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Sexual Assault Policy

Victor Valley College recognizes that sexual assault is a serious issue, and will not tolerate acts of sexual assault on campus. Campus Police will investigate all allegations of sexual assault and take appropriate disciplinary, criminal, or legal action, with prior consent of the victim.

As soon as convenient, the victim of sexual assault should report the incident, including date or
acquaintance rape to the Campus Police Department, the local police (if off-campus), college
faculty or staff members. The victim should make every attempt to preserve any physical
evidence of the assault. This may include a voluntary medical exam, not showering, or
disposing of any damaged clothing, or other items that are present after/during the assault.
Victims are encouraged to call any law enforcement agency by dialing 911 after sexual assault
for crime investigation, referral or transportation for medical treatment, and referral to crisis
counseling and legal advocacy.

The Campus Police, with the victim’s consent will immediately conduct a criminal investigation
of a reported sexual assault. They will also contact a crisis-counselor immediately, if the victim
wishes. Disciplinary actions may be imposed on recognized individual students, student
organizations, and/or campus faculty and staff found responsible for a sexual assault. Campus
sanctions following campus disciplinary procedures depend on the outcome and may range
from suspension to expulsion or termination. Every effort will be made to criminally prosecute
perpetrators of sexual assaults. The accuser and the accused are entitled to the same
opportunities to have others present during a campus disciplinary proceeding and both shall be informed of the outcome of the proceeding.

After an alleged sexual assault incident occurs, the College will assist the victim in changing
academic situations if so requested and if such changes are reasonably available.

If you become the victim of sexual assault on or off campus:

  • GET to a safe place
  • CONTACT the Campus Police Department (760) 245-4271 x 2555, (or your local police if off-campus) by dialing 911
  • DO NOT shower, bathe, douche, change or destroy clothing
  • DO NOT straighten up area
  • SEEK medical attention
  • SEEK emotional support from local Rape Crisis Center, such as San Bernardino
    Sexual Assault Services at (760) 952-0041, (909) 885-8884, or Project Sister - Sexual
    Assault Services (909) 623-1619.

 

Counseling and Crisis Intervention

The Campus Police Department works closely with the Counseling Department. We work as a
team in dealing with sensitive situations, and we refer persons to the Counseling Center on a
regular basis. The Campus Police and counselors have received training on threat
assessments and the counselors consistently encourage students to report crimes to the
Campus Police Department to prevent future crimes. Crime information can be forwarded to
campus police anonymously at the request of the student or staff member. The Counselors do
not disclose information to the Campus Police without consent, unless there is an immediate
threat to the campus or personal safety. Any reporting of statistics to comply with the Clery Act
is done by reporting the numbers, not names, so the information provided by a client is
confidential.

The District is not licensed to allow the Counselors to treat patients; however, they are highly
trained and skilled in crisis intervention. If students or staff believes they are in crisis, they can
contact the counseling department. A Counselor will address the issue immediately, with
respect, sensitivity and confidentiality. In some cases, referrals may be made to outside
services or to other VVC departments such as EOPS.

Self Defense classes are regularly offered on campus. The course includes defensive tactics,
when used effectively, can be used to prevent a sexual assault attack. Consult the Schedule of
Classes for dates and times.


On Campus Resources for Victims of Sexual Offenses

On Campus

  • Campus Police 760 - 245-4271 x 2555 or 911, Student Activities Bldg. # 44
  • Pamela James, Crisis Intervention 245-4271 x 2550. Counseling Bldg. #55
  • Willie Pringle, Director of Student Services, 245-4271 x 2593, Bldg #55
  • Victoria Hindes, Dean of Student Services, 245-4271 x 2306, Bldg #55

Off Campus Resources for Victims of Sexual Offenses

Sexual Crime Support

  • San Bernardino Sexual Assault Services
    536 W. 11th St. #C
    San Bernardino, CA 92410
  • 800 - 656-4673 : National referral #
  • 909 - 885-8884 : San Bernardino office
  • 760 - 952-0041 : Victorville area, Casandra Black
  • 909 - 623-1619 : Project Sister Sexual Assault Services


Convicted Sexual Offender Registration Laws

Effective October 28, 2002, Penal Code 290.1 was expanded and requires sexual offenders to
register with the Campus Police. Convicted sexual offenders are required to register under
Penal Code Section 290 if they are enrolled as a student of the College; employed by the
College, either full time or part time (includes both paid employees and volunteers); or working
or carrying on a vocation at the college (e.g. contractors) for more than 14 days or for an
aggregate period exceeding 30 days in a calendar year, (including paid workers as well as
volunteers). Persons listed above must register with the Campus Police within five working
days of commencing enrollment or employment with the College. Registrants are also required
to notify the Campus Police within five working days of ceasing to be enrolled or employed, or
ceasing to carry on a vocation at the College.

AB1313 amended PC 290.1(d)(1) which allows sex offender registration information to be
released to members of the campus community by campus police.

Public information regarding sex offenders in California may be obtained by viewing the
Department of Justice Online Megan’s Law Web Site at http://www.meganslaw.ca.gov/.