Letter to Campus Constituents
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.
Dear Northeast State Constituents:
Northeast State Community College is committed to ensuring equality in education and fostering a campus environment free of acts of sex discrimination, which includes sexual misconduct as prohibited by Title IX.
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 was the first comprehensive federal law to prohibit sex discrimination against students and employees of educational institutions. Conduct that constitutes sexual assault or harassment includes dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking. [NeSCC Policy
07:02:00 - Safe Campus]
The Tennessee Board of Regents policy on sexual misconduct [TBR Policy
6:03:00:00 - Sexual Misconduct] defines the following behaviors:
- Consent – is an informed decision, freely given, made through mutually understandable words or actions that indicate a willingness to participate in mutually agreed upon sexual activity.
- Dating Violence – violence against a person when the involved individuals are dating, have dated, or have or have had a sexual relationship.
- Domestic Violence – violence against a person when the involved parties are current or former spouses, live together or have lived together, are related by blood or adoption, are related or were formally related by marriage, or are adult or minor children of a person in a relationship described above.
- Sexual Assault – the non-consensual sexual contact between two parties or when force or coercion is used to accomplish the act, or when there is a lack of consent. Consent is an informed decision, freely given, made through mutually understandable words or actions that indicate a willingness to participate in mutually agreed upon sexual activity.
- Stalking – a willful course of conduct involving repeated or continuing harassment of another individual that would cause a reasonable person to feel terrorized, frightened, intimidated, threatened, harassed, or molested.
Northeast State encourages all students and employees to report incidents of sexual misconduct. [NeSCC Policy
03:01:08 - Sexual Misconduct] A complete list of the entire definitions related to sexual misconduct and consent with additional explanations and a listing of the Northeast State disciplinary procedures and policies can be found online at
Disciplinary procedures and potential consequences for violating Northeast State’s
Policy on Sexual Misconduct include possible suspension or expulsion of students found in violation. [NeSCC Policy
03:05:05 - Disciplinary Sanctions]
Students and employees are encouraged to report incidents of sexual assault or harassment to the appropriate campus official or law enforcement officer. On the Northeast State campus, Dr. Leigh Hornsby serves as a point of contact for any student or employee who wishes to discuss a concern, including the confidential reporting process. Dr. Hornsby can be found in Room P316 of the Pierce Administration Building at Blountville, by phone at 423.354.5255, or by email at
Northeast State Police Department is located in the Welcome Center on the Blountville campus. Campus Police and/or security officers are available to assist students and employees at the Bristol, Elizabethton, Gray, Johnson City, and Kingsport campuses, as well. Campus Police may be contacted by calling 423.323.0255 (non-emergency) or 423.677.7927 (emergency cell). Questions and concerns may also be emailed to John Edens, Chief of Police, at
jeedens@NortheastState.edu. Emergency notifications can also be made by calling 9-1-1.
Northeast State’s safe campus initiative,
Safe Northeast, includes Safe Areas that are campus offices providing victims of violent acts a safe and private environment in which to seek assistance. A listing of Safe Areas by campus location can be found at
www.NortheastState.edu/SafeAreas. A Campus Prevention Advocate is available for confidential reporting and referral services. For assistance, contact Tim Harrison, Campus Prevention Advocate, at 423.354.5296 or email
campusadvocate@NortheastState.edu. His office is located in the Basler Library on the third floor, Room L303A. The Victim Notification of Rights and Resources is available
Safety Handbook includes emergency contacts and policies related to the Safe Northeast initiative and is published in hard copy and online for the convenience of the Northeast State community. Northeast State students and employees who desire medical assistance, including treatment for injuries, preventative treatment for sexually transmitted diseases, a rape kit, a sexual assault nurse examiner, or victim’s advocate have the following campus and community resources available to them to help with referrals:
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services provides help for immigrants who may fear removal from the United States if they report being a victim of a crime. Federal laws include protections for legal and undocumented immigrants who have been victimized. Contact the USCIS to speak with law enforcement officials or representatives of record at 802.527.4888 or call 1.800.375.5283 for other inquiries. Additional information is available at
Immigration Options for Victims of Crimes.
Tennessee SAVIN - Statewide Automated Victim Information Notification exists to increase the safety of victims of crimes through timely access to information on the custody status of offenders in county jails. Individuals can register anonymously by telephone at 1.888.868.4631 or by visiting
www.vinelink.com. A free VINEmobile App is available for
A copy of Northeast State Community College's Annual Security Report is available for review by all students, prospective students, staff, faculty, prospective employees, and the general public. The Annual Security Report includes statistics for the three previous years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus, in off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by Northeast State Community College, and on public property within or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus. This report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security, such as policies concerning sexual assault and other matters.
You can review the Annual Security Report at
www.NortheastState.edu/SecurityReport or stop by the Northeast State Police Department for a copy. Questions concerning the Annual Security Report may be addressed to the Chief of Police by calling 423.323.0255 (off campus) or Ext. 3255 (on campus) or by emailing
As required by the
Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act of 2013 (Campus SaVE Act) and in accordance with
TCA § 49-7-137, Northeast State provides primary prevention and awareness programs and ongoing prevention campaigns for all students, faculty, staff, and community constituents. This includes Haven: Understanding Sexual Assault—online instruction on the prevention of hate crime offenses, sexual assault, sexual
battery, sexual harassment, and date rape—required of all employees and entering freshmen. Access to topics included in Haven is available for parents and caregivers of students at the
Haven for Parents Resource Website.
A free Sexual Violence Prevention Educational Assessment is available for our community constituents at
www.NortheastState.edu/Prevention. A printable Certificate of Completion for your student or professional portfolio is available once you verify your completion of the module online.
Thank you for your support in keeping Northeast State a safe and respectful environment in which all of us can learn and work without fear of harassment or threat of violence.
James D. King