AVTEC provides a safe learning environment for all students and a safe living environment for all residents and their dependents. AVTEC is subject to policies and procedures from a variety of federal, state, and local laws, including, but not limited to, the Higher Education Act and the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Acts.
AVTEC prepares an annual report to comply with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act. The full text of this report is on the AVTEC website at www.avtec.edu. The report is prepared in cooperation with the Seward Police Department.
The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) requires the inclusion and dissemination of information about sexual offenses that occur on campus as well as details about what constitutes a sexual offense, and resources available for the accuser and accused in these incidents.
Policy Required Definitions
- Awareness Programs: Programs, campaigns, or initiatives that increase audience knowledge of the issues of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking, and share information and resources to prevent interpersonal violence, promote safety, and reduce perpetration.
- Bystander Intervention: Safe and positive options that may be carried out by an individual or individuals to prevent harm or intervene in situations of potential harm when there is a risk of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking against a person other than the individual
- Consent: Affirmative consent is a knowing, voluntary, and mutual decision among all participants to engage in sexual activity. Consent can be given by words or actions, as long as those words or actions create clear permission regarding willingness to engage in sexual activity. Silence or lack of resistance, in and of itself, does not demonstrate consent. The definition of consent does not vary based upon a participant's sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.
- Domestic Violence: Under Alaska State law, it is illegal for a person to hurt you physically in any way, to force you to have sex when you don’t want to, to threaten to hurt or kill you or your children or to destroy your property. Domestic violence occurs when you are physically, sexually, or emotionally abused by another person who is associated with you as:
- A spouse or former spouse;
- A person you have dated, or are presently dating;
- A person with whom you have had sex;
- A person who lives, or has previously lived with you, in the same household;
- A parent, stepparent, grandparent, child or grandchild, aunt, uncle, cousin, second cousin or children of any of these persons. Under Alaska law, dating violence is considered to be domestic violence when it involves individuals who are in current or former dating relationships, regardless of their housing situation.
- Ongoing Prevention and Awareness Campaigns: Campaigns that are sustained over time, focusing on increasing awareness or understanding of topics relevant to SA, DV, and stalking prevention. These programs will occur at different levels throughout the institution (i.e., faculty, athletics, and incoming students) and will utilize a range of strategies.
- Primary Prevention Programs: Programming, initiatives, and strategies intended to stop domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking before it occurs to prevent initial perpetration or victimization through the promotion of positive and healthy behaviors and beliefs
- Stalking: Under Alaska law, it is illegal for another person to intentionally act in such a way that recklessly places you or someone else in fear of death or physical injury to either yourself or a member of your family. Examples of stalking vary but stem from “nonconsensual contact” which means that any contact that is initiated or continued without that person’s consent, after someone has expressed a desire to cease contact, or is outside of the realms of desired contact. Some examples include:
- following or appearing within sight of that person;
- approaching or confronting that person in a public place or on private property;
- appearing at the workplace or residence of that person;
- entering onto or remaining on property owned, leased, or occupied by that person;
- contacting that person by telephone;
- sending mail or electronic communications to that person; or
- placing an object on, or delivering an object to, property owned, leased, or occupied by that person.
- Sexual Assault: Sexual penetration or sexual contact of another person without consent is sexual assault and can occur under a variety of circumstances, including but not limited to:
- Engaging in sexual penetration with someone without their permission and/or who has told you no;
- Engaging in or attempting sexual penetration or contact with someone without their permission and they are seriously physically injured as a result;
- Engaging or attempting to engage in sexual activity or contact with someone known to be mentally incapable;
- Engaging or attempting to engage in sexual activity with someone who is incapacitated, too drunk or high to remember what happened, too drunk or high to walk, talk, or clearly communicate and to give consent; or
- Engaging in or attempting to engage in sexual activity or contact with someone who is unaware of what is happening to them.