Your safety is our primary concern. The Sonoma County Junior College District is committed to creating and maintaining a community where all individuals who participate in District programs, services and activities can work and learn together in an atmosphere free of violence, harassment, exploitation, or intimidation. The District will respond promptly and effectively to reports of such behavior, and will take appropriate action to prevent, correct, address the effects, and when necessary, discipline behavior that violates District Policies on sexual harassment, sexual assault, relationship violence and stalking.
Sexual assault: Sexual Assault should be defined as: Sexual activity without the consent of the other person or when the other person is unable to consent to the activity. The activity or conduct may include physical force, violence, threat, or intimidation, ignoring the objections of the other person, causing the other person’s intoxication or incapacitation through the use of drugs or alcohol, or taking advantage of the other person’s incapacitation (including voluntary intoxication). Sexual assault includes, but is not limited to, fondling, rape, forced sodomy, forced oral copulation, rape by a foreign object, sexual battery, incest, statutory rape, or threat of sexual assault.
Dating Violence: Abuse committed by a person who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the victim.
Domestic Violence: A felony or misdemeanor crime of violence committed by a spouse or former spouse, cohabitant or former cohabitant of the victim, or someone with whom the accused has a child, has an existing dating or engagement relationship, or has had a former dating or engagement relationship, or abuse perpetrated against any persons described in Family Code section 6211.
Stalking: A course of conduct in which a person repeatedly engages in actions directed at a specific person that places that person in reasonable fear of his or her safety or the safety of others or causes substantial emotional distress. A course of conduct means two or more acts, including, but not limited to acts in which the stalker directly, indirectly, or through third parties by any method, device, or means follows, monitors, observes, surveils, threatens, or communicates to or about a victim, or interferes with the property of the victim
Consent: is informed, freely and actively given, involves an understandable exchange of affirmative words or actions which indicate a willingness to participate in mutually agreed upon sexual activity.
It is the responsibility of the initiator to obtain clear and affirmative responses at each stage of sexual involvement.
The lack of a negative response is not consent.
Consent may not be given by a minor or by any individual who is incapacitated, whether voluntarily or involuntarily, by drugs and/or alcohol.
Past consent of sexual activities does not imply ongoing future consent.
LEVELS OF CONFIDENTIALITY:
Full Confidentiality: If you are speaking with a professional who is fully confidential, then the information you disclose regarding sexual assault, intimate partner violence, and/or stalking will not be shared with anyone without your written consent.
Examples of Fully-Confidential Resources include: SRJC Student Psychological Services, Verity (Sonoma County Sexual Assault Crisis Center), therapists and in the absence of treating physical injuries, nurse practioners at Student Health Services.
Limited Confidentiality: With the exception of Student Psychological Services, and in some cases, Student Health Services, all college employees have a duty to report information that comes to their attention of a possible sexual assault, intimate partner violence, and/or stalking. The information is reported to the Title IX Officer located in Human Resources. The College will conduct an investigation to ensure campus safety (per legal mandate).