Title IX and Sexual Misconduct
Madison Area Technical College’s Sexual Misconduct policy and procedures apply to all students, employees, visitors, and independent contractors, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity; and it applies both to on-campus as well as off-campus conduct that would impact the learning environment.
The Take a Stand, Stop Sexual Violence training series is a key component of Madison College’s coordinated community response to end sexual violence on our campus. All new Madison College faculty, staff and independent contractors are required to complete the training as part of the hiring process. Each semester, students receive notice to complete the training in a communication from the Executive Vice President/Chief Student Services Officer of Student Development and Success. This training should take approximately 30-35 minutes to complete. At the end of the videos, you will be required to complete a quiz.
If at any point, this training feels uncomfortable, STOP and contact Madison College Counseling Services at (608) 246-6076 to obtain answers to any questions, comments or issues you might have.
- What is Title IX?
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits gender-based discrimination and harassment in educational programs or activities at institutions that receive Federal financial assistance. Learn more from the U.S. Department of Education. It also prohibits discrimination based on pregnancy, marital status, or parental status and protects a student’s right to take necessary medical leave and to be free of harassment, intimidation, or other unfairness because of pregnancy-related conditions.
The Clery Act is a federal statute enforced by the US Department of Education that requires all colleges and universities that participate in federal financial aid programs to keep and disclose information about crime on and near their respective campuses.
College Title IX Policy
In order to foster a climate of respect, and provide for the safety and security of our community, Madison College prohibits acts of sex and gender based discrimination, to include sexual misconduct. Sexual misconduct is a broad term that identifies forms of discrimination and harassment based on sex including, sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual exploitation, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking. Sexual misconduct includes other acts of verbal, nonverbal, or physical aggression, intimidation, or hostility based on sex or sex-stereotyping, even if those acts do not involve conduct of a sexual nature. Learn more in the Madison College Sexual Misconduct Policy (PDF, 297KB).
Title IX requires a school to excuse a student’s absences due to pregnancy or related conditions, including recovery from childbirth, for as long as the student’s doctor deems the absences to be medically necessary. When the student returns to school, she must be reinstated to the status she held when the leave began, which should include giving her the opportunity to make up any work missed. Madison College may offer the student alternatives to making up missed work, such as retaking a semester, or allowing the student additional time in a program to continue at the same pace and finish at a later date, especially after longer periods of leave. The student should be allowed to choose how to make up the work. See the Pregnancy and Parenting Policy webpage for further details.
For details on discrimination or harassment of a non-sexual nature, see the Harassment and Discrimination Policy.
- Madison College Sexual Misconduct Procedure
Madison College’s Sexual Misconduct Procedure seeks to ensure a thorough, reliable, and impartial investigation and resolution. College officials who have received annual sexual misconduct training, as well as training on conducting an investigation process that protects victim safety and promotes accountability conduct the procedure.
The standard of evidence used in adjudication of cases of sexual misconduct is the preponderance of evidence standard-it is more likely than not, that a violation of the Sexual Misconduct Policy has occurred. When a violation is determined, Madison College will take prompt corrective action and impose appropriate sanctions. Madison College complies with federal, state and local laws, including the reporting of certain crimes to law enforcement authorities.
*If you have difficulty opening the Sexual Misconduct Procedure or Harassment/Discrimination Complaint Form, try saving it to your computer first and then open it with Adobe Reader.
- File a complaint for action by the College by using the Harassment/Discrimination Complaint form
- Initial Title IX Review and Preliminary Assessment
- Notice of Sexual Misconduct Complaint
- Review of Investigation Findings and Decision
- What To Do If You Have Been Assaulted
After a sexual assault, victims often sense a loss of control. This is normal. Know that there are people on and off campus who will offer support and can help you make the decisions that are right for you to take care of yourself. It is important to remember that:
- You have choices.
- There is no one right way to take care of yourself.
Here are some things that are important for you to consider.
1. Talk to someone you trust like a friend, family member, counselor or victim advocate.
Community Resources are listed in the Resources section of this page.
Madison College Counseling Services provides confidential on-campus counseling and can be reached at (608) 246-6076. Same day appointment services are also available during these hours for urgent concerns, including issues related to sexual violence.
Madison College has collaborated with the Rape Crisis Center (RCC) to support students in healing from, and understanding, the complexities of trauma and sexual violence. A sexual assault counselor will hold part-time hours on campus to provide confidential services to survivors seeking support. To access this service, stop by the Student Development Center or call (608) 251-7273.
2. Seek medical assistance as soon as possible.
Sexual assault can result in injury or illness that you may not immediately see or feel. It is important that you seek appropriate medical care promptly.
The Forensic Nurse Examiner Program provides direct patient care to victims of sexual violence who present to emergency departments and urgent care centers. This program delivers coordinated, expert forensic and medical care necessary to increase successful prosecution of sex offenders and to assure essential medical intervention to victims of violence. The program can coordinate with local sexual assault victim service providers to make an advocate available at the time of the exam.
3. Preserve physical evidence.
Resist the urge to change clothes, bathe, douche, eat, drink or brush your teeth. Do not go to the bathroom if possible. This is so that physical evidence can be collected and preserved. You do not need to decide at this time whether you want to pursue legal action but if you save the evidence, it offers you more options in the future when you are better able to decide.
4. Discuss your options confidentially without prompting a report to the College by contacting
- Madison College Counseling Services
- A local community-based victim service provider Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault.
