Student Affairs

Sexual Assault/Misconduct Procedures

Sexual Assault Policy Hagerstown Community College complies with Section 485(F) of the Higher Education Act of 1965 as amended by Section 486(C)(2) of the Higher Education Amendments of 1992, Subtitle 7, Sexual Assault Policy, and the addition of the Violence Against Women Act passed in 1994 and re-authorized in 2013, and is committed to taking necessary measures in an effort to prevent incidents of sexual assault on campus and to taking action to support victims, involve police and take appropriate disciplinary action should an incident occur. Sexual assault is being coerced to engage in a sexual act by force, threat of force, against one’s will and without consent as defined in the Maryland Annotated Code, Criminal Offenses. The Violence Against Women Act expands the definition of sexual assault to include domestic violence, dating violence and stalking as reportable offenses. Hagerstown Community College will not tolerate sexual assault in any form, including date or acquaintance rape. Making reports and taking action in response to a sexual assault against a student or employee will be limited to incidents occurring on College property or facilities or at College-sponsored functions, regardless of where these events take place. Retaliation/Intimidation Statement Any type of retaliatory and/or intimidating behavior against a person who files a complaint or otherwise participates in an investigation or adjudicatory action is expressly prohibited by the College. Hagerstown Community College shall take strong disciplinary action against any individual or group of individuals found responsible for retaliating and/or intimidating, or attempting to retaliate and/or intimidate, another person for making a report of sexual misconduct, participating in the investigation of sexual misconduct, participating as a witness in an adjudicatory proceeding, and/or otherwise participating in any way in support of a person exercising their rights under the Sexual Assault Policy. Definitions For purposes of the Sexual Assault Policy as well as Sexual Harassment, Title IX and the Violence Against Women Act, the following definitions of prohibited forms of sexual assault/misconduct include: Sexual Harassment Sexual harassment is unwanted sexual contact, unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and/or other unwanted communications or physical conduct of a sexual nature which has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s academic or work performance. Such conduct is illegal and will not be tolerated. Examples of sexual harassment include, but are not limited to: Direct or implied threat that submission to sexual advances will be a condition of grades, letters of recommendation, or employment. Unwelcome physical contact, including unnecessary touching, patting, hugging or brushing against a person’s body. Inappropriate or unwelcome sexual remarks about a person’s clothing, body, or sexual relations. The display in a classroom or workplace of sexually suggestive objects, pictures, posters, cartoons and like items which are without defensible educational purpose. Repeated unwelcome communications, both verbal or written (including electronic and social networking) with sexual or demeaning implications about one’s gender or sexual orientation. Sexual Violence Physical Acts (such as rape, attempted rape, sexual touching and sexual battery) perpetrated against an individual without consent or who does not have the capacity to give knowing consent due to alcohol, drugs or disability. Examples of Sexual Violence: Any sexual activity performed in the absence of consent or through coercion. Forced oral, anal, or vaginal sex with any body part or object. Unwanted rough or violent sexual activity. Rape or attempted rape. Keeping someone from protecting themselves from unwanted pregnancies or STIs. Sexual contact with someone who is very drunk, drugged, unconscious or unable to give a clear and informed yes. Threatening or pressuring someone into sexual activity. Intimate Partner Violence (Dating Violence, Domestic Violence) A pattern of abusive behaviors used to exert power and control over a current or former partner. It can include emotional, sexual, verbal or economic actions, or physical threats of violence. Acts may include any behaviors that intimidate, isolate, manipulate, humiliate, coerce, frighten, blame or hurt someone. It can happen to anyone, regardless of race, sexual orientation, age, education, religion, etc. The existence of such a relationship shall be determined based on the reporting party’s statement and with consideration of the length of the relationship, the type of relationship, and the frequency of interaction between the persons involved in the relationship. General Pattern of Behavior: Tension Building: Relationship begins to get strained or tense between partners. Explosion: Outburst that includes verbal, emotional, or physical abuse. Honeymoon: Apologies where the abuser tries to re-connect with his/her partner by shifting the blame onto someone or something else. Stalking A pattern of unwanted conduct directed at another person that threatens or endangers the safety, physical or mental