CRIME/EMERGENCY AND NON-EMERGENCY REPORTING

All Cleveland Institute of Dental-Medical Assistants, Inc. (CIDMA) students, staff and faculty members are encouraged to promptly report all campus criminal incidents and other public safety related emergencies to the School Director. For incidents requiring immediate attention, dial 911. Non-emergency incidents can be reported in person to the School Director.

For reporting incidents anonymously, a written report may be placed in the Suggestion Box located at the reception desk. Any reports left in the Suggestion Box are reviewed on a daily basis by the School Director.

The school cannot promise that any reports of crimes will remain confidential. If necessary, reports of criminal activity may be referred to the appropriate police agency for investigation, and all reasonable leads are pursued during formal investigations. Crime victims are notified of victim assistance programs and any other help deemed necessary.

All crime victims and witnesses are strongly encouraged to immediately report observed crimes to school officials. Prompt reporting will assure timely warning notices on campus and timely disclosure of crime statistics.

CRIME PREVENTION TIPS

  1. Lock your car when parking in a campus lot. Do not leave valuables in plain sight in your console or on the seat, i.e. cell phones, loose change, purses, books or anything of value.
  2. Don’t leave purses, books, laptop computers or book bags unattended in public places including the Lunch Room, library, reception area, classrooms, and computer labs.
  3. Mark your books and possessions so you are able to identify them if they are stolen.
  4. Know where the telephones are located. Know how to dial emergency numbers.
  5. Be alert to your environment at all times, particularly when walking to your car after evening classes.
  6. Be suspicious of people you don’t know who suddenly appear in an area with which you are unfamiliar.
  7. Don’t hesitate to report unusual behavior to any school official.
  8. Don’t listen to or report rumors. Check legitimate news sources for correct information.

SEXUAL ASSAULT/SEXUAL OFFENSES, DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, DATING VIOLENCE & STALKING

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender in education programs or activities operated by recipients of federal financial assistance, such as Cleveland Institute of Dental-Medical Assistants, Inc. Sexual harassment, which includes sexual assault, is a form of gender discrimination and can limit a student’s ability to participate in, or benefit from, the school’s programs. School policy reflects Title IX and strictly prohibits unlawful discrimination on the basis of gender, including gender identity.

The Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (VAWA) amended the Clery Act to require school programs regarding prevention, awareness, and response to reports of dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking. VAWA also requires reporting of crime statistics for those offenses.

Cleveland Institute of Dental-Medical Assistants, Inc. prohibits the crimes of sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking.

DEFINITIONS

Sexual Assault/Sex Offense is defined as any sexual act directed against another person, however slight, with any body part or object, without the consent of the victim, including instances where the victim is incapable of giving consent.

Rape is 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, without the consent of the victim.

Fondling is 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.

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

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

Stalking is defined as engaging in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to fear for the person’s safety, fear for the safety of others, or suffer substantial emotional distress.

Domestic violence is defined as acts of violence or intimidation committed by a current or former spouse of the victim, by a person with whom the victim shares a child in common, by a person who is cohabitating with or has cohabitated with the victim as a spouse or intimate partner, by a person similarly situated to a spouse of the victim, or by any other person against an adult or youth victim who is protected from that person’s acts by law.

Dating violence is defined as violence or intimidation committed by a person who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the victim. The existence of such a relationship shall be determined based on the reporting party’s statement and with consideration of the following factors: the length of the relationship; the type of relationship; and the frequency of interaction between the persons involved in the relationship.

Consent is defined as the voluntary, unambiguous agreement to participate in an act, the nature of which is known to and understood by the consenter. Consent may be given verbally or nonverbally and may be withdrawn at any time before completion of the act. A person may be incapable of giving consent due to physical incapacitation, physical or mental disability, threat, coercion, the influence of alcohol or drugs, or age.

