser in fear of physical harm.
      3. Physical restraint.
      4. Malicious damage to the personal property of the accuser; including inflicting, or attempting to inflict, physical injury on any animal owned, possessed, leased, kept, or held by the accuser.
      5. Placing a victim in fear of physical harm to any animal owned, possessed, leased, kept, or held by the accuser - TCA§36-3-601(5)(c).
    3. Domestic Violence – violence against a person when the accuser and accused:
      1. Are current or former spouses
      2. Live together or have lived together
      3. Are related by blood or adoption
      4. Are related or were formally related by marriage
      5. Are adult or minor children of a person in a relationship described above
      6. Domestic Violence – includes, but is not necessarily limited to:
        • Inflicting, or attempting to inflict, physical injury on the accuser by other than accidental means.
        • Placing the accuser in fear of physical harm.
        • Physical restraint.
        • Malicious damage to the personal property of the accuser, including inflicting, or attempting to inflict, physical injury on any animal owned, possessed, leased, kept, or held by the accuser.
        • Placing the accuser in fear of physical harm to any animal owned, possessed, leased, kept, or held by the accuser – TCA §36-3-601.
    4. Sexual Assault – the nonconsensual sexual contact with the accuser by the accused, or the accused by the accuser when force or coercion is used to accomplish the act, the sexual contact is accomplished without consent of the accuser, and the accused knows or has reason to know at the time of the contact that the accuser did not or could not consent. Sexual contact includes, but is not limited to, the intentional touching of the accuser’s, the accused’s or any other person’s intimate parts, or the intentional touching of the clothing covering the immediate area of the accuser’s, the accused’s, or any other person’s intimate parts, if that intentional touching can be reasonably construed as being for the purpose of sexual arousal or gratification.
    5. Sexual Misconduct – for the purposes of this policy, “sexual misconduct” is defined as dating violence, domestic violence, stalking, and sexual assault.
    6. Stalking – a willful course of conduct involving repeated or continuing harassment of another individual that would cause a reasonable person to feel terrorized, frightened, intimidated, threatened, harassed, or molested, and that actually causes the accuser to feel terrorized, frightened, intimidated, threatened, harassed, or molested.
    7. Harassment – means conduct directed toward the accuser that includes, but is not limited to, repeated or continuing unconsented contact that would cause a reasonable person to suffer emotional distress, and that actually causes the accuser to suffer emotional distress. Harassment does not include constitutionally protected activity or conduct that serves a legitimate purpose – TCA §39-17-315.
  5. Prohibition of Sexual Misconduct
    Sexual misconduct is a form of sex discrimination prohibited by Title IX. Roane State is committed to eliminating any and all acts of sexual misconduct and discrimination on its campuses. As set forth in this policy, sexual misconduct includes dating violence, domestic violence, stalking, and sexual assault. Roane State strictly prohibits these offenses. Any allegation of sexual misconduct as defined herin will be investigated and adjudicated according to this policy.
  6. Immediate Actions A Victim Should Take
    1. In the immediate aftermath of a sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence or similar event, the most important thing is for the victim to get to a safe place.
    2. When a feeling of safety has been achieved, the victim should seek medical attention, regardless of his or her decision to report the crime to the police. It is very important for the victim of sexual assault to seek medical attention immediately so that the victim can be screened for sexually transmitted diseases/pregnancy/date rape drugs, obtain emergency contraception, and receive treatment for any physical injuries.
    3. A victim has the right to accept or decline any or all parts of a medical exam. However, critical evidence may be lost or missed if not collected or analyzed.
    4. Valuable physical evidence can be obtained from the victim and the victim’s clothing. A victim should make every effort to save anything that might contain the offender’s DNA. Therefore, a victim should not:
      1. Bathe or shower
      2. Wash his/her hands
      3. Brush his/her teeth
      4. Use the restroom
      5. Change clothes
      6. Comb hair
      7. Clean up the crime scene
      8. Move anything the offender may have touched
    5. Even if the victim has not yet decided to report the crime, receiving a forensic medical exam and keeping the evidence safe from damage will improve the chances that the police can access and test the stored evidence at a later date.
    6. Victims of sexual misconduct are encouraged to preserve evidence by saving text messages, instant messages, social networking pages, other communications, and keeping pictures, logs or other copies of documents, if they have any, that would be useful to investigators.
  7. Reporting Sexual Misconduct
    The College encourages victims of sexual violence to talk to somebody about what happened so they can get the support they need and so the College can respond appropriately. Though reports will be kept as confidential as possible, the College cannot guarantee the confidentiality of every report or complaint. The following provisions detail the confidentiality options available to individuals.
    1. Reporting Confidentially
      If a victim chooses to report an incident of sexual misconduct in a confidential manner, the victim can report the incident to a RSCC licensed counselor who is required by Tennessee State law to maintain confidentiality of a victim:

