Title IX, Anti-Discrimination, Anti-Harassment, Anti-Retaliation
This webpage is a resource to support all members of our College community. At Mount Carmel College of Nursing, we want to ensure that anyone who has experienced sexual misconduct or any other form of discrimination or harassment based on a protected class, and those who have been accused of the same, to know how the College addresses these issues. On this webpage you will find information regarding available support services, resources, reporting options, College Policies and Procedures, and the College’s legal responsibilities.
MCCN is committed to maintaining a healthy and safe learning, living, educational, and working environment that is free from gender discrimination and harassment and to creating an environment that promotes responsibility, dignity, and respect in matters of sexual conduct. Title IX prohibits Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation of any kind on the basis of sex. Title IX also prohibits Violence Against Women Act offenses (“Sexual and Interpersonal Offenses”) such as sexual assault, sexual misconduct, sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. Any person, regardless of gender, can be a victim/survivor of a Title IX violation. This Policy applies to both on-campus and off-campus conduct, academic, educational, co-curricular, and other MCCN programs. Any Title IX violation is strictly prohibited and will not be tolerated.
- Sex offenses
- Domestic violence
- Dating violence
If you have experienced an incident, you are encouraged to seek support as needed for your health and safety regardless of when the incident occurred. This information is intended to make you aware of the various support options available to you so you can make informed choices about where to turn for help.
If it’s an emergency, dial 9-1-1 for immediate assistance.
A person who has been the victim/survivor of an offense is urged to seek appropriate medical evaluation immediately, ideally within 96 hours of the incident.
Call 9-1-1 (“3” from a campus phone) or go to the nearest hospital emergency department. Mount Carmel Hospitals and Fairfield Medical Center have emergency room specialists trained to treat Sexual Assault victims.
At the hospital, you may decide whether or not to receive a medical exam. A medical exam treats the full extent of any injury or physical trauma. In the case of sexual assault, the exam includes:
- considering the possibilities of sexually transmitted disease or pregnancy, and
- properly preserving evidence in case you decide to pursue a criminal investigation
You can decide to have a medical exam but decide not to have the evidence collected. If you decide to have evidence collected, you can choose not to pursue criminal charges and/or not to partake in a police report. The medical exam will help keep the option to pursue criminal charges open, should you decide to do so later.
Medical providers at hospitals must call police when a suspected sexual assault or felony level physical assault takes place. You still can choose not to talk to the police and/or not to pursue criminal charges. You also can choose to remain anonymous on the police report.
If you have not changed clothes, bring a change of clothes with you to the hospital, if possible, as they will likely keep the clothes you are wearing as evidence.
You can take a support person with you to the hospital, and they can accompany you through the exam. There also may be an advocate available at the hospital.
Student Counseling Services
Mount Carmel Health
The Mount Carmel Crime and Trauma Assistance Program (CTAP) provides support and assistance for victims of assault. CTAP can be reached at 614.234.5900.
The Sexual Assault Response Network of Central Ohio (SARNCO) maintains a 24-hour rape crisis helpline at 614.267.7020.
Victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking can apply for a restraining order (Civil or Domestic) at Franklin County Court of Common Pleas at 373 S. High Street or the appropriate court in the county in which the incident occurred. The MCCN Director of Compliance/Title IX Coordinator can assist with protective measures and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 614.234.5021.
MCCN provides a number of interim support services, upon request, to students who have been victims/survivors of any Title IX violations. Students may, upon request, obtain interim support services, such as changing academic, residential, working, and transportation circumstances from the Title IX Coordinator. No police report, disciplinary complaint or investigation need occur before this option is available. The Title IX Coordinator will exercise discretion and sensitivity about sharing the identity of the victim/survivor when arranging for interim support services. A victim/survivor can access these services at any time, even if the student initially declined the service.
These services may include the following:
- Changing residence hall assignments so that neither party shares the same residence hall (available to residential students)
- Changing class assignments so that the parties do not share the same classes (available to instructional staff and students)
- Providing academic support services including tutoring
- Changing the students’ work situation (Available to Trinity Colleagues)
- Transportation/parking options
- Prohibiting any contact between the parties
- Assisting the victim/survivor in obtaining a MCCN no-contact order or a court issued restraining order or other lawful order of protection.