RISK REDUCTION

Tips for reducing your risk of sexual assault

The following information is provided to all students, staff and faculty members in an attempt to reduce their risk of sexual assault:

  1. Be aware of your surroundings.
  2. Walk with purpose, look confident. Walk only in lighted areas after dark.
  3. Travel with a friend or in a group. When you go to a party, arrive together, check in with each other frequently and leave together.
  4. Trust your instincts. If you start to feel uncomfortable due to a situation or location, trust your gut and get out.
  5. Make sure your cell phone is with you, is charged, and that you have extra money to get home.
  6. Avoid drinking too much alcohol.
  7. Watch your beverages. Do not leave them unattended or accept a drink from someone you don’t know or trust.
  8. If you are uncomfortable with a situation or with the plans, speak up.
  9. If you are going out with someone new or someone you met on an internet dating site, meet them in a public place or have a group date. Don’t give them your address until you are comfortable.
  10. Communicate that NO means NO.
  11. Keep the doors to your car and home locked.

Warning signs for potentially abusive relationships

Abuse can be verbal and emotional, as well as physical.

  1. Extreme jealousy
  2. Controlling behavior, checking up on you, questioning you about where you’ve been or who you’ve been with.
  3. Quick involvement, “love at first sight”
  4. They blame others for their problems
  5. They abuse alcohol or other drugs
  6. A history of trouble with the law, fighting, or destroying property
  7. The abuser forces you to have sex when you don’t want to
  8. Attempts to isolate you from family or friends.
  9. Cruelty to other family members, animals or children
  10. The abuser says cruel and harmful things to you, calls you names, says you are stupid or crazy, or puts down your accomplishments.
  11. The abuser threatens you
  12. They blame all arguments and problems on you
  13. They threaten to kill themselves if you break up with them, say they can’t live without you.
  14. You feel afraid of them or afraid to break up with them.

Tips for victims of domestic violence

  1. Make a plan for how you are going to leave, where you will go, and how to cover your tracks. Make one plan if you have time to prepare and an emergency plan if you need to leave in a hurry.
  2. Go to a doctor or hospital as soon as possible if you are hurt. Keep a copy of the record.
  3. Pack a bag with spare car keys, your driver’s license, credit card numbers, checkbook, money, phone numbers, spare clothing, and medication.
  4. Keep evidence of abuse; pictures of bruises or other injuries, torn or bloody clothing, pictures of your home messed up after violence, text or phone messages, etc.
  5. Leave when the abuser will least expect it so you have more time to get away.
  6. Call the police to ask them to escort you out of the house as you leave.

Tips for avoiding dating violence

  1. Go out as a group or to a public place.
  2. Make an agreement with your friends to look out for each other.
  3. Limit the amount of alcohol you drink. Alcohol can impair your judgment and your ability to make good decisions.
  4. Watch your beverages. Do not leave them unattended.
  5. Make sure you have your cell phone, it is charged, and you have extra money for a taxi.
  6. If you feel uncomfortable about a situation, trust your gut. Leave immediately and go to a safe place.
  7. Know your sexual limits and that you always have the right to say “No”. You can say “No” even if you’ve been flirting, making out, said “Yes” then changed your mind, or you’ve had sex with the person before.

Tips for stalking victims

  1. Stop all contact and communication with the stalker.
  2. Carry a cell phone and emergency money. Be sure your cell phone is charged.
  3. Have a safe place to go in an emergency.
  4. Try not to travel alone.
  5. Vary your routes to and from work or school. Change your routines.
  6. Be careful about the personal information you are posting on social media.
  7. Keep your address confidential whenever you can. Tell friends and neighbors not to give your address to anyone.
  8. Alert co-workers, classmates, and the police regarding your situation.
  9. Create a stalking log recording time, date, and information about stalking encounters.

 

HOW TO HELP AS A BYSTANDER

The school expects all students, staff and faculty members to take reasonable and prudent actions to prevent or stop an act of sexual misconduct. Bystanders can help in several different ways, including direct intervention, seeking assistance from an authority figure, or calling state or local law enforcement.

If you see an act of sexual misconduct: It is important to understand that no individual has the right to be violent, regardless of whether people are in a relationship. Recognizing when acts of sexual misconduct are occurring is the first step to intervening. If you make the decision to intervene, do so safely – violence does not stop violence, and, if you cannot stop the act with your words, call law enforcement. Do not be afraid to ask a school official or other students for help.

