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Policy Information

Regarding Sex Offenses, Disciplinary Hearings and Information for Crime Victims

North Central Missouri College’s Student Code of Conduct prohibits sexually violent acts, termed “Sexual Misconduct,” which can be crimes as well. Sexual misconduct includes non-consensual sexual intercourse, non-consensual sexual contact, sexual exploitation, sexual violence, sex/gender-based staking and sexual harassment. Sexual misconduct can occur between strangers or acquaintances, including people involved in an intimate or sexual relationship. Sexual misconduct can be committed by any gender and it can occur between people of the same or different sex.

While NCMC may utilize different standards and definitions than Missouri code, sexual misconduct often overlaps with crimes of rape, sexual assault, sexual harassment, stalking, dating violence and domestic violence.

In an effort to reduce the risk of sexual misconduct as well as the crimes of rape, sexual assault, sexual harassment, stalking, dating violence and domestic violence occurring among its students, the College utilizes a range of campaigns, strategies and initiatives to provide awareness, educational, risk reduction and prevention programming. It is the policy of NCMC to offer programming to prevent domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking each year. Educational programs are offered to raise awareness for all incoming students and employees, and are often conducted during new student and new employee orientation and throughout an incoming student’s first semester. These programs and others offered throughout the year include strong messages regarding not just awareness, but also primary prevention (including normative messaging, environmental management and bystander intervention), and discuss institutional policies on sexual misconduct as well as the State of Missouri’s definitions of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking and consent in reference to sexual activity. Bystander engagement is encouraged through safe and positive intervention techniques and by empowering third party intervention and prevention such as calling for help and/or identifying allies. Programs also offer information on risk reduction that strives to empower victims, how to recognize warning signals and how to avoid potential attacks, and do so without victim blaming approaches. Throughout the year, ongoing awareness and prevention campaigns are directed to students and employees. In the event that sexual misconduct, gender based violence or the crimes of sexual assault, stalking, dating violence or domestic violence do occur, NCMC takes the matter very seriously.

The College employs interim protection measures such as interim suspension and/or contact bans in any case where a student’s behavior represents a risk of violence, threat, pattern or predation.

If a student is accused of sexual misconduct, other gender based violence or the crimes of rape, sexual assault, sexual harassment, stalking, dating violence or domestic violence, s/he is subject to action in accordance with the NCMC Student Code of Conduct. A student wishing to officially report such an incident may do so by contacting the Title IX Coordinator, Dr. Kristen Alley, at 660-359-3948, ext. 1400 or visiting the Alexander Student Center, Office 12.

Anyone with knowledge about sexual misconduct or gender based violence or the crimes of rape, sexual assault, sexual harassment, stalking, dating violence or domestic violence is encouraged to report it immediately. If you are the victim of sexual misconduct, gender based violence or the crimes of rape, acquaintance rape, sexual assault, sexual harassment, stalking, dating violence or domestic violence, some or all of these safety suggestions may guide you after an incident has occurred.

Addressing Sexual Misconduct

Dating Violence, Domestic Violence, Stalking, Sexual Harassment and other acts of Sex and Gender Discrimination

Specific details and procedures outlining the investigation and resolution processes of the College can be found by accessing the NCMC Sexual Misconduct Policy, found on NCMC”s Board Policy Manual PDF.   A paper copy can also be obtained by contacting the Dean of Student Affairs/Title IX Coordinator (X1400). For offenses including sexual misconduct or other gender based violence, which typically include the crimes of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual harassment, sexual misconduct and stalking, sanctions range from warnings through expulsion. Serious and violent incidents and acts of non‐consensual sexual intercourse (the policy equivalent to the crime of rape) usually result in suspension, expulsion or termination of employment.

An assault should be reported directly to the Trenton Police Department (660-359-2121) or local police department at the Outreach Site location. NCMC partners with North Central Missouri Mental Health Center to provide counseling. The Dean of Student Affairs/Title IX Coordinator can assist individuals in making contact with counseling services. There are no on-campus counseling services available.

Procedurally, when the College receives a report of sexual misconduct, gender‐based violence, or other sex or gender discrimination the campus Title IX Coordinator is notified. If the victim wishes to access local community agencies and/or law enforcement for support, the College will assist the victim in making these contacts. The Title IX Coordinator will offer assistance to victims in the form of interim or long‐term measures such as opportunities for academic accommodations, changes in housing for the victim or the responding student, visa assistance, changes in working situations and other assistance as may be appropriate and available on campus or in the community (such as no contact orders, campus escorts, transportation assistance, targeted interventions, etc). If the victim so desires, they will be connected with a counselor off‐campus, as well as off‐campus victim’s advocate. No victim is required to take advantage of these services and resources, but the College provides them in the hopes of offering help and support without condition or qualification. A summary of rights, options, supports and procedures, in the form of this document, is provided to all victims, whether they are a student, employee, guest or visitor. When appropriate upon receipt of notice, the Title IX Coordinator will cause a prompt, fair and impartial process to be initiated, commencing with an investigation which may lead to the imposition of sanctions, based upon a preponderance of evidence (what is more likely than not), upon a responding student or other accused individual.

The College acts to reasonably prevent its recurrence and the effects on the victim and the community are remedied. The Coordinator is responsible to assure that training is conducted annually for all investigators and hearing officers that encompasses a hearing process that protects the safety of victims and promotes accountability. Training will focus on sexual misconduct, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, sexual harassment, retaliation and other behaviors that can be forms of sex or gender discrimination covered by Title IX and Clery Act. Training will help those decision­makers in the process to protect the safety of victims and to promote accountability for those who commit offenses.

The investigation and records of the resolution conducted by the College are maintained confidentially. Where information must be shared to permit the investigation to move forward, the person bringing the accusation will be informed. Privacy of the records specific to the investigation are maintained in accordance with Missouri law and the federal FERPA statute. Any public release of information to comply with the timely warning provisions of the Clery Act will not release the names of victims or information that could easily lead to a victim’s identification. Additionally, NCMC maintains privacy in relation to any accommodations or protective measures afforded to a victim, except to the extent necessary to provide the accommodations and/or protective measures.

Campus Sexual Assault Victims’ Bill of Rights

In 1992, the United States Congress enacted the Campus Sexual Assault Victims’ Bill of Rights which was signed into law July of 1992.

In addition, the Missouri Constitution contains a crime victims Bill of Rights.

Missouri Constitution Article I BILL OF RIGHTS

Section 32