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Reporting

Reporting Options

MCC encourages the reporting of all incidents of sexual harassment, sexual assault,  and relationship misconduct. Deciding whether to report an incident is a personal and often difficult decision. There are options available to you in this decision process and individuals can choose any or all of the following options. Title IX Coordinators will respond to all reports promptly in order to provide you with options and resources.

  • You are encouraged to speak to a Title IX coordinator to make to learn about your options and seek supportive measures.
  • You can expect to have your complaint be taken seriously by the College, when reported, and to have the incident investigated and properly resolved through administrative and conduct procedures, and through the legal system if you so choose.
  • Retaliation against any participants in the process—accused, victim, witnesses, reporting individuals—is prohibited. Additionally, the College is strictly prohibited from any form of retaliation towards the complainant and/or participant involved in the process.
  • Faculty, staff and student employees who receive complaints of sexual harassment or sexual violence are obligated to report complaints to their supervisor or department head and the Title IX coordinator.

OPtions for reporting

 You are encouraged to report and may utilize any or all of the following options:
 
  • Make a complaint to MCC’s Title IX Coordinator. This begins an administrative process that could result in college-related sanctions.This is not a criminal process.
  • Make a report to the appropriate law enforcement agency.This could result in criminal action being taken, such as criminal charges.
  • Engage with Confidential Support and Advocacy services. If reporting parties wish that the details of an incident be kept confidential, they should speak with resources that can maintain confidentiality.This will not result in any criminal charges or college-related sanctions.This does not limit your ability to report to law enforcement or the Title IX Coordinator in the future.
  • Seek emergency medical care. A Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) at the hospital will offer you a sexual assault forensic exam forDNA evidence collection as well as sexually transmitted infection (STI) prevention, HIV prevention, emergency contraception and injury evaluation and treatment.
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Report to the College

Make a report to a MCC Title IX Coordinator by contacting them by phone or email or completing the Complaint Form for Alleged Harassment-Discrimination.

  • Any Formal Complaint that arises from a report to the Title IX Coordinator would be a part of an administrative process that could result in college-related sanctions. This cannot and will not result in criminal charges.

  • A Title IX investigation is different from any law enforcement investigation. You have the right to file a Title IX sex discrimination complaint with MCC, in addition to filing a criminal complaint.

  • A party should contact the Title IX Coordinator if they are interested in supportive measures. Supportive measures may be provided even if the reporting party does not want to file a formal complaint. “Supportive measures” means non-disciplinary, non-punitive individualized services designed to restore or preserve equal access to the College’s education program or activity without unreasonably burdening the other party. These measures are designed to protect the safety of all parties or the College’s educational environment, or deter sexual harassment. Supportive measures or remedies may include referrals to counseling, extensions of deadlines or other course-related adjustments, modifications of work or class schedules, campus escort services, mutual restrictions on contact between the parties, changes in work locations, leaves of absence, increased security and monitoring of certain areas of the campus, and other similar measures.

What to expect if you make a formal complaint:

  • Intake: The Title IX Coordinator will assist the reporting party with making choices and accessing resources. Assuming the reporting party chooses to move forward with a college resolution, the next step is a preliminary inquiry.

  • Preliminary Inquiry: An initial determination is made about the allegations and whether to move them forward to a formal investigation. This decision is made by the Title IX coordinator who takes into account the nature of the allegations and the reporting party’s wishes. If the decision is made to move forward, the coordinator refers the allegations to investigators.

  • Investigations:  Trained investigators will provide an investigation that is prompt, thorough, reliable, equitable, fair and impartial. They will interview reporting and responding parties and witnesses and prepare reports with their findings.

  • Hearing: The College will conduct a hearing to determine whether or not there was a violation of college policy.

  • Standard of Evidence: The college uses a preponderance of evidence standard. Decision makers consider whether, given the available credible evidence, it is more likely than not that a violation occurred.

  • Final Determination: The parties will be informed in writing of the outcome of the resolution, without significant delay between the notifications to each party. This notice will include the procedures for appealing the decision, any change to the results that occurs prior to the time that such results become final and when results are considered to be final.

  • Appeals: Students involved in Title iX proceedings may appeal decisions. All parties are included in any appeal reconsideration and have equal rights of participation.

Report to appropriate law enforcement agency

In addition to making a report to MCC, we encourage you to contact the police. However, it is your choice if you want to make an official police report; MCC will not report on your behalf.

  • This could result in criminal action being taken such as criminal charges. This cannot and will not result in college-related sanctions and/or action.

  • You may report by contacting your local law enforcement or by speaking with MCC College Police (for on campus incidents).

Engage with confidential resources

Individuals are encouraged to seek mental health support when needed. 

  • This will not result in any criminal charges or college-related sanctions

  • WCA - Women's Center for Advancement provides confidential advocacy to anyone in the Omaha community who has experienced sexual and/or relationship misconduct. 24/7 Hotline: 402-345-7273

  • Employee Assistance Program - The Employee Assistance Program provides professional counseling, information, and referral services to faculty, staff and their families. The program offers confidential consultation on a wide variety of personal, family and/or work-related problems that may contribute to high levels of stress and interfere with health and work performance.

Policies & Disciplinary Procedures: Our Promise to You

MCC will:
  •  investigate Title IX complaints in a prompt, fair and impartial manner;
  • keep incidents of sexual harassment as confidential as possible;
  •  take steps to prevent the recurrence of any harassment and to correct its discriminatory effects on the complainant and others, if appropriate;
  • allow both parties to present witnesses and other evidence;
  • not use mediation to resolve sexual assault complaints;
  • take necessary steps to protect students from retaliation if they report sexual violence, harassment and/or discrimination;
  • conduct a grievance investigation in a timely manner;
  • notify both parties the outcome of the complaint;
  • provide an appeal process for both parties.
Students, faculty and staff can file a Title IX sex discrimination complaint directly with the Office for Civil Rights, Department of Education.
 

MCC's Nondiscrimination Statement