Northeast State Community College’s safe campus initiative, Safe Northeast: A Safe Campus Saves You!, is an institution-wide effort to create safe and respectful environments in which all College constituencies can learn and work without fear of harassment or threat of violence.
The Safe Campus Committee, an institutional standing committee, guides the College’s policies and procedures development, awareness campaigns, and constituent expectations concerning safe and respectful environments at all Northeast State teaching sites. The committee is charged with meeting requirements as set forth by the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (VAWA) that included the Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act of 2013 (Campus SaVE Act).
Northeast State strives to maintain an environment that is free of intimidation and encourages the development of students and employees to their fullest extent. Policy clearly states that the College will not tolerate acts or threats of acts of sexual assault, physical assault, or any type of violence.
Northeast State provides College-wide programs that focus on campus security, personal safety, and issues related to violence. These programs focus on awareness, prevention strategies, risk reduction, and available options in the event of acts of violence, sexual assaults, or difficult situations. The annual Campus Safety Week is held during the fall semester to coincide with National Campus Safety Awareness Month in September.
Chief among the objectives of the Safe Northeast program is to provide students, faculty, and staff with an accessible and efficient mechanism to report Behaviors of Concern. Northeast State encourages all members of the college community to report behaviors of concern and take an active role in campus safety.
The Behavioral Intervention and Threat Assessment (BITA) Committee serves as Northeast State’s central point of contact for behavioral monitoring and threat assessment but is not a punitive or disciplinary board. The focus is on the behavior of concern and the determination of positive resolutions.
Sexual Violence Prevention
The reporting and prevention of Sexual Violence is a fundamental program objective of the Safe Northeast campaign. Northeast State partners with several community agencies to provide trauma-informed services to student and employee victims of sexual violence (including but not limited to dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking). These partnerships improve the overall response to sexual violence at the College and provide victims with confidential reporting agencies if needed. Northeast State and these community partners share the goal of preventing sexual violence on campus and in the community, and of responding appropriately to students and employees who have been victimized.
A Campus Prevention Advocate position was created in 2015 to help provide resources to students, faculty, and staff. Whether victims of Sexual Violence or other offenses, the advocate is available with resources, information, and community referrals. To contact the Campus Prevention Advocate, please call 423.354.5296 or email campusadvocate@NortheastState.edu.
Become an active participant in the prevention of Sexual Violence by understanding the actions that create a culture of safety and respect on the campus and in the community. Take a free educational assessment sponsored by eCHECKUP TO GO.
Make a personal commitment to keep others safe from sexual assault. Participate in Northeast State's Pledge to SAVE campaign and the national It's On Us campaign. Be part of the solution!