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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the relationship between Title IX, Campus SaVE Act, the Clery Act, and Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)?

The Campus SaVE Act is section 304 of the re-authorized VAWA and also an amendment to the Clery Act, and will be implemented per the Clery Act’s guidelines, but because of the overlap with Title IX, the Title IX coordinator should be involved in the implementation of these policies.

Does stalking cover electronic communications?

Yes, stalking can be done in person, over the phone, or over any current or future form of electronic communication, including email, phones, or social media if it makes a victim fear for his or her safety or the safety of others.

How do I report a threat or a complaint not involving sexual violence?

Students should follow the RSCC Student Complaint Procedures by filling out the Student Complaint Form. You may also call the Dean of Students at ext 4550. Faculty and Staff should complete the Faculty and Staff Complaint Form for concerns about students.

Where is the Roane State Community College campus crime report located?

The report can be found at the RSCC Police Department website.

How does the Campus SaVE Act apply to crimes that occur off campus?

The Campus SaVE Act applies to sexual violence that occurs on campus, on public property, and on non-campus property. The provisions for protecting the rights of victims, the accused, and accusers are applicable no matter where the act occurred. The goal is to create a campus that is safe from sexual violence, and this can only be accomplished if all the members of that campus are free from threats that may adversely affect their academic performance and professional opportunities, whether these threats originate on campus or off.

Do both the accused and the accuser have the right to appeal the outcome of a disciplinary procedure?

Yes, both TBR and RSCC have policies for these procedures.

Does FERPA require that the disciplinary results contain the basis for an outcome in the final results?

No, but FERPA allows institutions to disclose this information in order to provide substantiation for the decision. Institutions should make sure that they are including sufficient information that parties can make informed decisions about the best course of action (such as whether to appeal) following the outcome.

Are accommodations required even if the victim does not pursue any additional action, such as a disciplinary proceeding or criminal investigation?

Yes.  The act explicitly notes that victims do not have to pursue action via law enforcement.  The only requirements are that the victim reports the incident to the institution, requests accommodation, and that accommodations be reasonably available.

RSCC Threat Assessment Process for Students

A threat assessment process involves the prediction and prevention of school violence. We have put in place a set of strategies or pathways to determine the credibility and seriousness of a threat and the likelihood that it will be carried out by students. The college has established two teams of trained threat assessment professionals on campus with the support of all members of the campus community (students, faculty, staff, public safety) coming together to conduct a comprehensive school safety program (Behavioral Intervention Team and Threat Assessment Team).

Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT)

The BIT team provides immediate assessment of student threat to the college and consist primarily of the Dean of Students, RSCC Counselors, Campus Police, other college faculty, administrators/support staff and community professionals, as needed per situation, per campus, coming together to resolve immediate threat in a proactive manner. This group evaluates the needs of the student in crisis and the needs of the campus and takes immediate action to de-escalate the threat including the temporary removal of a student from the classroom or campus with the assistance of campus police or local police. Student Due process procedures will determine whether or not the student may or may not return to RSCC (see RSCC Student Disciplinary Policy SA-06-01 outlining rules and regulations for student misconduct).

Threat Assessment Team (TAT)

The TAT team is a broader team of campus professionals coming together on a quarterly basis or as needed to assess the overall needs for educational awareness and development of intervention strategies impacting college wide safety issues. This group consists of the Dean of Students, RSCC Counselors, Campus Police, other college faculty, administrators, students and community professionals. Its mission includes a commitment to a proactive, collaborative, coordinated approach to the prevention and management of situations involving members of the campus that pose or may pose reasonable threat to the safety and well-being of all students, faculty and staff.

RSCC Threat Assessment Process for Employees

The reporting of incidents of employee sexual assault or other threatening situations will be handled by the Title IX Coordinator in our human resources office.

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