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TitleIX

Sexual Misconduct

​Neosho County Community College prohibits all forms of illegal gender and sex-based discrimination, which includes acts of sexual violence, sexual harassment, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking.  All members of the campus community are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that does not infringe upon the rights of others.  NCCC has a zero tolerance policy for gender and sex-based discrimination, and seeks to create and maintain a campus free from sexual misconduct consistent with Title IX and other applicable laws, NCCC implements this policy to prevent sexual misconduct.  The information on this page is designed to provide resources to assist students, employees, guests or visitors regardless of where the misconduct took place.

Title IX Coordinator                                                                                                            REPORT AN INCIDENT
Vice President for Operations AA/EEO Policy
a/k/a Chief Operations Officer Discrimination Complaints-Procedures for Resolution Policy 
Neosho County Community College Grievance Procedures Policy
800 West 14th Street  Mandatory Reporter Policy
Chanute, KS 66720 Non-Discrimination Policy
Telephone: (620) 432-0301 Sexual Misconduct Policy
titleix@neosho.edu  Annual Security Report 

GENERAL INFORMATION

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Ben Smith, Vice President for Operations
Title IX Coordinator
Neosho County Community College
Chanute, KS 66720
(620) 432-0301 – office
(620) 433-0789 – cell
bsmith@neosho.edu
Sanders Hall Operations office

Sarah Robb, Vice President for Student Learning
Deputy Title IX Coordinator, Backup Coordinator
Neosho County Community College
800 W. 14th Street
Chanute, KS 66720
(620) 432-0305 – office
(620) 230-8062 – cell
sarah_robb@neosho.edu
Sanders Hall VPSL office

Kerrie Coomes, Dean of Student Services
Deputy Title IX Coordinator, Student Issues
Neosho County Community College
800 W. 14th Street
Chanute, KS 66720
(620) 432-0304 – office
(620) 212-1153 – cell
kcoomes@neosho.edu
Sanders Hall Student Services office

Karin Jacobson, Director of Human Resources
Deputy Title IX Coordinator, Employee Issues
Neosho County Community College
800 W. 14th Street
Chanute, KS 66720
(620) 432-0333 – office
(620) 212-5135 – cell
kjacobson@neosho.edu
Sanders Hall Human Resources office


Mike Saddler, Athletic Director
Deputy Title IX Coordinator, Athletic Equity
Neosho County Community College
800 W. 14th Street
Chanute, KS 66720
(620) 432-0397 – office
(785) 766-0512 – cell
msaddler@neosho.edu
NeoKan Hall Athletics office


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Reports of sexual misconduct may be made using any of the following options. There is no time limitation on the filing of allegations. However, if the responding party is no longer subject to the College’s jurisdiction, the ability to investigate, respond and provide remedies may be more limited: 

1) Report directly to the Title IX Coordinator [or deputy/deputies] (see above); 
2) Report online, using the reporting form posted at the College’s website; and 
3) Report using other electronic means as available. 

All reports are acted upon promptly while every effort is made by the College to preserve the privacy of reports. Such reports may also be anonymous. Anonymous reports will be investigated. Additionally, all employees of the College are designated as mandated reporters and will share a report with the Title IX Coordinator promptly. Confidentiality and mandated reporting is addressed more specifically below in section 7. Reports of sexual misconduct committed by the Title IX Coordinator should be reported to the College President (620) 432-0346.

 

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On campus, Counseling and Advising Services are able to help you by providing private counseling and support while you weigh options and work through any reporting or conduct processes that may be ahead. While absolute confidentiality cannot be guaranteed, you can be assured that only those staff members who need to know information to keep you and/or the campus community safe will been informed.  In many cases, the details that you share with the counselor will not need to leave the room. 

If a student or employee desires that details of the incident be kept confidential, they should speak with one of several off campus resources.

