Bennett College is committed to providing a safe learning and working environment in compliance with federal and state laws. Bennett College takes a firm position against all forms of sexual and relationship violence. As a college, we understand sexual and relationship misconduct will occur however it is our duty to address violence in several ways:
- Reduce the incidence of sexual and relationship violence through educational and outreach efforts
- Increase the reporting of incidents by improving access to services
- Provide comprehensive, victim-centered care on campus
Sexual Assault Response Team
The Bennett College Sexual Assault Response Team is housed within the Student Advocate Response Team. Although the SART responses to other concerns of student’s safety, sexual assault has a specific set of requirements and responses that must be met. It is our hope that no one within our campus community will become a victim of sexual assault. However, if it occurs, the College has created a Sexual Assault Response to meet all victim needs. The team is trained to provide victim-centered, compassionate, comprehensive services directly on campus 24 hours a day, 7 days a week throughout the year. The Sexual Assault Response Team is trained to provide all resources available on and off campus including but not limited to:
- Advising of, and securing if wanted, the assistance of Student Health Services (including the Counseling and Testing Center) and/or the 24-hour crisis hotline operated by Family Services of the Piedmont, Inc. (273-7273).
- Providing an explanation of sexual assault protocol (and evidence recovery) if the victim/survivor is to go to the hospital.
- Clarifying the roles of Campus Safety and/or Greensboro City Police.
- Notifying Student Academic Services if the student will be absent from a few classes. Academic support may also include assistance with acquiring notes or missed classes, assistance in rescheduling tests or project due dates, or possible reassignment to another section of a course/class if needed.
- Facilitating a change in living situation with the Residence Life if needed.
- Clarifying the College’s conduct process and insuring that the victim/survivor understands the options presented to her/him. The advocate does not serve in any capacity other than that of a support person during any conduct proceedings.
- Providing follow-up support to the victim/survivor as needed.
Victims of sexual assault at Bennett College have several options for care and services. The victim has the right to accept or decline any or all of the following:
- Evaluation/treatment of injuries and prevention of sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancy
- Forensic examination for evidence collection
- File criminal charges and/ or a report
- File University disciplinary charges
- File civil charge
- Anonymous Reporting
- Report as “Jane Doe”: This option allows the victim to have a forensic examination for evidence collection but not file charges or release identity to anyone except the forensic nurse. Evidence is stored for 90 days which allows for evidence preservation and for the victim time to make a final decision.
- Seek other sexual assault services off campus
The victim may accept of decline any or all options. NO action is taken by the College or Campus Safety without a victim’s consent unless it is believed that the individual or the community at large may be in danger.
How Bennett College SART Works
Most victims of sexual assault typically seek a student leader, faculty or staff member for help. Many of these individuals have not been trained to assist victims to access all available services. When a victim reports a sexual assault, dating/domestic violence and/or stalking on campus, the SART Coordinator will be contacted so that the student can receive the appropriate care. A member of the SART will be dispatched and will serve as an immediate confidential response to the student to assist with the crisis at hand. SART members will respond based on the services requested by the victim.
Domestic/Dating Violence and Stalking with the SART
Advocates are specially trained confidential individuals on campus that respond at the request of a victim and provide emotional support, education and referrals for those who may be victims or survivors. They also serve as a resource for students who are concerned or uncomfortable in a relationship to ask questions for additional information and resources.
At times, students may need resources that are not available on campus. Our SART has created a connection with local partner agencies that may assist in the response if necessary. These agencies include Moses Cone Health System/SANE Nurse, Family Justice Center of Guilford County and Family Services of the Piedmont.
What to Do
If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted and you are unsure of your options, it’s okay. However, the Bennett College SART can help a victim only if a member of the team is notified. Contacting the Bennett College SART does not mean someone has to be charged with a crime. It does mean that a victim will be offered appropriate care. Anyone can notify the SART by our 24/7 hotline at 336.365.6879. Please feel free to click the links below to view a detailed perspective into your available options:
Who to Contact
To notify the Bennett College SART, please contact 336.365.6879.
|Counseling Center||336-517-2229||Catchings Complex|
|Student Health Center||336-517-2230 or 336-517-2241||Catchings Complex|
|Title IX||336-517-2298||Race Hall|
|Family Services of the Piedmont, Inc.||336-273-7273||311 E. Washington St. Greensboro, NC 27401|
|Cone Health||336-832-7000||1200 N. Elm St. Greensboro, NC|
|North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault||919-871-1015||811 Spring Forest Road, Suite 900 Raleigh, NC 27609|
|Family Justice Center||336-641-7233||201 S. Greene St Greensboro, NC 27401|
|Family Solutions (Community Counseling Resource)||336-899-8800||234 E. Washington St. Greensboro, NC 27401|