5. File a report with the College by contacting
- Public Safety Services, 24/7 at (608) 245-2222
- Complete the Harassment/Discrimination Complaint Form
6. File a report with your local police department
- If Someone You Know Has Been Assaulted
After a sexual assault, victims often sense a loss of control. This is normal. The individual will likely seek support from a friend. Knowing how to respond will be very helpful to your friend.
- Listen: Give your friend the time he/she needs to talk. There may be moments of silence. Do not feel pressured to say something. Support your friend by listening to his/her story.
- Respect your friend’s privacy: Your friend has confided in you. Do not share information without his/her permission.
- Get support if you need it: Madison College Counseling Service provides confidential on-campus counseling and can be reached at (608) 246-6076. Additionally a sexual assault counselor from the Rape Crisis Center (RCC) will hold part-time hours on campus to provide support services to survivors, family members and friends of those affected by sexual violence. To access this service, stop by the Student Development Center at the Truax campus or call (608) 251-7273.
- Help to empower your friend: Let your friend know that he/she has choices and that there is no one right way to take care of oneself following a sexual assault.
- Educate yourself about resources to offer to your friend: The Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault provides an online list of local community-based victim service providers.
- If You Are a Bystander
Research indicates that bystanders play a key role in preventing sexual assault. Some simple steps that you can take to take a stand and stop sexual violence include:
- Notice a situation. Know your surroundings. Be aware of behaviors that appear to be inappropriate, coercive or harassing.
- Interpret the situation as a problem. Does someone appear to need help?
- Assume responsibility to intervene. See yourself as one who can provide the needed assistance.
- Know your options and what to do to help. Be informed about possible techniques / approaches.
- Safely take action. Your personal safety is critical. Take action that does not put you in risk of harm.
The Four D’s of Bystander Intervention
- Direct: Address the situation directly by stepping in.
- Distract: Distract either person in the situation to intervene.
- Delegate: Find others who can help you to intervene in the situation. Talk about the strategy to disrupt the situation together.
- Delay: You may not be able to do something right in the moment - check in with the person after the incident to see if you can help.
- Victim's Rights
The college complies with federal, state and local laws, including the reporting of all crimes to law enforcement authorities. Victims of sexual misconduct are entitled to the following rights:
Victims have the right to:
- Be notified of existing resources for counseling, health, mental health, victim advocacy, legal assistance, visa and immigration assistance, student financial aid, and other services available within the college and in the community.
- Be notified about options for, available assistance in, and how to request changes to academic, living, transportation, and working situations or protective measures. Madison College will make such accommodations or provide such protective measures if the victim requests them and they are reasonably available, regardless of whether the victim chooses to report the crime to campus security authorities or local law enforcement.
- File a formal complaint report to Madison College. The offices formally designated to receive complaints of sexual misconduct are the Dean of Students Office, Public Safety Services, and Human Resources. Victims are encouraged to file a complaint using the Harassment/Discrimination Complaint form.
- Report to law enforcement authorities, and be assisted by Madison College Public Safety Services in so doing.
- Decline to report to law enforcement.
- Obtain a free forensic exam from a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner, and access STI testing and treatment, emergency contraception, and pregnancy testing.
- Request confidentiality from the alleged perpetrator/respondent, to the extent possible by the law.
- An advisor of one’s choosing throughout a College Title IX investigation.
- Know the sexual history of victims is not relevant to the truth of the allegation; therefore, information regarding the victim’s sexual history, other than the relationship between the victim and the alleged aggressor, will not be considered in investigations.
- Know that any disclosure of sexual misconduct made to a college campus authority or responsible employee will result in a report as an annual crime statistic (with all identifying information withheld).
- Know in those cases where a student has been a victim of sexual assault and/or a violent crime while under the influence of alcohol, Madison College will not pursue disciplinary actions against the student victim (or against a witness) for his or her improper use of alcohol (e.g., underage drinking). A student victim who is under the influence of alcohol at the time of a sexual assault is entitled to college and community assistance and encouraged to seek help.
- File a complaint with the U.S. Department of Justice and/or U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights.
- Certain rights as detailed in Chapter 950 of the Wisconsin Statutes when reporting to a Wisconsin law enforcement agency.
- Apply for Crime Victim Compensation (Victims of Crime in Wisconsin who report), which can help pay for unreimbursed expenses that are the result of crimes causing personal injury or death, including lost wages, counseling, medical costs, and replacement of property held as evidence.
Community Resources for Victims of Sexual Assault
The Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault provides an online list of local community-based victim service providers. You can also use this list of providers near our campus locations:
Confidential Campus Support
Madison College Counseling Services provides confidential on-campus counseling and can be reached at (608) 246-6076.
Madison College has collaborated with the Rape Crisis Center (RCC) to support students in healing from, and understanding, the complexities of trauma and sexual violence. A sexual assault counselor from the Rape Crisis Center will hold part-time hours on campus to provide services to survivors seeking support. To access this service, stop by the Student Development Center at the Truax campus or call (608) 251-7273.
Public Safety Services
Madison College Public Safety Services is available to take your report any time, day or night, (608) 245-2222. Public Safety Services is required by law to report the incident to the local Police Department and to the College’s Title IX Coordinator.
Madison College's Title IX Coordination Team
The Title IX coordinators and deputy coordinator who can assist with reports of sexual misconduct include:
Title IX Coordinator - Students and community Members (Guests)
Geraldo VilaCruz, Ph.D.
Dean of Students
Dean of Students Office
Title IX Coordinator – Employees
Rosemary Buschhaus, JD, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Director of Employment and Employee Relations
Office of Human Resources
Deputy Title IX Coordinator
Lisa Delany, MS
Associate Dean of Students
Dean of Students Office