health, or life or property of that person, or creates a reasonable fear of such a threat or action. Engaging in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to fear for their safety or the safety of others or suffer substantial emotional distress. Signs that it could be stalking: Following you, with or without your knowledge. Calling or texting excessively. Knowing your schedule and/or showing up at places you go. Threatening to hurt you, your friends, family, pets, or themselves. Damaging your property. It can even look romantic or non-threatening, like cards, flowers, Emails, etc, but if this behavior is unwanted, it could be stalking. Definitions of Consent While Maryland’s criminal code does not specifically define the term “consent” it’s general premise is receiving permission to act. It may be given by words or actions, so long as those words or actions create clear, mutually understood permission to engage in (and the conditions of) sexual activity. Consent must meet all of the following standards: Active, not passive. Silence, in and of itself, cannot be interpreted as consent. There is no requirement that an individual resist a sexual act or advance, but resistance is a clear demonstration of non-consent. Given freely. A person cannot give consent under force, threats, or unreasonable pressure (coercion). Coercion includes continued pressure after an individual has made it clear that he/she does not want to engage in the behavior. Provided knowingly. Legally valid consent to sexual activity cannot be given by: A person under the legal age to consent (16 years old in Maryland) or An individual who is known to be (or based on the circumstances should reasonably be known to be) mentally or physically incapacitated. An incapacitated individual is someone who cannot make rational, reasonable decisions because he or she lacks the capacity to understand the “who, what, when, where, why, or how” of a sexual interaction. This includes a person whose incapacity results from mental disability, sleep, involuntary physical restraint, unconsciousness, use of alcohol or other drugs. Permission to engage in one form of sexual activity does not imply permission for another activity. In addition, previous relationships or prior consent do not imply consent to future sexual acts. It is the responsibility of the initiator of the act to receive permission for the specific act. As a result, consent may be requested and given several times by multiple parties during a sexual encounter involving multiple acts. Consent cannot be obtained from a person who is incapacitated. This refers to those persons who have mental or physical disabilities that temporarily or permanently render the person incapable of appraising the nature of the sexual activity, resisting the sexual activity, or able to communicate an unwillingness to engage in the sexual activity. Consent cannot be obtained from someone who is asleep or otherwise mentally or physically incapacitated due to alcohol, drugs, medication, or some other condition. Other Applicable Definitions Retaliation means intimidating, threatening, coercing, or discriminating against any individual for the purpose of interfering with any right or privilege secured by law or College policy relating to Sexual Assault/Misconduct, or because an individual has made a report, testified, assisted, or participated in any manner in an investigation, proceeding, or hearing related to Sexual Assault/Misconduct. Retaliation includes retaliatory harassment. Interim Measures means reasonably available steps the College may take to protect the parties while a Sexual Assault/Misconduct investigation is pending. Responsible Employee includes any College employee who (1) has the authority to take action regarding Sexual Assault/Misconduct; (2) is an employee who has been given the duty of reporting Sexual Assault/Misconduct; or (3) is someone another individual could reasonably believe has this authority or duty. At a minimum, Responsible Employees must include: the Title IX Coordinator and any Title IX Team members, all College administrators, all faculty, all athletic coaches, and College security staff members. Reporting Procedures Victim Reporting The victim reports the misconduct to the Title IX Coordinator or another College employee whom the College has designated as responsible for receiving and/or responding to reports of sexual misconduct. The victim should be notified of the interim measures available and requests for interim measures can be made by the victim to the Title IX Coordinator or responsible employee. Reports of sexual misconduct to responsible employees will be forwarded to the Title IX Coordinator who will determine what steps need to be taken. Generally, the College will investigate the report to determine what occurred and the College will provide interim measures during the investigative process and any disciplinary process. All employees of the college are responsible employees who must report Title IX the possible assault to the Title IX coordinator, even if the student does not wish to report it themselves. Third Party and Anonymous Reporting Individuals who have become aware of a violation of the Sexual Assault/Misconduct