Walsh

Campus Security Report 2020
The Jeanne Clery Act

Click here to view the PDF version of the 2020 Campus Security Report. 

These policies are published as required by the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (1998). These statistics and policies/procedures will be updated and distributed as required by the Act.

The purpose of this safety and security report is to provide faculty, staff, students, and campus visitors with an overview of Walsh security resources, policies, and procedures.   The policies and procedures described in this Safety and Security Report apply to Walsh's main location in Troy, Michigan, and Walsh at Macomb Community College University Center, located in Clinton Township, Michigan.

The Walsh Facilities Department shall collect information with respect to campus crime statistics from local law enforcement agencies and campus security policies, as required by the Act.  The Walsh Facilities Department shall prepare, publish, and distribute an annual safety security report containing information on campus crime statistics and campus security policies, as required by the Act. 

The policies and procedures described in this Safety and Security Report are subject to change at any time and updated versions to the Safety and Security Report, if any, will be posted at http://www.walshcollege.edu/campussafety.

Walsh Approach to Safety
Walsh is dedicated to providing a clean, safe and comfortable environment for all students, faculty, staff and visitors. In order to do this, we need everyone’s help. Members of the Walsh community must share in the responsibility for the safety and security of themselves, their neighbors and their belongings.

Campus Safety
Walsh’s Facilities and Auxiliary Services staff is entrusted with security functions at Walsh. Staff have no arrest powers; in the event of an emergency they are directed to coordinate with local and state law enforcement officials, as necessary. These individuals are on location all open hours and are available after building hours and will enforce Walsh security policies.

The department offers a variety of services that you may find useful:

  • Responds to fire alarms and severe weather alerts as well as to security situations in the building.
  • Provides escorts on request to cars after dark.
  • "Jump start" services for cars of students, faculty and staff.

In the event there is a life threatening situation or an actual crime, contact local police by calling 911 first and then  Facilities staff who will assist you on site. Any accident/incident on Walsh property should be reported promptly to Walsh staff and they will direct any further action.

Reporting a Crime
If you believe that you have been the victim of a crime at a Walsh location, report the situation immediately to the Walsh staff (Evening Administrator, Site Administrator, Assistant Vice President, Facilities, or Assistant Director of Facilities). These individuals can be contacted through the receptionist in the Troy lobby, the Library or any Facilities staff if they are not immediately visible. The staff member will give you immediate assistance as required. The staff member will contact the local police regarding the incident, if appropriate. Walsh contacting the police does not replace an individual filing a police report.  If desired, you as an individual can file a police report. The staff member will also take information for an internal report for Walsh’s records and follow-up.  We encourage any individual who believes that a crime has been committed to report this immediately to the staff and the Police.  Any individual has the right to decline notification of an incident or a crime to local law enforcement, if he or she so chooses to.

Walsh does allow for the confidential reporting of crimes, meaning that an individual can report a crime or possible crime, confidentially, and the report will be included if appropriate, in the institution’s annual security report, and analyzed for a timely warning issuance.

All Walsh employees, except those exempted by legal privilege of confidentiality or expressly identified as a confidential reporter, have an obligation to report incidents of Sexual Assault. Any employee who receives a disclosure of Sexual Assault or becomes aware of information that would lead a reasonable person to believe that a Sexual Assault may have occurred involving anyone covered under this policy, must report all known information immediately. Walsh recognizes the importance of confidentiality and privacy. Information received in connection with the reporting, investigation, and resolution of allegations will be treated as private and will only involve individuals whom Walsh determines are necessary to conduct an appropriate investigation, to provide assistance and resources to parties, to perform other appropriate Walsh functions, or when Walsh is required to provide information under the law.

If follow-up action is required by Walsh at the request of an individual or the police, Walsh staff will gladly cooperate. Assistance requested by law enforcement will be given, in full compliance with FERPA regulations. Changes in internal procedures will be made if an additional effort will alleviate a problem.

Access to Walsh Locations
Walsh locations are open to students and the general public. Walsh locations do not have residence halls. The Administrative or Facilities Staff is present during operating hours to offer assistance and to meet any security needs. Buildings are monitored after hours by a security system. Walsh does not have non-campus property.

Campus Safety Statistics
These numbers reflect reported incidents to the Facilities Staff and/or Police for the period: 

Troy Location

2019

2018

2017

Liquor law violation

0

0

0

Drug abuse violation

0

0

0

Weapons violation

0

0

0

Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter

0

0

0

Negligent manslaughter

0

0

0

 

 

 

Sex offenses - Forcible

0

0

0

Rape

0

0

0

 

 

 

Fondling

0

0

0

 

 

 

Sex offenses - Non Forcible

0

0

0

Sexual Assault

0

0

0

 

 

 

Incest

0

0

0

 

 

 

Statutory Rape

0

0

0

 

 

 

Dating Violence

0

0

0

 

 

 

Domestic Violence

0

0

0

 

 

 

Stalking

0

0

0

 

 

 

Robbery

0

0

0

 

 

 

Aggravated assault

0

0

0

Burglary

0

0

0

Motor vehicle theft

0

0

0

Hate crimes*

0

0

0

Arson

0

0

0

 

 

 

 

* Crimes that involve prejudice based on race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability or ethnicity.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Walsh at Macomb Community College University Center

2019

2018

2017

Liquor law violation

0

0

0

Drug abuse violation

0

0

0

Weapons violation

0

0

0

Murder/ Non negligent manslaughter

0

0

0

Negligent manslaughter

0

0

0

 

 

 

 

Rape

0

0

0

 

 

 

 

Fondling

0

0

0

 

 

 

 

Sexual Assault

0

0

0

 

 

 

 

Incest

0

0

0

 

 

 

 

Statutory Rape

0

0

0

 

 

 

 

Dating Violence

0

0

0

 

 

 

 

Domestic Violence

0

0

0

 

 

 

 

Stalking

0

0

0

 

 

 

 

Robbery

0

0

0

Aggravated assault

0

0

0

Burglary

0

0

0

Motor vehicle theft

0

0

0

Hate crimes*

0

0

0

Arson

0

0

0

 

 

 

 

 

*Crimes that involve prejudice based on race, religion, gender, disability, sexual orientation or ethnicity.

The Walsh Novi Campus permanently closed April 1, 2020.  Walsh is no longer required to report crime statistics for this location.

 The Michigan State Police (MSP) has established a web site as the agency's official Internet source for Sex Offender Registration information. To obtain this information please refer to The Michigan Public Offenders Registry.

This information is required to be distributed each year to current and potential students and to the Department of Education. This is accomplished through the Walsh Web Site and the electronic posting to the Department of Education.   

Crime Prevention
In the interest of public safety we have gathered the following tips for general personal safety.

