8450 Sexual Assault Policy and Procedures
It is Henry Ford College's (HFC's) policy that it will make all reasonable efforts to maintain a campus environment free from sexual assault.
Sexual assault includes rape, sodomy, penetration with an object, or the touching of private body parts for the purpose of sexual gratification forcibly or against the victim's will, or not forcibly or against the person's will where the victim is incapable of giving consent.
In accordance with 20 USC 81092, HFC has established the following programs to prevent sexual assault and procedures to follow if a sexual assault has occurred.
This document will be disseminated to HFC employees and students, submitted to the student newspaper, and published in appropriate publications.
HFC will provide publications, videos, programs, and seminars to promote awareness of sexual assault and other sex offenses.
Procedures To Follow If A Sexual Assault Occurs
If a sexual assault occurs, students should notify Campus Safety at 845-9630 and/or local law enforcement authorities at 911. If a student chooses, campus authorities may assist the student in notifying the proper law enforcement authorities. Because of the importance of preserving evidence in order to prove sexual assault, students should contact either Campus Safety or the proper law enforcement authorities as soon as possible after the incident. Additionally, because of the importance of preserving evidence, Campus Safety personnel will assist in preserving evidence.
If the assailant is identified as an HFC student, Safety personnel will report the assault to the Vice President/ Dean of Student Services who will assist with the appropriate course of action in accordance with the Student Conduct Policy and Due Process Procedure. Potential sanctions include permanent expulsion.
If the assailant is an HFC employee, Safety personnel will report the assault to the Affirmative Action Coordinator or the Human Resources Director for appropriate action in accordance with due process procedures. Potential sanctions include termination of employment.
Procedures For On Campus Disciplinary Action In Cases Of Alleged Sexual Assault
The accuser and the accused are entitled to the same opportunities to have others present during a campus disciplinary proceeding.
Both the accuser and the accused shall be informed of the outcome of any campus disciplinary proceeding brought alleging sexual assault.
Counseling And Other Services Available To Victims
- Student victims may obtain counseling assistance or referrals from the Counseling Office or the Focus on Women Office. Services available in the community include the following:
ACCESS (Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services), (313) 843-2844
Detroit Rape Counseling Center, (313).833-1660
First Step, (313)453-9595
Sexual Abuse Survivors Anonymous, (313) 882-9646
VOICES/Catholic Social Services, (313) 965-3242
Student victims seeking a change in academic situations such as transfer to sections, classes or programs offered at different times or locations may consult the Vice President/Dean of Student Services. Although HFC does not provide housing services, student victims seeking a change in living situations may consult the Vice President/Dean of Student Services and the Focus on Women Office for possible referrals.
- Employee victims may obtain referral to the Employee Assistance Program from the Human Resources Office.
HFC Safety personnel will continue to establish and maintain measures to protect the safety of all members of the College.