Policy that does not involve the individual directly should report to the Hagerstown Community College Title IX Coordinator. If an individual wishes to report a violation of the Sexual Assault/Misconduct Policy anonymously, the report should also be made to the Title IX Coordinator. Anonymous reporting may limit what action HCC is able to take. Amnesty A student who reports an incident of sexual assault/misconduct, either as a complainant or a third party witness, will not be held responsible for violating the Code of Conduct if he/she was under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs at the time of the incident. HCC does not want the fear of receiving disciplinary charges or a sanction to prevent a student from reporting an incident of sexual assault/misconduct. Criminal Reporting Complainants have the right to decline notifying law enforcement of an alleged incident of sexual misconduct. However, HCC encourages complainants to report alleged incidents of sexual assault/misconduct that are also considered a crime under Maryland law to the HCC Campus Police Department or other appropriate law enforcement agencies. If the HCC Campus Police Department or local law enforcement agency determines that the alleged incident of sexual assault/misconduct does not constitute a crime, HCC will still proceed with its investigation under this Sexual Assault/Misconduct procedure. Interim Measures Interim measures are those services, accommodations, or other assistance that the College puts in place for victims after receiving notice of alleged sexual misconduct but before any final outcomes - investigatory, disciplinary, or remedial - have been determined. The College wants its students to be safe, to receive appropriate medical attention, and to get the help they need to heal and to continue to access their educational opportunities. Upon receiving a report of sexual misconduct, the College will provide the victim, or the victim’s advocate, with a written explanation of the interim measures available on campus and/or through local community resources and shall ask victims, or their counselors or advocates, what measures are sought. The College shall determine which measures are appropriate for a particular victim on a case-by-case basis. If the victim or advocate identifies an interim measure that is not already provided by the College, the College will consider whether the request can be granted. In those instances where interim measures affect both a victim and the alleged perpetrator, the College will minimize the burden on the victim wherever appropriate. A victim of sexual misconduct, or the victim’s counselor or advocate, may request the interim measures listed below. The College - after consulting with the victim or the victim’s advocate though the Dean of Student Affairs Office - will determine which measures are appropriate to ensure the victim’s safety and equal access to educational programs and activities: Academic accommodations which include switching of sections or other schedule changes without financial implications. Assistance in arranging for alternative College employment arrangements and/or changing work schedules. A “No contact” directive pending the outcome of an investigation. Such a directive serves as notice to both parties that they must not have verbal, electronic, written, or third party communication with one another. Providing an escort to ensure that the student can move safely between school programs and activities. Assistance identifying an advocate to help secure additional resources or assistance including off-campus and community advocacy, support, and services. The College shall work with victims or their counselors or advocates to identify what interim measures are appropriate in the short term (e.g., during the pendency of an investigation or other school response), and shall continue to work collaboratively throughout the College’s process and as needed thereafter to assess whether the instituted measures are effective, and if not, what additional or different measures are necessary to keep the victim safe. Investigation Procedure and Protocol The HCC Title IX Coordinator is responsible for receiving, investigating and coordinating the response to reports of sexual assault/misconduct policy violations at HCC. Once the College knows or reasonably should know of possible sexual assault/misconduct, it must take immediate and appropriate action, in accordance with its internal procedures, to investigate or otherwise determine what occurred. This obligation applies to sexual assault/misconduct covered by this Policy regardless of where the sexual assault/misconduct allegedly occurred, regardless of whether a parallel law enforcement investigation or action is pending, and regardless of whether a formal complaint is filed. A number of College employees shall be trained in conducting a formal investigation and may be designated by the Title IX Coordinator to assist as appropriate and if needed. As part of the investigation, the investigators shall meet with the reporting party to gather as much information as available about the alleged violation. The investigators should additionally interview anyone involved with the alleged violation