Walsh encourages individuals to take whatever measures are necessary to prevent a crime from happening.

  • Do not walk alone after dark. Walk with a friend to your car or ask for an escort from the facilities staff.
  • Walk confidently, look around and be aware of your surroundings.
  • If you feel threatened in any way, contact a member of the Facilities Staff immediately.

If you sense a potential threat:

  • Try to get away from danger.
  • Yell or make as much noise as possible to attract attention.
  • Run toward a well lit and populated area.
  • Report any concern or problems to the Facilities staff and/or the local police.

Policies of Walsh, Conduct of Students, Employees and Visitors
While on Walsh property, a student, employee or visitor to Walsh is in violation of Walsh policy and subject to disciplinary action for the following offenses, among others:

  1. Obstruction or disruption of teaching or other activities at a Walsh location.
  2. Physical abuse or unlawful detention any person.
  3. Theft or damage to property of Walsh or to property of a Walsh employee, student or Walsh visitor.
  4. Unauthorized entry or use of Walsh facilities and equipment.
  5. Illegal use or unauthorized possession or distribution of alcoholic beverages, narcotics, or dangerous drugs.
  6. Failure to comply with the directions of Walsh officials, members of the faculty or other authorized individuals.
  7. Illegal or unauthorized possession or use of firearms, explosives, or other weapons, chemicals or fire extinguisher.
  8. Sexual harassment (see below for policy).

Violations of any of the above policies should be reported immediately to the staff according to the reporting procedures outlined previously.

Title IX Sexual Harassment  Policy

Introduction

This policy prohibits Sexual Harassment of faculty, employees and students by faculty, staff, students, student employees, appointees, volunteers, suppliers/contractors, and visitors.

Members of the Walsh Community have the right to be free from all forms of Sexual Harassment that impede the realization of Walsh’s mission of providing a transformative business education that combines theory, application and professional experience to prepare graduates for successful careers. All members of the Walsh Community are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that maintains an environment free from Sexual Harassment.  As such, Walsh does not discriminate on the basis of sex and is committed to providing an educational environment free from sex discrimination.

As a recipient of federal funding, Walsh is required to comply with Title IX of the Higher Education Amendments of 1972, 10 U.S.C. § 1681 et seq. (Title IX). Title IX is a federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex - including pregnancy discrimination and Sexual Harassment - in educational programs and activities. Title IX’s sex discrimination prohibition extends to claims of discrimination based on gender identity or failure to conform to stereotypical notions of masculinity or femininity.

Sexual Harassment is defined broadly under this Sexual Harassment Policy (Policy).  Sexual Harassment includes Sexual Assault, Sexual Harassment, Non-Consensual Sexual Contact, Non-Consensual Sexual Intercourse, Sexual Exploitation, Sexual Misconduct with a Minor, Child Molesting, and sex discrimination, as defined below. Sexual Harassment is a violation of Walsh policy, state and federal civil rights laws, and may violate state and federal criminal laws.  

When an allegation of Sexual Harassment is brought to an appropriate individual’s attention (an Employee with Authority to Institute Corrective Measures), and a Respondent is found to have violated this policy, Walsh will issue appropriate sanctions to prevent future misconduct.

Walsh reserves the right to take whatever measures it deems necessary in response to an allegation of Sexual Harassment in order to protect the rights and personal safety of students, employees, and other members of Walsh Community. Such measures include, but are not limited to, interim suspension from campus pending a hearing, and reporting the matter to local police. Not all forms of Sexual Harassment will be deemed to be equally serious offenses, and Walsh reserves the right to impose different sanctions, ranging from verbal warning to expulsion, depending on the severity of the offense. Walsh will consider the concerns and rights of both the Complainant and the Respondent.

Allegations that do not fall within the scope of this policy may be addressed through other conduct policies.  Employees also have the option of raising complaints of discrimination or harassment under the Walsh’s Anti-Discrimination & Anti-Harassment in Employment policy.

 

 

Definitions

 

The following terms and definitions apply to this Policy.

Term

Definition

Actual Knowledge

Notice of Sexual Harassment or allegations of Sexual Harassment to Walsh’s Title IX Coordinator or any official of Walsh who has authority to institute corrective measures on behalf of Walsh. Imputation of knowledge based solely on vicarious liability or constructive notice is insufficient to constitute Actual Knowledge. This standard is not met when the only official of Walsh with Actual Knowledge is the Respondent. The mere ability or obligation to report Sexual Harassment or to inform a Student about how to report Sexual Harassment, or having been trained to do so, does not qualify an individual as one who has authority to institute corrective measures on behalf of Walsh.“Notice” includes, but is not limited to, a report of Sexual Harassment to the Title IX Coordinator. Examples of an Employee with authority to institute corrective measures on behalf of Walsh include the Title IX Coordinator; the President & CEO of Walsh; the Provost & Executive Vice President; the Vice President, Chief Human Resources and Administrative Officer, as outlined in Section III: Employees with Authority to Institute Corrective Measures.

Appointee

An individual deemed to have an affiliation with Walsh in a non-compensatory capacity as designated in the applicable Human Resources Information System.

Complainant

Any person who is reported to have experienced conduct prohibited by this policy, regardless of whether that individual makes a report or participates in the review of that report by Walsh, and regardless of whether that person is a member of the Walsh Community.

Consent

Permission that is clear, knowing, voluntary, and expressed prior to engaging in and during an act. Consent is active, not passive. Silence, in and of itself, cannot be interpreted as Consent. Consent can be given by words or actions, as long as those words or actions create mutually understandable clear permission regarding willingness to engage in (and the conditions of) sexual activity.

