Title IX – Sexual Misconduct/Sex Discrimination
A person who wishes to make a complaint with the College can contact the Title IX Coordinator directly to file a formal complaint or contact any NCMC employee and request their assistance in filing a formal complaint with the Title IX Coordinator. Contact and submission of a formal complaint can be completed in person, over the phone, electronically, or in paper form. Any person can file a report of sexual misconduct even if the alleged conduct was not perpetrated against him or her.
For submission of an electronic or paper complaint, individuals are encouraged to complete a Title IX Complaint Form in order to assure accurate information is recorded. The form can be provided to one of the following:
Title IX Coordinator
Dr. Kristen Alley, Vice President of Student Affairs/Title IX
NCMC Campus, Alexander Student Center, Office 12
1301 Main Street, Trenton, MO 64683
Deputy Title IX Investigators
The College encourages individuals to make complaints of sexual misconduct as soon as possible because delayed reporting may limit the College’s ability to investigate and respond to the conduct.
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER A REPORT IS FILED?
An individual who makes a claim of sexual misconduct to the College will be given a copy of the Rights and Options Under NCMC’s Sexual Misconduct Policy . This document provides information about the policy, as well as the rights, and options parties have when a sexual misconduct complaint has occurred. A person against whom a complaint has been filed will also be given similar information about the process and resources.
Once a report has been filed, the Title IX Coordinator will designate one of the Deputy Title IX Investigators to conduct the investigation. It most cases, the process includes:
- The investigator meeting with the reporting party
- The investigator meeting with the responding party
- Conducting interviews with witnesses
- Gathering relevant information
- Determination of policy violation
- Imposition of disciplinary action(s)/sanction(s)
NCMC will make all attempts to conclude its investigation and resolution of the complaint within sixty (60) calendar days of receiving it. Both the complainant and the respondent will be given periodic updates regarding the status of the investigation. The full Investigation and Resolution Procedures can be found in section XI of the NCMC Sexual Misconduct Policy .
HOW AM I PROTECTED IF I FILE A REPORT?
Pending final outcome of an investigation, the College will take steps to protect the complainant from further discrimination or harassment. This may include assisting and allowing the complainant to change their academic, living, transportation, or work situation, to the extent that the College has control over these environments, if options to do so are reasonably available and upon request of the complainant.
NCMC prohibits retaliation against those who file a complaint or third-party report, or otherwise participate in the investigative and/or disciplinary process (e.g. a witness). Individuals should report any acts of retaliation to the Title IX Coordinator and NCMC will take strong responsive action. Individuals who are found to have violated this provision will be subject to disciplinary action that may lead to suspension, expulsion or termination as relevant for students and/or employees.
NCMC is committed to assuring equal opportunity to all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, age, genetic information, veteran status, ancestry, gender identity or expression, or sexual orientation in its educational programs, activities, admissions, or employment practices as required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act, other applicable statutes and college policy. Sexual harassment, to include sexual violence, is a form of sex discrimination and is prohibited. Inquiries concerning these statutes and nondiscrimination policies should be referred to the College President, Dr. Lenny Klaver, Frey Administrative Center, 1301 Main Street, (660) 357-6200, or [email protected].