Apr 13, 2021  
2016-2017 Student Handbook 
2016-2017 Student Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


Location: Leach Hall Security Office Phone: (302) 995-1849
Cell: (302) 547-0988

The College maintains a trained security staff which makes regular patrols throughout the grounds and buildings. Security cameras are installed throughout campus to enhance student safety. There are cameras in the hallways, at the entrance and exit points, and around the exterior of all College buildings.

Additional information pertaining to security may be obtained through the Student Affairs Office.

Reporting a Crime

Goldey-Beacom College encourages all students and employees to accurately and promptly report any crimes and emergencies to Campus Security or the Student Affairs Office. Campus Security can be contacted 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 302-547-0988. The Student Affairs Office is located in the Joseph West Jones Center and is open from 8:00am-5:00pm Monday through Friday. The Student Affairs Office is available for walk-in complaints or can be reached by dialing 302-225-6332. Any student or employee wishing to report a crime and/or emergency outside of office hours should contact Campus Security. The College will make every attempt, to the extent possible, to maintain confidentiality with regard to the reporting of crimes. Students and employees have the option to directly notify law enforcement authorities about a crime. Goldey-Beacom College will assist any student or employee who wishes to directly contact the law enforcement authorities.

The College strongly encourages victims and witnesses to voluntarily report all crime directly to Campus Security or the Student Affairs Office. However, in some instances, members of the campus community may not wish to do so. In such cases, students and employees are able to submit anonymous reports through the College Talk Back! system which is located on Campus Web, the College's portal for students and employees, or the College's website at https://www.gbc.edu/talkback.html. The Student Affairs Office will file a report on the details without revealing the student's identity for purposes of inclusion in the crime statistics when anonymous reports are received. Employees also have a reporting mechanism for reporting incidents to Campus Security and the College administration electronically. Incident reporting is encouraged should an employee witness a situation or have a concern about a potential situation or issue. All incident reporting is reviewed for possible inclusion in the crime statistics. All reports received, either voluntarily or anonymously, are treated in a confidential manner.

Any faculty, staff, or student who witnesses or has knowledge of a crime including violations of sexual misconduct is considered a bystander. Bystander invention is "recognizing a potentially harmful situation or interaction and choosing to respond in a way that could positively influence the outcome." The College strongly encourages the intervention of bystanders to help prevent and/or report a crime in safe ways. To intervene safely, bystanders should intervene in groups rather than individually. Choosing a method of intervention that de-escalates the situation is safer than attempting a confrontation; however, there is no one single rule for every situation. The College will take all reasonable protective measures for victims and any bystanders who have intervened in the situation. The reasons for any accommodations/protective measures will remain confidential to extent possible as long as the confidentiality does not impair the ability of the College to provide the accommodations/protective measures. The College will provide written notification to a victim or bystander regarding the protective measures the College can take, if needed.

Protective Measures for Victims/Bystanders

  • Housing relocation
  • Academic schedule change
  • Working schedule modification
  • Office relocation
  • No Contact Order
  • Transportation
  • Other reasonable measures

Retaliation against anyone for filing a complaint of discrimination or harassment, for reporting a crime, or for participating in any investigative proceedings is strictly prohibited by College policy.

Campus Crime Statistics

Under federal law, Goldey-Beacom College publishes an annual Campus Safety and Fire Safety Report. The Report contains information on campus security and personal and fire safety, including crime-reporting policies and other important matters relating to security on campus. It also contains statistics for the three previous calendar years on reported crimes that occurred on campus. A hard copy of the Campus Safety and Fire Safety Report is available in the College's Student Affairs Office.

Availability of Fire and Safety Reports

The GBC Fire Safety Report and Campus Crime Statistics can be obtained as hard copy in the Student Affairs Office in the Joseph West Jones Center. Reports for the most recent reporting year are available no later than October 1 of each year. Students may also review the most recent Fire Log or Crime Log (showing incidents for the previous 60 days) by contacting the Student Affairs Office at 302-225-6332 and making an appointment during normal business hours. These documents are available for public inspection.

Crime Prevention

The following outlines some precautionary measures recommended by Campus Security to prevent crime:

  • Students and employees should lock doors and windows at all times, even if only going down the hall or across the street.
  • Student and Employee Identification Cards should be carried at all times.
  • Anything suspicious should be reported to Campus Security at (302) 547-0988 ot the Student Affairs Office at (302) 225-6332 as soon as possible.


In case of a campus emergency, contact Campus Security at (302) 547-0988 or the Student Affairs Office at (302) 225-6332.

Escort Service

Students requiring an escort to their vehicles should notify the Student Affairs Office at (302) 225-6332 or Security at (302) 547-0988.


The College's Pledge to a Safe Environment

Goldey-Beacom College is committed to protecting the rights and dignity of all students, and seeks to maintain a safe environment that is free from all forms of assault, harassment and discrimination. Any form of sexual assault, harassment or discrimination will not be tolerated by the College.

Sexual harassment is defined by law, and includes any unwanted sexual gesture, physical contact, or statement which a reasonable person would find offensive, humiliating, or would interfere with required tasks or career opportunities at the College. Sexual harassment is not only a clear violation of College policy, it is a form of discrimination, and it is illegal. Students are protected under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and Title IX of the Education amendments.

Bullying can take many forms but, in general, must be a deliberate attempt to make another person feel badly. This deliberately hurtful behavior, usually repeated over a period of time, makes it difficult for those bullied to defend themselves. It could be by threatening them, hurting them physically, frightening them or intentionally upsetting them. It involves someone having negative power over the person who is being bullied. Bullying typically happens often, not just once.