  1. Consent to any one form of sexual activity cannot automatically imply Consent to any other forms of sexual activity.
  2. The existence of consent is based on the totality of the circumstances, including the context in which the alleged incident occurred and any similar previous patterns that may be evidenced. Silence or the absence of resistance alone is not consent.
  3. A person can withdraw consent at any time during sexual activity by expressing in words or actions that he or she no longer wants the act to continue, and, if that happens, the other person must stop immediately.
  4. Previous relationships or prior Consent cannot imply Consent to future sexual acts; this includes “blanket” Consent (i.e., permission in advance for any/all actions at a later time/place).
  5. Consent cannot be given by an individual who one knows to be – or based on the circumstances should reasonably have known to be – substantially impaired (e.g., by alcohol or other drug use, unconsciousness, etc.).
    1. Substantial impairment is a state when an individual cannot make rational, reasonable decisions because they lack the capacity to give knowing Consent (e.g., to understand the “who, what, when, where, why, or how” of their sexual interaction).
    2. This also covers individuals whose substantial impairment results from other physical or mental conditions including mental disability, sleep, involuntary physical restraint, or from the consumption of alcohol or other drugs.
    3. Being impaired by alcohol or other drugs will never function as a defense for any behavior that violates this policy.
  6. It is the obligation of the person initiating the sexual activity to obtain Consent.
  7. An individual cannot Consent who has been coerced, including being compelled by force, threat of force, or deception; who is unaware that the act is being committed; or who is coerced by a supervisory or disciplinary authority.
    1. Force: violence, compulsion, or constraint; physically exerted by any means upon or against a person.
    2. Coercion: the application of pressure by the Respondent that unreasonably interferes with the Complainant's ability to exercise free will. Factors to be considered include, but are not limited to, the intensity and duration of the conduct.
  8. A person who does not want to Consent to sex is not required to resist or verbally object.
  9. Withdrawal of Consent can be manifested through conduct and need not be a verbal withdrawal of Consent (i.e. crying, pulling away, pushing away, not actively participating, laying there, uncomfortable or upset facial expression).
  10. Consent may not be given by an individual who has not reached the legal age of Consent under applicable law. This means that sexual contact by an adult with a person below the age of consent is a violation of this policy (as well as a crime), even if the minor appeared to have wanted to engage in the act.

Decision Maker

The administrator(s) who oversee(s) any hearing or appeal which takes place as part of the formal resolution process.

Formal Complaint

A complaint filed by the Complainant or Walsh that triggers Walsh’s full investigation and hearing process under Title IX.

Investigator

An individual assigned by the Title IX Coordinator to investigate the alleged Sexual Harassment and oversee the investigative hearing.

Respondent

Any member of the Walsh Community who is reported to have engaged in conduct prohibited by this policy.

Retaliation

Any adverse employment or educational action taken against a person because of the person’s participation in a complaint or investigation of discrimination or Sexual Harassment. No person may intimidate, threaten, coerce, or discriminate against any individual for the purpose of interfering with any right or privilege secured by Title IX or University policy, or because the individual has made a report or complaint, testified, assisted, or participated or refused to participate in any manner in a Title IX investigation or other University investigation, proceeding, or hearing. Acts of alleged retaliation should be reported immediately to the Title IX Coordinator and will be promptly investigated.

Sexual Harassment

The following constitute acts of Sexual Harassment under this policy:

  1. An employee of the recipient conditioning the provision of an aid, benefit, or service of the recipient on an individual’s participation in unwelcome sexual conduct;
  2. Unwelcome conduct determined by a reasonable person to be so severe, pervasive, and objectively offensive that it effectively denies a person equal access to the recipient’s education program or activity; or
  3. “Sexual assault” as defined in 20 U.S.C.1092(f)(6)(A)(v) and as further described below, “dating violence” as defined in 34 U.S.C. 12291(a)(10), “domestic violence” as defined in 34 U.S.C. 12291(a)(8), or “stalking” as defined in 34 U.S.C. 12291(a)(30).

Sexual assault includes:

 

  1. Rape, defined as the penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus, with any body part or object, or oral penetration by a sex organ of another person (male or female), without the consent of the victim.

     

  2. Fondling, defined as the touching of the private body parts of another person for the purpose of sexual gratification, without the consent of the victim, including instances where the victim is incapable of giving consent because of his/her age or because of his/her temporary or permanent mental incapacity.

     

  3. Incest, defined as sexual intercourse between persons who are related to each other within the degrees wherein marriage is prohibited by law.

     

  4. Statutory Rape, defined as sexual intercourse with a person who is under the statutory age of consent.

     

  5. Dating Violence, defined as violence committed by a personwho is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the victim.

     

  6. Domestic Violence, defined as A felony or misdemeanor crime of violence committed by a current or former spouse or intimate partner of the victim; a person with whom the victim shares a child in common; a person who is cohabitating with or has cohabitated with victim as spouse or intimate partner; a person similarly situated to a spouse of the victim under domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction in which the crime occurred; any other person against an adult or youth from that person's acts under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction in which the crime of violence occurred.

     

  7. Stalking, is defined as 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 stress.

 

 

Student

Generally defined as an individual to whom an offer of admission has been extended, paid an acceptance fee, registered for classes, or otherwise entered into another agreement with Walsh to take instruction. Student status lasts until an individual graduates, is permanently dismissed, or is not in attendance for two complete, consecutive terms, and includes those with a continuing educational relationship with Walsh; “Student” also includes registered Student organizations. A Student organization remains a “Student” for purposes of this policy for one calendar year following the expiration of the organization’s most recent registration.

Walsh reserves the right to administer this policy and proceed with any process provided by this policy even if the Student withdraws from Walsh, is no longer enrolled in classes, or subsequently fails to meet the definition of a Student while a disciplinary matter is pending.

Title IX Coordinator

The designated official with primary responsibility for coordinating Walsh’s compliance with Title IX. This individual provides leadership for Title IX activities; offers consultation, education, and training; and helps to ensure that Walsh responds appropriately, effectively, and equitably to all Title IX issues.

Walsh Community

Faculty, trustees, staff, students, student employees, appointees, volunteers, suppliers/contractors, and visitors.

Policy Details

 

  1. Scope

     

  2. False Allegations
  3. Training
  1. Medium
    1. This policy applies to alleged Sexual Harassment in any medium. Sexual Harassment may manifest in many evolving forms including, but not limited to: physical, verbal, and visual, whether in person or online in any format.
  2. Jurisdiction
    1. Walsh has a compelling obligation to address allegations and suspected instances of Sexual Harassment when it has Actual Knowledge that this policy has been violated. Walsh must inform the Respondent of the allegations and may take any further action it deems appropriate, including pursuing an investigation even in cases when the Complainant is reluctant to proceed. The Complainant will be notified in advance when such action is necessary.
    2. Walsh’s disciplinary response may be limited if the Respondent is a visitor or other third-party or is not subject to Walsh’s jurisdiction.
  3. Location
    1. This policy applies to alleged Sexual Harassment that takes place in a Walsh’s educational program or activity, against a person in the United States. This includes locations, events, or circumstances over which Walsh exercised significant control over both the Respondent and the context in which the Sexual Harassment occurred.
    2. This policy also applies to alleged Sexual Harassment that occurs off-campus, including virtual spaces over which Walsh exercises significant control, or in any building owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by Walsh.
    3. In situations not covered above, but where the Sexual Harassment undermines the security of Walsh Community or the integrity of the educational process or poses a serious threat to self or others, other applicable Walsh procedures for general misconduct may be applied.
  4. This policy is not intended for, and will not be used to, infringe on academic freedom or to censor or punish members of the Walsh Community who exercise their legitimate First Amendment rights (as applicable).
  5. Policy Maintenance
    1. This policy is managed by the Title IX Coordinator.
    2. This policy and the associated procedures will be revised by the Vice President, Chief Human Resources, Human Resources and Administrative Officer, or designees, as appropriate.

