2017-2018 Student Handbook

Page 89 of 107 Updated 1.25.17 • Even after the immediate crisis has passed, consider seeking a trusted friend, or support from Regional Victims Crisis Center (regionalvictimcrisiscenter.org/services.html) or parent and pregnancy help from Abilene Regional Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse with more information at: http://www.arcadatx.org/programs/ppi.html . • Contact the Dean of Students at 325-670-1253 if assistance is needed with university-related concerns, including academic issues (e.g., missed classes or exams, requesting extensions regarding coursework) or on-campus housing issues (e.g., requesting that the student who is believed to have committed the assault be moved or that the complainant be moved to a different residence hall). • Report to campus police or the Dean of Students any concerns about retaliation against the complainant or their friends. Retaliation by any party is a serious offense and appropriate disciplinary action will be taken. 22.7 Amnesty for Complainants Hardin-Simmons encourages the reporting of sexual misconduct. Sometimes, complainants are hesitant to report to college officials because they fear being charged with some policy violation themselves (such as a campus housing visitation rule infraction, underage drinking, or sexual activity which violates the Student Code of Conduct) at or near the time of the incident. To encourage reporting, HSU offers complainants immunity from Student Code of Conduct violations related to sexual misconduct. 22.8 Amnesty for Good Samaritans HSU encourages students to offer assistance to other students in need, both on and off campus. When a student seeks medical assistance for a student in need, both parties will receive amnesty from disciplinary action for any related Student Code of Conduct violation. This policy exists for students who are hesitant to offer assistance to other students for fear of being disciplined for policy violations themselves. An example of a Good Samaritan situation may include a student at an off-campus party who is drinking alcohol in violation of the law or the Student Code of Conduct. If this person learns of a sexual assault at this party and comes forward or otherwise requests assistance for a victimwhile at the party, the person reporting the incident, along with the victim/complainant or others who report the situation, will not be held responsible by HSU for an alcohol policy violation. HSU policy is that it is more important to seek help right away for the individual(s) in danger, than worry about the effect of potential disciplinary or Student Code of Conduct violations. 22.9 Retaliation The university prohibits retaliation against any individual who, in good faith, files a complaint of discrimination, harassment, sexual misconduct, or assists in providing information about a complaint of discrimination, harassment, or sexual misconduct. Retaliation can come in a variety of forms including, but not limited to, threats, hostile actions, and intimidation based on someone’s complaint or participation in the process. Any individual who engages in retaliatory conduct is in violation of this policy and is subject to disciplinary action up to, and including, dismissal from the university. 22.10 Reporting Discrimination, Harassment, Sexual Misconduct and Retaliation Students who feel that they have been subjected to discrimination, harassment, retaliation, or sexual misconduct should contact the Title IX Coordinator, Megan Baldree (325-670-1831), for assistance in making a report. 22.11 Additional Reporting Information for Sexual Misconduct Making the decision whether or not to report a sexual misconduct incident is the beginning of the process by which complainants walk through the Sexual Misconduct process with their advisor and Title IX Coordinator.