Awareness of the types of bullying is necessary

  • Physical (e.g. pushing someone whenever they are encountered, intentionally bumping them)
  • Extortion (e.g. demanding payment in money or in-kind)
  • Gesture (e.g. giving someone "evil" looks, or obscene gestures)
  • Exclusion (e.g. not allowing another to be part of a group or activity)
  • Verbal (e.g. spreading stories or gossip about another person)
  • Cyberbullying (where information technology is used as a means of communicating verbal and emotional bullying, e.g. text message; mobile telephone pictures/video clips; mobile telephone calls; email; chat rooms; instant messaging; websites including blogs; and social networking sites)

Other discrimination and harassment prohibited by law, includes any verbal or physical conduct toward another that is based on an individual's race, religion, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, mental and /or physical disability, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, or any other protected category or characteristic, and that (1) unlawfully creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive learning and/or working environment or (2) unlawfully interferes with an individual's work or academic performance. Threatening, intimidating, or engaging in hostile acts that create a hostile environment based on an individual's category or characteristic may constitute unlawful harassment, whether the harasser is a co-worker, supervisor, student, faculty member, contractor, or agent of the College.

Sexual assault is any unwanted non-consensual physical contact of a sexual nature, whether by an acquaintance or a stranger. Sexual assault can occur under physical force and/or coercion or when a person is physically or mentally unable to give consent. Sexual assault includes but is not limited to rape, forcible sodomy, forcible oral copulation, sexual assault with an object, sexual battery, and forcible fondling (i.e., unwanted touching or kissing of a sexual nature).

Sexual offenses may involve force or may be non-forcible. In either case, Goldey-Beacom College is prepared to take immediate and appropriate action regarding any allegation of sexual offense. This will include a thorough investigation, careful documentation, and extreme confidentiality for both the alleged victim and the accused. This may result in various outcomes -- internal judicial sanctions, notification of law enforcement, or even expulsion. The College recognizes that sexual assault has medical, psychological, social, sexual, and legal implications for the victim. As such, sexual assault, as well as other crimes including dating violence, domestic violence, stalking, and rape, cannot and will not be tolerated in the College community in any form. Sexual misconduct in any form violates College policies within the Student Handbook and Code of Conduct as well as Federal and State laws. Goldey-Beacom College is prepared to take immediate and appropriate action regarding any allegation of sexual offense. Any violations of sexual misconduct are subject to disciplinary sanctions.

Members of the campus community are encouraged to immediately report any incidents of harassment, discrimination, or sexual offense, including but not limited to dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, rape or stalking. Delays in reporting can result in the inability to effectively investigate the incident. During daytime hours on weekdays, an event should be reported to the Student Affairs Office (302-225-6332), or Campus Security (302-547-0988). If the victim is an employee, Human Resources (302-225-6292) and Campus Security should be notified. During evenings and weekends, Campus Security should immediately be contacted. It is important to save any evidence of the offense - clothing, bedding, condoms, or any other item that may indicate the perpetrator. The victim of an alleged attack should not bathe or shower until the situation can be evaluated by professionals trained to deal with sexual offense. A victim of a sexual offense has the option of contacting or not contacting the appropriate law enforcement agency, and if unable to do so, staff will assist in doing this if requested.

Community Resources for Sexual Offenses

The College does not have any professional or pastoral counselors. However, staff can help in identifying counseling and other support for victims. A number of community resources are readily available to learn more about sexual offenses or if one needs to seek help:

Medical Services

Name: Christiana Hospital
Address: 4755 Ogletown-Stanton Road
Newark, DE 19718
Phone: (302) 733-1000
Name: Wilmington Hospital
Address: 501 West 14th Street
Wilmington, DE 19801
Phone: (302) 731-1000

Counseling Services

Name: RAINN (Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network)
Address: 1220 L Street, NW
Suite 505
Washington, DE 20005
Phone: 1-800-656-HOPE
Website: http://apps.rainn.org/ohl-bridge/
Name: ContactLifeline Hotline
Address: Delaware
Phone: New Castle County: (302) 761-9100
Kent and Sussex County: (800) 262-9800
Website: www.contactlifeline.org/
Name: Cecil County DV Rape Crisis Program
Address: PO Box 2137
Elkton, Maryland 21921
Phone: (410) 996-03333
Name: Crime Victims Center of Chester County, Inc.
Address: 135-137 W. Market Street
West Chester, PA 19382
Phone: (610) 692-1926; (610) 692-7420
Hotline: (610) 692-7273
Website: http://www.cvcofcc.org
Name: Salem County Women's Services
Address: Salem, NJ 08079
Phone: (856) 935-6655
Hotline: (888) 632-9511
Website: http://www.scwsonline.org

U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights:

Phone: (800) 421-3481 or ocr@ed.gov
Website: http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/know.html

Complaint Assessment System: https://ocrcas.ed.gov/
Online Complaint Forms: http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/complaintintro.html

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

Phone: (800) 375-5283
Website: www.uscis.gov

Members of the campus community may also obtain information about registered sexual offenders in the area at https://desexoffender.dsp.delaware.gov/.

Traffic Gates

Traffic gates are located on the north side of the College's campus off Stoney-Batter Road. The gates at the Side Entrance and at the Service Road are used to control traffic and to enhance the safety and security of campus during the evening and night time hours. The Main Entrance at the intersection of Limestone Road and New Linden Hill Road is open at all times. For the current Campus Access Schedule, please contact the Student Affairs Office. To meet the needs of the College campus, the Campus Access Schedule may be adjusted from time to time.