       

  1. Members of the Walsh Community impacted by Sexual Harassment are encouraged to use counseling and support services, listed in the Resources section.

     

  1. Employees With Authority to Institute Corrective Measures
  1. Walsh designates certain employees who have the authority to institute corrective measures on its behalf. Under this policy, their knowledge of Sexual Harassment conveys Actual Knowledge to Walsh.
  2. The following employees have been designated by Walsh as having the authority to initiate corrective measure on its behalf:
    1. Title IX Coordinator
    2. President & CEO
    3. Provost & Executive Vice President
    4. Vice President, Chief Human Resources & Administrative Officer
  3. When one of the above employees learns of alleged sexual harassment, that employee should contact a Title IX Coordinator as soon as possible.
  4. Employees may have additional reporting obligations provided by law and/or other Walsh policies.
  5. Corrective action may be taken against any individual who has a duty to report and who fails to respond in a manner consistent with the provisions of applicable laws, regulations, policies, and procedures.

     

  1. Employee Duty to Report

    All Walsh employees have reporting responsibilities to ensure the institution can take appropriate action.

  1. All Walsh employees, except those exempted by legal privilege of confidentiality or expressly identified as a confidential reporter, have an obligation to report incidents of Sexual Assault.Any employee who receives a disclosure of Sexual Assault or becomes aware of information that would lead a reasonable person to believe that a Sexual Assault may have occurred involving anyone covered under this policy, must report all known information immediately.
  2. In addition to the requirement of reporting incidents of Sexual Assault, the following members of the Walsh Community have an additional obligation to report all other incidents of Sexual Harassment, when they receive a disclosure of Sexual Harassment or become aware of information that would lead a reasonable person to believe that Sexual Harassment may have occurred involving anyone covered under this policy. These individuals must report the incident within five workdays of becoming aware of such information:
    1. Executive officers;
    2. Assistant/associate vice presidents, department directors, department academic chairs (including those serving in assistant or associate roles);
    3. Supervisors who have hiring or firing authority over at least three employees who are not Student or post-doc employees;
    4. Faculty and staff members who serve as advisors to Walsh-recognized Student groups;
    5. Campus Security Authorities designed by Walsh under the Clery Act not otherwise specified in this provision; and
    6. Individuals serving in any of the positions described above on an acting or interim basis.
  3. Employees are not required to report disclosures of information regarding Sexual Harassment pursuant to this policy in the following circumstances, unless an individual covered under this policy is implicated or the individual is explicitly seeking assistance from Walsh:
    1. At public survivor support events including, but not limited to: “Take Back the Night,” candlelight vigils, protests, and survivor speak-outs;
    2. During an individual’s participation as a subject in a Walsh approved human subjects research protocol.
  4. Employees with a duty to report should refer to the chart in Reporting Allegations of Sexual Harassment. Contacting the Title IX Coordinator to share all known information will satisfy the employee duty to report.
  5. Employees may have additional reporting obligations provided by law and/or other Walsh policies.
  6. The following categories of employees are exempt from the duty to report Sexual Assault and other Sexual Harassment, due to their legal or professional privilege of confidentiality or their designation by Walsh as a confidential reporter:
    1. Professional counselors, defined as a person whose official responsibilities include providing mental health counseling to members of the Walsh Community and who is functioning within the scope of that license or certification and their Walsh employment. This definition applies even to professional counselors who are not employees of Walsh but are under contract to provide counseling at Walsh.
    2. Other employees with a professional license requiring confidentiality who are functioning within the scope of that license or certification and their Walsh employment.
      1. For example, a physician with a dual appointment as a clinician and professor would be required to report instances of Sexual Harassment of which they become aware in the scope of their employment as a professor, but must keep such information confidential and privileged if learned in the scope of their duties as a physician unless there is a mandatory reporting requirement under state law.
  7. Corrective action may be taken against any individual who has a duty to report and who fails to respond in a manner consistent with the provisions of applicable laws, regulations, policies, and procedures.

     

  1. Reporting Allegations of Sexual Harassment
  1. Any person may report sexual harassment.By way example, this includes::
    1. Students
    2. Employees
    3. Parents
    4. Any Walsh Community member or other individual who is directly involved in, observes, or reasonably believes that Sexual Harassment may have occurred.
  2. Reports can be made to the Title IX Coordinator in the following ways:
    1. In-Person:Beth Barnes, Title IX Coordinator or Suzanne Siegle, Alternate Title IX Coordinator, 3838 Livernois Rd., Troy, MI  48083 
    2. Mail:Beth Barnes, Title IX Coordinator or Suzanne Siegle, Alternate Title IX Coordinator, 3838 Livernois Rd., Troy, MI  48083
    3. Phone:(248) 823-1239 (Beth Barnes) or (248) 823-1339 (Suzanne Siegle)
    4. Email:bbarnes@walshcollege.edu or ssiegle@walshcollege.edu

       

  3. Making a report to Walsh does not preclude the individual from filing a report of a crime with law enforcement nor does it extend time limits that may apply in criminal processes. Filing a report with law enforcement is not a prerequisite of making a report with Walsh. However, individuals may request assistance from the Title IX Coordinator or designee to notify law enforcement.

     

    Agency   Contact Information
     Troy Police Department  248.524.3477
     MCC UC Campus Security Dept.  586.286.2123

     

  1. Confidentiality and Privacy
  1. Walsh recognizes the importance of confidentiality and privacy. See the Resources section for a list of confidential support, non-confidential support, and medical resources. Information received in connection with the reporting, investigation, and resolution of allegations will be treated as private and will only involve individuals whom Walsh determines are necessary to conduct an appropriate investigation, to provide assistance and resources to parties, to perform other appropriate Walsh functions, or when Walsh is required to provide information under the law.
  2. If an incident is disclosed or reported to Walsh and the individual requests that no investigation be conducted or disciplinary action be taken, the Title IX Coordinator or designee will explain that Walsh prohibits Retaliation and explain the steps Walsh will take to prevent and respond to Retaliation if the individual participates in a resolution process. The Title IX Coordinator or designee will evaluate the request to determine whether Walsh can honor the request while still providing a safe and nondiscriminatory environment.
  3. A decision to proceed despite an individual’s request will be made on a case-by-case basis after an individualized review, and the Complainant will be notified if such a decision is made. If Walsh proceeds with an investigation, the Complainant is under no obligation to proceed as a part of the investigation.
  4. All individuals involved in the process should observe the same standard of discretion and respect for everyone involved in the process.