in order to collect evidence and information. Both the complainant and the respondent in an investigation have equitable rights to review evidence and participate in meetings specific to the investigation. A request for confidentiality by the individual reporting alleged sexual misconduct may limit, but not prohibit, the College’s ability to limit the effects or prevent recurrence of alleged sexual misconduct. Grievance and Adjudication Procedures Any alleged violation of this Sexual Assault/Misconduct Policy will be adjudicated under the procedures outlined by the HCC Student Code of Conduct in the case of an alleged violation by a student enrolled at HCC and by procedures otherwise applicable to adjudication of employee and third party alleged misconduct generally. The procedures, participants, sanctions and appellate process all apply to these proceedings related to alleged violations of this policy. However, due to the seriousness and scope of an alleged sexual assault/misconduct violation, a trained group of faculty and staff will be appointed as the Hearing Board for all sexual assault/misconduct cases presented through the Dean of Student Affairs Office as a part of the Student Code of Conduct process. Students will not be appointed to this Hearing Board. Also, due to the specifics required in the adjudication of violations of this Sexual Assault/Misconduct Policy, the following rules shall apply: Mediation shall never be appropriate in sexual assault/misconduct cases. The parties to the proceeding shall have equitable rights including: notice of hearing(s) to both parties; an opportunity for both parties to present witnesses and other evidence, such as information about the specific alleged violation but not about the complainant’s prior sexual conduct with anyone other than the alleged perpetrator. • The parties shall be afforded similar and timely access to information to be used during the proceeding. The parties are entitled to the same opportunities to have others present during the proceeding, including the opportunity to be accompanied to any related meeting or proceeding by an adviser of their choice. Advisors are permitted, however, they may not be attorneys. Advisors are permitted to consult with their party only, they are not permitted to ask open questions during the Hearing Board process. Only the parties involved in the complaint will be permitted to speak openly during this process. The preponderance-of-the-evidence (i.e., more likely than not) standard will be applied as the standard of review for determining findings of fact; used in any Title IX fact-finding and related proceedings, including any hearing. Evidence of a prior consensual dating or sexual relationship between the parties by itself does not imply consent or preclude a finding of sexual assault/misconduct. The appeal process shall be equally available to the parties. Any party participating in a proceeding may raise issues related to potential conflicts of interest of investigators or other individuals participating in the adjudication process by contacting the Title IX Coordinator. As permitted by law, the institution must notify the parties concurrently, in writing, about the outcome of the complaint and whether or not sexual misconduct was found to have occurred. The institution must also concurrently inform the parties of any change to the results or outcome that occurs before the results or outcome become final, and the institution must inform the parties when the results or outcome become final. In addition, HCC shall not require either participant to abide by a non-disclosure agreement in writing or otherwise that would prevent the re-disclosure of information related to the outcome of the proceeding. Prompt Resolution If there is a determination that sexual assault/misconduct has occurred, prompt and effective steps to eliminate the sexual assault/misconduct, prevent its recurrence, and address its effects should be taken. Prompt generally means within 60 calendar days from the time a report is brought to the College’s attention until an initial decision is rendered. There may be circumstances that prevent the College from meeting the 60-day timeline. In such circumstances, the College shall document the reasons why it was unable to meet the 60-day timeline. Authorities and participants in the adjudication process shall participate in appropriate annual training to assist them in meeting their responsibilities related to implementation of this Policy. Title IX Compliance Oversight Title IX Coordinator The President shall appoint a Title IX Coordinator responsible for coordinating the institution’s efforts to comply with and carry out its responsibilities under Title IX. The Title IX Coordinator must have adequate training on the requirements of Title IX, including what constitutes sexual misconduct, consent, credibility assessments, and counter-intuitive behaviors resulting from sexual misconduct. The Coordinator must understand how relevant institution procedures operate and must receive notice of all reports raising Title IX issues at the College. Hagerstown Community College has appointed Jennifer Knight, Director of Human Resources, as the Title IX Coordinator.

