The College is committed to assisting victims of sexual misconduct, dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking, regardless of whether the conduct occurs on or off campus. If you, or someone you know, has been affected by sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence or stalking:
Get to a safe place.
Your safety is the HIGHEST priority. Get away from the assailant as quickly as possible. Call 9-1-1 or Johnson State Public Safety at 802-635-1205.
Know that you are not to blame.
No one deserves to be sexually assaulted. No one deserves to be stalked. No one has the right to hurt you or touch you against your will or without consent. It is not your fault.
Reach out for support.
Friends, family members, trusted faculty or staff members can all help. In addition, you can reach out to these local resources:
- The Clarina Howard Nichols Center hotline (802-888-5256)
- The JSC Wellness Center (802-635-1265)
- JSC Public Safety (802-635-1205)
- The Dean of Students’ Office (802-635-1200)
Seek medical attention.
You have the right, and are encouraged, to seek medical care and assistance. After a physical or sexual assault, you may not know whether or not you have sustained any injuries. A healthcare provider can provide overall care; treat any injuries that may have occurred during the assault; provide emergency contraception; and/or offer preventive treatment for sexual transmitted infections (STIs). The Johnson State College Wellness Center, 802-635-1265, is available to coordinate medical care. After hours, the Office of Public Safety, 802-635-1205, can assist you.
Preserve the evidence.
If you have been sexually assaulted, do not wash, go to the bathroom, or change clothing, if it can be avoided. This will help to preserve physical evidence, should you decide to take legal action at a later date. If you must change clothing, all of the clothing worn at the time of the assault should be put in a paper bag (not plastic).
Report the incident.
Victims are strongly encouraged to report alleged violations to any of the designated contact persons listed below and to law enforcement. JSC employees are expected to report any alleged violation of which they are aware or made aware to the Title IX Coordinator/Interim Dean of Students. Reports of forcible sexual offenses, dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking that occur on campus, on property owned or controlled by the college, or on public property immediately adjacent to the campus, will be included in the College’s crime statistics (names and other personally identifying information are not included).
Understand the process.
Victims of sexual misconduct, dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking, have the option to:
- notify law enforcement
- be assisted by JSC officials in notifying law enforcement
- or to decline to notify law enforcement.
Victims may inform law enforcement of the incident without making a formal criminal complaint.
- Victims may choose to pursue a criminal complaint, a complaint though JSC’s disciplinary process, both, or neither.
- Choosing not to request official action at the time of the incident does not preclude requesting action at a future date, though the process of investigation and adjudication becomes more difficult over time.
Where circumstances warrant, JSC may report and/or investigate an alleged violation even if the victim chooses not to pursue official action. JSC will provide protective measures to victims, if requested and if reasonably available, regardless of whether the victim chooses to report the crime to campus police or local law enforcement. Requests should be made to the Title IX Coordinator.
Both the accused and the accuser have equal rights in this process, including the right to be accompanied by an advisor of their choosing. The preponderance of the evidence standard (i.e., whether it is more likely than not that a violation occurred) is used in adjudicating Policy 311‐A complaints.