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Sexual Misconduct

At GRCC, our primary concern is the safety of our students, faculty and staff.   We are committed to maintaining a positive learning and working environment. Sexual misconduct includes sexual assault, rape, sexual battery, sexual coercion and sexual harassment. Sexual misconduct, a form of sex discrimination, detracts from a positive environment, is wrong, will not be tolerated and is prohibited.  Below is the college's sexual misconduct policy.



Sexual harassment is defined as any unsolicited, offensive behavior that uses sexuality to disadvantage another, unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct
of a sexual nature when:

  1. Submission to sexual harassment is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of employment or academic admission or advancement, or;
  2. Submission to or rejection of sexual harassment is used as the basis (or threatened to be used as the basis) for employment actions or academic decisions or evaluations, or;
  3. Such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work or educational performance or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive work or learning environment.

Unsolicited, offensive behavior may involve harassment of women by men, harassment of men by women, and harassment between persons of the same sex.

Sexual misconduct includes sexual harassment. Further examples of sexual misconduct include but are not limited to the following:

  1. Sexual violence, including sexual assault, rape, sexual battery and sexual coercion
  2. Threats or insinuations which lead the victim
    to reasonably believe that granting or denying sexual favors will affect his/her reputation, education, employment, advancement, or standing within the College
  3. Sexual advances, sexual propositions, or sexual demands which are not agreeable to the recipient and/or sexually explicit emails or text messages
  4. Sexual conduct such as stalking, cyberstalking, recording or transmitting sexual images, and voyeurism
  5. Unwelcome and persistent sexually explicit statements or stories which are not legitimately related to employment duties, course content, research, or other College programs or activities
  6. Repeatedly using sexually degrading words or sounds to describe a person
  7. Unwanted and unnecessary touching, patting, hugging, or other physical contact
  8. Recurring comments or questions about an individual’s sexual prowess, sexual deficiencies, or sexual behavior


Reporting a Complaint

In order to take appropriate corrective action, the College must be made aware of misconduct or related retaliation. Therefore, anyone who believes that he/she has experienced or witnessed misconduct or related retaliation should promptly report such behavior to one of the following areas:

Title IX Coordinator: Deb Sanders
Mable Engle
(616) 234-4176

Student Conduct Office: Sara Dorer
Student Center, Room 2
(616) 234-3924

Human Resources: Cathy Wilson
Administrative Building
(616) 234-3971

Campus Police
25 Lyon Street, NE
(616) 234-4010

Athletic Director: Charlie Wells
Gerald R. Ford Fieldhouse
(616) 234-3992

Student Employment Services: Luanne Wedge
Main Building, Room 103
(616) 234-4174

When reporting to any of these areas, we can discuss reporting options and process at that point in time. 

If you are a student and you report your concern to any other college employee, most employees (except counselors) have a responsibility to inform us that the incident occurred, even if you are choosing to remain anonymous.

If you are an employee and you report to your supervisor, your supervisor is required to report the information to the Title IX Coordinator.



Within a reasonable amount of time after the report is received, an investigation will be opened by a trained member of the Sexual Misconduct Investigator team. The first meeting will be with the reporter and how we proceed will depend mostly on what the reporter wants to do (unless we believe there is a potential risk to the campus that must be addressed.)

Additional interviews could take place with the alleged violator and with potential witnesses. Any documentation or other evidence will also be collected and reviewed. 

If evidence supports, more likely than not, that a violation occurred, the college will take action as defined in the Sexual Misconduct Policy, which can be found in full at


Support and Resources

If you have been the victim of sexual violence, please consider taking advantage of the following resources in our community:

YWCA (24-hour Crisis Hotline)
(616) 776-RAPE
(616) 776-7273

By calling that number, you can schedule an exam through the Nurse Examiner Program within the first 96 hours after the incident.

Additionally, the YWCA can provide a safe place, short term counseling, and referrals for follow-up medical care or counseling. 

More information about their services can be found at

If you would like to file a criminal report, you can either report to the police department where the assault occurred OR, if not sure where to start, report to the GRCC Police Department, located at 25 Lyon Street NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503; (616) 234-4010.

For Students: The counselors in our Counseling and Career Center are licensed for personal counseling. You can request a 1-hour personal counseling appointment by calling (616) 234-3900. They will be able to meet with you a few times and if on-going treatment is needed, can help refer you to an outside agency. 

For Employees: Your health insurance covers mental health support as well. You can search mental health providers through the website directory for your plan: Blue Cross at or Priority at