Tobacco-Free Student Guidelines

HCC's new tobacco- and smoke-free campus policy went into effect on January 1, 2015. Smoking and tobacco products (including e-cigarettes) cannot be used on campus. During the month of January, verbal warnings will be issued. Beginning Feb. 1, 2015, students who violate the tobacco-free policy will receive written warnings. Disciplinary process is as follows: First Offense: Student receives a written warning. Second Offense: Student is required to meet with the Dean of Students. Multiple Offenses: Students who consistently violate the tobacco-free policy and receive multiple warnings will be taken through the Student Code of Conduct process. Disciplinary actions will be handled on a case-by-case basis at the dean's discretion.

Title IX & Campus SaVE Act Information

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 states: “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 education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.” The Clery Act of 1990 amended federal financial aid laws to require all post-secondary schools receiving federal financial aid to annually disclose campus crime statistics and security information. The Violence Against Women Act of 1994 established federal legal definitions of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.  In 2013, the Campus SaVE (Sexual Violence Elimination) Act amended the Clery Act to mandate extensive “primary prevention and awareness programs” regarding sexual misconduct and related offenses. The Law | Definitions | Privacy/Confidentiality | Submitting a Complaint/Report | Law Enforcement | Policies/Procedures | Accommodations | Pregnant & Parenting Students The Law No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subject to discrimination under any educational programs or activity receiving federal financial assistance. - From the preamble to Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 Title IX, as a landmark civil rights law, profoundly affects all aspects of schooling by requiring equal opportunity for females and males. By extension, it also affects equity in the labor market. When Title IX is mentioned, most people think about women and athletics. However, Title IX is about so much more; it also covers acts that can impact educational opportunities for all, including sexual harassment, sexual violence, stalking, dating and intimate partner violence (dating and domestic violence). Definitions Intimate Partner Violence (Dating Violence, Domestic Violence) A pattern of abusive behaviors used to exert power and control over a current or former partner. It can include emotional, sexual, verbal or economic actions, or physical threats of violence. Acts may include any behaviors that intimidate, isolate, manipulate, humiliate, coerce, frighten, blame or hurt someone. It can happen to anyone, regardless of race, sexual orientation, age, education, religion, etc. General Pattern of Behavior: Tension Building: Relationship begins to get strained or tense between partners. Explosion: Outburst that includes verbal, emotional, or physical abuse. Honeymoon: Apologies where the abuser tries to re-connect with his/her partner by shifting the blame onto someone or something else. Stalking A pattern of unwanted conduct directed at another person that threatens or endangers the safety, physical or mental health, or life or property of that person, or creates a reasonable fear of such a threat or action. Signs that it could be stalking: Following you, with or without your knowledge Calling or texting excessively Knowing your schedule and/or showing up at places you go Threatening to hurt you, your friends, family, pets, or themselves Damaging your property It can even look romantic or non-threatening, like cards, flowers, emails, etc, but if this behavior is unwanted, it could be stalking. Sexual Harassment Sexual harassment includes unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other physical or verbal conduct of a sexual nature when it meets any of the following: Submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual’s employment or academic status. Submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for employment or academic decisions affecting such individual. Such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work or academic performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment for working, learning, or living on campus. Sexual harassment can occur between any individuals associated with the University, e.g., an employee and a supervisor; coworkers; faculty members; a faculty, staff member, or student and a customer, vendor, or contractor; students; or a student and a faculty member. View HCC’s Sexual Harassment Policy Signs that it could be sexual harassment: Sexual comments or inappropriate references to gender Sexually explicit statements, questions, jokes, or anecdotes regardless of the means of communication (oral, written, electronic, etc.) Unwanted touching, patting, hugging, brushing against a person's body or staring Inquiries or commentaries about sexual