      Tracey Watson, Roane County Counselor
      276 Patton Lane
      Harriman, TN 37748
      Room D-100
      865-882-4546
      watsontl@roanestate.edu

      Jeff Snell, Oak Ridge Counselor
      701 Briarcliff Avenue
      Oak Ridge, TN 37830
      Room B-106
      865-481-2003
      snellja@roanestate.edu

      Julianne Cole, Oak Ridge Counselor
      701 Briarcliff Avenue
      Oak Ridge, TN 37830
      Room B-106
      865-481-2003
      davisjy@roanestate.edu

      All other employees of RSCC are required to report any allegations of sexual misconduct to:

      Odell Fearn, Title IX Coordinator
      276 Patton Lane
      Harriman, TN 37748
      Room D-200H
      865-354-3000, ext 4212 or 4679
      fearnao@roanestate.edu
    2. Filing an Institutional Complaint
      Reports of acts of sexual misconduct to any other employee of the College must be reported to the Title IX Coordinator, and the College will take immediate and appropriate steps to investigate what happened and to resolve the matter promptly and equitably.
      1. The College shall not share information with law enforcement without the victim’s consent or unless the victim has also reported the incident to law enforcement.
      2. Before a complainant reveals any information to an employee, the employee must ensure that the complainant understands the employee’s reporting obligations.
      3. If the complainant wants to maintain confidentiality, the employee must direct the victim to confidential resources as detailed in VII.A. above.
      4. If the complainant wants to tell an employee what happened but also maintain confidentiality, the employee must advise the complainant that the College will consider the request, but cannot guarantee that it will be able to honor it. In reporting the details of the incident to the Title IX Coordinator the employee will also inform the Coordinator of the complainant’s request for confidentiality.
      5. An institutional complaint can be filed directly with either or both of the following:

        Mr. Odell Fearn, Title IX Coordinator
        276 Patton Lane
        Harriman, TN 37748
        fearnao@roanestate.edu
        865-354-3000 ext. 4212

        Ms. Beverly Bonner, Assistant VP of Student Services/Dean of Students
        276 Patton Lane
        Harriman, TN 37748
        bonner@roanestate.edu
        865-882-4550
    3. Law Enforcement: A complainant may always contact local law enforcement and/or use resources provided by the RSCC campus police.
    4. How to File Anonymous Complaint: A complainant may, in addition to or instead of, file an anonymous complaint per the on-line form located on the RSCC Be Safe website.
  8. Role of the Title IX Coordinator
    The College’s Title IX Coordinator is responsible for overseeing all Title IX incidents reported to the institution and for implementation of this policy, including but not limited to, identifying and addressing any systemic gender-based harassment, discrimination, and sexual misconduct. The Title IX Coordinator’s responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
    1. Investigation or oversight of investigations of allegations related to Title IX.
    2. Coordination and oversight of educational programs including mandatory training for new students and employees and awareness campaigns for current students and employees.
    3. Coordination with local law enforcement on matters related to allegations related to sexual misconduct.
    4. Coordination and oversight of training for anyone involved in responding to, investigating, or adjudicating sexual misconduct.
    5. Coordination and oversight of training for employees related to their responsibility when they are aware of sexual misconduct.
    6. Coordination and oversight of annual training for investigators, decision makers, hearing officers and hearing committee members on the issues related to sexual misconduct and on how to conduct an investigation and hearing process that protects the safety of complainants and promotes accountability.
    7. Attending appropriate training annually on topics related to responding to or investigating allegations of sexual misconduct.