Resources for Counseling, Mental Health, and Other Victim Services

Dean of Student Services
Sanders Hall
(620) 432.0304

Director of Residence and Student Life
(620) 432.0381

Local Authorities
-Chanute Police Department non-emergency, (620) 431.5768
-Neosho County Sheriff's Office, Chanute non-emergency, (620) 431.5759
-Ottawa Police Department, non-emergency, (785) 242.2561
-Franklin County Sheriff's Office, non-emergency, (785) 229.1200

Chanute Victim Assistance Numbers
Neosho Memorial Regional Medical Center
Director of Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Amanda Tindle
(620) 431.4000

Faith House
(620) 431.4357

Hope Unlimited
(620) 365.7566

SEK Mental Health Center
(620) 431.7890

Kansas Crisis Hotline
(888) END.ABUSE

 

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Neosho County Community College has appointed a Title IX Coordinator to oversee all possible complaints of sexual discrimination, including allegations of sexual misconduct. All school districts, colleges and universities receiving Federal financial assistance must designate at least one Title IX Coordinator and publish the name, office address, telephone number and email address of this employee or employees. Throughout this procedure, the “Title IX Coordinator” will be referred to. If you have any questions regarding this procedure or would like to speak with our Title IX Coordinator, Neosho County Community College’s Title IX Coordinator is:

Ben Smith, Vice President for Operations
Title IX Coordinator
Neosho County Community College
Chanute, KS 66720
(620) 432-0301 – office
(620) 433-0789 – cell
titleix@neosho.edu
Sanders Hall Operations office

INFORMATION FOR STUDENTS

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Statement of the Reporting Party’s rights:

-The right to investigation and appropriate resolution of all credible allegations of sexual misconduct or discrimination made in good faith to College officials;
-The right to be informed in advance of any public release of information regarding the incident;
-The right not to have any personally identifiable information released to the public, without their consent;
-The right to be treated with respect by College officials;
-The right to have College policies and procedures followed without material deviation;
-The right not to be pressured to mediate or otherwise informally resolve any reported misconduct involving violence, including sexual violence; 
-The right not to be discouraged by College officials from reporting sexual misconduct or discrimination to both on-campus and off-campus authorities;
-The right to be informed by College officials of options to notify proper law enforcement authorities, including on-campus and local police, and the option to be assisted by campus authorities in notifying such authorities, if the reporting party so chooses.  -This also includes the right not to be pressured to report, as well;
-The right to have reports of sexual misconduct responded to promptly and with sensitivity by campus law enforcement and other campus officials;
-The right to be notified of available counseling, mental health, victim advocacy, health, legal assistance, student financial aid, visa and immigration assistance, or other student services, both on campus and in the community;
-The right to a campus no contact order (or a trespass order against a non-affiliated third party) when someone has engaged in or threatens to engage in stalking, threatening, harassing or other improper behavior that presents a danger to the welfare of the reporting party or others;
-The right to notification of and options for, and available assistance in, changing academic and living situations after an alleged sexual misconduct incident, if so requested by the reporting party and if such changes are reasonably available (no formal report, or investigation, campus or criminal, need occur before this option is available).  Accommodations may include:
     Change of an on-campus student’s housing to a different on-campus location;
     Assistance from College support staff in completing the relocation;
     Transportation accommodations;
     Arranging to dissolve a housing contract and pro-rating a refund;
     Exam (paper, assignment) rescheduling;
     Taking an incomplete in a class;
     Transferring class sections;
     Temporary withdrawal;
     Alternative course completion options.
-The right to have the College maintain such accommodations for as long as is necessary, and for protective measures to remain confidential, provided confidentiality does not impair the institution’s ability to provide the accommodations or protective measures;
-The right to be fully informed of campus policies and procedures as well as the nature and extent of all alleged violations contained within the report;
-The right to ask the investigators to identify and question relevant witnesses, including expert witnesses;
-The right to be informed of the names of all witnesses whose information will be used to render a finding, in advance of that finding, except in cases where a witness’s identity will not be revealed to the responding party for compelling safety reasons (this does not include the name of the reporting party, which will always be revealed);
-The right not to have irrelevant prior sexual history admitted as evidence;
-The right to regular updates on the status of the investigation and/or resolution;
-The right to have reports addressed by investigators and the Title IX Coordinator who have received [at least eight hours of] annual sexual misconduct training;
-The right to preservation of privacy, to the extent possible and permitted by law;
-The right to meetings and/or interviews that are closed to the public;
-The right to petition that any College representative in the process be recused on the basis of demonstrated bias or conflict-of-interest;
-The right to bring a victim advocate or advisor of the reporting party’s choosing to all phases of the investigation and resolution proceeding;
-The right to have the College compel the participation of student, faculty and staff witnesses, and the opportunity (if desired) to provide the investigators with a list of potential questions to ask of witnesses, and the right to challenge documentary evidence;
-The right to submit an impact statement in writing to the Title IX Coordinator following determination of responsibility, but prior to sanctioning;
-The right to be promptly informed of the outcome and sanction of the resolution process in writing, without undue delay between the notifications to the parties;
-The right to be informed in writing of when a decision by the College is considered final, any changes to the sanction to occur before the decision is finalized, to be informed of the right to appeal the finding and sanction of the resolution process, and the procedures for doing so in accordance with the standards for appeal established by the College.
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Statement of the Responding Party’s rights:


