MCC is committed to maintaining an educational environment free from any form of discrimination
or harassment including but not limited to discrimination, harassment and /or violence
on the basis of sex in accordance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.
MCC prohibits discrimination or harassment of all forms, including but not limited
to sexual discrimination, sexual violence, or sexual harassment (including intimidation
bullying behavior based on gender). The college shall exercise reasonable care to
prevent and promptly correct discriminating, violent, or harassing behavior and shall
develop preventative or corrective measures to address these behaviors. MCC also
prohibits retaliation against anyone for reporting discriminating, violent or harassing
behavior or for participating in discrimination or harassment investigations.
A sex offense that meets the definition of rape, fondling, incest, or statutory
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 complainant;
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 age or because of temporary or permanent
Sexual intercourse between persons who are related to each other within the degrees
wherein marriage is prohibited by law.
Sexual intercourse with a person who is younger than 17 years of age and is not a
spouse of the respondent.
Unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature. Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination
that can occur when:
- The submission to unwelcome physical conduct of a sexual nature, or to unwelcome request
for sexual favors or other verbal conduct of a sexual nature, is made an implicit
or explicit term or condition of employment or education;
- Unwelcome physical acts of a sexual nature, or unwelcome request for sexual favors
or other verbal conduct of a sexual nature, that have the effect of creating an objectively
hostile environment that substantially interferes with employment or education on
the basis of sex; or
- Such conduct is intentionally directed towards a specific individual and has the purpose
or effect of unreasonably interfering with the individual’s education, employment,
or participation in College activities, or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive
Sexual harassment may include:
- Unwelcome intentional touching.
- Deliberate physical interference with or restriction of movement.
- Verbal conduct, including oral, written or symbolic expression.
- Explicit or implicit propositions to engage in sexual activity.
- Gratuitous comments, jokes, questions, anecdotes, or remarks of a sexual nature about
clothing or bodies.
- Persistent, unwanted sexual or romantic attention.
- Subtle or overt pressure for sexual favors.
- Exposure to sexually suggestive visual displays such as photographs, graffiti, posters,
calendars, or other materials
- Deliberate, repeated humiliation, or intimidation based upon sex.
Consent is a clear, affirmative, unambiguous and freely given agreement in a specific
sexual activity. Consent is demonstrated verbally or through actions that clearly
indicate a willingness to engage in a specific sexual activity. Consent for a specific
activity does not imply consent for any other activity. Use of drugs, alcohol, or
other intoxicants does not diminish one’s responsibility to obtain consent.
Consent must be knowing and voluntary. To give consent, a person must be awake, of
legal age, and have the capacity to reasonably understand the nature of his/her actions.
Consent cannot be given by an individual who is mentally or physically incapacitated
through the effect of drugs, alcohol or other intoxicants or for any other reason.
Consent is not implied by the existence of a prior or current relationship or participation
in prior sexual activity. Consent to engage in sexual activity may be withdrawn at
any time and is automatically withdrawn by a person who is no longer capable of giving
A state of being that prevents an individual from having the capacity to give consent.
For example, incapacitation could result from the use of drugs or alcohol, a person
being asleep or unconscious, or because of an intellectual or other disability.
Any act of reprisal, including materially adverse or otherwise unwarranted treatment,
related to the reporting of, or participation in a complaint of sexual assault, dating
violence domestic violence or stalking.
A course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person
to fear for his/her own safety or the safety of others or would cause that person
to suffer substantial emotional distress. A “course of conduct” means two or more
acts in which a person directly, indirectly or through third parties, by an action,
method, devise or means, follows, monitors, observes, surveils, threatens, or communicates
to or about a person or interferes with person’s property. “Reasonable person” means
a reasonable person under similar circumstances and with similar identities to the
complainant. “Substantial emotional distress” means significant mental suffering or
anguish that may, but does not necessarily, require medical or other professional
treatment or counseling.
Domestic violence is a felony or misdemeanor crime of violence committed by a current
or former spouse or intimate partner of the victim; by a person with whom the victim
shares a child in common; by a person who is cohabiting with or has cohabitated with
the victim as a spouse or intimate partner; by a person similarly situated to a spouse
or the victim under the domestic or family violence laws of Michigan.
Dating violence is violence 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 with consideration of
the following factors: the length of the relationship, the type of the relationship,
and the frequency of interaction between the persons involved in the relationship.
Dating violence includes, but is not limited to, sexual or physical abuse, or the
threat of such abuse. Dating violence does not include acts covered under the definition
of domestic violence.
Safe and positive options that may be carried out by an individual or individuals
to prevent harm or intervene when there is a risk of dating violence, domestic violence,
sexual assault, or stalking. Bystander intervention includes recognizing situations
of potential harm, understanding institutional structures and cultural conditions
that facilitate violence, overcoming barriers to intervening, identifying safe and
effective intervention options, and taking action to intervene.
MCC recognizes that confidentiality may be particularly important to victims of sexual
assault, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking. We will take all reasonable
steps to investigate and respond in a manner consistent with a student’s confidentiality
request and be up front if we can not ensure confidentiality. Request for confidentiality
or remaining anonymous may greatly limit MCC’s ability to investigate an alleged incident,
collect evidence, and/or take effective action against an individual. However, every
effort to remedy the effects and prevent the recurrence will be taken.
An individual who has experienced a sexual assault is strongly encouraged to seek
medical and psychological care regardless of whether he/she intends to report the
assault to police. He/she may be prescribed medications to prevent sexually transmitted
infections and/or pregnancy regardless of whether the police were contacted.
An individual who experiences any form of sexual assault may pursue a civil or criminal
complaint. If the offense occurred on or off campus, MCC will assist victims and
provide them with local resources and options. Regardless if an individual decides
to file a criminal complaint, a complainant can still file a report with the Title IX Coordinator at MCC.
Reports of incidents of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking
may be made to MCC Title IX Coordinator in the Prahl College Center PCC 2030, (810) 762-0505. Or call campus police at (810)
762-0222 or 911 if off campus. A victim should include dates, times, locations, witnesses,
and specifics of what was said, clothing description, tattoos, or anything unusual,
vehicle makes, model, year, color, license plate.