      The President shall report at the beginning of each new school year to TBR’s Office of General Counsel the name and contact information for the College’s Title IX Coordinator.
  9. Investigation Requirements and Procedures
    1. All proceedings will include a prompt, fair, and impartial investigation and result. The College will provide the respondent and complainant equitable rights during the investigative process.
    2. All complaints of sexual misconduct shall be presented to the Title IX Coordinator for investigation and appropriate disposition.
    3. Mediation between the complainant and respondent will never be considered an appropriate resolution in sexual misconduct cases.
    4. Initiating an investigation
      1. Upon receipt of the complaint, the Title IX Coordinator will discuss any immediate interim measures as well as provide available resources to the complainant. Absent good cause, within three (3) business days of receipt of a report of sexual misconduct the Title IX Coordinator or designee shall attempt to get a written statement from the complainant that includes information related to the circumstances giving rise to the complaint, the dates of the alleged occurrences, and names of witnesses, if any. The complainant should be encouraged to complete a complaint form and submit a detailed written report of the alleged incident.
      2. When the complainant chooses not to provide a written complaint, the Title IX Coordinator or designee will still investigate and take appropriate action.
      3. Both before and during the pendency of the investigations, the Title IX Coordinator shall consult with the complainant and consider what, if any, other interim measures that may be necessary.
      4. Complaints made anonymously or by a third party will be investigated to the extent possible.
      5. After consultation with TBR General Counsel, if the Title IX Coordinator determines that the complaint contains an allegation of sexual misconduct, the Title IX Coordinator shall follow the procedures set forth in this policy to investigate and adjudicate the complaint.
      6. The Title IX Coordinator may appoint a qualified, sufficiently trained person to investigate the allegations made in the complaint.
      7. Only one person shall be identified as the investigator for a complaint.
      8. Investigations shall be conducted by officials who do not have a conflict of interest or bias for or against the complainant or respondent.
      9. If the complainant or respondent believes the assigned investigator has a conflict of interest, that party must submit a written explanation of the reason for that belief to the College’s president. The explanation must be submitted within three (3) business days, absent good cause, of the time when the party knew or should have known the facts that would give rise to the alleged conflict of interest. The President will determine if the facts warrant the appointment of a different investigator and respond to the party in writing within three (3) business days, absent good cause. The decision of the president shall be final.
    5. What the investigation should and should not entail
      1. Once the investigator receives the complaint, the investigator shall notify the complainant in writing of his/her rights and request a meeting.
      2. The investigator shall also notify the respondent in writing of the complaint and his/her rights and request a meeting with the respondent.
      3. The investigator shall notify the complainant, respondent and all individuals interviewed during the investigation that retaliation is strictly prohibited and may be grounds for disciplinary action. In addition, the investigator shall advise all interviewees that they should contact the investigator immediately if they believe they are being retaliated against.
      4. The investigation shall include interviews with both the complainant and respondent, unless either declines an in-person interview.
      5. The complainant and respondent shall be provided with the same opportunities to have others present during an interview, including the opportunity to be accompanied by the advisor of their choice to any related meeting or proceeding.
      6. The College will not limit the choice of advisor for either the complainant or respondent; however, the investigator may limit the participation of advisors during the investigation.
      7. The investigation shall include interviews with relevant witnesses identified by the complainant and respondent or any other potential, relevant witness made known to the investigator via other means.
      8. The investigation shall include the gathering and reviewing of any documentary, electronic, physical, or other type of relevant evidence.
      9. The investigator is expected to request a list of relevant witnesses and evidence from complainant and respondent and take such into consideration.
      10. The investigator shall not consider any evidence about the complainant’s prior sexual conduct with anyone other than the respondent. Evidence of a prior consensual dating or sexual relationship between the parties by itself does not imply consent or preclude a finding of sexual misconduct.
  10. Outcome of Investigation and Determination of Appropriate Action
    1. Upon completion of the investigation, the investigator shall prepare a written report that includes the allegations made by the complainant, the response of the respondent, corroborating or non-corroborating statements of the witnesses, review of other evidence obtained, and conclusions that may be drawn from the evidence gathered.
    2. It is the responsibility of the investigator to weigh the credibility of all individuals interviewed and to determine the weight to be given to information received during the course of the investigation.
    3. The report shall be delivered to the appropriate decision maker, as determined by the Title IX Coordinator at the beginning of the investigation.
    4. After review of the report the decision maker shall make a determination based on a preponderance of the evidence presented as to whether or not a violation of this policy occurred.
    5. The decision maker’s determination shall be communicated in writing simultaneously to the complainant and respondent, along with notice to the parties of their right to request an institutional hearing on the determination that a policy violation did or did not occur.
  11. Timeframe for conducting the investigation
    1. Every reasonable effort shall be made to conclude the investigation and resolve the complaint within sixty (60) calendar days following receipt of the complaint. Within this sixty (60) day timeframe, absent good cause, it is expected that the investigator will conclude the investigation, that the investigator will present a report to the decision maker, and that the investigator will notify the parties in writing of decision maker’s determination.
    2. If the investigator or decision maker determines that additional time is needed, both parties shall be notified in writing of the delay, the anticipated date that the investigation will be concluded, and the reasons for such delay.
    3. If either party determines that additional time is needed, that party shall request such in writing to the investigator. The written request for additional time shall include the reasons for the requested delay and the number of additional days needed. The investigator shall make every reasonable effort to respond to the request for additional time within two (2) business days following receipt of the request and shall notify both parties in writing as to whether or not the request is granted.
