Sex-based harassment, including sexual misconduct, is prohibited by ATU's Equal Opportunity, Harassment (Sexual Misconduct), and Nondiscrimination Policy and Procedures. Arkansas Tech University strongly encourages reporting of any form of gender-based discrimination or sex-based harassment, including sexual misconduct, such as sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, sexual harassment, and sexual exploitation. Sexual misconduct complaints may be filed at any time, regardless of the length of how much time has elapsed since the alleged incident(s). Click here to learn more about your reporting options and to access the online reporting form.
Whether you decide to report or not, ATU wants to ensure that you are supported. We urge you to speak about what happened with someone you trust who can support you emotionally and help you develop a plan. This person could be a friend, family member, pastor, mentor, advocate from the Ozark Rape Crisis Center, counselor in the Health and Wellness Center, the Title IX Coordinator, or someone else who will be able to support you during this time.
Ozark Rape Crisis Center (24/7): 1-800-818-1189 or https://www.ozarkrapecrisiscenter.org/
River Valley Shelter (24/7): (479) 968-3110 or https://www.rivervalleyshelter.org/
Confidential counseling services are available through the Arkansas Tech University Health and Wellness Center in the Doc Bryan Student Services Center, Suite 119. To schedule an appointment or for more information, please contact the Health and Wellness Center at (479) 968-0329. The following licensed counselors offer confidential counseling for students at Arkansas Tech:
Kristy Davis, firstname.lastname@example.org
Janis Taylor, email@example.com
Leann Watson, firstname.lastname@example.org
Hunter Bramlitt, email@example.com
"Sexual misconduct" means any unwelcomed conduct of a sexual nature, including any conduct or act of a sexual nature perpetrated against an individual without consent. Sexual misconduct can occur between strangers or acquaintances, including people involved in an intimate or sexual relationship. Sexual Misconduct can be committed by any person upon any other person, regardless of the sex, sexual orientation, and/or gender identity or expression of those involved.
Sexual Harassment (sexual misconduct) includes:
Conduct on the basis of sex/gender, or that is sexual in nature, that satisfies one or more of the following:
The following are key terms defined in Appendix A (glossary) of ATU's Equal Opportunity, Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct Policy and Procedures.
Notice means that an employee, student, or third-party informs the Title IX Coordinator or other Official with Authority of the alleged occurrence of harassing, discriminatory, and/or retaliatory conduct.
Official with Authority (OWA)means an employee of ATU explicitly vested with the authority to institute corrective measures for harassment, discrimination, and/or retaliation on behalf of ATU.
Parties include the Complainant(s) and Respondent(s), collectively.
Process Ameans the Formal Grievance Process used to address qualifying allegations of sexualharassment, sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking involving students,staff, administrator, or faculty members.
Process Bmeans the administrative resolution procedures detailed in Appendix C that apply only when Process A does not, as determined by the Title IX Coordinator.
Remedies are post-final determination actions directed to the Complainant and/or the community as mechanisms to address safety, prevent recurrence, and restore access to ATU’s educational program.
Respondent means an individual who has been reported to be the perpetrator of conduct that couldconstitute
harassment or discrimination based on a protected characteristic or retaliation for engaging in a protected
activity under this Policy.
Relevant Evidence is evidence that tends to prove (inculpatory) or disprove (exculpatory) an issue in the complaint.
Resolution means the result of an Informal Resolution or Formal Grievance Process.
Responsible Employee means an employee of ATU who is mandated by policy to share knowledge, notice, and/or reports of harassment, discrimination, and/or retaliation with the Title IX Coordinator.
Sanction means a consequence imposed by ATU on a Respondent who is found to have violated this Policy.
Student refers to each person who is currently enrolled, full-time or part-time, in any non-credit or credit courses pursuing undergraduate, graduate, or post-graduate/professional studies. For the purposes of this Policy and under the ATU Student Code of Conduct, a student may also be defined as any individual who is a concurrently enrolled high school student.
Title IX Coordinator is at least one official designated by ATU to ensure compliance with Title IX and ATU’s Title IX program. References to the Coordinator throughout this Policy may also encompass a designee of the Coordinator for specific tasks.
Title IX Team refers to the Title IX Coordinator, any deputy coordinators, and any member of the Grievance Process Pool.