- It must be recognized that the accused/responding person in a MCCN investigation has legal and other rights, and that complaints in which each of the parties are members of the campus community are the most ethically and legally complex. A presumption of responsibility should not be made as the result of any allegations. In the event that a student is accused of a Title IX violation and a disciplinary complaint is filed, the accused will be encouraged to seek advice from a member of the MCCN community and is entitled to the same information as the accuser. An accused student has a right to know the name of the reporter (and victim/survivor if different from the reporter) and information regarding the nature of the allegations in order to respond to the complaint; thus MCCN may not be able to pursue discipline and maintain the confidentiality of the reporter (and victim/survivor if different from the reporter). MCCN may take other steps to limit the effects of the alleged Title IX violation and prevent its recurrence.
- Accused/responding students have access to all of the same counseling and legal support options as the victim/survivor. Please see these sections for further information. In addition, certain interim support measures may also be available to an accused/responding party.
The following resources may or may not be confidential. Please contact the source directly to verify confidentiality.
- Asian American Community Services Support for victims of domestic violence, human trafficking & sexual assault 614.220.4023, Interpreting Hotline: 614.216.4988
- BRAVO (LGBT services) 866.86.BRAVO
- Central Ohio Rescue and Restore Coalition (Human Trafficking) 24 hour hotline and advocacy 614-285-HELP (4357)
- Choices Domestic violence/Partner violence, 24 hour Crisis/Shelter 614.224.4663
- Domestic Violence/Stalking City of Columbus Unit providing assistance with prosecution, counseling, crisis intervention and education
- Hands On Online Directory & Hotline Confidential mental health resources and other general resources confidential & non-confidential.
- Help Line of Delaware and Morrow Counties Crisis Hotline 740.369.3316 or 419.947.2520 or 800.684.2324
- Lighthouse Domestic Violence Shelter Fairfield County 740.687.4423, Joan Marshall, Legal Advocate 740.689.2679 (9:00 AM – 4:00 PM)
- Madison County Resources 740.845.7286
- Mental Health America of Franklin County Access to free counseling for eligible residents of Franklin County 614.221.1441
- Muslim Family Services of Ohio 614-470-2848 / email@example.com
- Ohio Domestic Violence Network 1-800-934-984
- Ohio Legal Services
- Ohio Hispanic Coalition: Domestic violence 24 hour hotline serving the Latino and Hispanic community 614.746.3534
- Sexual Assault Response Network of Central Ohio (SARNCO): 24/7 assistance 614.267.7020
- Somali Community Association of Ohio: Trained multi-lingual immigrant staff provide goal planning, advocacy, family counseling, and support for those experiencing domestic violence 614.262.4068
- Southeastern Ohio Legal Services 800.589.5888 or 614.221.7201
- St. Vincent’s Family Center: Mental health prevention, intervention and treatment services for children and families 614.252.0731
- The Center for Family Safety and Healing 614.772.8200
- The Legal Aid Society for Franklin and Madison Counties Intake Line 614.241.2001 or 888.246.4420
- The Legal Aid Society for Marion, Morrow, Delaware, Union Counties Intake Line 740.383.2161 or 888.301.2411
- Union County Resources
The following national resources offer information or services to those who have experienced a broad range of behavior, including discrimination, harassment, sexual violence, interpersonal violence and stalking. These resources are independent of MCCN and do not necessarily reflect the views of MCCN.
- Domestic Violence, Stalking, and Rape Crisis Line: 888.385.4657
- Lifeline (Suicide): 800.273.8255
- Access and Crisis Line (Mental Health Crisis and Referrals): 888.724.7240
- Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network (RAINN): 800.656.HOPE
- 211 (General Resources and Referrals): 211
- Child Help USA (Child Abuse Crisis and Referrals): 800.422.4453
- Child Abuse Hotline (Reporting Child Abuse): 800.344.6000
- National Domestic Violence Hotline: 800.799.SAFE
- National Teen (and Young Adult) Dating Abuse Helpline 866.331.9474 or text "loveis" to 22522
- Netcare 24 Hour Crisis Line 614.276.CARE (2273) or 888.276.CARE (2273)
- Shalom Task Force National domestic abuse hotline serving the Jewish community 888.883.2323
- Stalking Resource Center: Crime Victim Hotline (855) 4-VICTIM / 855.484.2846
- Loveisrespect is an organization whose purpose is to engage, educate and empower young people to prevent and end abusive relationships.
- MyPlan App. myPlan is a tool to help with safety decisions if you, or someone you care about, is experiencing abuse in their intimate relationship.
- 1in6 helps men who have had unwanted or abusive sexual experiences in childhood. Their mission also includes serving family members, friends and partners by providing information and support resources.
