While most people equate Title IX with athletics or women, it really applies to every member of the campus community (e.g., student, faculty, or staff), providing each with protection from sex-based discrimination.
“No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any educational program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”
All members of the Central Christian College of Kansas (CCCK) community have the right to submit a complaint or raise concerns regarding Sexual Harassment under Title IX without fear of retaliation. You can find out more and learn about the grievance process by reading: The Title IX and Sexual Harassment Policy.
Concerns or inquiries may be made to the Title IX Coordinator:
Central Christian College of Kansas
1200 S Main St.
McPherson, KS 67460
620-241-0723 ext. 120
You may also choose to report the incident to the police. However, if reported to the College, we remain obligated to respond to your complaint regardless of whether you report it to the police.
Central Chrisitan is committed to protecting the privacy of all individuals involved in a report of sexual misconduct. Throughout the process, every effort will be made to protect the privacy of interests of all individuals involved in a manner consistent with the need for a thorough review of the report. However, privacy and confidentiality have distinct meanings under this policy.
Recognizing that confidentiality can only be offered by an individual who is not required by law to report known incidents of sexual assault or other crimes to institution officials, in a manner consistent with state and federal law, including but not limited to 20 U.S.C. 1092(f) and 20 U.S.C. 1681(a) – the Campus Pastor and the Pastoral Staff at the Free Methodist Church are the ONLY members of the campus community that reports of sexual misconduct can be reported without triggering an investigation.
Otherwise, all College employees (i.e., staff, faculty, administrators, resident educators, resident advisors, etc.) are required to share fully with the Title IX Coordinator, as promptly and as practically as possible, any disclosure of prohibited conduct.
Maintaining Proactive Concern
When the College knows or reasonably should know about an incident that creates a hostile environment (i.e., sex discrimination, harassment, or sexual violence) it will act to eliminate the circumstances, counter the harm, and prevent recurrence. During this process, you have the right:
- right to remain on campus and have all educational programs and opportunities available to you.
- right to be informed of all rights and resources that are available to you (e.g. counseling, advocacy, health services, disability services, or academic support).
To fully understand your rights, the process, and the remedies that may be available members of the campus community may access the Title IX and Sexual Harassment Policy. This process pertains to Sexual Harassment under Title IX, as defined by this Policy, committed by or against students and/or employees, when: (1) the conduct occurs on campus or other property owned or controlled by the College, or (2) the conduct occurs in the context of College employment or education program or activity within the United States.
Safe Campus (VAWA)
Central Christian College of Kansas is committed to maintaining a safe and secure campus. As such, it not only adheres to Title IX, but also to other measures that are designed to address sexual harassment, discrimination, sexual assault, and sexual violence. In accordance with the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) we also seek to address sexual violence, interpersonal violence, and stalking. It is our belief that by helping the entire campus community become aware of potential threats and resources we can foster an environment where all members of our campus community are safe, secure, and free from any form of sexual misconduct, including but not limited to sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking.
Become Aware – Be Ready
In addition to other campus programs designed to promote awareness and avert domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking on campus and in our community. These resources are available to help us all improve:
- Awareness of dating violence, domestic violence, stalking, and sexual assault.
- Risk-reduction strategies are designed to promote healthy behaviors/relationships and recognize early warning signs of abusive behavior.
- Ways to avert acts of dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking.
- The importance of Bystander Intervention.
All members of the campus community are strongly encouraged to report incidents of sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking to College Officials, including the Title IX Coordinator, even if there is no intent to file a Title IX complaint.
If you are in an emergency situation and need an immediate response, dial 911 to contact local law enforcement.
Victims of a sexual assault at CCCK should attempt to get to a place of safety, as soon as possible. It is also advisable that sexual assault victims obtain the necessary medical treatment as quickly as possible. The College strongly advocates that a victim of sexual assault report the incident in a timely manner. Time is a critical factor for evidence collection and preservation. An assault should be reported directly to local law enforcement, a Resident Director, or the Student Affairs Office.
Filing a police report will not obligate the victim to prosecute, However, it will ensure that the individual receives the necessary medical treatment and tests and provide the opportunity for collection of evidence helpful in prosecution, which may be difficult to obtain later.
For more resources visit: Resources
If You are Sexually Assaulted…
- Get to a place where you feel safe
- Seek a friend you can trust
- If possible, don’t shower, bathe any part of your body, douche, urinate, defecate, use medications, or brush your teeth
- Stay in the clothes you are wearing or, if you’ve already changed, bring clothes, sheets and anything that was in contact with you during the assault in a paper bag (not plastic!) or wrapped in a clean sheet — don’t clean or straighten the area in which the assault occurred
- Don’t touch anything the respondent may have touched or left behind — this physical evidence can help in a subsequent investigation
- Get medical help to check for internal injuries you might not be aware of, treat external injuries, be treated for certain STDs, and get information about HIV/AIDS and pregnancy prevention
- Consider having a rape kit exam by a specially trained Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner done at the hospital — even if you don’t think you want to press charges, having this exam done allows you to have evidence collected should you change your mind later
- Seek counseling support
- Consider your legal options and ask questions for clarification
- Preserve any electronic evidence, such as text messages, pictures, videos, social media posts, or conversations related to the assault that may have taken place before, during, or after the incident