Title IX Complaint & Report Process | NorthWest Arkansas Community College

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Title IX Complaint Process

NWACC makes every effort to support survivors of sexual harassment, sexual violence, stalking, and intimate partner violence. The college strongly encourages all individuals to seek assistance from a medical provider and/or law enforcement immediately after an incident of sexual violence. This is the best option to ensure preservation of evidence and to begin a timely investigative and remedial response.

Individuals are also encouraged to make a report to NWACC and to local law enforcement, although neither is required. Both internal and criminal reports may be made simultaneously.

Reporting a Title IX Complaint

Making a report means telling a responsible college employee what happened—in person, by telephone, in writing, or by email. At the time a report is made, individuals do not have to request any particular course of action, nor do they need to know how to label what happened. Choosing to make a report, and deciding how to proceed after making the report, can be a process that unfolds over time. NWACC provides support that can assist individuals in making these important decisions, and will respect the individual's autonomy in deciding how to proceed to the extent legally possible.

In this process, NWACC will balance the interest of the reporting party with its obligation to provide a safe and non-discriminatory environment for all members of the college community. The college will investigate and resolve all reports of prohibited conduct in a fair and impartial manner. 

Any individual may make an anonymous report concerning an act of prohibited conduct. An individual may report the incident without disclosing their name, identifying the responding party, or requesting any action. Depending on the
extent of information available about the incident or the individuals involved, however, the college’s ability to respond to an anonymous report may be limited.

Reports can be filed anonymously through the Advocate Reporting System at: https://nwacc-advocate.symplicity.com/public_report/index.php/pid666144?

and/or through the EthicsPoint reporting system at: https://secure.ethicspoint.com/domain/media/en/gui/15781/index.html 

The Title IX Coordinator and/or Title IX Deputies will receive the anonymous report and will determine any appropriate steps, including individual or community remedies as appropriate, and in consultation with the Clery Team, ensure compliance with all Clery Act obligations.

When a Title IX complaint is filed, the college's Title IX team will communicate and/or convene to review the information presented and determine the appropriate course of action. The college may choose to offer and facilitate informal resolution options, such as mediation or restorative justice, so long as both parties give voluntary, informed, written consent to attempt informal resolution. This informal resolution option can only be utilized after a report has been determined to be a possible Title IX violation and the official process has begun. The college may choose to impose supportive measures at its discretion to ensure the safety of all Parties, the broader college community, and/or the integrity of the process.

A reporting party’s wishes with respect to whether the school investigates should be followed unless the Title IX Coordinator, in light of the known circumstances, determines to initiate an investigation over the wishes of the
reporting party.

Any report filed through Title IX which does not meet the requirements to be formally investigated through the Title IX process may still be subject to investigation and determination through the Office of Community Standards as a Student Code of Conduct violation. Reports involving college employees will be investigated by Human Resources. 

Judd Harbin
Dean of Students
(479) 619-4234
Student Center, room 225 J

Lisa Milam
Title IX Deputy (employees)
(479) 619-2679
Burns Hall, room 1128.13

Teresa Taylor
Executive Director Institutional Policy, Risk Mgmt & Compliance
Title IX Coordinator

View the college's sexual discrimination, harassment and misconduct policy for further information.