Institutional Policy Statement
TRIGGER WARNING: This web page, or the web pages linked within, contains information relating to acts of violence—including sexual and domestic violence—that may represent triggers for survivors and/or family members.
Statement of Policy: Northeast State Community College strives to maintain an environment that is free of intimidation and encourages education of students to their fullest extent. Therefore, the College will not tolerate acts or threats of acts of sexual assault, physical assault, or any type of violence.
Sexual assault is the non-consensual sexual contact with the accuser by the accused, or the accused by the accuser when force or coercion is used to accomplish the act, the sexual contact is accomplished without consent of the accuser, and the accused knows or has reason to know at the time of the contact that the accuser did not or could not consent. Sexual contact includes, but is not limited to, the intentional touching of the accuser’s, the accused’s, or any other person’s intimate parts, or the intentional touching of the clothing covering the immediate area of the accuser’s, the accused’s, or any other person’s intimate parts, if that intentional touching can be reasonably construed as being for the purpose of sexual arousal or gratification.
Anyone who is a victim of sexual assault should immediately contact the
Northeast State Police Department or the College’s Title IX Coordinator. Reporting such an assault does not mean the victim must press charges or take the incident to criminal court. The reporting does establish a record of the incident for possible Timely Warning/Emergency Notification
alerts to the campus community. In a case of sexual assault, the victim should make every effort to preserve evidence at the scene of the crime and compose an accurate description of the events leading up to, and during, the attack. [NeSCC Policy
03:01:08 - Sexual Misconduct]
Northeast State provides the following rights to individuals accused of sexual assault and to the complainant [NeSCC Policy
03:01:08:01 - Rights of the Accused and of the Complainant]:
- The College disciplinary procedures include the right for the accused and the complainant to be present at any hearing.
- The right to have a support person present during the hearing. This person is not entitled to represent the complainant or to assist in the testimony.
- The right not to have evidence of his/her past sexual history with third parties admitted as evidence.
- The right to have a hearing closed to spectators unless both the accused and the complainant consent in writing to have the hearing open to the public.
- The right to know the outcome of the hearing as defined by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.
- The discipline for acts of sexual assault may include suspension or dismissal from the College.
- If requested by victims of alleged sexual offenses, the College will adjust class schedules or other reasonable actions that will reduce fear or concern.
Students involved in sexual abuse or violent situations are encouraged to seek assistance for referral from the Northeast State Police Department, Counseling Services, Equity & Compliance, or by contacting Tim Harrison, Campus Prevention Advocate, at 423.354.5296 or emailing
Students who are victims of sexual assault may need off-campus counseling and assistance. [NeSCC Policy
03:01:08:02 - Assistance for Referrals]
Northeast State provides
College-wide programs that focus on the prevention of sexual abuse and assault situations in accordance with
TCA § 49-7-137. These programs include prevention strategies and available options in the event of assaults or difficult situations.
At Northeast State, the College’s
Equity & Compliance Officer serves as the Title IX Coordinator. For questions or concerns regarding Title IX or Northeast State policies, please contact the Equity & Compliance Officer, Dr. Leigh Hornsby, at
complianceofficer@NortheastState.edu. For more information on campus policies and procedures, please refer to the
Northeast State Policies and Procedures Manual.