• Prevention and Awareness Activities

    While the institution is committed to supporting victims of harassment and discrimination and providing appropriate disciplinary consequences to those engaging in such behaviors, it strives to prevent incidents from occurring in the first place. The university makes available to all new students a primary prevention and awareness program. While new students are not required to complete the program, they are strongly encouraged to do so to work toward a safe and responsive campus environment.

    The specific prevention and awareness program the university offers is MyStudentBody, which is a comprehensive approach to reducing the risk of drug and alcohol abuse and sexual violence among college students. The program, accessible at www.mystudentbody.com, engages students in effective, evidence-based prevention. In addition, the university offers events (e.g., Tunnel of Oppression) periodically to promote ongoing prevention and awareness.

    Bystander Intervention

    The university promotes an approach to campus community that encourages students to intervene when their peers are engaged in problematic behavior or are involved in behaviors or scenarios in which their well-being is threatened. Essentially, students are encouraged to engage in bystander intervention by stepping in to help other students when needed. This kind of intervention can range from personally stepping in and talking with other students to asking others to assist in the situation.

    If the individual student is unsure of intervening personally, she/he may ask others to become involved. In situations in which physical violence may occur, students should involve appropriate others as soon as possible and exercise caution in the situation. Involving others includes, but is not limited to, the following options:

    • Calling 911
    • Calling Campus Safety (423) 303-4444
    • Contacting a resident director, resident chaplain, or resident assistant
    • Reporting concerns to the Office of Student Development or the dean of students
    • Reporting concerns to the Title IX coordinator or deputy coordinators (identified earlier in the Policy Statement subsection of this section of the Student Handbook)

    If students have witnessed a troubling incident or experienced a traumatic incident vicariously through a friend, roommate, or acquaintance, they may need support even though they are not direct victims. These students may access support through the Counseling Center, the Campus Ministries Office, the Health Clinic, or the Office of Student Development.

    Lee students, faculty, staff, other appointees, or third parties (referred to as “initiating parties” throughout this section) who believe they are directly affected by the conduct of a Lee student may:

    • Request information or advice as to whether certain conduct violates the university’s policies in this section of the Student Handbook
    • Seek informal resolution
    • File a formal complaint

    Initiating parties are encouraged to bring their concerns to the vice president for student development (VPSD), the Title IX coordinator (Lee’s director of human resources), or other staff in the Office of Student Development, but may contact another university office who will refer the matter as appropriate.

    Interim measures designed to support and protect the initiating party or the university community may be considered or implemented at any time, including during a request for information or advice, informal resolution, or a formal complaint proceeding. Consistent with school policy, interim measures might include restrictions on contact, course-schedule or work-schedule alterations, changes in housing, leaves of absence, or increased monitoring of certain areas of the campus. These interim measures are subject to review and revision throughout the processes described below.