Violence Against Women/Sexual Misconduct and Dating Violence
Butler Tech seeks to insure that all students have the opportunity to pursue their education in surroundings that are free from bullying, harassment, intimidation, and hazing. The school enforces a zero tolerance policy against these behaviors as well as any specific behaviors which lead to sexual intimidation, dating violence, stalking, domestic violence, or sexual assault.
The Board of Education does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including sexual orientation or transgender identity), disability, age (except as authorized by law), religion, military status, ancestry, or genetic information (collectively, “Protected Classes”) in its education programs and activities. The Board is committed to maintaining an education and work environment that is free from all forms of unlawful harassment, including sexual harassment.
Sexual harassment, including sexual violence, interferes with students’ rights to receive an education free from discrimination, and, in the case of sexual violence, is a crime. Pursuant to its Title IX obligations, the Board is committed to eliminating sexual violence in all forms and will take appropriate action against any individual found responsible for violating this policy. To further its commitment against sexual violence, the Board provides reporting options, an investigative and disciplinary process, and other related services as appropriate.
This policy applies to all student complaints, whether filed by a student, his/her parent, an employee, or third party on the student’s behalf. It applies to all District operations, programs, and activities, as well as to unlawful conduct occurring on school property or during a Board-sponsored activity. All students, administrators, teachers, staff, and all other school personnel share responsibility for avoiding, discouraging, and reporting any form of unlawful harassment.
Definitions of Sexual Misconduct
Consent: Voluntary agreement between participants to engage is specific sexual activity.
Sexual Assault/Rape: Penetration of the vagina or anus with any body part or object, or oral penetration by a sex organ of another person, without the consent of the victim. This definition also includes instances in which the victim is incapable of giving consent because of temporary or permanent mental or physical incapacity (including due to the influence of drugs or alcohol) or because of age. Physical resistance is not required on the part of the victim to demonstrate lack of consent.
Sexual Harassment: Unwanted and unwelcome sexual attention such as staring, leering, ogling, sexual teasing, jokes, gestures, inappropriate touching, forced sexual relations or suggestions that sex can be exchanged for grades or promotions. Sexual harassment may occur when a person in a position of control or influence uses his/her authority to seek sexual favors and threatens or punishes for refusal.
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 partner. Domestic violence can be physical, sexual, emotional, economic, or psychological actions or threats that influence another person. This includes any behaviors that intimidate, manipulate, humiliate, isolate, frighten, terrorize, coerce, threaten, blame, hurt, injure, or wound another individual.
Dating Violence: Violence committed by a person who is or has been in a social relationship or a romantic or intimate nature with the victim. Dating violence is a pattern of abusive behaviors — usually a series of abusive behaviors over a course of time — used to exert power and control over a dating partner. Dating violence may be physical or verbal/emotional.
Stalking: A pattern of repeated and unwanted attention, harassment, contact, or any other conduct directed at a specific individual that causes that individual to suffer substantial emotional distress and or to feel fear for his/her safety or for the safety of those around him/her.
If you are a victim of sexual assault, your first priority is to find a place of safety and call 911 as soon as possible. Notifying emergency responders and law enforcement allows the victim to connect with appropriate support and medical resources as well as preserving physical evidence that can be helpful in filing charges and/or prosecution. Sexual assault should also be reported to the Executive Director of Adult Workforce Education and to the School Resource
Any employee or student that observes or is made aware of dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking occurring on campus is strongly encouraged to report the matter immediately to the Executive Director of Adult Education.
The following resources are available to survivors of sexual assault seeking counseling and support:
Butler Tech’s goal is to collect accurate and timely data on all program graduates. We use several methods to collect this information:
- Direct contact with the student via emails and/or phone calls
- Indirect contact with the student via a family member
- Input from instructors and program coordinators
- Social media
Student information is tracked on the Gainful Employment Documentation form. When a student obtains employment, either during training or following completion of the program, the student and/or staff member completing the form provides or obtains the following information: employer, job title, date of hire hourly or annual wage, and start date.
Butler Tech uses the accrediting agency (Council on Occupational Education–COE) calculation to determine the published placement rate. The rate is calculated using the following equation: total number of employed/placed completers/total number of completers.
Completer/Graduate: A student who successfully completes an approved program with a minimum grade and attendance requirements met.
Employed/Placed: A student who finds employment in the related field immediately or at least six (6) months after completing a program, enlists in the military and/or enrolls into a continuing education program.
Not Employed: A student who finds employment in a non-related field or a student who is not employed.
Students who have concerns related to classroom situations or administrative actions should first contact the faculty or staff member(s) with whom there has been a conflict. It may be possible to resolve the concerns without the need for formal institutional action.
The following complaints are not under the jurisdiction of the Ohio Department of Higher Education
- Complaints filed more than two years after the incident
- Grade disputes
- Student conduct violations
- Criminal misconduct
- Complaints concerning criminal misconduct should be filed with local law enforcement
- Violations of federal law
- Complaints relating to violations of federal law should be filed directly with the federal agency having jurisdiction over the matter
If the student’s complaint is not resolved satisfactorily, or if the complaint cannot be resolved by contacting the faculty or staff member(s), the student should file a complaint through the institution’s established complaint process. (See your student handbook)
If the student is unable to resolve the complaint in this manner, the student should contact the Ohio Department of Higher Education using the online complaint form at https://www.ohiohighered.org/students/complaints.