- Defending Childhood was launched by Attorney General Eric Holder on September 23, 2010, to address a national crisis: the exposure of America’s children to violence as victims and as witnesses.
- Department of Defense (DoD) Safe Helpline provides crisis support service for members of the DoD community affected by sexual assault. The service is anonymous, secure, and available 24/7 at safehelpline.org or 877.995.5247.
- The GLBTQ Domestic Violence Project provides free and confidential support and services for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer survivors of domestic and sexual violence.
- Know Your IX is a survivor- and youth-led organization that aims to empower students to end sexual and dating violence in their schools. We envision a world in which all students can pursue their civil right to educations free from violence and harassment.
- Male Survivor provides resources and support for men who were sexually victimized as children, adolescents or adults.
- Office of Civil Rights (OCR) ensures equal access to education and promotes educational excellence through vigorous enforcement of civil rights in the US educational system.
- Office of Violence Against Women (OVW), a component of the U.S. Department of Justice, provides federal leadership in developing the national capacity to reduce violence against women and administer justice for and strengthen services to victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.
- Stalking Resource Center provides multiple services, including training, technical assistance and information about stalking.
- U.S. Department of Defense Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office (SAPRO) provides oversight of the Department’s sexual assault policy. SAPRO works hand-in-hand with the Services and the civilian community to develop and implement innovative prevention and response programs.
- U.S. Department of Education, Regional Office for Civil Rights, is located at 25 S. Front St., Columbus, Ohio 43215. Their phone number is 877.644.6338.
- U.S. Department of Education, National Office for Civil Rights can be reached at 800.872.5327
Additional legal protections may be available for immigrants and international students who are the victims of crime or human trafficking. The United States Department of Homeland Security, Citizenship and Immigration Services, annually sets aside a limited number of non-immigrant visas for individuals who meet eligibility criteria. More information is available at www.uscis.gov.
The Coordinator's responsibilities include oversight of all Title IX complaints, identifying and addressing any patterns or systematic problems that arise during the review of the complaints, and coordination of training, education, communications and administration of Title IX procedures for faculty, staff, students and other members of the College community.
MCCN exercises appropriate sensitivity with respect to the privacy concerns of complainants who have been the target of discrimination or harassment, especially sexual misconduct. However, privacy/confidentiality requests of the reporting party are balanced with the College’s obligations under state and federal law, its need to protect the College community and to insure that appropriate disciplinary processes are implemented.
If you would like complete confidentiality, you may speak with a licensed counselor or other confidential resource/ Please visit our Find Support page to find out more.
Upon the Title IX Coordinator’s receipt of a discrimination, harassment, or retaliation complaint, the reporter may request confidentiality. MCCN takes such requests seriously; however, such requests may severely limit MCCN’s ability to investigate and take reasonable action in response to the report. In such cases, the Title IX Coordinator will evaluate the request for confidentiality in the context of MCCN’s commitment to provide a reasonably safe and non-discriminatory environment.
In addition, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) protects students' educational records. FERPA prohibits MCCN from releasing these records to persons outside the institution without the student's consent except in response to a lawful subpoena or as otherwise required by law. However, if the student-offender is found to have committed a Sexual or Interpersonal Offense, MCCN may release the following information to anyone:
- Name of the student-offender (but not the identity of the victim/survivor)
- The violation
- Sanctions imposed as a result of the disciplinary proceedings
MCCN considers all employees to be mandated reporters meaning they are required to report incidents of harassment, discrimination, and sexual misconduct to the Title IX Coordinator.
Please know that if you disclose an incident of harassment, discrimination, or sexual misconduct to an employee, they are required to notify MCCN’s Title IX Coordinator
Colleagues, if you receive such information from another member of the campus community, please call or email all known details of the reported incident to the Title IX Coordinator within 24 hours:
- Name of the alleged perpetrator
- Name of the individual who reported experiencing violence
- Any other students, employees or individuals involved in the situation
- Date, time and location of the incident
Please see the Mandated Reporting document for more information.
Remember, if you are a mandated reporter and someone discloses an experience of sexual misconduct (no matter where the incident occurred), you are not able to keep that information to yourself. You should tell the person who discloses the information that you will use discretion, but as an colleague, you must inform specific individuals of the College who are tasked with addressing such matters. Although the Title IX Coordinator must evaluate the information and reach out to the victim/survivor, the victim/survivor can decide whether they want to participate in the College's process.
