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 – an active agreement to participate in a sexual act. An active agreement is words and/or actions that indicate a willingness to participate in a sexual act. Consent cannot be given by an individual who is asleep; unconscious; or mentally or physically incapacitated, either through the effect of drugs or alcohol or for any other reason; or, is under duress, threat, coercion, or force. Past consent does not imply future consent. Silence or an absence of resistance does not imply consent. Consent can be withdrawn at any time.
  • Dating Violence – violence against a person when the accuser and accused are dating, or who have dated, or who have or had a sexual relationship. ({Dating" and ({dated" do not include fraternization between two individuals solely in a business  or non-romantic social context. Violence includes, but is not necessarily limited to,
    • inflicting, or attempting to inflict, physical injury on the accuser by other than accidental means;
    • placing the accuser in fear of physical harm;
    • physical restraint;
    • malicious damage to the personal property of the accuser, including inflicting, or attempting to inflict, physical injury on any animal owned, possessed, leased, kept, or held by the accuser; or
    • placing a victim in fear of physical harm to any animal owned, possessed, leased, kept, or held by the accuser
  • Domestic Violence – includes felony or misdemeanor crimes of violence committed by a current or former spouse or intimate partner of the victim, by a person with whom the victim shares a child in common, by a person who is cohabitating with or has cohabitated with the victim as a spouse or intimate partner, by a person similarly situated to a spouse of the victim under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction in which the crime occurs, or by any other person against an adult or youth victim who is protected from that person’s acts under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction in which the crime occurs. In cases involving allegations of mutual acts or threats of acts of violence, the investigator will, when appropriate, identify the primary aggressor in the situation based on the totality of the information gathered, including without limitation: the history of violence between the Parties; the relative severity of the injuries inflicted on each person; information gathered from the persons involved in the situation and witnesses to the situation; and whether the acts or threats were done in self-defense. The primary aggressor will be considered the Respondent for purposes of evaluating Domestic Violence.
  • Sexual Assault – “Sexual Assault” is an umbrella term that includes rape, fondling, incest, and statutory rape.
    • “Rape” means the penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus, with any body part or object, or oral penetration by a sex organ of another person, without the consent of the victim.
    • “Fondling” means the touching of the private body parts of another person for the purpose of sexual gratification, without the consent of the victim, including instances where the victim is incapable of giving consent because of age or because of temporary or permanent mental incapacity.
    • “Incest” means sexual intercourse between persons who are related to each other within degrees where marriage is prohibited by law.
    • “Statutory rape” means sexual intercourse with a person who is under the statutory age of consent.
  • Stalking – engaging in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to either (a) fear for his or her safety or the safety of others or (b) suffer substantial emotional distress “Course of conduct” means two or more acts, including, but not limited to, acts in which a person directly, indirectly, or through third Parties, by any action, method, device, or means, follows, monitors, observes, surveils, threatens, or communicates with or about another person, or interferes with another person’s property. “Substantial emotional distress” means significant mental suffering or anguish that may, but does not necessarily, require medical or other professional treatment or counseling. For the definition of Stalking, “reasonable person” means a reasonable person under similar circumstances and with similar identities to the Complainant.
  • Title IX Sexual Harassment - conduct on the basis of sex that satisfies either of the following:
    • an employee of an institution conditioning provision of an aid, benefit, or service of an institution on an individual’s participation in unwelcome sexual conduct (quid pro quo)
    • (2) unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature determined by a reasonable person to be so severe, pervasive and objectively offensive that it effectively denies a person equal access to the institution’s education program or activity. “Reasonable person” means a reasonable person under similar circumstances as and with similar identities to the Complainant. TBR institutions will consider the totality of the circumstances, including without limitation, the context in which the conduct and/or words occurred, and the frequency, nature, and severity of the words and/or conduct. In no event shall Title IX sexual harassment be construed to prohibit speech protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution (e.g., merely offensive or insulting speech). (With respect to conduct by employees, TBR institutions also prohibit sexual harassment in accordance with TBR Guideline P-080 and institutional policy.) See Clarifications for more information.

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 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.

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 C2311, 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
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.  Email Denise Walker, dpwalker@NortheastState.edu for access to it. 

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.

Be Safe Northeast