Community standards

Community standards

CCAD believes in a supportive and inclusive community where a diverse group of students can belong and thrive. The Student Code of Conduct sets out the behavioral expectations for students enrolled at CCAD and all students are advised to review it. The Dean of Students & Title IX Coordinator oversees the community standards process and questions or concerns can be directed to:   


What is sexual misconduct?

Sexual misconduct will not be tolerated at the Columbus College of Art and Design. Furthermore, the college is firmly committed to ensuring an educational environment that is free from any form of sex or gender based harassment, discrimination, or unequal treatment. Sexual misconduct is a broad term that includes but is not limited to sexual harassment, sexual assault (non-consensual sexual contact, non-consensual sexual intercourse, and forced sexual intercourse), sexual exploitation, stalking, intimate partner violence, and retaliation. Such behaviors are inconsistent with CCAD’s core values that underscore human dignity, promote respect, and renounce violence in any form.

Sexual misconduct policy

Sexual misconduct investigation & resolution procedures

Sexual Misconduct Support & Reporting Options

How to report sexual misconduct

Complaints of sexual misconduct should be made to Athena Sanders, Dean of Students & Title IX Coordinator.

Athena Sanders, Assistant Dean of Students for Support Services, Title IX Investigator


Athena Sanders

Dean of Students, Title IX Coordinator

Loann Crane Center, 1st Floor


Title IX is a federal law that prohibits gender-based discrimination and sexual misconduct of all kinds; one requirement of Title IX is that all schools must identify a Title IX Coordinator. At CCAD, the Title IX Coordinator and Title Investigator are both familiar with CCAD’s policies, resolution procedures, and sources of help on-and off-campus. The Title IX Coordinator also monitors compliance with Title IX reporting requirements and oversees training to the community on the issue of sexual misconduct.

Reports may also be made to Safety & Security.

Our experience shows that sometimes a student will feel more comfortable telling a trusted member of the community that they have experienced sexual misconduct.

Please note that all employees of the college except for those identified as confidential resources (see below) are considered "Responsible Employees" under CCAD’s sexual misconduct policy and are therefore required to inform the Title IX Coordinator and/or their direct supervisor of any instance of sexual misconduct that comes to their attention.

Ohio resources

Ohio Alliance to End Sexual Violence:

Ohio Domestic Violence Network:

Restraining Orders:

LGBTQI+ Sexual Violence Support:

Confidential resources


If a reporting party would like the details of an incident to remain confidential, they may speak with one of the licensed mental health professionals within the CWC. These employees will maintain confidentiality except in extreme cases of immediate threat or danger or abuse of a minor.


  • Licensed professional counselors (non-CCAD employees)
  • SARNCO (Sexual Assault Network of Central Ohio): 614.267.7020
  • BRAVO Ohio (Buckeye Region Anti-Violence Organization): 614.294.7867
  • Clergy members


Confidentiality & reporting

The College is committed to protecting the privacy of all individuals involved in a report of sexual misconduct.  Whenever a report is received, every effort will be made to protect the privacy interests of all individuals involved in a manner consistent with the need for a thorough review of the allegation.

The privacy of the involved parties will be respected and safeguarded at all times. All College employees who are involved in the College’s Title IX response, including Hearing Panel members, receive specific training and guidance about safeguarding private information.

Privacy and confidentiality have distinct meanings in this area.


Privacy generally means that information related to a report of misconduct will only be shared with a limited circle of individuals. This circle of individuals will be employees who "need to know" in order to assist in the active review, investigation, or resolution of the report. While not bound by confidentiality, these individuals will be discreet and respect the privacy of all individuals involved in the process.


Confidentiality means that information about sexual misconduct shared by a student cannot be revealed to any other individual without express permission of the reporting student, except in extreme cases that involve immediate threat or danger to the student or to others in the community or abuse of a minor.

How to get help

If you have experienced sexual misconduct, you are encouraged to contact the Title IX Coordinator or Safe & Security. If you are in physical danger or have physical injuries that require immediate attention, call Safety & Security or 911.

No matter how you choose to address an instance of sexual misconduct, you will be supported by the resources available at CCAD and in the community. Professionals will work with you to decide how to proceed and ensure that your concerns and needs are being addressed. This list of resources gives you a broad overview of each and what they can offer you.

How to help others

It can be very challenging to know what to do when someone discloses that they have experienced sexual assault, harassment, or violence; however, knowing how to be supportive can be crucial in a survivor’s healing process. There are two things you need to think about: how you can support the survivor, and how you can take care of yourself.