  12. Institutional Hearing
    1. Either party may request an institutional hearing on the determination that a policy violation did or did not occur by providing written notice of the request to the investigator within ten (10) business days of receipt of the decision maker’s decision.
    2. If a request is not received within ten (10) days, the decision maker’s determination is final.
    3. The hearing may be held before either a hearing officer or hearing committee. The President of the College shall determine whether to proceed with a hearing officer or hearing committee and shall appoint individuals to serve in those capacities. The hearing officer and all hearing committee members shall receive, at a minimum, annual training on issues related to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking, and on how to conduct an investigation and hearing process that protects the safety of victims and promotes accountability.
    4. If the complainant or respondent believes the hearing officer or any hearing committee member has a conflict of interest, that party must submit a written explanation of the reason for that belief to the President. The explanation must be submitted within three (3) business days, absent good cause, of the time when the party knew of should have known the facts would give rise to the alleged conflict of interest. The President will determine if the facts warrant the appointment of a different hearing officer or committee member and respond to the party in writing within three (3) business days, absent good cause. The decision of the President shall be final.
    5. If such a hearing is requested, every reasonable effort shall be made to conclude the hearing and resolve the appeal, including any appeal to the President, within thirty (30) days following the College’s receipt of the party’s request for a hearing.
    6. The parties to the hearing may not engage in formal discovery.
    7. Each party is entitled to have an advisor of choice available; however, the advisor may not participate in the proceedings other than to render advice to the party.
    8. The College will not limit the choice of advisor for either the complainant or respondent.
    9. The complainant and respondent shall be timely notified in writing of all meetings relevant to the proceeding.
    10. The hearing officer or chair of the hearing committee shall control the procedures of the hearing with due consideration given to the parties’ requests related to procedures such as, but not limited to, limitations on cross-examinations, recesses so the parties may consult with their advisors, and scheduling of hearings. The hearing officer or chair of the hearing committee shall conduct the proceedings in a manner that does not allow the respondent to directly question the complainant in person.
    11. The hearing officer or hearing committee shall use a preponderance of the evidence standard when reaching a decision.
    12. Absent good cause, within five (5) business days of the close of evidence, the hearing officer or committee shall issue a written determination as to whether or not a violation of this policy occurred and the justification for this decision.
    13. Each party shall be simultaneously notified of the hearing officer or committee’s decision in writing, which shall include notice of their rights to appeal the hearing officer’s or committee’s determination to the president.
  13. Appeal of Hearing Decision to the President
    1. If either party chooses to appeal the hearing officer’s/committee’s decision, the party shall notify the investigator in writing of the decision to appeal within five (5) business days of receipt of the hearing officer’s/committee’s determination.
    2. If a written request for appeal is not received within five (5) business days, the decision of the hearing officer/committee is final.
    3. The appealing party (ies) must explain why it is believed the factual information was incomplete, the analysis of the facts was incorrect, and/or the appropriate legal standard was not applied, and how this would change the determination in the case.
    4. The president will issue a written response to the appeal as promptly as possible. This decision will constitute the College’s final decision on the complaint.
  14. Effect of a Finding of a Violation of this Policy
    1. If a final decision has been made that a policy violation occurred,the respondent shall be referred to the appropriate personnel for a determination of discipline.
    2. The appropriate personnel will be determined by the status of the respondent. If the respondent is a student, then the matter shall be referred to the Assistant Vice President of Student Services/Dean of Students. If the respondent is an employee, the matter shall be referred to the Director of Human Resources.
    3. If the respondent is a student, the College will follow the procedures for disciplining students as described in TBR Policy 3:02:00:01 and Roane State Policy SA-06-01. Access the complete detailed RSCC Student Disciplinary policy on the Roane State Policy website.
    4. If the respondent is an employee, the College will follow the procedures related to disciplining employees as described in applicable employee policies.
    5. Notwithstanding any policy to the contrary, the following additional requirements apply to disciplinary actions related to violations of this policy:
      1. The complainant shall receive sufficient notice of and be allowed to attend any meeting or hearing during the disciplinary process.
      2. The complainant shall be allowed to have an advisor of her/his choice attend any meeting or hearing.
      3. The complainant shall be allowed to testify at any hearing during the disciplinary process, even if neither party intends to call the complainant as a witness during the case-in-chief.
      4. The complainant shall be allowed access to any evidence presented during any disciplinary meeting or hearing.
      5. The Title IX Coordinator or designee shall be appointed as the complainant’s contact person for any questions or assistance during the disciplinary process.
      6. The complainant shall receive written notice of the outcome of the disciplinary process.
    6. If a final decision has been made that a policy violation occurred, the Title IX Coordinator or designee shall determine if any remedies are required to address the campus-wide environment, taking into consideration the impact of an incident of sexual misconduct on the campus as a whole and on specific groups or areas on campus. For example, the Title IX Coordinator or designee may determine that specific training is needed for a student group whose members have been accused of sexual assault.
  15. Interim Measures
    In situations that require immediate action because of safety or other concerns, the College will take any reasonable administration action that is appropriate. Examples of such interim actions include, but are not limited to:
    1. Providing an escort to ensure that the complainant can move safely between classes and activities.
    2. Ensuring that the complainant and respondent do not attend the same classes.
    3. Providing access to counseling services.