-The right to investigation and appropriate resolution of all credible reports of sexual misconduct made in good faith to College administrators;
-The right to be informed in advance, when possible, of any public release of information regarding the report;
-The right to be treated with respect by College officials;
-The right to have College policies and procedures followed without material deviation;
-The right to be informed of and have access to campus resources for medical, health, counseling, and advisory services;
-The right to timely written notice of all alleged violations, including the nature of the violation, the applicable policies and procedures and possible sanctions;  
-The right to review all documentary evidence available regarding the report, subject to the privacy limitations imposed by state and federal law, prior to the finding by the Title IX Coordinator;
-The right to be informed of the names of all witnesses whose information will be used to render a finding, prior to final determination, except in cases where a witness’s identity will not be revealed to the responding party for compelling safety reasons (this does not include the name of the reporting party, which will always be revealed);
-The right not to have irrelevant prior sexual history admitted as evidence in a campus resolution process;
-The right to have reports addressed by investigators and the Title IX Coordinator who have received annual training;
-The right to petition to the Title IX Team that any College representative be recused from the resolution process on the basis of demonstrated bias and/or conflict-of-interest; 
-The right to meetings and interviews that are closed to the public;
-The right to have an advisor of their choice to accompany and assist thoughout the campus resolution process; 
-The right to a fundamentally fair resolution, as defined in these procedures;
-The right to provide an impact statement in writing to the Title IX Coordinator following any determination of responsibility, but prior to sanctioning;
-The right to a decision based solely on evidence presented during the resolution process.  Such evidence shall be credible, relevant, based in fact, and without prejudice;
-The right to be promptly informed of the outcome and sanction of the resolution process in writing, without undue delay between the notifications to the parties;
-The right to be informed in writing of when a decision of the College is considered final, any changes to the sanction to occur before the decision is finalized, to be informed of the right to appeal the finding and sanction of the resolution process, and the procedures for doing so in accordance with the standards for appeal established by the College.


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Following receipt of notice or a report of misconduct, the Title IX Coordinator engages in a preliminary inquiry to determine if there is reasonable cause to believe the Sexual Misconduct policy has been violated.  For the purposes of this process, the Title IX Coordinator, unless otherwise noted, refers to the Title IX Coordinator or designee.  The preliminary inquiry is typically 1-3 days in duration.  This inquiry may also serve to help the Title IX Coordinator to determine if the allegations evidence violence, threat, pattern, predation and/or weapon, in the event that the reporting party has asked for no action to be taken.  In any case where violence, threat, pattern, predation, and/or weapon is not evidenced, the Title IX Coordinator may respect a reporting party’s request for no action, and will investigate only so far as necessary to determine appropriate remedies.  As necessary, the College reserves the right to initiate resolution proceedings without a formal report or participation by the reporting party. 

