Student Resources

Student Resources

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Sexual Misconduct and Title IX

Campus Resource Guide for Students, Faculty and Staff

Coppin State University Is committed to maintaining an academic and working environment where all individuals feel safe and are free to develop intellectually, professionally, and socially. In accordance with Title IX, Coppin State University strictly prohibits any acts of sexual misconduct by students, faculty or staff.

Sexual misconduct includes incidents of sexual assault and sexual harassment. This encompasses incidents of rape, sexual battery, sexual abuse, sexual coercion, gender-based harassment and stalking.

Please see the University’s and University System of Maryland (USM) policies related to sexual assault and sexual harassment for definitions of terms and additional information. The University’s policy is available on the University website at Title IX Compliance (www.coppin.edu/hr/title9)

STEPS TO TAKE IF YOU EXPERIENCE SEXUAL MISCONDUCT

You have the right to determine what course of action to take. Your health and safety are primary importance. Twenty four hour assistance is available on campus and in the local area surrounding the campus.

  • Immediately after an incident, get to a safe place.
  • If you are in immediate danger or seriously injured, you should call CSU’s Police at 410-951-3911 or call Local law enforcement at 911.
  • Seek medical attention regardless of the decision to report the incident to campus law enforcement officials. It is important to take care of your physical and emotional needs.
  • Preserve any evidence (e.g., clothing, bedding, phone/text messages, Photos, no bathing, washing hands or mouth, urinating or etc.) that may assist with a criminal prosecution or University’s investigation.
  • Seek confidential medical treatment from the University’s Community Health Center, (410-951-4188). The University’s police are available to transport you to a local medical facility when the University’s Health Center is closed.
  • Seek confidential counseling and support services through the University’s Center for Counseling and Student Development at 410-951-3939 or off campus for everyone at Turn Around Domestic Violence Center and Services Baltimore City, (410-377-8111). http://www.turnaroundinc.org
  • Report the incident to a designated campus resource so immediate action can be taken to address the incident.

CSU is committed to taking immediate and effective steps to promptly investigate all incidents of sexual misconduct, to determine what occurred and take any necessary steps to eliminate sexual misconduct, prevent its recurrence, and address its effects on the campus.

Retaliation against an individual who reports an incident of sexual misconduct is strictly prohibited. Any acts of retaliation should be reported immediately.

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF SOMEONE REPORTS SEXUAL MISCONDUCT TO ME?

If someone reports an incident of sexual misconduct to you, it is important for you to provide a safe and comforting environment for the individual. Once an individual begins to share information with you regarding an incident of sexual misconduct, you should do the following:

  • Advise the individual of any obligation you have to report the information being shared.
  • Encourage the individual to immediately seek medical and/or counseling services.
  • Inform the individual that there are several resources available to support him/her through this process.
  • Tear this card at the perforation. Keep this half of the card, and give the other half to the person reporting sexual misconduct.
  • Advise the individual of his/her ability to report the incident to a designated campus resource or to local law enforcement.
  • Advise the individual that retaliation for reporting an incident or sexual misconduct is prohibited.

WHO IS REQUIRED TO REPORT?

Sexual Harassment: Any individual who obtains knowledge of an incident of sexual harassment is required to report the incident in accordance with the University’s Sexual Harassment Policy.

Sexual Assault: All Campus faculty and staff are required to report incidents of sexual assault.

A Responsible Employee is required to report Sexual Assault or Harassment. These individuals include, but are not limited to:

  • Campus Security
  • Athletic Coaches
  • Student Affairs Personnel
  • Residence Life Personnel (e.g., RDs, RAs, etc.)
  • Provosts/Assistant Provosts
  • Vice Presidents/Assistant Vice Presidents
  • Deans/Assistant Deans
  • Department Chairs

WHAT RESOURCES ARE AVAILABLE?

Where to Report Sexual Misconduct

Title IX Coordinator
Office of Human Resources

410-951-3666
TitleIXCoordinator@Coppin.edu

Division of Student Affairs
410-951-3933
StudentAffairs@coppin.edu

CSU’s Campus Police
410-951-3900

Center for Counseling and Student Development
410-951-3939
CAPS@coppin.edu

Community Health Center
410-951-4188

Office of Resident Life
410-951-6399

Other Resources

Coppin State University’s Web Site www.coppin.edu

Turn Around Domestic Violence Center and Services
410-377-8111

House of Ruth
410-889-7884

Mercy Medical Center
410-322-9494

LGBTQ Community Resources
http://www.hrc.org/resources/entry/sexual-assault-and-the-lgbt-community

If you decide to report the incident, please know that:

You have the option to file a criminal report with Public Safety and an internal report with the University’s Title IX coordinator at the same time.

You may request that the information you report remain confidential. Confidentiality can only be guaranteed when you report the incident to counseling or health care personnel (e.g., the Counseling Center or Health Center). When a report is made through another campus resource, every effort will be made to honor your request for confidentiality, and information will only be shared with those who need to know.

The University will implement appropriate interim measures required to protect you in the academic or working environment (e.g., changing your classes, changing your housing assignments, etc.).

Gender-Based & Sexual Misconduct Reporting and Support Options for Students

Gender-based and sexual misconduct prohibited by Coppin includes, but is not limited to, sexual assault, rape, sexual harassment, dating violence, and stalking. A detailed list and description can be found in the “Sexual Misconduct Policy” at www.coppin.edu/hr/sexualmisconduct. You may speak with any of the resources below at any time—reporting is always an option. Choosing one path does not exclude other options. Pursue the option(s) that you feel will be the most helpful for you and your recovery.