     

  1. Retaliation
  1. Retaliation is prohibited by Walsh policy and law. Walsh will not tolerate Retaliation in any form against any individual who makes an allegation, files a report, serves as a witness, assists a Complainant, or participates in an investigation of discrimination or harassment.
  2. Retaliation is a serious violation that can subject the offender to discipline, up to and including termination of employment and/or suspension or dismissal of a Student, independent of the merits of the underlying allegation.
  3. Allegations of Retaliation should be reported to the Title IX Coordinator.

     

  1. Investigation and Resolution Options
  1. Initial Assessment
    1. Walsh reviews all reports of Sexual Harassment under this policy under the direction of the Title IX Coordinator or designee for an initial assessment of the reported information. The available resolution options will be guided by the availability of information or evidence suggesting that a policy violation may have occurred; Walsh’s obligation to investigate and provide appropriate remedies to eliminate, prevent, and address the effects of the prohibited conduct; and the desire of the Complainant to participate in an investigation or other resolution.
    2. Upon completion of an initial assessment, the Title IX Coordinator or designee will determine the available options for resolution and will communicate the options to the parties.
  2. Informal Resolution
    1. Informal resolution may be utilized in some circumstances if Walsh deems appropriate and both parties agree to it.
  3. Investigative Resolution

    Walsh, under the direction of the Title IX Coordinator, may resolve a report of Sexual Harassment through investigative resolution when the alleged Sexual Harassment, if true, would be prohibited under applicable Walsh policy. In instances when informal resolution is inappropriate, when the party requests, or when Walsh requires formal investigation, Walsh will consider the concerns and rights of all parties and provide a prompt, fair, impartial, and equitable process.

     

  1. Remedies
  1. When Walsh makes a finding of a policy violation, it will take steps, whether individual or systemic, to stop the alleged Sexual Harassment, prevent its recurrence, and remedy the discriminatory effects on the Complainant and others, as appropriate.
  2. Corrective Actions/Sanctions
    1. When the Respondent is a Student, potential sanctions include formal reprimand, disciplinary probation, suspension, dismissal, and other appropriate educational sanctions.
    2. When the Respondent is an employee, corrective actions may be taken pursuant to Walsh’s applicable policies relating to employees and faculty. Disciplinary corrective actions include coaching, development plans, reduction in supervisory duties and leadership responsibilities, changes in salary, termination, and other appropriate corrective actions.
    3. Student employees may be subject to corrective action and sanctions under Student and/or employee policies depending on the nature of the case. For instance, a Student employee who is dismissed from Walsh may also be subject to termination or other corrective actions.
    4. During the period of any investigation a Respondent can be put on administrative leave if they are an employee of Walsh. If the Respondent is a Student of Walsh, they may be removed from educational activities following an individualized safety and risk analysis determines that the Respondent poses an imminent threat to the physical health or safety of anyone due to the allegations made. If a Student is removed from educational activities in this way, they have the right to challenge the determination of the safety and risk analysis.
    5. The Title IX Coordinator or designee will coordinate the provision of interim supportive measures. Parties will not be required to arrange such measures by themselves but may need to participate in communication with supervisors, faculty, and other Walsh employees with a need to know.
    6. Walsh will maintain as confidential any supportive measures provided to the Complainant or Respondent to the extent that maintaining such confidentiality would not impair the ability of Walsh to provide the supportive measures.
  3. Any corrective actions or sanctions will not take effect until any appeals have been completed.
  4. Interim Supportive Measures
    1. Supportive measures will be made available to both the Complainant and Respondent whether or not a Formal Complaint is filed to ensure equal access to Walsh’s education and employment programs and activities. The Title IX Coordinator or designee will conduct an individualized assessment and will review requests from Complainant and Respondent to determine supportive measures that are appropriate and reasonably available at no cost to the Complainant or Respondent. Supportive measures may include, but are not limited to:
      1. No contact directives;
      2. Referral to campus and community resources for victim advocacy, counseling, health services, legal assistance, immigration assistance, disability services;
      3. Academic support including extensions of time and other course-related adjustments;
      4. Modification of work or class schedules;
      5. Change in work locations;
      6. Change in reporting relationship;
      7. Consideration of leave requests; and
      8. Assistance with academic petitions.
  5. Other Remedial Measures
    1. When Walsh is unable to proceed with investigative resolution, such as lack of information in the report or request by the Complainant that an investigation not move forward, Walsh may take other remedial measures as appropriate to remedy the effects of the alleged Sexual Harassment and/or prevent its recurrence. Remedial measures may also be implemented when it is determined that inappropriate behavior occurred, but that the behavior did not rise to the level of a policy violation.
    2. Remedial measures may include and are not limited to:
      1. Providing training on Sexual Harassment;
      2. Increasing security in a designated space;
      3. Changing policy or procedure; and
      4. Conducting climate checks.

         

  1. It is a violation of this policy for anyone to make a false allegation of Sexual Harassment in bad faith. Corrective actions or sanctions may be imposed on individuals who in bad faith make false allegations of Sexual Harassment.
  2. The absence of a finding of a policy violation is not equivalent to finding that the Complainant acted in bad faith.

     

  1. Process Abuse
  1. No member of the Walsh Community may:
    1. Obstruct, prohibit, exert improper influence over, or interfere with any individual making a report, participating in a process, or carrying out a responsibility covered by this policy;
    2. Make, in bad faith, materially false statements in or related to a process covered by this policy;
    3. Disrupt or interfere with the orderly conduct of any proceeding conducted under this policy; or
    4. Fail to comply with any directive, sanction, or corrective action issued pursuant to this policy.

       

  1. Walsh conducts ongoing prevention, awareness and training programs for employees and students to facilitate the goals of this policy.

Procedure

  1. Initial Assessment
  2. Dismissal of a Complaint
  3. Appeals Process
  1. Upon receiving a report, the Title IX Coordinator will provide information to the Complainant on the availability of supportive measures, the right to file a Formal Complaint, and how to file a Formal Complaint.
  2. Under direction of the Title IX Coordinator, all reports of Sexual Harassment are reviewed for an initial assessment of the reported information. Available resolution options will be guided by the availability of information and evidence suggesting that a policy violation may have occurred; Walsh’s obligation to investigate and provide appropriate remedies to eliminate, prevent, and address the effects of the prohibited conduct; and the availability or desire of the Complainant to participate in an investigation or other resolution.
  3. Upon completion of an initial assessment, the Title IX Coordinator or designee will determine the available options for resolution and will communicate these options to the parties.
  4. If the Complainant or Walsh elects to file a Formal Complaint, the Title IX Coordinator will provide written notice to the Respondent within ten days including:
    1. The actual allegations of facts that constitute Sexual Harassment and any evidence that supports this;
    2. That there is a presumption of innocence in their favor;
    3. That all parties are entitled to an advisor of their choice;
    4. That all parties can inspect and review evidence; and,
    5. Information regarding any code of conduct provisions that prohibit false statements made in bad faith.