In cases where the reporting party wishes to proceed or the College determines it must proceed, and the preliminary inquiry shows that reasonable cause exists, the Title IX Coordinator will direct a formal investigation to commence and the allegation will be resolved through one of the processes discussed briefly here and in greater detail below:

Conflict Resolution – typically used for less serious offenses and only when both parties agree to conflict resolution

Administrative Resolution – resolution by a trained administrator 

The process followed considers the preference of the parties, but is ultimately determined at the discretion of the Title IX Coordinator. Conflict Resolution may only occur if selected by all parties, otherwise the Administrative Resolution Process applies.

If conflict resolution is desired by the reporting party, and appears appropriate given the nature of the alleged behavior, then the report does not proceed to investigation, unless a pattern of misconduct is suspected or there is an actual or perceived threat of further harm to the community or any of its members.

Once a formal investigation is commenced, the Title IX Coordinator will provide written notification of the investigation to the responding party at an appropriate time during the investigation.[1]  The College aims to complete all investigations within a sixty (60) calendar day time period, which can be extended as necessary for appropriate cause by the Title IX Coordinator with notice to the parties as appropriate.

If, during the preliminary inquiry or at any point during the formal investigation, the Title IX Coordinator determines that there is no reasonable cause to believe that policy has been violated, the process will end unless the reporting party requests that the Title IX Coordinator makes an extraordinary determination to re-open the investigation. This decision lies in the sole discretion of the Title IX Coordinator.

INFORMATION FOR STAFF

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Following receipt of notice or a report of misconduct, the Title IX Coordinator engages in a preliminary inquiry to determine if there is reasonable cause to believe the Sexual Misconduct policy has been violated.  For the purposes of this process, the Title IX Coordinator, unless otherwise noted, refers to the Title IX Coordinator or designee.  The preliminary inquiry is typically 1-3 days in duration.  This inquiry may also serve to help the Title IX Coordinator to determine if the allegations evidence violence, threat, pattern, predation and/or weapon, in the event that the reporting party has asked for no action to be taken.  In any case where violence, threat, pattern, predation, and/or weapon is not evidenced, the Title IX Coordinator may respect a reporting party’s request for no action, and will investigate only so far as necessary to determine appropriate remedies.  As necessary, the College reserves the right to initiate resolution proceedings without a formal report or participation by the reporting party. 


In cases where the reporting party wishes to proceed or the College determines it must proceed, and the preliminary inquiry shows that reasonable cause exists, the Title IX Coordinator will direct a formal investigation to commence and the allegation will be resolved through one of the processes discussed briefly here and in greater detail below:

Conflict Resolution – typically used for less serious offenses and only when both parties agree to conflict resolution
Administrative Resolution – resolution by a trained administrator 
The process followed considers the preference of the parties, but is ultimately determined at the discretion of the Title IX Coordinator. Conflict Resolution may only occur if selected by all parties, otherwise the Administrative Resolution Process applies.

If conflict resolution is desired by the reporting party, and appears appropriate given the nature of the alleged behavior, then the report does not proceed to investigation, unless a pattern of misconduct is suspected or there is an actual or perceived threat of further harm to the community or any of its members.

Once a formal investigation is commenced, the Title IX Coordinator will provide written notification of the investigation to the responding party at an appropriate time during the investigation.[1]  The College aims to complete all investigations within a sixty (60) calendar day time period, which can be extended as necessary for appropriate cause by the Title IX Coordinator with notice to the parties as appropriate.

If, during the preliminary inquiry or at any point during the formal investigation, the Title IX Coordinator determines that there is no reasonable cause to believe that policy has been violated, the process will end unless the reporting party requests that the Title IX Coordinator makes an extraordinary determination to re-open the investigation. This decision lies in the sole discretion of the Title IX Coordinator.