    4. Providing or assisting in providing medical services.
    5. Providing academic support services, such as tutoring.
    6. Arranging for the complainant to re-take a course or withdraw from a class without penalty, including ensuring that any changes do not adversely affect the complainant’s academic record.
    7. These remedies may be applied to one, both, or multiple parties involved.
    8. Student respondents may be placed on interim suspension under the appropriate circumstances pending the outcome of the investigation. The College shall follow TBR Policy 3:02:00:01 and Roane State Policy SA-06-01. Access the complete detailed RSCC Student Disciplinary policy on the Roane State Policy website.
    9. Employee respondents may be, consistent with Human Resource policies, placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the matter.
  16. Education and Prevention Programs
    The College will engage in comprehensive educational programming to prevent sexual misconduct. Educational programming consists of primary prevention and awareness programs for all incoming students and new employees and ongoing awareness and prevention campaigns for students, faculty, and staff that:
    1. Provides information on risk reduction so that students and employees may recognize warning signs of abusive behavior and how to avoid potential attacks.
    2. Provides safe and positive options for bystander intervention that may be carried out by an individual to prevent harm or intervene when there is a risk of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking against a person other than the bystander.
    3. Defines what behavior and actions constitute consent to sexual activity in the State of Tennessee.
    4. Defines what behavior constitutes domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking.
    5. Identifies domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking as prohibited conduct.
  17. Assistance for Victims of Sexual Misconduct: Rights and Options
    1. Regardless of whether a victim elects to pursue a criminal complaint, the College will assist victims of sexual misconduct and will provide each victim with a written explanation of her/his rights as a member of the College.
    2. Additionally, in the Tennessee court system, a victim of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking has the following rights: the right to confer with the prosecution, right to be free from intimidation, harassment and abuse throughout the criminal justice system, the right to be present at all proceedings where the defendant has the right to be present, the right to be heard, when relevant, at all critical stages of the criminal justice process as defined by the General Assembly, the right to be informed of all proceedings, and of the release, transfer or escape of the accused or convicted person, the right to a speedy trial or disposition and a prompt and final conclusion of the case after the conviction or sentence, the right to restitution from the offender and the right to be informed of each of the rights established for victims. Information related to these rights may be found at http://www.tndagc.com/vr.htm
    3. Protection from abuse orders may be available through http://www.tncourts.gov/programs/self-help-center/forms/order-protection-forms and additional information related to such orders may be found at http://tncoalition.org/resources/legal-resources.html.
    4. The College does not publish the name of crime victims nor maintain identifiable information regarding victims in the Daily Crime Log or in the release of timely warnings.
  18. Resources for Victims of Sexual Misconduct
    The resources listed below are not exhaustive or limited to victims who wish to make an official report or participate in an institutional hearing, police investigation or criminal prosecution. However, in cases where a victim wishes to maintain complete confidentiality, the victim should review carefully Section V above related to the limits on the College’s ability to maintain confidentiality.
    1. On Campus Resources
      • For immediate assistance, call 911 or law enforcement
      • RSCC Counseling Center, Roane County, Room D-100, 865-882-4546
      • RSCC Counseling Center, Oak Ridge, Room B-106, 865-481-2003
      • Roane State Police Department, 865-882-4500
      • Office of Title IX Coordinator, Roane County, Room A-100, 865-354-3000, ext 4212 or 4679
      • Assistant VP of Student Services/Dean of Students, Room D-100, 865-882-4550
    2. Off Campus Resources
      • Medical: The following agency services Anderson, Blount, Campbell, Carter, Greene, Hancock, Hawkins, Johnson, Knox, Loudon, Roane, Sevier, Sullivan, Unicoi, Washington counties with advocates located in Cumberland, Scott, Morgan, and Fentress.
      • Sexual Assault Center of East Tennessee (A Service of the Helen Ross McNabb Center; 6215 Kingston Pike, Suite A, Knoxville, TN 37919. Office: 865-558-9040; Fax: 865-584-7872; 24 Hour Crisis Line: 865-522-7273.
      • Quick Reference Community Resource List
    3. On Line Resources
  19. Retaliation
    The College, its officers, employees, or agents are strictly prohibited from retaliating, intimidating, threatening, coercing, or otherwise discriminating against any individual for exercising their rights or responsibilities under any provision of this policy. Retaliation will result in disciplinary measures, up to and including termination or expulsion.
  20. Definitions of Other Sexual Offenses per TCA, Section 39-13-501 through Section 39-13-511
    1. Coercion means threat of kidnapping, extortion, force or violence to be performed immediately or in the future, or the use of parental, custodial, or official authority over a child less than fifteen (15) years of age.
    2. Intimate parts include the primary genital area, groin, inner thigh, buttock or breast of a human being.
    3. Mentally defective - a person that suffers from a mental disease or defect which renders that person temporarily or permanently incapable of appraising the nature of that person’s conduct.
    4. Mentally incapacitated means that person is rendered temporarily incapable of appraising or controlling the person’s conduct due to the influence of a narcotic, anesthetic or other substance administered to that person without the person’s consent, or due to any other act committed upon that person without the person’s consent.
    5. Physically helpless - person that is unconscious, asleep, or for any other reason physically or verbally unable to communicate unwillingness to do an act.
    6. Sexual contact includes the intentional touching of the victim's, the defendant's, or any other person's intimate parts, or the intentional touching of the clothing covering the immediate area of the victim's, the defendant's, or any other person's intimate parts, if that intentional touching can be reasonably construed as being for the purpose of sexual arousal or gratification.
    7. Sexual penetration means sexual intercourse, cunnilingus, fellatio, anal intercourse, or any other intrusion, however slight, of any part of a person's body or Of any object into the genital or anal openings of the victim’s, the defendants, or any other person’s body, of any defendant’s, or any other person’s body, but emission of semen is not required.
    8. Victim - the person alleged to have been subjected to criminal sexual conduct and includes the spouse of the defendant.