If a victim confides in you: It is important to let the victim tell his/her story. Listen respectfully, and help him/her explain what has happened. Do not contradict him/her or play “devil’s advocate” even if parts of the story don’t immediately make sense or even if you would have made other choices when presented with the same scenario or challenges. Help the victim identify others in their network who they can confide in. Ask the victim what he/she needs to feel safe, encourage him/her to seek medical attention and counseling, and encourage him/her to report the act if he/she feels comfortable doing so. The first people that a victim talks to can have a significant impact on the person and his/her ability to report and get through an ordeal. Be a supportive, kind, understanding and nonjudgmental person and you can be a positive force for this victim in seeking the help he/she requires to move forward.

If possible, refer the victim to a Rape Crisis Center such as Cleveland Rape Crisis Center (CRCC) for help. There are 24-hour hotlines –

Cuyahoga County 216-619-6192

Lake, Geauga, and Ashtabula County 216-423-2020 

PREVENTION AND AWARENESS CAMPAIGNS

Each year, April is designated as Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). The goal of SAAM is to increase public awareness about sexual assault and to educate communities and individuals on how to help prevent sexual violence. During April, an expert speaker from the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center (CRCC) gives a presentation on topics such as

  • Rape awareness and rape culture, including but not limited to acquaintance rape, drug and alcohol-facilitated rape
  • Supporting survivors and community resources for survivors
  • Understanding the law and legal process
  • Stewards of Children: Adults’ Responsibility in Preventing Child Sexual Abuse

The school also participates in the Denim Day campaign. Denim Day is an event in which people are encouraged to wear jeans in order to raise awareness of rape and sexual assault. We take part by “breaking the dress code, breaking the silence”.

During October, which is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, an expert speaker from Forbes House in Lake County or Domestic Violence & Child Advocacy Center in Cleveland gives a presentation to all students, staff and faculty members to bring awareness to the topics of domestic violence, dating violence, crisis intervention and safety planning.

Forbes House Helpline: 440-357-1018

Domestic Violence & Child Advocacy Center Domestic Violence Helpline: 216-391-HELP

Family & Child Abuse Helpline: 216-229-8800

All year round, information on sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking is available at the reception area. Brochures and videos with information on risk reduction, bystander intervention, counseling and other services are available, or you can ask to speak with a school official regarding your concerns.

VICTIMS OF CAMPUS SEXUAL ASSAULT: STATEMENT OF PRINCIPLES AND

RIGHTS

CIDMA is committed to providing a safe and secure environment in which all members are treated with dignity and respect, and a campus free from all discrimination on the basis of sex. To that end, the school takes the strongest possible stance against sexual misconduct in all its forms, including sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual violence or the use of coercion, intimidation or exploitation of others for sexual purposes. CIDMA is actively engaged in educating students, staff and faculty members about these vital issues and in providing timely support and assistance to victims of sexual assault.

Should a sexual assault be reported, CIDMA will investigate allegations and take appropriate actions, to the fullest possible extent. The school supports the victim’s right to privacy. In the event that a victim wishes to remain anonymous, the school will respect that request while evaluating the obligation to protect the safety and well-being of the broader community. For example, in the event that the assault/crime must be reported, the request for anonymity would be weighed against other factors, such as whether the accused individual is the subject of other complaints. In such instances, every safeguard will be taken in order to ensure the victims’ anonymity. It is imperative that victims be fully supported in their efforts to heal and respond as they determine is in their own best interests. To this end, CIDMA will provide information about community medical and counseling resources and support the victim’s right to make choices about these resources and options.

All students, staff and faculty members are expected to recognize and abide by the following principles regarding victims of campus-related sexual assaults:

  1. The Right to Human Dignity

Victims shall:

Be treated with fairness and respect for their dignity;

Have their privacy honored;

Be free from any suggestions that they must report sexual assaults to be assured; recognition of

any other identified principles or rights;

Have their allegations of sexual assault treated seriously;

Be free from any suggestion that they are responsible for the sexual assaults committed against

them;

Be free from any threat of retaliation or other attempt to prevent the reporting of sexual

misconduct;

Be free from unwanted pressure from campus personnel to:

Report sexual assaults if they do not wish to do so,

Report sexual assaults as less serious offenses,

Refrain from reporting sexual assaults for any reason, including the fear of unwanted personal publicity.