       

  1. In the event that prior to, or in the course of, an investigation, Walsh determines that the allegations fail to meet the definition of Sexual Harassment or did not occur while in the United States and under Walsh’s educational program or activity, the investigation and Formal Complaint shall be dismissed. Formal Complaints may still be resolved through an informal resolution process as outlined above or according to procedures set forth in the Student Code of Conduct.
  2. Walsh also reserves the right to dismiss the Formal Complaint and stop the investigation if:
    1. The Complainant notifies the Title IX Coordinator in writing that they wish to withdraw their Formal Complaint;
    2. The Respondent is no longer enrolled in or employed by Walsh; or
    3. Specific circumstances prevent the school from gathering sufficient evidence to reach a determination about allegations (e.g. lack of participation in the investigative process by parties or witnesses).
  3. If Walsh dismisses the Formal Complaint for any reason, either party may appeal the decision as outlined in this policy’s appeals process.

     

  1. Informal Resolution
  1. Informal resolution may be utilized in some circumstances if a Formal Complaint is filed.
  2. The usage of an informal resolution process is limited in a number of ways:
    1. Informal resolution is unavailable if the Respondent is an employee of the school.
    2. Informal resolution may only be used if any and all parties to an investigation agree to it.
  3. In all cases, Walsh will inform the parties of the right to end the informal resolution process at any time. If a party chooses to end the informal resolution process, Walsh will inform the Complainant of options, including the option to begin the investigative resolution process.
  4. Walsh will provide a facilitator, mediator, or decision-maker that is free from conflicts of interest and has received training under Title IX in order to facilitate resolution of the Formal Complaint.
  5. Informal resolution can take any form that the parties agree upon. The Title IX Coordinator or designee will work with the parties to develop a form of resolution that adequately resolves the needs of the parties. This may include:
    1. Facilitated Dialogue: A structured and facilitated conversation between two or more individuals, including, but not limited to the Complainant and the Respondent, which allows for voices to be heard and perspectives to be shared. Depending on stated interests, participants may work towards the development of a shared agreement.
    2. Shuttle Mediation: An indirect version of the facilitated dialogue.
    3. Circle of Accountability: A facilitated interaction between the Respondent and Walsh faculty and/or staff designed to provide accountability, structured support, and the creation of an educational plan.
  6. Depending on the form chosen, it may be possible for a Complainant to maintain anonymity throughout the informal resolution process.
  7. As part of the resolution process, additional measures (including, but not limited to educational programming, training, regular meetings with an appropriate Walsh individual or resource, extensions of no contact orders, or counseling sessions) may be agreed upon.

     

  1. Formal Resolution & Hearings
  1. Under the direction of the Title IX Coordinator, Walsh may resolve a report of Sexual Harassment through its formal resolution process when the alleged Sexual Harassment, if true, would be prohibited under applicable Walsh policy. In instances when informal resolution is inappropriate, when any party requests, or when Walsh requires formal investigation, Walsh will consider the concerns and rights of all parties and provide a prompt, fair, impartial, and equitable process.
  2. Investigation
    1. Following the filing of a Formal Complaint, an Investigator will be assigned to the case by the Title IX Coordinator. During the investigation, the Investigator will seek to meet separately with the Complainant, Respondent, and any relevant witnesses who may have information relevant to the incident. The Investigator may also gather or request other relevant information or evidence when available and appropriate. Both the Complainant and Respondent will be asked to identify witnesses and provide other relevant information in a timely manner to facilitate prompt resolution of the case. All investigations are conducted by an individual trained on Title IX.
    2. Although both the Complainant and Respondent are advised to participate in the investigation process to enable a fair and equitable resolution to any case, neither the Complainant nor the Respondent are required to participate in the investigation process.
    3. Formal Complaints of sexual harassment may be consolidated were the allegations arise out of the same facts or circumstances.
    4. During the investigation process, parties have an equitable right to:
      1. Receive notice of the allegations before participating in an interview with sufficient time to prepare for meaningful participation;
      2. A process with reasonably prompt timeframes, with extensions for good cause, as described in the Procedure section below;
      3. Present relevant information to the Investigator, including evidence and witnesses;
      4. Receive timely and equal access to any relevant information, documentation, and evidence gathered during the investigation;
      5. Have an advisor of their choosing, or through appointment by Walsh, including an attorney, advocate, or other support person who is not a potential witness in the investigation or could otherwise compromise the investigation, who provides support throughout the formal resolution process, including being present for any meetings or hearings; and
      6. Investigators who are adequately trained to resolve cases of alleged Sexual Harassment, are familiar with applicable policies and procedures, and who do not have a conflict of interest or bias for or against either party.
    5. Walsh must provide a written notice of the date, time, location, participants, and purpose of all hearings, investigative interviews, or other meetings to all parties whose participation is invited or expected with sufficient time for the party to prepare to participate.
    6. Walsh will not restrict the ability of a Complainant or Respondent to discuss the allegations under investigation or to gather and present relevant evidence.
    7. Credibility determinations may not be based on a person’s status as a Complainant, Respondent, or witness.
    8. Following the completion of the investigation, the Investigator will complete an investigative report on the allegations contained in the Formal Complaint. Before the report is finalized, the Investigator will send to each party and their advisors an electronic or hard copy of all evidence that is directly related to the allegations. Walsh must include all evidence directly related to the allegations, even if the investigator does not intend to rely on that evidence in making a determination of responsibility.
    9. The parties then have at least ten days to provide a written response, which the Investigator will consider before finalizing the investigative report. The finalized report is then circulated for no less than ten days before a hearing is held.
    10. If, at any point during the hearing, the Decision Maker(s) determines that unresolved issues exist that could be clarified through additional investigation time, the Decision Maker(s) may suspend the hearing and reconvene it in a timely manner that accommodates further investigation.
    11. Hearings may be conducted virtually through the use of technology at Walsh’s discretion.However, if either the Complainant or Respondent asks to be in separate rooms, Walsh must grant this request and provide appropriate technology to allow for simultaneous participation.
    12. All hearings will be memorialized through an audio or audiovisual record or transcript of the live hearing.The recording or transcript will be made available for parties to inspect and review following their completion.
    13. If the Respondent is found responsible for violating this policy, the Decision Maker will consult with the individual appropriate to the circumstances, in order to determine the corrective actions and/or sanctions to resolve the case. Any such corrective actions and/or sanctions will be outlined in the Decision Maker(s)’s written decision.