      HISTORY: Acts 1989, ch 591, §1: 1997, ch 256 §2; 2005, ch 456, §1.
  21. Aggravated Rape (Section 39-13-502)
    Aggravated Rape is the unlawful sexual penetration of a victim by the defendant or the defendant by a victim accompanied by any of the following circumstances:
    1. Force or coercion is used to accomplish the (sexual) act and the defendant is armed with a weapon or any article used or fashioned in a manner to lead the victim reasonably to believe it to be a weapon.
    2. The defendant causes bodily injury to the victim.
    3. The defendant is aided or abetted by one or more other persons;
    4. Force or coercion is used to accomplish the act; or
    5. The defendant knows or has reason to know that the victim is mentally defective, mentally incapacitated or physically helpless.

      Aggravated Rape is a Class A felony.

      HISTORY: Acts 1989, ch 591, §1; 1990, ch 980, §3; 1992, ch 878, §3.
  22. Rape (Section 39-13-503)
    Rape is unlawful sexual penetration of a victim by the defendant or of the defendant by a victim accompanied by any of the following circumstances:
    1. Force or coercion is used to accomplish the act;
    2. The sexual penetration is accomplished without the consent of the victim and the defendant knows or has reason to know at the time of the penetration that the victim did not consent;
    3. The defendant knows or has reason to know that the victim is mentally defective, mentally incapacitated or physically helpless; or
    4. The sexual penetration is accomplished by fraud.

