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Title IX Resources and Policy


The College prohibits all forms of sexual misconduct by students and employees, includng but not limited to discimination, harassment, sexual misconduct or retailiation, whether perpetrated by a stranger or acquaintance, whether occurring on or off campus, and whether directed against a member of the College community or against someone outside the community. Such behavior will result in College discipline and may also be a criminal violation.

Report An Incident Crisis Hotlines

Director of Student Conduct and Community Standards/Title IX Coordinator

Monica Belknap: (928) 776-2211

Deputy Title IX Coordinator

Diana Dowling: Associate Dean of Student Development, (928) 776-2391

Policies

View YC's official policies for Sexual Misconduct and the Prohibited Behaviors/Sexual Misconduct Policy and Procedures.

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Sexual Assault Prevention Video

Sex without consent is rape

Consent occurs when all adult parties verbally agree to participate in a sexual act. All parties must:

  • share an understanding of what they are consenting to
  • share a cultural knowledge about the meaning of the act for which they are giving consent
  • offer consent freely, without coercion, force or manipulation
  • be fully mentally capable of offering consent and not be intoxicated or under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol
  • know that they can offer consent and still maintain the option to change their mind at any given point and still be treated respectfully

State of Arizona Legal Definition of Consent

Someone can never legally give consent in the state of Arizona if they are :

  • under the age of 18
  • severely developmentally disabled or seriously mentally ill
  • intoxicated or under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol

Sometimes it is very difficult to know when consent is being given. Our society is full of mixed signals. It is possible one of the parties involved may not feel safe enough to say “no” clearly. Sometimes the signals are there, but they are ignored.

Some people think that "it ruins the moment" to ask aloud if what is happening is okay. By using clear words, the person asking creates a safe and comfortable space (which is the only space for sexual expression). It shows that all parties are respected and valued.

Remember to stop, ask, and clarify. The difference could mean rape.


I've been assaulted. What do I do?

It is the victim's choice whether or not to report a sexual assault and how to proceed in the process. There are many ways in which a victim can report a sexual assault. At any time during the process, the victim has the right to speak up and stop the process. A victim may choose how much or how little they wish to be involved in the process.

People who can help you make a decision or help you file a report are:

Title IX Coordinator Monica Belknap 928-771-2211
A Resident Assistant (RA) or Hall Director (RHD) 928-776-2220
An Academic Advisor 928-776-2106 (Prescott) 928-634-6510 (Verde Valley)
Associate Vice-President for Student Development 928-776-2128
Director of Human Resources 928-776-2344

The people listed above can provide assistance in any of the following that you choose (please note that you do not have to choose any of these) :

1. Filing a report in the Title IX office

  • Start a campus level investigation of the incident. Report An Incident
  • Obtaining a no-contact order for use at Yavapai College by contacting the Title IX coordinator
  • Arrange for change of housing assignment, class sections, work situations, or other accommodations
  • Referrals to other sources of help, support, and healing

2. Filing a report with law enforcement

3. Getting examined by specially trained nurse

  • Treatment of injuries
  • Look for the presence of sexually transmitted infections or diseases or pregnancy
  • Collection and Preservation of Evidence

4. Seeking counseling


First Steps After an Assault

The College recommends that a person who has been assaulted may want to, in the first hours after an assault, consider:

  1. Getting to a safe place. Call College Police at 928-776-2185 or 911 for help
  2. Pursuing medical treatment. Seeking medical care post-assault can be performed at the Yavapai Family Advocacy Center in Prescott Valley 928-775-0669 8:00-5:00 Monday –Friday. After hours you can go to a local Emergency Room.
  3. Pursuing counseling services with appropriate agencies. Calling someone that is known and trusted, such as a friend or RA or counselor, and discussing with this person the assault can help to evaluate the trauma to sort out “next steps”
  4. To preserve evidence, the victim is advised to avoid the following until after the medical exam:
    • bathing
    • brushing teeth
    • changing clothes
    • eating
    • drinking
    • smoking
    • washing hands
    • using the bathroom
  5. Making a police report.You can initiate a campus and/or criminal complaint for the assault. For more information concerning the campus conduct process see the Student Code of Conduct / Sexual Misconduct Policy and Procedures . Alternatively, you can make a blind report to the police (a report that notifies the police that a sexual assault has occurred, but gives no names or identification).
  6. Alternatives to immediately filing a police report:
    • Making a decision to report at a later date.
    • Making a complaint to the Title IX Coordinator. Such a complaint may be used for actions which include, but are not limited to, on-campus conduct proceedings.
    • Contacting additional Support Resources.

Ongoing Care

Know what happened to you is NOT your fault.

If you do not choose to file a police report, then you may still file a disciplinary complaint through the campus Title IX office. You will be referred to other agencies as appropriate. Upon request, referrals to private providers and various support agencies for relatives, partners, and friends of either the complaintant or accused may be made.


You Have Rights

For cases involving campus community members, there is a timely, campus-based investigation which is private, thorough, and protects individual rights and process.

