Title IX at Columbia College
College students are especially vulnerable to Sexual Misconduct. Unfortunately, acts of Sexual Misconduct are vastly underreported. Sexual Misconduct can occur in any relationship regardless of gender. Survivors can suffer profound and long-lasting changes in their lives that affect them socially, academically, and developmentally, including post-traumatic stress disorder, abuse of alcohol and drugs, and contemplated suicide.1 Quick access to services can reduce the long-term impact of sexual trauma. If you are a survivor of Sexual Misconduct, no matter when the Sexual Misconduct occurred, please reach out to the resources provided at Columbia College or the additional resources noted in this policy so you can get the support you deserve.
If you or someone you know has experienced Sexual Misconduct, you are not alone. Anyone can be a victim of Sexual Misconduct.
- 24 people per minute are victims of rape, physical violence, or stalking by an intimate partner in the U.S. (12 million women and men in one year).2
- 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men have experienced severe physical violence by an intimate partner.2
- 3 in 10 women and more than 1 in 4 men in the U.S. have experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner at some point in their lifetime.2
- In 78% of assaults, the perpetrator is someone that the victim knows (relative, partner, or acquaintance/friend).3
- 80% of female rape victims are under the age of 25.3
Prevention Education, Training, and Notification
The core of Columbia College’s response to Sexual Misconduct is through proactive education and training, with emphasis on prevention. Our response is designed to collect and disseminate information about Sexual Misconduct, promote open discussion, encourage reporting, and provide information and training about prevention to faculty, staff, and students. The College will:
- Provide prevention programs on topics related to Sexual Misconduct;
- Provide information to all students regarding our Sexual Misconduct Policy and reporting requirements twice a year;
- Train all College employees on Sexual Misconduct and reporting;
- Train student staff, such as resident assistants, orientation leaders, and student success leaders on their role as responsible employees of the College regarding Sexual Misconduct;
- Discuss the topic of Sexual Misconduct and the College’s expectations for an environment free of Sexual Misconduct during first year fall orientation; and
- Distribute Sexual Misconduct awareness materials and flyers with information about where to go for help in several high-traffic areas twice a semester.
Please use the following resources below to assist you.
- What to Do If You Have Been Assaulted or Harassed
- On and Off Campus Confidential Resources
- Resource and Referral Options Handout
- Student Options for Reporting Handout
- Title IX Coordinator Contact Information
- Sexual Misconduct Brochure
1. Dear Colleague Letter: Sexual Violence Background, Summary, and Fast Facts, April 4, 2011.
2. National Intimate Partner & Sexual Violence Survey, 2010.
3. U.S. Department of Justice. National Crime Victimization Survey, 2005-2010.