Letter to Campus Constituents

Equity and Compliance

Campus:  Blountville
Office:  Equity and Compliance
Room:  P318, Pierce Building                                   
Address:  2425 Highway 75, P.O. Box 246, Blountville, TN 37617
Phone:  423.354.5296
Fax:  423.323.0209
Email:  equity-compliance@NortheastState.edu
Web:  www.NortheastState.edu/EquityAndCompliance

SAFETY ALERT: 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 www.NortheastState.edu/SafeNortheast or www.NortheastState.edu/SexualViolence. 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, the Assistant Director of Equity and Compliance serves as a point of contact for any student or employee who wishes to discuss a concern. The Assistant Director of Equity and Compliance can be found in Room P318 of the Pierce Administration Building at Blountville, by phone at 423.354.5296, or by email at equity-compliance@NortheastState.edu.

The 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 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 Brian Johnson, Chief of Police, at bdjohnson@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. 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 of Equity and Compliance.

The Victim Notification of Rights and Resources is available here. For assistance with confidential reports, contact Denise Walker, a Licensed Professional Counselor/Mental Health Service Provider (Temp), at 423.323.0211 or email counseling@NortheastState.edu . The office is located in the General Studies Building, Room C2101.

The 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:

Counseling Services
Room C2101 or C2112, General Studies Building
423.354.2587 or counseling@NortheastState.edu

Equity and Compliance
Room P318, Pierce Administration Building
423.354.5296 or equity-compliance@NortheastState.edu

Northeast State Police Department
Welcome Center or Room C2401, General Studies Building
423.323.0255 (non-emergency) or 423.677.7927 (emergency cell)

Bristol Crisis Center
The Crisis Center offers support by trained and caring workers at 1.800.273.8255 (Crisis Hotline). The Crisis Center is located at:

  • 100 Oakview Avenue
  • P.O. Box 642 
  • Bristol, VA 24203
  • 276.466.2218 (Office)
  • Fax 276.466.5481
  • www.crisiscenterinc.org
  • Office Hours: Monday - Thursday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Friday 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. 

Ballad Health Locations and Facilities

Family Justice Centers
Family Justice Centers house multi-disciplinary teams of professionals who work together, under one roof, to provide coordinated services to victims of family violence. Victims can talk to an advocate, plan for their safety, interview with a police officer, meet with a prosecutor, receive medical assistance, receive information related to shelter, and receive help with transportation. Two centers are located in the Tri-Cities:

  • Johnson City/Washington County - 423.722.3720
  • Kingsport/Sullivan County - 423.574.7233 (Branch House) 

Additional resources available for victims of sexual violence and domestic violence include:

National Sexual Assault 24-Hour Hotline

  • 1.800.656.HOPE (4673)

National Domestic Violence 24-Hour Hotline

  • 1.800.799.SAFE (7233) or 1.800.787.3224 (TTY)

Tennessee's Criminal Injuries Compensation Fund provides financial assistance to crime victims through the  Criminal Injuries Compensation Program and the Sexual Assault Forensic Examination (SAFE) Program. The SAFE Program provides payment for services related to sexual assault forensic examinations and reimburses a facility that performs sexual assault forensic exams on victims of certain sexually-oriented crimes. Facilities bill the fund and cannot seek additional payment from the victim for the exam.

Tennessee's Safe At Home Address Confidentiality Program is a new statewide address confidentiality program administered by the Office of the Tennessee Secretary of State. The Safe at Home Program is open to all victims of domestic abuse, stalking, human trafficking, rape, sexual battery, or any other sexual offense who satisfy eligibility and application requirements at no cost. 

Northeast State's Office of Financial Aid has a professional staff member available to help students navigate Financial Aid status changes which may result from being a victim of sexual violence. Call 423.323.0233 for assistance.

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 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 bdjohnson@NortheastState.edu.

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 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.

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.


Bethany H. Bullock, Ph.D.                

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