Title IX, Clery Act, VAWA

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (20 U.S.C. § 1681) is an all-encompassing federal law that prohibits discrimination based on the gender of students and employees of educational institutions which receive federal financial assistance. (view the Title IX video on the Safety and Security Page)

The Clery Act, first enacted in 1990 and amended in 1998, requires higher education institutions to report crime statistics to current & prospective students & employees. Jeanne Clery was raped and murdered in her dorm room at Lehigh University in 1986. Her killer was another student. Her parents believe she would have been more cautious if she had known about other violent crimes at Lehigh.

The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) is a United States federal law (Title IV, sec. 40001-40703 of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, H.R. 3355) signed as Pub.L. 103–322 (codified in part at 42 U.S.C. sections 13701 through 14040). The Act provides $1.6 billion toward investigation and prosecution of violent crimes against women, imposes automatic and mandatory restitution on those convicted, and allows civil redress in cases prosecutors chose to leave un-prosecuted.

Title IX Coordinators

In accordance with Title IX regulations, DSLCC has designated April Tolley, Director of Human Resources, as the Title IX Coordinator. She is charged with monitoring compliance with these regulations. Questions regarding Title IX, as well as concerns and complaints of non-compliance, may be directed to her.

DSLCC has also designated Matt McGraw, Director of Student Services as Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Student Sexual Misconduct. He is responsible for receiving student complaints of sexual harassment, including sexual assault, sexual violence or other sexual misconduct.

SaVE Act Policy

Dabney S. Lancaster Community College is committed to providing an environment that is free from harassment and discrimination based on any status protected by law.

Read the full document here: DSLCC Title IX SaVE Act Policy, Updated 11-23-15.

Complaints Under Title IX, Sexual Assault, or Domestic Violence at DSLCC

Students:
If you are a student who believes you have been or are the victim of sexual harassment, including sexual assault, sexual violence or other sexual misconduct, or any other form of gender discrimination under Title IX or VAWA, you may report such misconduct or file a formal complaint under Title IX with the Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Student Sexual Misconduct.

Employees:
If you are an employee who believes you have been subjected to discrimination under Title IX, including sexual harassment, or who wishes to file a complaint under Title IX, you can do so with the Title IX Coordinator in the Human Resources Office. Complaints must be submitted in writing not more than 300 days after the incident(s) in question.

For good cause and at Title IX Coordinator’s discretion, the writing requirement or the 300 day time limitation may be waived.

Federal and state laws prohibit the taking of retaliatory measures against any individual who files a complaint in good faith.

The rights of both the accused and the complainant shall be protected, and the complainant’s sexual history will be excluded in campus proceedings. The confidentiality of proceedings will be maintained to the fullest extent possible.

Clery Act Reporting:
Dabney S. Lancaster Community College provides this Security Report, which includes Campus Crime Statistics.

Contact Information

April Tolley, Director of Human Resources and Title IX Coordinator

Office Location:
1000 Dabney Drive
Clifton Forge, Virginia 24422
Phone: (540) 863-2808
Fax: (540) 863-2915
Email: atolley@dslcc.edu

Matt McGraw, Director of Student Services & Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Student Sexual Misconduct

Office Location:
1000 Dabney Drive
Clifton Forge, Virginia 24422
Phone: (540) 863-2866
Fax: (540) 863-2915
Email: mmcgraw@dslcc.edu

Other Resources

The following Websites provide further resources not provided on the DSLCC campus or Rockbridge Regional Center that may assist students, faculty, or staff dealing with domestic violence, sexual assault, or discrimination issues.

SafeHomes Systems (Alleghany, Bath, Clifton Forge, & Highland Counties)

Project Horizon (Buena Vista, Lexington, & Rockbridge County)

National DV Hotline

Red Flag Campaign

Teal Elephant Project