Anne Arundel Community College is committed to providing programs, activities and an educational environment in which all individuals are valued, respected and secure. All members of the college community share in the responsibility to create and maintain a safe learning environment.
As part of this responsibility, the college developed a policy prohibiting all forms of sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, and sex discrimination. This includes, but is not limited to:
Retaliation for reporting any such conduct is expressly prohibited.
The policy also provides procedures for reporting sexual harassment and misconduct, as well as a path towards a timely and equitable resolution while protecting the rights of those involved.
The policy applies to AACC students, faculty, administrators, staff, volunteers, vendors and others conducting business on behalf of the college, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression. It covers all prohibited actions occurring on college owned, leased or operated premises; at college-sponsored activities (including AACC-sanctioned attendance of foreign study programs); and while doing business on behalf of the college.
It’s our goal to create a supportive climate that encourages victims/survivors of sexual misconduct to report the incident(s).
College employees who have been or are being subjected to sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, or sex discrimination, or who are aware of another who has been or is being subjected to sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, or sex discrimination should notify the college Federal Compliance Officer immediately so appropriate action can be taken.
Students who have been or are being subjected to sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, or sex discrimination, or who are aware of another who has been or is being subjected to sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, or sex discrimination are strongly encouraged to notify the college Federal Compliance Officer, Department of Public Safety and Police, other appropriate college authorities or local law enforcement.
Reports may be made in person, by telephone, by e-mail, online, or anonymously to the individuals or departments to the right. All reports except those to a Confidential Resource may be shared with College officials with a legitimate need to know.
Filing a complaint is different from filing a report for information or support (the process outlined above). A complaint initiates a formal investigation, possible disciplinary actions and seeks specific relief. All complaints of sexual harassment or sexual misconduct by a student, employee or volunteer of the college should be submitted in writing and submitted to Title IX Federal Compliance Officer or designee. For more information, please review the Sexual Harassment and Misconduct Procedures.
There are trained professionals who provide counseling, information and support in a confidential setting, both on and off campus. These confidential resources will not share information about an individual without the express permission of that person, unless there is a continuing threat of serious harm or a legal obligation to reveal such information (e.g. suspected abuse or neglect of a minor). These professionals are also available to help individuals make a report to the college.
When seeking support, persons who are concerned about confidentiality should discuss their concerns with the person with whom they are speaking. Unless there is an imminent threat to health or safety, or other basis for disclosure pursuant to federal, state or local law, confidentiality applies when persons are seeking services from AACC Health Services or the designated counselors within Counseling Services.
A.A. County Police Department
911 or 410-222-7000
A.A. County Domestic Violence Hotline
A.A. County Sexual Assault Crisis Center
National Domestic Violence Hotline
RAINN National Rape Crisis Hotline
AACC Library - Guide to the Violence Against Women Act
Safety Planning - Love is Respect, A College Student's Guide to Safety Planning
State/Federal Pending Legislation - MCASA Legislative Agenda