Institutional Policy Statement - Sexual Assault
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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]:
- Both parties have the right to be notified of the timeframes for all major stages of the investigation.
- Both parties have the right to present witnesses and evidence.
- Both parties have the right to be accompanied at all hearings and meetings by an advisor of their choice.
- Northeast State Community College must resolve your complaint based on what College officials believe is more likely than not to have happened based upon an investigation (this is called a preponderance-of-the-evidence standard of proof).
- You have the right to be notified in writing of the outcome of your complaint and any appeal or grievance, including any sanctions that directly relate to you.
- The appeal/grievance process is equally available for both parties.
- You have the right to review any proceedings documented, which may include written findings of fact, transcripts, or audio recordings.
Students involved in sexual abuse or violent situations are encouraged to seek assistance for referral from the Northeast State Police Department, Counseling Services, or the Assistant Director of Equity and Compliance. Whether victims of sexual violence or other offenses, individuals can receive assistance, resources, information, and community referrals from campus responders.
For reporting assistance and referral to support services, contact the Assistant Director in Equity and Compliance at 423.354.5296 or email
equity-compliance@NortheastState.edu. The office is located in the Pierce Administration Building on the third floor, Room P318. For assistance with confidential reports, contact Denise Walker, a Licensed Professional Counselor/Mental Health Service Provider (Temp), at 423.323.0211 or email
. The office is located in the General Studies Building, Room C2311.
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
Assistant Director of Equity and Compliance serves as the Title IX Coordinator. For questions or concerns regarding Title IX or Northeast State policies, please contact the Assistant Director of Equity and Compliance at
equity-compliance@NortheastState.edu. For more information on campus policies and procedures, please refer to the
Northeast State Policies and Procedures Manual.