After the occurence of an incident please procede with either of the following options

  • Speak with someone confidentially
  • Speak with someone (Does not need to be confidential)
  • Get more information and/or make an anonymous report

Details concerning each of the above options are listed below

CONFIDENTIAL

Review each of the resources and their confidentiality policies

Internal Coppin Resources

Coppin Center for Counseling and Student Development
410-951-3939

CSU Health Center
410-951-4188

External Resources

Mercy Medical (Hospital) Forensic Nurse Examiner Program
410-332-9494

Turn Around Domestic Violence Center and Services
410-377-8111

House of Ruth
410-889-0840

NON-CONFIDENTIAL

Coppin State University

  • Title IX Coordinator: 410-951-3666
  • Coppin State Staff and Faculty
  • Office of Resident Life: 410-951-6399
  • Coppin State University Police: 410-951-3900

External Resources

Baltimore Police: 911
(Non-emergency) 410-396-2525

  Please refer to the back of this sheet for detailed information on these reporting resources and the confidentiality parameters of each.

If you aren't sure what you would like to do, would like more info, and/or would like to make an anonymous report, consider these resources:

410-951-3900 is CSU’s Police Department’s emergency number. If you are unsure about whether you would like to make a police report, please do not share specifics or identifying information with the Dispatcher when you call—just let the dispatcher know that you would like to meet with an Advocate. You are NOT obligated to disclose why you would like to meet with an Advocate.

Reporting Gender Based & Sexual Misconduct at Coppin State University: Options and Confidentiality Considerations

Title IX Coordinator

The TIXC will investigate what has happened, including talking with you, the accused person, and other witnesses. The TIXC’s role is to stop the conduct, prevent its recurrence, and address any effects it has had. During the investigation, he/she can assist you with safety, housing and academic concerns. If you request that the TIXC not take further steps with an investigation, that request will be honored to the extent possible. If the report raises significant safety concerns for you and other members of Coppin's community , he/she may need to initiate further investigation and/or other action steps in response to the report. In these rare cases , the TIXC will keep you informed and take all reasonable steps to keep your name confidential. Factors considered when evaluating a request for confidentiality include the seriousness of the alleged conduct, ages of parties, history of complaints about the accused, and the accused person’s right to receive information about the allegations.

Coppin State Staff & Faculty (including student employees)

Most employees are required to report to the TIXC what they learn of a gender based and sexual misconduct. He or she will provide information and resources to individual disclosing and can help connect you to a confidential source.

Residential Life Staff (RA, Hall Director, Staff)

Staff will contact an Advocate immediately so that he or she can review reporting options and provide information about the program’s services. Staff will share what you have reported with Title IX Coordinator.

Coppin State University Police

CSU will address urgent safety and medical needs: determine whether it will investigate based on facts presented; explain the criminal investigation process; and initiate a criminal investigation. CSUPD will share what you have reported with the Title IX Coordinator (TIXC). If you request that CSUPD not initiate an investigation, CSUPD will honor that request to the extent possible. If the report raises significant safety concerns for you and/or other members of Coppin’s community, CSUPD may need to initiate an investigation on its own. All reasonable steps will be taken to protect your privacy if this is necessary. They may also need to share the information with Baltimore Police if they believe a felony has been committed. In this case , your request that no criminal investigation take place will also be shared. In rare circumstances, local police may need to contact you for more information and/or initiate an investigation on their own.

Baltimore Police

Local police will address urgent safety and medical needs; determine whether it will investigate based on facts presented; explain the criminal investigation process to you; and initiate a criminal investigation. CSU Police and local police may work together on incidents reported by Coppin students, faculty and staff. Reporting to police and allowing them to investigate as soon as possible provides the best opportunity to preserve and collect evidence to evaluate whether a crime has been committed. Before reporting to local police, ask your advocate to find out their policies on investigating when the reporting party requests that no investigation be initiated.

Clergy, Professional Counselor, Psychologist, Social Worker, Doctor

Your communication with these individuals is privileged, which means they cannot share the information without your written permission. The person must be acting in the professional capacity that creates the privilege in order for it to apply. Communications with clergy will be considered confidential in a setting in which an individual is seeking spiritual or moral guidance or counseling. If you are unsure whether you would like to report to one or more of the other reporting resources here, a conversation with one of these professionals may be helpful because they do not have a duty to the Title IX Coordinator.

Mercy Medical (Hospital) Forensic Nurse Examiner Program

A Mercy Medical Forensic Nurse is trained to collect evidence suitable for use in criminal, civil and administrative hearings. If you believe that you have been sexually assaulted it is best to have a forensic nurse exam as soon as possible and not to bathe, shower, change clothes, use the bathroom, douche, smoke or brush your teeth after to preserve existing evidence. Even if these actions have been taken an exam can still be performed up to 96 hours (barring special conditions determined by Mercy Forensic Nursing Staff) and evidence may be present. CSU Police is available to transport victims of sexual assault to University Hospital—a police report is not required to access this service. A forensic nurse exam is free of charge. More information is available at 410-332-9494 or http://www.bmoresafemercy.org/aboutus.html.

Turn Around Domestic Violence Center and Services

Offers a confidential 24 hour hotline and support services to victims of sexual assault and domestic violence.

House of Ruth

House of Ruth's 24/7 hotline is a confidential lifeline to victims in need. Counselors are trained in crisis intervention, safety planning, counseling and legal referrals, and pro-active advocacy to victims, as well as their families, friends, and the community in general.