What is the school’s policy regarding sexual misconduct? Do officials have information available about the prevalence of sexual assault, the circumstances in which it commonly occurs, what to do if it happens, university sanctions, campus resources, and prevention strategies?
Wilmington College adheres to and is Title IX compliant. Please follow the link to the Wilmington College Student Handbook pages (76-90), which outline the complete Title IX process and procedures. An individual who feels that she/he has been the victim of sexual assault (referred to in this section as the survivor) has a variety of options. Those who have been raped or otherwise sexually assaulted as defined in the Ohio Revised Code should file criminal charges with the Wilmington Police Department or the Clinton County Prosecutor’s Office. Survivors of sexual assault may also file formal judicial charges on campus or engage an informal grievance process which may involve a number of creative alternatives, such as joint counseling for the survivor and the alleged abuser, or safe opportunities for confrontation. Survivors may also seek information or counseling without any obligation to pursue a formal course of action.
Anyone seeking support, information, or counseling can contact Wilmington College’s Title IX Coordinator:
Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students
What are the campus security measures? Do the measures include adequate lighting, effective residence hall security systems, escort services, timely notifications of reported crimes, and ongoing information campaigns?
A security phone is currently in place between Boyd and Kettering on the west side of campus. Residence halls are locked 24-hours, with the exception of Austin-Pickett Hall, which must remain open at the North Austin entrance to accommodate faculty offices. Each residence hall and many of the academic buildings are equipped with a security camera system. Students may obtain escorts from Campus Safety by contacting the officer on duty. If a particular individual or situation threatens a campus environment, flyers with information are posted on external residence hall doors and in Pyle Center.
Is there a system in place for gathering and disseminating information about sexual misconduct?
Yes. The Student Handbook contains information for students about what services are available. Resident Assistants are also trained on how to assist survivors of sexual assault. Incidents of sexual misconduct that occur on campus are reported to Campus Safety and to the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs.
Has the College established comprehensive services for victims of sexual assault?
Yes. The College has a full time Director of Counseling Services in the Health Center. Students are able to see the counselor by appointment free of charge. There are also relationships with the entire Wilmington Community Police Department, Clinton Memorial Hospital and other county service providers. The College is an integral member of the Wilmington College SART (Sexual Assault Response Team) and protocols are being finalized to address all victims of sexual misconduct.
Comprehensive fire inspections are performed annually by the Wilmington Fire Department in conjunction with the Residence Life and Physical Plant Staffs. We enter each and every student room to ensure that students are in compliance with state and local laws. The policies outlined in the Student Handbook detail what electrical items are allowed in residence facilities.
In addition, the Wilmington Fire Inspector conducts fire extinguisher training and education with all members of the residence life staff each Fall.
What is the frequency of false alarms in the residence facilities?
It varies from residence hall to residence hall and from year to year. As cameras were installed in the residence halls incidents with fire alarm pulls were greatly reduced.