General Rights:

  1. To receive written notification of your reporting options
  2. To receive written notification of assistance, services and resources on campus and in the community

For the victims and accused during campus Conduct Proceedings:

  1. To be assisted by an advisor, including an advisor you choose at your own expense
  2. To access and review any information that will be used in the investigation
  3. To appeal the decision in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct / Grievance Process

Common Responses to Sexual Assault/Abuse

Victims differ in their responses to sexual assault and abuse. The long-term effects may be influenced by the severity of the assault, the victim's coping skills, and the support the person has following the incident. Nevertheless, a victim of sexual assault may experience:

  • a decrease in self-esteem, including frequent feelings of shame, humiliation, guilt, anger, and powerlessness
  • a shift in the way they perceive their body, which can lead to self-abuse; difficulty trusting and being intimate with others; a disinterest in sexual intimacy for some time, or a desire to engage in risky sexual behaviors
  • flashbacks of the incident; fear of being alone or fear of a future attack
  • nightmares or other sleep disturbances
  • difficulty in concentrating and focusing, which can affect academic and job performance

Resources for victims of sexual assault

YAVAPAI COLLEGE (District-wide)


HOTLINES/CRISIS

Rape, Abuse, Incest, National Network (RAINN) : 1-800-656-4673 (HOPE)

Treatment Advocacy Center Suicide Hotline : 1-800-784-2433 (SUICIDE)

24-Crisis Line : 1-877-756-4090


HOSPITALS / MEDICAL CENTERS

Yavapai Regional Medical Center (YRMC)
YRMC West: (928) 445-2700; 1003 Willow Creek Road, Prescott, AZ 86301
YRMC East: (928) 759-5940; 7700 E. Florentine Road, Prescott Valley, AZ 86314
YRMC List of Yavapai County Domestic Violence Resources

Chino Valley Medical Center
928-636-4355; 474 N. Highway 89, Chino Valley, AZ 86323

Dewey Medical Center
(928) 632-1155; 13175 E State Route 169 Suite A, Dewey, AZ 86327

Verde Valley Medical Center - Sedona Campus
928-204-3000; 3700 Arizona 89A Sedona, AZ 86336

Verde Valley Medical Center (VVMC)
928-634-2251; 269 Candy Lane City, Cottonwood, AZ 86326


LOCAL VICTIM SUPPORT AGENCIES

College Police: 928-776-2185. Find the Blue Light or call 911 for help

Seeking medical care post-assault can be performed at the Yavapai Family Advocacy Center in Prescott Valley, 928-775-0669 / 8am - 5pm Monday through Friday. After hours you can go to a local Emergency Room.

Yavapai Family Advocacy Center: (928)-775-0669

Seeks to minimize further trauma to victims of violent crimes and family violence by coordinating law enforcement, CPS, prosecution, and victims support services. Counseling is provided for clients who have come through YFAC and other clients when available. Staff identifies and assists in locating resources for victims.

Language Accommodations: Spanish, others as needed

Trauma Intervention Programs of Arizona, Inc. (TIP): 928-445-4655 or 928-300-8497

Provide emotional and practical support to victims, survivors, and witnesses of a tragic event including: child abuse, DUI auto accident, homicide, arson, physical and sexual assault, domestic violence, and other tragedies.

Serves Chino Valley, Paulden, Prescott, Prescott Valley, Dewey-Humboldt, Mayer, Cottonwood, Camp Verde, Clarkdale, Montezuma-Rimrock, Verde Valley, Sedona, and surrounding communities Verde Valley Sanctuary

Verde Valley Sanctuary:  (928) 634-2511 or Toll-free 1-800-930-7233 (SAFE)

The Verde Valley Sanctuary (VVS) serves victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in the towns and rural areas of the Verde Valley of north-central Arizona, including the Yavapai-Apache Reservation. Our rural service area encompasses roughly 3,500 square miles and a total population of approximately 47,000. VVS provides emergency shelter, crisis intervention, a 24-hour hotline, counseling, child care and child therapy, legal advocacy, Hispanic outreach and translation, and youth prevention programming to women and families who have experienced domestic violence.

Yavapai County Domestic Violence Resources


Victim Compensation Program

In 1986, the Arizona State Legislature established the Crime Victim Compensation Fund. ACJC, by statute, is directed to administer the fund and create and implement rules that guide the awarding of funds to victims of crime. Arizona is one of two states that utilize a decentralized model of administration of the Crime Victim Compensation Program.

The Commission, each year, is required by the Crime Victim Compensation Program Rules to designate one operational unit in each county to receive a portion of the fund and to administer the program at the county level. Currently, the county attorney in each of the 15 counties is designated to assume the responsibility for the expenditure of the funds apportioned to the county. Funds are distributed to each county based upon a formula approved by the Commission.

Claims are filed by victims of criminally injurious conduct in the county where the crime occurred. A local operational unit, supervised by the county attorney, investigates each compensation claim. The claim is then presented to the county's Crime Victim Compensation Board for review. Each Board is comprised of appointed volunteers selected from citizens of the respective county. The Board determines the approval or denial of the compensation claim, in accordance with the Program Rules. Submitting an application for compensation does not guarantee an award, and awards are based on eligibility and funding availability. The maximum award of any single claim is $25,000.



blue light   
For Emergencies, use the phones topped with BLUE LIGHTS to call for help. College Police and local area law enforcement will be notified immediately and respond. If it is safe to do so, please stay by the emergency phone until an officer arrives. If it is not safe to stay by the emergency phone, look for another blue light and use them as a path to safety, while staying in contact with emergency responders. Click here for a list of emergency phone locations .

Black button: Use for non-emergency purposes. Rings directly to the College Police Department. Use this button for: disabled vehicle assistance, unlocking of a classroom, reporting minor injuries, traffic accidents without injuries, lost and found assistance, or if you are lost and in need of directions.