      Rape is a Class B felony.

      HISTORY: Acts 1989, ch 591, §1; 1995, ch 484, §1; 1997,ch 406, §1; 205, ch 353, §11.
  23. Aggravated Sexual Battery (Section 39-13-504)
    Aggravated Sexual Battery is unlawful sexual contact with a victim by the defendant or the defendant by a victim accompanied by any of the following circumstances listed:
    1. Force or coercion is used to accomplish the act and the defendant is armed with a weapon or any article used or fashioned in a manner to lead the victim reasonably to believe to be a weapon.
    2. The defendant causes bodily injury to the victim.
    3. The defendant is aided or abetted by one (1) or more other persons
    4. A Force or coercion is used to accomplish the act
    5. The defendant knows or has reason to know that the victim is mentally defective, mentally incapacitated or physically helpless
    6. The victim is less than thirteen (13) years of age

      Aggravated sexual battery is a Class B felony.

      HISTORY: Acts 1989, ch 591, §1; 1993, ch 289, §1.
  24. Sexual Battery (Section 39-13-505)
    Sexual Battery is unlawful sexual contact with a victim by the defendant or the defendant by a victim accompanied by any of the following circumstances:
    1. Force or coercion is used to accomplish the act
    2. The sexual contact is accomplished without the consent of the victim and the defendant knows or has reason to know at the time of the contact that the victim did not consent
    3. The defendant knows or has reason to know that the victim is mentally defective, mentally incapacitated or physically helpless
    4. The sexual contact is accomplished by fraud.

      As used in this section, “coercion” means the threat of kidnapping, extortion, force or violence to be performed immediately or in the future.

      Sexual battery is a Class E felony.

      HISTORY: Acts 1989, ch 591, §1; 1995, ch 484, §2; 1996, ch 675, §74; 1997, ch 256, §3; 1997, ch 406, §3; 2005, ch 353, 12
  25. Statutory Rape (Section 39-13-506)
    1. Mitigated statutory rape is the unlawful sexual penetration of a victim by the defendant, or of the defendant by the victim when the victim is at least fifteen (15) but less than eighteen (18) years of age and the defendant is at least four (4) but not more than five (5) years older than the victim.

      Mitigated Statutory Rape is a Class E felony.
    2. Statutory rape is the unlawful sexual penetration of a victim by the defendant or of the defendant by the victim when:
      1. The victim is at least thirteen (13) but less than fifteen (15) years of age and the defendant is at least four (4) years but less than ten (10) years older than the victim.
      2. The victim is at least fifteen (15) but less than eighteen (18) years of age and the defendant is more than five (5) but less than ten (10) years older than the victim.