How You Can Support the Survivor

Believe them: Know that disclosing this experience takes a great deal of strength and courage. Remind the survivor that the assault was not their fault. Let the survivor know that you believe them.

Be respectful of privacy and confidentiality: Don’t tell anyone about the assault without the survivor’s permission. The survivor has chosen to tell you and it may be hurtful or dangerous to inform others.

Provide information: There are several things a survivor may want to think about: seeking counseling, obtaining medical attention, preserving evidence, or reporting to the police. It is important to provide information but to allow the survivor the autonomy to make their own choices. Share the UOKCCAD resource card with them.

Let the survivor make their own decisions: You can provide information and options for the survivor, but always let the survivor make their own decisions.  Many survivors feel a deep sense of disempowerment as a result of being violated. Therefore it is important to help the survivor feel empowered. Offer to accompany the survivor to seek medical attention or to the police if they so choose. Support the decisions the survivor makes, even if you might not agree with them.

Be aware of your desire to provide reassurance: Saying things like “everything is going to be all right” or “it could have been worse,” may seem supportive, however, the survivor may interpret these reassurances to mean that you don’t understand their feelings, or that you are trivializing the magnitude of what they have experienced. Instead you might say, "I'm sorry this happened,” or “How can I be helpful?”

Remind the survivor that you care: The survivor may worry that their friends and loved ones won’t think of them in the same way. Let the survivor know you don’t see them differently, and that you are here to support them.

Give the survivor space if they need it: Be sensitive to the fact that the survivor might want to spend some time alone. Don’t touch or hug the survivor unless you are sure they are comfortable with physical contact.

Be a good listener: Recovering from a sexual assault can take a long time. The survivor may need your support now and in the future. Let the survivor choose when they want to talk and how much they want to share. Sometimes the survivor may not want to talk at all.

UOKCCAD Student Government


#UOKCCAD? is an initiative to strengthen our culture of shared respect, care, and responsibility by promoting:

  • Awareness about sexual violence and relationship abuse
  • Prevention and bystander intervention education
  • Empowerment, advocacy, and support of survivors of sexual violence

At CCAD, we stand up and speak out for each other.  To get involved in UOKCCAD, contact Athena Sanders at


What happens if I tell the College who assaulted me?

In general, the College is required under Title IX to investigate any incident of sexual misconduct (including sexual assault) when there is enough information to conduct an investigation. However, you can choose whether or not to pursue criminal charges. Regardless of any charges or investigations, you are still eligible to receive support and assistance through various support services.


Can I report an incident of sexual misconduct confidentially?

Yes. If you speak with a CWC Counselor, they will not report anything to anyone at the college about the incident without your permission.


What forms of support or remedies are available to me?

The College has a responsibility to protect and support any member of the community who has experienced sexual misconduct. Any student who comes forward to make a complaint of sexual misconduct will be informed of options for assistance in securing appropriate and reasonably available interim measures to enhance a feeling of safety. Such measures include, but are not limited to, counseling support, "no contact" orders, and changes in housing assignment and/or academic schedule.


The college is currently closed, whom can I contact?

If it is an emergency, please call 911. Safety & Security is always open, even when the college is closed for holidays and breaks. A dispatcher can be reached 24/7 at 614.222.6165 to refer you to the right person.


Who has to, by law, tell the Title IX Coordinator?

All college employees (faculty, staff, and administrators) are required to share information about actual or suspected sexual assault or misconduct with the Title IX Coordinator. The only exceptions are the licensed mental health professionals within CCAD’s Counseling & Wellness Center. Sharing information with the Title IX Coordinator does not mean that a formal investigation will be launched; however, it does ensure that individuals are informed about their rights and options for support.


What does the Title IX Coordinator do?

The Title IX Coordinator’s role is to ensure that the college follows its published policies related to sexual misconduct. In accordance with Title IX of the Education Amendments Act, the Title IX Coordinator must take steps to end harassment or misconduct, remedy its impact, and prevent its reoccurrence. The Coordinator reports directly to the President.


Why aren’t there public announcements about sexual misconduct investigations or the outcomes?

The college is committed to protecting the privacy of all individuals involved in a report of sexual misconduct. Every effort will be made to protect the privacy interests of all individuals involved in a manner consistent with the need for a thorough review of the allegation. The findings of any investigative process are communicated in writing to both the reporting party and responding party. The campus community will be notified if a reported incident presents an imminent, serious, or continuing threat to campus.