Thomas More College

Frequently Asked Questions

What are some examples of sexual harassment?

  • Sexual or physical assault
  • Direct solicitation of sexual activity
  • Unwelcome sexual remarks about a person's clothing or body
  • Display of sexually offensive posters, pictures, words, graffiti or messages
  • Explicit sexual questions, innuendoes, gestures, jokes, stories and anecdotes
  • Sex-related behavior accompanied by promise of reward or threat of punishment

How can I help a friend who has been sexually assaulted?

  • Be supportive and nonjudgmental
  • Regardless of intent of prosecution, medical care is strongly suggested
  • Do not pressure a friend into any decisions
  • Recovery is a process, not an event
  • Do not ask why it happened
  • Do not question the person's character or motives
  • Inform victim about the resources available, including campus resources, but allow them to make the choice

What do I do if I experience sexual misconduct?

Report and seek assistance from:

  • Office of the Dean of Students; or
  • Department of Campus Safety; or
  • Title IX Co-Coordinator (Director of Student Support Services/Director of Human Resources); or
  • In incidents involving sexual assault, the victim is encouraged to contact local law enforcement.

What other resources are available to me?

  • TMC Counseling Center, 344-3522
  • TMC Health Center, 344-3529
  • Campus Safety, Robert Marshall, 344-4079
  • Women's Crisis Center, 859-491-3335
  • St. Elizabeth Hospital Emergency Department, 859-344-2200

Should I report an incident if I was under the influence?

Yes, the college will not sanction you for your use of drugs or alcohol in the event of sexual misconduct.

What can the college do to help me after I make a report?

Some measures that the college can take include:

  • Modification of on-campus living arrangements
  • Receiving a grade of Incomplete (I) for a class
  • Transferring class sections
  • Rescheduling of an assignment or grade
  • Counseling services

If I make a report, will my information remain confidential?

Before sharing your information with someone, you may want to ask them about their ability to maintain your privacy. Different people on campus have different requirements for reporting incidents of sexual misconduct depending on their roles at the college.

Thomas More's Counseling Center, a chaplain, and the Women's Crisis Center may keep your information confidential. Offices that are required by law to report incidents of sexual misconduct include, but are not limited to, Vice President of Student Services, Campus Safety, Title IX Coordinators, and other administrative offices.

Who may make a report of sexual harassment or discrimination?

Any member of the Thomas More Community, including students, faculty and staff, may report complaints of harassment or discrimination.

Does a complaint have to be made in writing?

No. Complaints may be made by speaking to Candace Aulick or Laura Custer, Co-Coordinators of Title IX. However, they may request that you prepare a written statement.

What do I do if I am accused of sexual misconduct?

Do not contact the alleged victim by any means including electronic communications. You may want to immediately contact the Office of the Dean of Students to explain the college's procedures for dealing with sexual misconduct complaints. Retaliation by either the alleged victim or accused student will not be tolerated.

What is Title IX?

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is federal legislation that bans sex discrimination in education programs and activities that receive federal financial assistance.

Are sexual harassment and sexual violence included as prohibited sex discrimination?

Yes.

Can I be sexually assaulted by my boyfriend, girlfriend or an acquaintance?

Yes. The definition is the same regardless of who the perpetrator is ---- if there was no consent, there is sexual assault.