The Clery Act requires the College to designate Campus Security Authorities (CSAs). At MCCN, CSAs are staff/administrators who have significant responsibility for student or campus activities. CSAs are required to provide information regarding any report of particular criminal offenses, as outlined by the Clery Act and Clery Handbook, to MCCN's Director of Compliance/Clery Coordinator to be included in MCCN's annual Campus Security and Fire Safety Report, and, if appropriate, for the purpose of issuing a Crime Alert/Emergency Notification (timely warning). The name of the person who reports being the target of the crime is not included in any formal report or notifications.
MCCN has created the Changing Campus Culture Committee as part of a state initiative to strengthen its ability to better respond to, and ultimately prevent, sexual violence on the state’s college campuses. As part of the initiative, MCCN participated in the 2017 Campus Climate Survey. All Ohio campuses were encouraged to participate in 13 common benchmark questions associated with recommendation #1 in the Changing Campus Culture Report: use data to guide action. The purpose of the benchmark questions was to provide the Ohio Department of Higher Education with a common set of data to measure statewide progress in addressing prevention and response to sexual violence, and to track trends over time. Two hundred forty students from MCCN participated. MCCN will disseminate a Campus Climate Survey to all students to continue to get a better gauge of the needs of our community.
The Changing Campus Culture Committee is also part of the It’s On Us campaign, which was launched based on recommendations from the White House Task Force to Prevent Sexual Assault that noted the importance of engaging everyone in the conversation to end sexual violence. Take the pledge at http://www.itsonus.org/
MCCN offers a variety and education and training opportunities throughout the academic year that are available to all members of the campus community, such as: dynamic and professional speakers on topics like: Trauma Informed Care, Survivor Empowerment, Bystander Intervention, Sexual Violence and Anti-Oppression, etc. Please see various College Announcements to advertise these opportunities.
All new students will go through training at Orientation to cover Title IX, Anti-Discrimination, Anti-Harassment and Anti-Retaliation, as well as Sexual and Domestic Violence Education and Bystander Intervention training.
In addition, all students and employees are required to participate in annual mandatory online training through Workplace/Campus Answers, as follows:
- All new students complete Student Empower (Sexual Violence, Domestic Violence, Stalking Alcohol/Drugs and Bullying Prevention/Awareness).
- All continuing students complete an annual refresher training, such as The Bystander Effect (overview of Student Empower Program and bystander intervention techniques) or another training to build upon knowledge base as they progress at MCCN.
- All new employees complete Preventing Discrimination and Sexual Violence: Title IX, VAWA and Clery Act for Faculty and Staff.
- All continuing employees complete an annual refresher training covering similar topics included in Preventing Discrimination and Sexual Violence: Title IX, VAWA and Clery Act for Faculty and Staff.
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits discrimination based on sex in all educational programs or activities. This includes prohibiting discrimination against pregnant and parenting students.
For more information please see the following document from the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, Supporting the Academic Success of Pregnant and Parenting Students. (include link to this document)
If you are/become pregnant during your time as a student at MCCN, and are in need of support, please contact your Title IX Coordinator:
Mother’s Room (lactation/nursing room)
Located within the Mount Carmel Health Sciences Library
Center for Learning & Education (CLE)
127 South Davis Avenue
Columbus, OH 43222
This is a private space for breastmilk pumping with an arm chair, side table, and outlet for a breast pump.
All MCCN students and colleagues can reserve this space by making a reservation at the following link (the key must be picked up at the 3rd floor front desk for access to the room): http://mccn.libcal.com/rooms.php?i=14786.
The Clery Act is a federal law that promotes campus safety by ensuring that students, employees, parents and the community are well-informed about public safety and crime prevention matters at colleges and universities.
By October 1 of each year, colleges and universities must submit a summary of required information which includes the past three calendar years of campus crime statistics in specified crime categories, fire safety data and certain safety policy statements.
The institution must make this report available to the campus community including current and prospective students and families, faculty and staff.
If a report of a Sexual or Interpersonal Offense reveals there is an immediate threat to the health or safety of students or employees on campus or that an on-going serious or continuing threat to the campus community exists, an Emergency Notification or a Campus Crime Alert will be issued. The purpose of a Campus Crime Alert is to enable persons to protect themselves, heighten safety awareness, and seek information that will lead to an arrest and conviction of the perpetrator. The victim's/survivor's name and other personally identifying information will NOT be included in any Emergency Notification or Crime Alert.
For more information on the Clery Act, Campus Crime Alerts, and Emergency Notifications, please visit the Emergency Notification and Response Policy, which can be found here: Compliance Policies, and Communications Alert System.