activity, experience, or orientation Display of inappropriate or sexually oriented material in locations where others can view them Offers of or demands for sex for jobs, promotions, money or other opportunities or rewards Unwanted flirtation, advances or propositions Gender-Based Harassment Title IX also prohibits gender-based harassment, which may include acts of verbal, nonverbal, or physical aggression, intimidation, or hostility based on sex or sex-stereotyping, even if those acts do not involve conduct of a sexual nature. Sexual Violence Physical Acts (such as rape, attempted rape, sexual touching and sexual battery) perpetrated against an individual without consent or who does not have the capacity to give knowing consent due to alcohol, drugs or disability. Examples of Sexual Violence: Any sexual activity performed in the absence of consent or through coercion Forced oral, anal, or vaginal sex with any body part or object Unwanted rough or violent sexual activity Rape or attempted rape Keeping someone from protecting themselves from unwanted pregnancies or STIs Sexual contact with someone who is very drunk, drugged, unconscious or unable to give a clear and informed yes Threatening or pressuring someone into sexual activity View HCC’s Sexual Assault Policy Privacy & Confidentiality As a public institution, HCC cannot promise complete confidentiality. Each situation is resolved as discreetly as possible, maintaining confidentiality to the extent allowed under state and federal laws. Complaints about faculty and staff may be subject to public records requests and there may be situations that mandate reporting, such as child or elder abuse. Complaints against students are protected by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). Information can only be shared within the college if there is a “legitimate educational need.” No information may be shared outside of the institution without the complainant’s explicit permission or under subpoena by a law enforcement agency. If a survivor or co-survivor has any questions about what will happen if they share information with any university employee, it is important to ask. All college employees are required to report any allegations to the Dean of Student Affairs Office or the Campus Police Department or both. All reports will be taken seriously and will be followed up on. If an investigation into the incident is required, then it may be necessary to reveal the complainant’s identity in order to complete the full investigative process. Duty to Act A duty to act is imposed on all management and supervisory personnel who are responsible for taking reasonable and necessary action to prevent discrimination and harassment and for responding promptly and thoroughly to any such claims. On learning directly or indirectly of conduct or behavior that might violate College policies, management and supervisory personnel are put on notice to act. They should consult with the Dean of Student Affairs Office and/or HCC Human Resources for advice and assistance on addressing the matter. A manager or supervisor who fails to act may be found to have violated HCC’s policies even though the underlying event does not constitute discrimination or harassment. Duty to Report A duty to report conduct or behavior that violates these policies is imposed on all College officers, including Adjunct Faculty. An officer performs her or his duty to report by reporting the conduct or behavior to the Dean of Student Affairs Office. College officers who learn of an allegation of gender-based misconduct against a student are expected to notify the Dean of Student Affairs Office. College officers who learn of an allegation of discrimination or harassment against a student are expected to notify the Dean of Student Affairs Office. College officers who learn of an allegation of gender-based misconduct involving a minor under the age of 17 are required to notify the Dean of Student Affairs Office and the HCC Police Department. An officer who fails to report may be found to have violated HCC’s policies even though the underlying event does not constitute gender-based misconduct, discrimination or harassment. Submitting a Complaint/Report The Dean of Student Affairs handles all complaints against HCC students and student groups. Please contact the Dean’s office to arrange a meeting at (240) 500-2526. A full description of the incident in writing is very helpful. The more details you can provide, the better. The Dean of Student Affairs may investigate and adjudicate complaints which occur on and off campus if incidents occurred at college-related events. Remember, some violations of the code of conduct and Title IX are crimes. Please consider reporting to HCC Police if the assault occurred on campus or directly to the local police department if it occurred off-campus. You are welcome to discuss those options with the Dean of Student Affairs. There does not need to be an official police report or complaint filed in order for the Dean to proceed with the college conduct process. Once the complaint is