       

  3. Hearings
    1. All hearings are overseen by a Decision Maker(s). All Decision Maker(s) have received special training on how to be impartial and are assigned to cases by the Title IX Coordinator to avoid any bias and present an objective analysis of the evidence. In no case is the Investigator for a given case also the Decision Maker(s).
    2. The Respondent is presumed not responsible for the alleged conduct until a determination regarding responsibility is made at the end of the investigation and hearings.
    3. The Decision Maker(s) will not require, allow, rely upon, or otherwise use questions or evidence that constitute, or seek disclosure of, information protected under a legally recognized privilege, unless the person holding the privilege has waived it.
    4. Credibility determinations may not be based on a person’s status as a Complainant, Respondent, or witness.
    5. Hearings are not legal proceedings and do not follow courtroom procedure or the formal rules of evidence. During any hearings, each party must have an advisor present to ask questions to the other party. This advisor does not need to be licensed to practice law and may be a person of the party’s choice or, if they do not have an advisor, Walsh will provide an advisor for them.
    6. Questioning & Cross-Examinations
      1. The Decision Maker(s) may question individual parties and witnesses.
      2. Parties will have the opportunity to cross-examine the party or witness. Parties may never ask questions directly, and questions must be asked to the other party through the use of a party’s advisor. All questions asked must be relevant. Any questions determined not to be relevant by the Decision Maker(s) are not required to be answered.
      3. If a party or witness is absent from the live hearing or refuses to answer cross-examination or other questions, the Decision Maker(s) may not rely on any statement of that person in reaching a determination of responsibility. The Decision Maker(s) may not draw an inference about the determination regarding responsibility based solely on a party’s or witness’ absence from the live hearing or refusal to answer cross-examination or other questions.
  4. Resolution
    1. The Decision Maker(s) will communicate his or her decision to both parties, concurrently. The Decision Maker(s) will communicate the decision in writing and orally as soon as possible after the hearing. In all cases, the Decision Maker(s) will send the parties a final outcome letter within ten days of the conclusion of the hearing.
    2. The Decision Maker(s) bases all conclusions by examining all evidence from the investigation and the hearing. Their conclusion is based on the Preponderance of the Evidence standard:If the evidence indicates that it is more likely than not that Respondent committed the alleged act(s), then Respondent will be found responsible for violating this policy.

       

    3. The Decision Maker(s)’s written decision must include the following information:
      1. Identification of the allegations potentially constituting Sexual Harassment;
      2. A description of the procedural steps taken from the receipt of the Formal Complaint through the determination, including any notifications to the parties, interviews with parties and witnesses, site visits, methods used to gather other evidence, and hearings held;
      3. Findings of fact supporting the determination;
      4. Conclusions regarding the application of Walsh’s code of conduct to the fact;
      5. A statement of, and rationale for, the result as to each allegation, including a determination regarding responsibility, any disciplinary sanctioned imposed upon the Respondent, and whether remedies designed to restore or preserve equal access to Walsh’s education program or activity will be provided; and
      6. The procedures and permissible bases for either party to appeal.
  1. If either party disagrees with the outcome of the Decision Maker(s)’s determination, they may file a written appeal with the Title IX Coordinator within ten days of receiving the Decision Maker(s)’s written decision.
  2. Appeals may be filed due to:
    1. A procedural irregularity that affected the outcome.
    2. New evidence being discovered that was not reasonably available at the time of the determination or dismissal.
    3. A conflict of interest or bias for or against complainants or respondents generally or the individual complainant or respondent that affected the outcome of the matter of the Investigator or investigator(s), or decision-maker(s).
  3. The Appeal Decision Maker will examine all evidence in order to determine if the appeal has merit. The Appeal Decision Maker will make an unbiased objective conclusion as to the appeal’s merit and issue a written decision describing the result of the appeal and the rationale for the result; and will provide the written decision simultaneously to both parties.(The Appeal Decision Maker will be appointed by the Title IX Coordinator, but will not be the Title IX Coordinator, the investigator who handled the investigation or the hearing decision maker(s).

     

  1. Recordkeeping
  1. Walsh shall maintain all records relating to Formal Complaints of Sexual Harassment, as well as all training materials used under this Policy, for seven years.

Campus Sexual Assault Policy - Rape, Acquaintance Rape, Campus Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault and Stalking

As noted in the Title IX Sexual Harassment policy above, Walsh is committed to providing a secure environment for its students.  Michigan law and Walsh prohibits the offenses of rape, acquaintance rape, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.  Prevention of rape, acquaintance rape, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking is a high priority for Walsh's response to safety issues at its locations.

Safety Tips

The following are some strategies to reduce one’s risk of sexual assault. (Source: Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network, www.rainn.org.)
- Be aware of your surroundings. Knowing where you are and who is around you may help you to find a way to get out of a bad situation.
- Try to avoid isolated areas. It is more difficult to get help if no one is around. 
- Walk with purpose. Even if you don’t know where you are going, act like you do.
- Trust your instincts. If a situation or location feels unsafe or uncomfortable, it probably isn’t the best place to be.
- Try not to load yourself down with packages or bags as this can make you appear more vulnerable.
- Make sure your cell phone is with you and charged and that you have cab money.
- Don't allow yourself to be isolated with someone you don’t trust or someone you don’t know.
- Avoid putting headphones in both ears so that you can be more aware of your surroundings, especially if you are walking alone.
When you go to a social gathering, go with a group of friends. Arrive together, check in with each other throughout the evening, and leave together. Knowing where you are and who is around you may help you to find a way out of a bad situation.
- Trust your instincts. If you feel unsafe in any situation, go with your gut. If you see something suspicious, contact law enforcement immediately (local authorities can be reached by calling 911 in most areas of the U.S.). 
- Don't leave your drink unattended while talking, dancing, using the restroom, or making a phone call
If you’ve left your drink alone, just get a new one.
- Don't accept drinks from people you don't know or trust. If you choose to accept a drink, go with the person to the bar to order it, watch it being poured, and carry it yourself. At parties, don’t drink from the punch bowls or other large, common open containers.
- Watch out for your friends, and vice versa. If a friend seems out of it, is way too intoxicated for the amount of alcohol they’ve had, or is acting out of character, get him or her to a safe place immediately.
- If you suspect you or a friend has been drugged, contact law enforcement immediately (local authorities can be reached by calling 911 in most areas of the U.S.). Be explicit with doctors so they can give you the correct tests (you will need a urine test and possibly others).

