Sexual Violence and Sexual Misconduct 

WITS is completely committed to maintaining a safe and secure environment for all students, faculty and staff. Accordingly, the institution adheres to a strict and uncompromising no-tolerance policy with regard to sexual violence, which includes any form of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking or any other form of sexual misconduct. WITS also prohibits retaliation against any person who, in good faith, reports or
discloses a violation of this policy, files a complaint, and/or participates in an investigation, proceeding, complaint, or hearing under this policy. Once WITS becomes aware of an incident of sexual violence, dating violence, domestic violence and stalking or any other form of sexual  misconduct, WITS will promptly and effectively respond in a manner designed to eliminate the misconduct, prevent its recurrence, and address its effects.


The institutional official who is responsible for coordinating efforts to prevent sexual violence, dating violence, domestic violence and stalking or any other form of sexual misconduct is Rebbetzin Ettie Rosenbaum, Menaheles. Rebbetzin Rosenbaum can be contacted at:

WITS
6602 Park Heights Ave
Baltimore, MD 21215
410-358-3144
ebrosenbaum@wits.edu


Any person seeking information or training about rights and available actions to resolve reports or complaints involving potential sexual violence, dating violence, domestic violence and stalking or any other form of sexual misconduct and/or any person who wants to file a complaint or make a report of sexual violence, dating violence, domestic violence and stalking or any other form of sexual misconduct or get information about
available resources (including confidential resources) and support services relating to sexual violence, dating violence, domestic violence and stalking or any other form of sexual misconduct should contact Rebbetzin Rosenbaum at the phone number, address or email address listed above.

In the event of a sex offense or incident of domestic violence, dating violence or stalking, students are urged to contact the police immediately. The nearest police station is located at 5271 Reisterstown Road, Baltimore, Maryland 21215. The Northwest District Baltimore police phone number is 410-396-2466. Should a student feel uncomfortable in contacting the police directly, she may indirectly do so through the institution’s liaison, Rebbetzin Rosenbaum.


In the event of an assault or incident, it is important for the student to preserve all evidence as proof of a criminal offense. Victims of sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking or any other form of sexual misconduct are directed to contact a special culturally-sensitive project called CHANA. Their confidential hotline is 410-234-0030. Students can also contact Amudim. Their confidential hotline is 646-517-0222. This is a dedicated hotline and is answered by culturally sensitive social workers and legal staff. Information about their services is available at their website Amudim.org.


Victims of domestic violence may also contact the CHANA Confidential Hotline at 410-234-0030; or Shalom Task Force confidential hotline at 718-337-3700.


Upon request and if reasonably attainable, WITS will change a victim’s academic situation after the alleged sex offense. In the case of an alleged sex offense, incident of domestic violence, dating violence or stalking, both the accuser and the accused will be called before a disciplinary committee headed by the President, who receives annual training in domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking. The accuser and the accused are entitled to the same opportunities to have others present during a disciplinary proceeding. The Menaheles will interview both parties and any witnesses in order to make a determination of the student’s culpability. The accuser and the accused will be informed of the institution’s disciplinary proceeding with respect to the alleged offense or incident.


WITS maintains a strict and uncompromising no-tolerance policy in regard to any sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking or any other form of sexual misconduct. Any student found guilty of sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence or stalking, or any other form of sexual misconduct, as determined by an investigation by a faculty board of inquiry, will immediately be expelled from the institution. There is no due process involved, and no appeal will be accepted. Attendance at WITS is a privilege, not a right, and may be withdrawn without notice if the student is deemed a threat to the safety and security of the student body. Any faculty or staff found guilty of sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence or stalking, or any other form of sexual misconduct, as determined by an investigation by a faculty board of inquiry, will immediately be terminated from the institution.


Definitions:


Definition of Consent:
Informed, freely and actively given, mutually understandable words or actions that indicate a willingness to participate in mutually agreed upon sexual activity. A person can withdraw consent at any time. There is no consent when there is force, threats, intimidation, or duress. A person’s lack of verbal or physical resistance or manner of dress does not constitute consent. Consent to past sexual activity with another person does not
constitute consent to future sexual activity with that person. Consent to engage in sexual activity with one person does not constitute consent to engage in sexual activity with another person. A person cannot consent to sexual activity if such person is unable to understand the nature, fact, or extent of the activity or give knowing consent due to circumstances including without limitation the following:

  • the person is incapacitated due to the use or influence of alcohol or drugs;

  • the person is asleep or unconscious;

  • the person is under the legal age to provide consent; or

  • the person has a disability that prevents such person from having the ability or capacity to give consent.
     

Definition of Domestic Violence:
A pattern of abusive behavior in any relationship that is used by one partner to gain or maintain power and control over another intimate partner. Domestic violence can be physical, sexual, emotional, economic or psychological actions or threats of actions that influence another person. This includes any behaviors that intimidate, manipulate, humiliate, isolate, frighten, terrorize, coerce, threaten, blame, hurt, injure or wound someone.


Definition of Dating Violence:
Violence committed by a person who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the victim is dating violence. The existence of such a relationship shall be determined based on a consideration of the following factors:

  • the length of the relationship

  • the type of relationship

  • the frequency of interaction between the persons involved in the relationship


Definition of Stalking:
Stalking is a pattern of repeated and unwanted attention, harassment, contact or any other course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to feel fear. Stalking can include the following:

  • Repeated, unwanted, intrusive and frightening communications from the perpetrator by phone, mail and/or email.

  • Repeatedly leaving or sending victim unwanted items, presents or flowers.

  • Following or laying in wait for the victim at places such as home, school, work or recreation place.

  • Making direct or indirect threats to harm the victim, the victim's children, relatives, friends or pets.

  • Damaging or threatening to damage the victim's property.

  • Harassing victim through the internet.

  • Posting information or spreading rumors about the victim on the internet, in a public place or by word of mouth.

  • Obtaining personal information about the victim by accessing public records, using internet search services, hiring private investigators, going through the victim's garbage, following the victim, contacting victim's friends, family work or neighbors, etc.
     

Information for Crime Victims about Disciplinary Proceedings: Upon request, WITS will provide the victim with the results of any disciplinary proceeding or actions taken by the institution against the perpetrator of such a crime or offense. If the victim has died as a result of the crime or offense, the information will be provided, upon request, to the closest relative of the victim.


Registered Offenders List: The following link is provided to enable students and employees of WITS to access information about registered sex offenders in the state of Maryland. The website can be found at https://www.dpscs.state.md.us/sorSearch/.

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