filed, the Dean is responsible for notifying the student or student group of the charge, conducting a timely investigation (within 45 days), and determining if there is a potential violation of the Student Code of Conduct. When a complaint is made, you will be asked to write down what you saw, heard, or experienced. Witnesses may be required to meet with the Dean to provide witness statements. Remember, the person or persons named in the complaint have a right to see the report. Complainants may bring a support person with them to meetings with the Dean of Student Affairs. Law Enforcement Students, faculty and staff who are survivors of sexual assault, stalking, domestic or dating violence are strongly encouraged to report the incident(s) to law enforcement in the jurisdiction in which the incident(s) occurred. To report an assault or other crime to the HCC Police Department, please call 240-500-2312. In an emergency, please dial 9-1-1. Reporting an assault to the HCC Police or other law enforcement authorities does not require filing criminal charges, but it does allow all support systems to be put in place for the survivor. Filing a police report will provide the opportunity for collection of evidence, which is helpful in prosecution and will allow the survivor to be connected with the appropriate support and medical resources. Reporting immediately is the best scenario, but it may be done at any time. Immediate reporting is important in order to preserve physical evidence at the scene as well as on the person who was harmed. If possible, do not wash, use the bathroom or change clothes prior to a medical/legal examination. The gathering of evidence can lead to a successful prosecution. If a sexual assault victim chooses to report the incident days, weeks, or even months after the assault, important support systems are still available and can be arranged; however, criminal investigations become much more difficult. No matter when the incident is reported to the college, a full investigation will take place and code of conduct meetings will be held. Policies & Procedures View HCC's Code of Student Conduct View HCC's Sexual Harassment Policy Learn more about HCC's Campus Police Department Any questions about these polices can be directed to the Dean of Student Affairs at caohl-gigliotti@hagerstowncc.edu. Accommodations The College will assist students, faculty and staff who report sexual violence, sexual harassment, stalking, dating violence and or domestic violence in obtaining medical support as well as counseling and support services. The Dean of Students will also assist students, faculty and staff in notifying the Campus Police or other local police if the assistance of law enforcement is requested. If requested by the survivor, and if reasonably available, the College may assist the survivor in: Exploring options to address academic concerns, such as transferring class sections, taking an incomplete in a class or filing a grade appeal Dealing with financial concerns, including providing financial aid guidance Requests for accommodations may be made to the Dean of Student Affairs Office. In addition, if accommodations are necessary due to an injury or disability, you may contact: For students, contact the Office of Disability Support Services at 240-500-2273, or by emailing dss@hagerstowncc.edu.   For faculty and staff, contact the Office of Human Resources at 240-500-2589, or by emailing hr@hagerstowncc.edu. Pregnant & Parenting Students Title IX prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex-including pregnancy, parenting and all related conditions-in educational programs and activities that get federal funding. This means that schools must give all students who might be, are, or have been pregnant the same access to school programs and educational opportunities that other students have. HCC must excuse absences due to pregnancy or any related conditions for as long as your doctor says it is necessary for you to be absent. When you return to school, you must be reinstated to the status you held before your leave. Professors who base grades on class attendance cannot penalize a pregnant student for their absence and must allow the student to earn back the credit from the classes that were missed. HCC is required to let you make up the work you missed while absent from class due to pregnancy or any related conditions, including bed rest or recovery from childbirth. It is recommended that for an extended absence, the student and professor work together to keep up with regularly scheduled assignments. HCC students who are pregnant or dealing with any pregnancy-related conditions must be permitted to continue their off-campus work, including internships and career rotations. HCC cannot require a doctor to approve the continuation of these activities unless a note is required of all students with a medical condition. HCC students who feel they are being discriminated against or who have been harassed by other students, staff or faculty should seek help immediately from the Dean of Student Affairs Office.