        Statutory rape is a Class E felony.
    3. Aggravated statutory rape is the unlawful sexual penetration of a victim by the defendant or of the defendant by the victim when the victim is at least thirteen (13) but less than eighteen (18) years of age and the defendant is at least then (10) years older than the victim.

      In addition to the punishment provided for a person who commits statutory rape for the first time, the trial judge may order, after taking into account the facts and circumstances surrounding the offense, including the offense for which the person was originally charged and whether the conviction was the result of a plea bargain agreement, that the person be required to register as a sexual offender pursuant to title 40, chapter 39, part 2.

      Aggravated statutory rape is a Class D felony.

      HISTORY: Acts 1989, ch 591, §1; 1990, ch. 980, §4; 1994, ch 719, §1; 2005, ch 487, §4; 2006, ch 890, §5; 2007, ch 594 §7; 2012, ch 883, §1.
  26. Sexual contact with a minor – Sexual contact by an authority figure (39-13-509)
    It is an offense for a defendant to engage in unlawful sexual contact with a minor when:
    1. The minor is at least thirteen (13) but less than eighteen (18) years of age;
    2. The defendant is at least four (4) years older than the victim; and
    3. The defendant was, at the time of the offense, in a position of trust, or had supervisory or disciplinary power over the minor by virtue of the defendant’s legal, professional, or occupational status and used the position of trust or power to accomplish the sexual contact; or
    4. The defendant had, at the time of the offense, parental or custodial authority over the minor and used the authority to accomplish the sexual contact.

      As used in this section, “sexual contact” means the defendant intentionally touches or kisses the minor’s lips with the defendant’s lips if such touching can be reasonably construed as being for the purpose of sexual arousal or gratification.

      Sexual contact by an authority figure is a Class A misdemeanor with a mandatory minimum fine of one thousand dollars ($1000).

      Each instance of unlawful sexual contact shall be considered a separate offense.

      HISTORY: Acts 2011, ch 88, §1
  27. Limited Spousal Exclusion (Section 39-13-507)
    Person does not commit an offense under this part if the victim is the legal spouse of the perpetrator except as provided in subsections (A) and (B).
    1. Spousal rape is the unlawful sexual penetration of one spouse by the other where:
      1. The defendant is armed with a weapon or any article used or fashioned in a manner to lead the victim to reasonably believe it to be a weapon, or
      2. The defendant causes serious bodily injury to the victim.

        Spousal rape is a Class C felony
    2. Spousal sexual battery is the unlawful sexual contact by one spouse of another where:
      1. The defendant is armed with a weapon or any article used or fashioned in a manner to lead the victim to reasonably believe it to be a weapon, or
      2. The defendant causes serious bodily injury to the victim.

        Spousal sexual battery is a Class D felony.

        Charges for spousal rape or spousal sexual battery may be brought only by indictment, presentment, or criminal information, provided however, nothing herein shall deny a spouse from pursuing other criminal charges by affidavit of complaint.
  28. Reserved (Sections 39-13-508 through 509)
  29. Homosexual Acts (Section 39-13-510)
    It shall be a Class C misdemeanor for any person to engage in consensual sexual penetration, as defined in Section 39-13-501 (7) with a person of the same gender.
  30. Indecent Exposure (Section 39-13-511)
    A person commits an offense, who, in a public place:
    1. Intentionally:
      1. Exposes (his or her) genitals or buttocks to one or more persons; or
      2. Engages in sexual contact or sexual penetration as defined in Section 39-13-50s;
    2. And reasonably expects the acts will be viewed by another and such acts:
      1. Will offend an ordinary viewing person; or
      2. Are for the purpose of sexual arousal and gratification of the defendant.
      3. Indecent exposure is a Class B misdemeanor, unless the defendant is eighteen (18) years of age or older and the victim is under thirteen (13), in which event indecent exposure is a Class A misdemeanor.
Revision History: 11/20/1999; 09/15/2003, 12/04/2006, 06/04/2007, 09/11/2014
TBR Policy Reference: 6:03:00:00
Revision Date Effective: 09/11/2014
Revision Approval By: Christopher L. Whaley, President
Original Date Effective: 06/03/1994
Original Approval By: Sherry L. Hoppe, President
Office Responsible: Vice President Student Affairs & Workforce Development
Reviewed: 04/04/2014
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