Title IX coordinator
The University has many resources in place to assist students, faculty, and staff. The Title IX Coordinator works with community members to identify the best resources for each individual and assess possible supportive measures such as no contact directives. Click here for more information about supportive measures. The Title IX Coordinator provides support and information, including options and information on ATU’s procedures for investigating and addressing gender discrimination, including harassment (sexual misconduct). Click here to access ATU's Title IX Resource Guide.
Amy N. Pennington, Associate Vice President/Dean of Students and Title IX Coordinator
Doc Bryan Student Services Center, Suite 233
1605 Coliseum Drive
Russellville, AR 72801
Health and Wellness Center
The Health and Wellness Center is located in Doc Bryan Student Services Center, Suite 119. To make an appointment with a counselor or nurse, call 479-968-0329.
The Health and Wellness Center at Arkansas Tech University can help survivors of sexual misconduct sort through their feelings and begin the recovery process. The professionals at Counseling Services are trained to provide crisis intervention on short term and emergency issues. Counseling Services can also provide referral services for outside providers, law enforcement, and Title IX. Counseling services are free for all students.
Nurses in the Health and Wellness Center are able to assist survivors of sexual misconduct through women’s health services and sexually transmitted infection testing and treatment.
Department of public safety
Assistance can be obtained 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from Public Safety located at 716 N. El Paso Avenue and available by phone at 479-968-0222 or dialing 911.
Assistance can be obtained Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Public Safety located at 1700 Helberg Lane, Collegiate Center, Room 100C and available by phone at 479-508-3359 or by dialing 911.
Off Campus Assistance
Law enforcement assistance is available off campus through the Russellville and Ozark Police Departments 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by calling 911.
Arkansas Tech University does not discriminate on the basis of color, sex, sexual
orientation, gender identity, race, age, national origin, religion, veteran status,
genetic information, or disability in any of its practices, policies, or procedures.
This includes, but is not limited to, employment, admissions, educational services,
programs or activities which it operates, or financial aid.
Arkansas Tech University complies with all applicable state and federal laws including, but not limited to, Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as amended, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act Amendments of 1974, Age Discrimination Act, Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act, Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Act, the Civil Rights Restoration Act of 1987, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and the Civil Rights Act of 1991.
Responsibility for implementation and compliance with this Nondiscrimination Policy has been delegated to Melissa Riffle, Director of Human Resources, AA/EEO Officer who can be reached by emailing email@example.com or calling (479) 968-0396. The Nondiscrimination Policy is housed in the University's Equal Opportunity, Harassment (Sexual Misconduct), and Nondiscrimination Policy. More information about the Policy can be found here.
The Office of Disability Services (DS) facilitates reasonable accommodations in programs, services, and activities to enable students with disabilities access to the same opportunities as their peers. Disability Services staff make accommodation determinations based on documentation provided by the student, including medical and psychological evaluations. Students must self-identify through an application process and meet with a Disability Services staff member for determination and facilitation of reasonable and appropriate accommodations. For information on registering with the Disability Services office or to make an appointment with a staff member, please call (479) 968-0302, TTY: (479) 964-3290, email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or stop by the office located in the Doc Bryan Student Services Building, Suite 141. An online application for services can be found at www.atu.edu/disabilities/.
Victim Assistance Outreach Program
The 5th Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney's Office's Victim Assistance Outreach Program provides assistance with:
- Orders of Protection
- Contacting Law Enforcement Agencies
- VINE (Victim Identification and Notification Everyday)
- Arkansas Crime Victims Reparations Program (assists with financial compensation, counseling, lost wages, and funeral expenses)
- Referrals to other community services such as the Ozark Rape Crisis Center, River Valley Shelter, and Crisis Intervention Center
- Information on the criminal court process
The Arkansas Victim Assistance Coordinator for Pope County can be reached at 479-968-8600. The Coordinator for Johnson County can be reached at 479-667-0544, and the Coordinator for Franklin County can be reached at 479-705-0579.
Ozark rape crisis center
With locations in Clarksville and Russellville, Arkansas, this entity provides 24-hour crisis intervention. The Ozark Rape Crisis Center also provides ongoing advocacy for survivors of sexual violence. The hotline telephone number is 1-800-818-1189 and the website is: https://www.ozarkrapecrisiscenter.org/.
River Valley Shelter
The River Valley Shelter is a local domestic violence shelter that offers 24-hour crisis intervention. The organization offers many advocacy services in addition to their safehouse for survivors of intimate partner violence. The hotline telephone number is (479) 968-3110, and the website is: https://www.rivervalleyshelter.org/.
national and state resources
National Domestic Violence Hotline:
24-hour hotline: 1-800-799-(SAFE) 7233 - 24-hour live chat: www.thehotline.org
National Sexual Assault Hotline:
24-hour hotline: 1-800-656-4673 - 24-hour online hotline: https://ohl.rainn.org/online/
National Human Trafficking Hotline:
24-hour hotline: 1-888-373-7888 (TTY 711) - 24-hour online hotline: https://humantraffickinghotline.org/
Office for Civil Rights:
1-800-421-3481 - www.hhs.gov/ocr
To report any education discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, or disability, request information on civil rights compliance programs, procedures for filing discrimination complaints, or access to civil rights regulatory and policy documents.
Arkansas Coalition Against Sexual Assault:
24-hour hotline: 1-800-656-4673 - https://www.arkcasa.org/
Arkansas Coalition Against Domestic Violence:
List of domestic violence shelters throughout the state: https://www.domesticpeace.com/
- One Love Foundation (Relationship Violence)
- Cyber Civil Rights Initiative (revenge/nonconsensual pornography)
- EndTAB: Ending Technology-Enabled Abuse
- Safety Planning (National Domestic Violence Hotline)
- VictimConnect Resource Center
- Online Dating and Dating App Safety Tips (RAINN)
- Safety Planning (RAINN)
- Self-Care After Trauma (RAINN)
- HeartMob (online harassment)
- Crash Override Network (online abuse)
- Domestic Violence Resources for Mental Health & Addiction (addictions.com)