Title IX

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.

What is 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)

Title IX requires institutions of higher education to outline steps to prevent and remedy forms of sex-based discrimination which include:

  • Sexual Assault/Rape
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Sexual Exploitation
  • Stalking
  • Sexual Violence
  • Relationship Violence (including dating and domestic violence)
  • Gender-based Harassment
  • Pregnant and Parenting Students

The U. S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) is responsible for enforcement of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.

Title IX requires schools to take steps to prevent and remedy forms of sex-based discrimination.

Types of Sex-Based Discrimination:

Rape/Sexual Assault

A person commits rape if he or she engages in sexual intercourse or deviate sexual activity with another person by forcible compulsion. The victim is incapable of consent by reason of being physically helpless, mentally defective, or mentally incapacitated. The victim is less than 14 years of age. However, it is an affirmative defense that the offender was not more than 3 years older than the victim. It is no defense that the victim consented to the conduct. The victim is a minor and the offender is the victim’s guardian, uncle, aunt, grandparent, step-grandparent, or grandparent by adoption; brother or sister of the whole or half blood or by adoption; or nephew, niece, or first cousin. However, it is an affirmative defense that the offender was not more than 3 years older than the victim. It is no defense that the victim consented to the conduct (Ark. Code § 5-14-103 (rape).

Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment means unwelcome, sex-based verbal or physical contact that:

(1) In the employment context, any instance of quip pro quo harassment by a school’s employee; any unwelcome conduct that a reasonable person would find so sever, pervasive, and objectively offensive that it denies a person equal educational access; any instance of sexual assault (as defined in the Clery Act), dating violence, domestic violence, or stalking as defined in the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA); unreasonably interferes with an employee’s work performance or creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work environment; or


(2) In the education context, is sufficiently severe and pervasive and objectively offensive conduct, effectively denying a person equal educational access, persistent, or pervasive that the conduct interferes with a student’s ability to participate in or benefit from educational programs or activities. Sexual harassment can occur between and/or among students, staff, faculty and/or third parties and can include unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, nonverbal, or physical conduct of a sexual nature, such as sexual assault or acts of sexual violence.


(3) Harassment does not include constitutionally protected activity or conduct that serves a legitimate purpose. Severe and pervasive and objectively offensive conduct, effectively denying a person equal educational access where unwelcomed sex-based conduct consists of speech or expressive conduct that may be within the realm of Title IX enforcement with respect for free speech and academic freedom.


Sexual Harassment is unwelcome behavior of a sexual nature that affects an individual’s employment, unreasonably interferes with work performance, or creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work environment. Sexual harassment can be:


• Physical, including unwelcome touching or gesturing
• Verbal, including unwelcome requests for a date or sexual favors, lewd remarks, or sounds
• Visual, including unwelcome exposure to sexual photos, cartoons, or drawings (AR Code Sec. 16-123-101et seq.).

Sexual Exploitation

Photographing or taping someone (via audio, video or otherwise) involved in sexual contact, or in any state of undress, without their consent constitutes sexual exploitation and is a violation of this policy. The act of taking those images/recordings without consent is one form of sexual exploitation. The act of sharing images such as photographs or video/audio of someone involved in sexual contact or in a state of undress, without their consent, constitutes an additional act of sexual exploitation that is separate from the act of taking the images/audio.

Stalking

Stalking means a course of conduct directed at a person that would cause a reasonable person to fear for the person’s safety or to suffer substantial emotional distress. Stalking that is motivated by sex or gender will be handled under this policy. Stalking that is not motivated by sex or gender may still be a violation of Arkansas Baptist College policy.

Relationship Violence

Under this Policy, Relationship Violence includes both dating and domestic violence. Relationship Violence can occur at any stage in a relationship, including after its termination.

Sexual Violence

Sexual Violence is a form of sexual harassment. Sexual violence, which is non-consensual physical conduct of a sexual nature. A number of different acts fall into the category of sexual violence, including rape, sexual assault, sexual battery, sexual abuse, and sexual coercion.

Gender-Based Harassment

Gender-based Harassment, which is unwelcome conduct based on a person’s actual or perceived sex, including harassing conduct based on a person’s gender expression, gender identity, transgender status, gender transition, or nonconformity with sex stereotypes.

Pregnant and Parenting Students

Title IX prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, including pregnancy and parental status, in educational programs and activities.

Role of Title IX Coordinator

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 the Title IX Coordinator, Deputy Title IX Coordinators or the Office for Civil Rights (OCR).

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

Complaints or allegations of student-on-student sex discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual violence and domestic violence of sexual misconduct will be handled 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, and domestic violence of 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.

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


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.

Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Students
Marlow Rockwell, M.D
Dean of Students
Office: 2nd Floor Community Union
Mobile: 501.766.8279
Email: marlow.rockwell@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@legacy.arkansasbaptist.edu

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

Sgt. Clay Durham
Interim Director of Campus Safety
Office: 1600 Administration Building
Mobile: 501.786.7356
Email: claiborn.durham@arkansasbaptist.edu

 

Campus Resources 

Little Rock Police Department (LRPD)
Call 911

Center for Healing Hearts & Spirits
2416 S. Chester Street
Little Rock, AR 72206
Telephone: 501.372.3800
Mobile: 501.749.5416
Fax: 501.372.2150
Website: www.hhscenter.org

Arkansas Sexual Assault Crisis Response Hotline
1.800.977.5776 & 24/7 Toll Free Confidential

National Domestic Violence
Hotline for Advice
800.799. SAFE (7233)

Arkansas Coalition
Against Sexual Assault
200 River Market Avenue
Suite 100
Little Rock, AR  72201
Telephone: 501.246.3047
Fax: 501.324.2236
Toll Free Number: 1-866-63-ACASA/1.866.632.2272
Website: www.acasa.us

Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)/Stop National Hotline
1.800. 656. HOPE or 1. 800. 656. 4673

It’s On Us: www.itsonus.gov

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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