Title IX

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a federal law prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sex in all education programs and activities operated by recipients of federal funds. It states: “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any educational program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.” (U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights).

The College’s Commitment
Arkansas Baptist College is committed to maintaining a learning environment that is free from discriminatory in all of its forms based on gender. As required by Title IX, the College does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its education programs and activities, and it encourages any student or non-student who thinks that she or he has been subjected to sex discrimination, sexual harassment, including sexual violence or sexual misconduct by another student, member of the faculty or staff, or campus visitor or contractor, to immediately report the incident to any of the individuals, offices or agencies listed below.

Role of Title IX Officer
The Title IX Officer is responsible for coordinating the College’s compliance with Title IX, including overseeing all complaints of sexual discrimination, including sexual violence, sexual assault, rape, violence against women, stalking, and sexual harassment. The Title IX Officer investigates alleged discrimination, sexual assault and or harassment complaints; conducts fair and impartial hearings for alleged sexual assault and sexual violence complaints; and educates the campus community members concerning Title IX policies and procedures. Questions or concerns may be directed to any of the individuals, offices or agencies below.

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The College encourages students to immediately consult with or report incidents of sex discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual violence or sexual misconduct to the College Title IX Coordinator or Deputy Title IX Coordinators.

College Title IX Coordinator
Vicki A. Williams, Ph.D.
Office: Coaches Corner, Suite One
Telephone: 501.420.1329
Email: vicki.williams@arkansasbaptist.edu

Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Students
Mr. Brian Miller, MS
Dean of Students
Office: 2nd Floor Community Union
Telephone: 501.766.8279
Email: brian.miller@arkansasbaptist.edu

Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Faculty & Staff
Ms. Pamela Brimley, MS
Director of Human Resources
Office: 1600 Administration Building
Telephone: 501.420.1219
Email: pamela.brimley@arkansasbaptist.edu

Students may also report incidents of sexual discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual violence or sexual misconduct to any College Responsible Employee, who is then required to promptly notify any of the above Title IX Coordinators of the reported incident.

Complaints or allegations of student-on-student sex discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual violence or sexual misconduct will be handled first by the Office of the Dean of Students and the Department of Campus Safety and will be referred to the Title IX Coordinator.

Complaints of sex discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual violence or sexual misconduct by non-students will be handled by the Office of Human Resources with assistance from the Department of Campus Safety and the College Title IX Coordinator, where appropriate.

ABC Sexual Assault Policy

Sexual Assault is defined by Arkansas Baptist College as “sexual contact of any kind with someone who has not given their consent is sexual assault.” Sexual contact from kissing to touching to having sexual intercourse or oral sex is a violation of the Sexual Assault Policy. Any member of the campus community who violates this policy will receive disciplinary action.

ABC Sexual Violence Policy (Domestic Violence)

Domestic Violence occurs between people involved in an intimate relationship, regardless of the individuals’ sex or sexual orientation. Sexual Violence is defined by Arkansas Baptist College as “forcible control that one person has over another, that physically harms, arouses fear, or any behavior that includes the use of physical and sexual violence, threats and intimidation, emotional abuse, and economic deprivation. Any behavior from another individual that involves hitting, name calling, fighting, yelling or brings harm in any way to will not be tolerated by the College and those who violate this policy will be subject to disciplinary action.

Violence Against Women Act

A sweeping response to the perception of increased violence against women in America, the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) of 1994 was a broad-based law that created everything from funding of domestic-violence programs to civil rights remedies for women who were victims of gender-based attacks.

Reporting a Sexual Assault:

If you are sexually assaulted, you are encouraged to call the Police immediately. You can call the ABC Campus Safety: 501.786.7356 or Little Rock Police Department: 911. You can also call the Arkansas Sexual Assault Crisis Response Hotline: 1800.977.5776, 24/7, Tool Free, Confidential. If the incident occurred off-campus, ABC Campus Safety is willing to coordinate notification to the appropriate law enforcement agency where the incident occurred. Be sure, when contacting the Police, to let them know if the perpetrator is still in the area and if any weapons were involved. Write down what happened, in your own words, to help you better remember if you decide to press charges.

Contact someone you trust, such as a close friend or RA, to be with you and support you through the process. This person may accompany you to the hospital or police station if you wish. An advocate from the Arkansas Rape Crisis Center can be requested through the emergency room staff.

You have the right to pursue charges against the perpetrator. You may file charges through the College Judicial Process with the Dean of Students or the Title IX Coordinator, or file criminal charges, or file a civil suit.

If You Are Victimized:

  • Get to a Safe Place as soon as you can. Get to the nearest lighted public place.
    TELL SOMEBODY. Campus Authorities such as RAs, Campus Police, Professor, Academic Advisor, and/or Coaches will assist you in getting the medical attention that you need as well as law enforcement officials.
  • Do Not change clothes, shower, bathe, or douche as this is Physical Evidence that will be needed in court such as hair, blood types, seminal fluids, scrapings of flesh from your nails.
  • Try your best to protect the area that the sexual assault took place whether in your residence hall room, your car, or your apartment. Try to recall the area where the assault took place so the Police Officers can recover evidence left at the scene.
  • Get Medical attention as soon as possible. A medical examination will provide any necessary treatment and collect important evidence, especially if injuries are not immediately apparent.
  • It is critical for the law enforcement agency (Campus Security or Little Rock Police Department) to be informed as soon as possible after the incident so that appropriate steps, such as gathering evidence and information and arresting the perpetrator, can be handled in a timely manner.

It is always the survivor’s choice as to whether or not to report a sexual assault or sexual violence incident, but reporting an assault or alleged assault, is extremely important for the protection of both the survivor and the community at large. Reporting an assault does not mean that the survivor must prosecute. However, it does begin the legal process if the survivor decides to prosecute at a later date. The survivor has the option of requesting a concealed identity or pseudonym during the investigation. The Code of Student Conduct outlines the procedures for an alleged sexual assault and violence against women. The Title IX Coordinator will investigate and conduct a fair hearing for all incidents of sexual assault, violence against women, sexual harassment, and stalking.

Mr. Brian Miller, MS
Dean of Students
Office: 2nd Floor Community Union
Mobile: 501.766.8279
Email: brian.miller@arkansasbaptist.edu

Department of Campus Safety
Office: 1600 Administration Building
Mobile: 501.786.7356

For additional information or support, please visit contact the College Title IX Coordinator at: 501.420.1329 (office) or vicki.williams@arkansasbaptist.edu.

The U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights (OCR) is the division of the federal government charged with enforcing compliance with Title IX. Information regarding the Office for Civil Rights can be found: http://www.ed.gov/ocr

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