If you need to get out of an uncomfortable or scary situation here are some things that you can try:

- Remember that being in this situation is not your fault. You did not do anything wrong, it is the person who is making you uncomfortable that is to blame.
- Be true to yourself. Don't feel obligated to do anything you don't want to do. "I don't want to" is always a good enough reason. Do what feels right to you and what you are comfortable with.
- Have a code word with your friends or family so that if you don’t feel comfortable you can call them and communicate your discomfort without the person you are with knowing. Your friends or family can then come to get you or make up an excuse for you to leave. –
- Lie. If you don’t want to hurt the person’s feelings it is better to lie and make up a reason to leave than to stay and be uncomfortable, scared, or worse. Some excuses you could use are: needing to take care of a friend or family member, not feeling well, having somewhere else that you need to be, etc.
- Try to think of an escape route. How would you try to get out of the room? Where are the doors?
Windows? Are there people around who might be able to help you? Is there an emergency phone nearby?
- If you and/or the other person have been drinking, you can say that you would rather wait until you both have your full judgment before doing anything you may regret later.   

Education
Walsh can provide individual referrals for students and staff to be informed about rape awareness, acquaintance rape, and other sex offenses, including sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking through the Admissions and Advising Office.

Numerous education programs to promote awareness of these offenses are offered to students, employees, and the community by the Troy Police Department (248-524-3443),  the Oakland Country Sheriff's Department (248-858-5000), The Women Center at Oakland Community College (248-522-3642) the Macomb Community College Police Department (586-286-2298), Turning Point Macomb (586-463-6990), Haven Oakland County (877-922-1274), and Safe House Center Ann Arbor (734-995-5444).

Bystander Intervention

Bystander intervention is very important in the prevention of sexual and relationship violence. Bystanders are individuals who observe violence or witness the conditions that perpetuate violence. They are not directly involved but have the choice to intervene, speak up, or do something about it. The following are some strategies for bystander intervention. (Source: Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network, www.rainn.org).

There are many things men and women can do to help prevent sexual violence.

If you see someone in danger of being assaulted:

  • Step in and offer assistance. Ask if the person needs help. NOTE: Before stepping in, make sure to evaluate the risk. If it means putting yourself in danger, call 911 instead.
  • Don’t leave. If you remain at the scene and are a witness, the perpetrator is less likely to do anything.
  • If you know the perpetrator, tell the person you do not approve of their actions. Ask the person to leave the potential victim alone.

Be an ally:

  • When you go to a party, go with a group of friends. Arrive together, check in with each other frequently and leave together.
  • Have a buddy system. Don’t be afraid to let a friend know if you are worried about her/his safety.
  • If you see someone who is intoxicated, offer to call a cab.

If someone you know has been assaulted:

  • Listen. Be there. Don’t be judgmental.
  • Be patient. Remember, it will take your friend some time to deal with the crime.
  • Help to empower your friend or family member. Sexual assault is a crime that takes away an individual's power, it is important not to compound this experience by putting pressure on your friend or family member to do things that they are not ready to do yet.
  • Encourage your friend to report the rape to law enforcement (call 911 in most areas).  If your friend has questions about the criminal justice process, talking with someone on the National Sexual Assault Hotline, 1-800-656-HOPE can help.
  • Let your friend know that professional help is available through the National Sexual Assault Hotline, 1-800-656- HOPE and the National Sexual Assault Online Hotline
  • If your friend is willing to seek medical attention or report the assault, offer to accompany them wherever they need to go (hospital, police station, campus security, etc.)
  • Encourage him or her to contact on of the hotlines, but realize that only your friend can make the decision to get help.

Warning Signs of Abusive Behavior
Domestic violence, dating violence, and/or sexual assault can happen to anyone. Perpetrators of physical abuse use power and control over their victims. The following are a few warning signs of abusive behavior (taken from Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network, www.rainn.org).  

  • Controlling behavior
  • Act possessive or jealous
  • Use emotional abuse
  • Does not trust their significant other and constantly checks up on them (e.g. reads text messages, checks their email and phone calls)

Although not all victims of physical abuse act the same some common signs exhibited are as follows:

  • Will not look you in the eye
  • Low self-esteem; if they use to be confident
  • Always aware of their surroundings (e.g. knows where the perpetrator is at all times)
  • Personality changes There are no clear cut ways to prevent sexual assault and even though there are occasionally warning signs you may not recognize these warning signs and it’s important to remember sexual assault is never your fault. No perpetrator of sexual assault is the same but some techniques utilized in social settings in an attempt to isolate an individual are as follows: 1. Attempts to continuously offer alcoholic drinks to a person 2. Overly nice in an attempt to isolate (e.g. offers to walk you home, or escort you to the restroom, etc.) 3. Crossing your boundaries 4. Doesn’t listen to your opinions  

Procedures for Reporting Student Misconduct

Nonacademic misconduct, including sexual harassment and sexual assault, must be reported to the staff as outlined previously. If the police are required they will be informed and included in any follow-up. If internal measures are deemed necessary the Title IX Coordinator will be informed to make a decision on immediate disciplinary action or possible referral to the Student Conduct and Appeals Committee. Non-academic violations of the student conduct policy as outlined in the student handbook will be referred to the Behavioral Assessment Team for further action.  Any Walsh employee, student or guest may institute charges against another individual regarding the violation of College regulations.  Walsh’s President or delegate, will have final authority regarding disciplinary action which may range from a warning to expulsion from Walsh.

Information Programs
An informational program will be included at each new student orientation program at the beginning of each semester. This will include an overview of Campus Safety and Security policies and procedures, encouragement to take responsibility for the safety of self and others and where further information is available. 

Substance Abuse Policy
Walsh will support activities and requirements of the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act. It is a violation of Walsh policy for students, employees, or visitors to engage in the unlawful manufacture, distribution, possession, or use of a controlled substance on Walsh property.  Walsh policy prohibits illegal use of alcohol at a location.  Students in violation of these policies may face disciplinary action, including dismissal from the institution and/or appropriate criminal charges. Employees who are convicted of any criminal drug statute may be subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment and/or be required to satisfactorily complete an approved drug abuse program at the employee’s expense.  Walsh will provide information regarding the dangers of drug abuse and referrals for assistance programs.

Policy Regarding Timely Warnings 

In the event that a Clery Act crime occurs, either on or off campus, that may constitute an ongoing on continuing threat to the Walsh community, an institution wide timely warning will be issued.  The warning will be issued by providing a link to the City of Troy Crime Alert web page from the Walsh website as they become available and/or by posting notification of the threat for the appropriate amount of time in areas around the location(s) impacted. Anyone with information warranting a timely warning should report the circumstances to the Assistant Vice President Facilities, or Assistant Director of Facilities, or his/her designate is responsible for issuing warnings at a location.

City of Troy Crime Alert 
www.troymi.gov/Police