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Statement of the Reporting Party’s rights:


-The right to investigation and appropriate resolution of all credible allegations of sexual misconduct or discrimination made in good faith to College officials;
-The right to be informed in advance of any public release of information regarding the incident;
-The right not to have any personally identifiable information released to the public, without their consent;
-The right to be treated with respect by College officials;
-The right to have College policies and procedures followed without material deviation;
-The right not to be pressured to mediate or otherwise informally resolve any reported misconduct involving violence, including sexual violence; 
-The right not to be discouraged by College officials from reporting sexual misconduct or discrimination to both on-campus and off-campus authorities;
-The right to be informed by College officials of options to notify proper law enforcement authorities, including on-campus and local police, and the option to be assisted by campus authorities in notifying such authorities, if the reporting party so chooses.  This also includes the right not to be pressured to report, as well;
-The right to have reports of sexual misconduct responded to promptly and with sensitivity by campus law enforcement and other campus officials;
-The right to be notified of available counseling, mental health, victim advocacy, health, legal assistance, student financial aid, visa and immigration assistance, or other student services, both on campus and in the community;
-The right to a campus no contact order (or a trespass order against a non-affiliated third party) when someone has engaged in or threatens to engage in stalking, threatening, harassing or other improper behavior that presents a danger to the welfare of the reporting party or others;
-The right to notification of and options for, and available assistance in, changing academic and living situations after an alleged sexual misconduct incident, if so requested by the reporting party and if such changes are reasonably available (no formal report, or investigation, campus or criminal, need occur before this option is available).  Accommodations may include:
     Change of an on-campus student’s housing to a different on-campus location;
     Assistance from College support staff in completing the relocation;
     Transportation accommodations;
     Arranging to dissolve a housing contract and pro-rating a refund;
     Exam (paper, assignment) rescheduling;
     Taking an incomplete in a class;
     Transferring class sections;
     Temporary withdrawal;
     Alternative course completion options.
-The right to have the College maintain such accommodations for as long as is necessary, and for protective measures to remain confidential, provided confidentiality does not impair the institution’s ability to provide the accommodations or protective measures;
-The right to be fully informed of campus policies and procedures as well as the nature and extent of all alleged violations contained within the report;
-The right to ask the investigators to identify and question relevant witnesses, including expert witnesses;
-The right to be informed of the names of all witnesses whose information will be used to render a finding, in advance of that finding, except in cases where a witness’s identity will not be revealed to the responding party for compelling safety reasons (this does not include the name of the reporting party, which will always be revealed);
-The right not to have irrelevant prior sexual history admitted as evidence;
-The right to regular updates on the status of the investigation and/or resolution;
-The right to have reports addressed by investigators and the Title IX Coordinator who have received [at least eight hours of] annual sexual misconduct training;
-The right to preservation of privacy, to the extent possible and permitted by law;
-The right to meetings and/or interviews that are closed to the public;
-The right to petition that any College representative in the process be recused on the basis of demonstrated bias or conflict-of-interest;
-The right to bring a victim advocate or advisor of the reporting party’s choosing to all phases of the investigation and resolution proceeding;
-The right to have the College compel the participation of student, faculty and staff witnesses, and the opportunity (if desired) to provide the investigators with a list of potential questions to ask of witnesses, and the right to challenge documentary evidence;
-The right to submit an impact statement in writing to the Title IX Coordinator following determination of responsibility, but prior to sanctioning;
-The right to be promptly informed of the outcome and sanction of the resolution process in writing, without undue delay between the notifications to the parties;
-The right to be informed in writing of when a decision by the College is considered final, any changes to the sanction to occur before the decision is finalized, to be informed of the right to appeal the finding and sanction of the resolution process, and the procedures for doing so in accordance with the standards for appeal established by the College.
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    If you are an employee of the college and  a student tells you that they have been the victim of sexual harassment, stalking, sexual assault, domestic violence or dating violence, you are required to report the incident immediately to the Title IX Coordinator or one of the Deputy Coordinators listed above.  If you are a student of the college and have not been told you are a mandated reporter or responsible employee and a student tells you that they have been the victim of sexual harassment, stalking, sexual assault, domestic violence, or dating violence, you are not required to report the incident.  However, we recommend that you either report the incident or encourage the student to seek assistance. For full details of reporting, please following the reporting procedures:

    Sexual Misconduct Procedure