  1. The Right to Resources On and Off Campus

Victims shall:

Receive notice describing options to pursue a criminal complaint with the appropriate law

enforcement agency, to pursue the school’s disciplinary process, or to pursue both processes

simultaneously;

Be notified of existing campus and community-based medical, counseling, mental health and

student services for victims of sexual assault whether or not the assault is formally reported to

campus or civil authorities;

Be informed of and assisted in exercising:

Any rights to confidential or anonymous testing for sexually transmitted infections, HIV, and pregnancy,

Any rights to preventive measures such as emergency contraception or HIV prophylaxis,

Any rights that may be provided by law to obtain the communicable diseases test results of sexual assault suspects;

  1. The Right to Campus Judicial Proceedings

Victims have the right to:

Written and advance notice about a disciplinary hearing involving the person or persons accused

of sexually assaulting them;

Have the opportunity to present witnesses and other evidence, and to receive notice of the

process, information about procedures, and written notice of the outcome in a manner that is

equivalent to the process of the accused;

Have a person of their choice accompany them throughout the disciplinary hearing;

Remain present during the entire proceeding, whenever possible; alternative arrangements may

be made for those who do not want to be present in the same room as the accused during the

disciplinary hearing;

Be heard at the proceeding;

Be assured that their irrelevant past sexual history will not be discussed during the hearing;

Be informed in a timely fashion (60 days) of the outcome of the hearing;

Have the right to appeal the outcome of the hearing.

  1. The Right to Law Enforcement and Campus Intervention

Reports of sexual assault will be investigated and evaluated by the appropriate criminal and civil

authorities of the jurisdiction in which the sexual assault is reported;

Victims shall receive full and prompt cooperation and assistance of school officials in

notifying the proper authorities;

Victims shall receive full, prompt, and victim-sensitive cooperation of school officials with

regard to obtaining, securing and maintaining evidence, including a medical examination when it

is necessary to preserve evidence of the assault; “No contact” orders (e.g., Cease and Desist

orders) shall be issued promptly and in writing to all parties to a reported sexual assault after the

school receives notice of a complaint;

School officials shall take reasonable and necessary actions to prevent further unwanted

contact by victims’ alleged assailants;

Victims shall be notified of the options for and provided assistance in changing academic and

living situations if such changes are reasonably available.

  1. Note: Statutory Mandates

Nothing in this Statement of Principles and Rights shall be construed to preclude or in any way

restrict the school from carrying out its duties under law to report suspected offenses to the

appropriate law enforcement authorities. Except as required by law, the school will take care

not to identify the victim.

Nothing in this Statement of Principles and Rights shall be construed to preclude or in any way

restrict the school from issuing a Timely Warning when the school is aware of a reported

sexual assault incident that potentially puts the campus community at risk. The school will

take care not to identify the victim in such notices but may, in certain cases of continuing danger,

identify the suspect, assailant or the address where the crime occurred.

SANCTIONS AND PROTECTIVE MEASURES

If a person is found to have violated Cleveland Institute of Dental-Medical Assistants, Inc.’s Title IX Policy, the sanctions may include, but are not limited to, suspension, expulsion, no-contact orders, banning from campus or college-related activities, training, diploma revocation, or in the case of a staff or faculty member, discipline up to and including termination.

For students, sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking are violations of the Student Code of Conduct.

For employees who violate this policy, they will be subject to discipline, up to and including termination of employment. Sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking are criminal acts which also may subject the perpetrator to criminal and civil penalties under federal and state law.

The School Director or school designee will determine whether interim protective measures should be implemented, and if so, take steps to implement those protective measures as soon as possible. Protective measures may be temporarily in place during the investigation and may become permanent pending investigation outcome. CIDMA may take protective interim measures (such as no-contact order, change in class schedule, suspension, etc.) while investigating Title IX complaint violations. These remedies may be applied to one, both, or multiple parties involved.

The school will, upon written request, disclose to the alleged victim of a crime of violence, or a non-forcible sex offense, the report on the results of any disciplinary proceeding conducted by the school against a student who is the alleged perpetrator of such crime or offense. If the alleged victim is deceased as the result of such crime or offense, the next of kin of such victim shall be treated as the alleged victim for purposes of this paragraph.

RETALIATION        

Retaliation is prohibited by Title IX and will constitute separate grounds for disciplinary action. Retaliation is the act of taking adverse action against a complainant, a respondent, or any other person involved in the process under this policy based on the person’s reporting or participation in any process under this policy.