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Title IX

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Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 prohibits any person in the United States from being discriminated against on the basis of sex in seeking access to any educational program or activity receiving federal financial assistance. South Arkansas College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its educational programs, activities, admissions practices, or employment.

Members of the SouthArk community, guests, and visitors have the right to be free from sexual harassment and misconduct, examples of which can include acts of sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. All members of SouthArk are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that does not infringe upon the rights of others. 

SouthArk’s sex/gender harassment, discrimination, and misconduct policies are not meant to inhibit or prohibit educational content or discussions inside or outside of the classroom that include controversial or sensitive subject matters protected by academic freedom or free speech. Academic freedom extends to topics that are pedagogically appropriate and germane to the subject matter of courses or that touch on academic exploration of matters of public concern.

SouthArk uses the preponderance of the evidence (also known as “more likely than not”) as a standard of proof of whether a violation occurred. In campus resolution proceedings legal terms like guilt, innocence and burdens of proof are not applicable, but SouthArk never assumes a responding party is in violation of college policy. Campus resolution proceedings are conducted to take into account the totality of all evidence available from all relevant sources.

SouthArk strives to ensure a safe environment for its students and employees. If you notice a concerning or potentially dangerous behavior, or you are a student who needs assistance please click the button and send a Cares Report. A member of the team will reach out to the student and offer assistance.

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Go to a safe location, and if injured, seek immediate medical attention.  If you are sexually assaulted, you may seek assistance by contacting the following:

Public Safety 870-864-7125

♥ UAMS AR-ConnectNow

800-482-9921
Newhaven Counseling and Health Services

870-862-7921

After Hours/Emergency 1-800-825-1554

Vice President for Student Affairs 870-864-7128
Turning Point Crisis Line 1-870-862-0929
Women's Crisis Center of South Arkansas 870-836-0375
Compassion's Foundation Hotline 870-235-1414 (24⁄7)
Title IX Coordinator 870-875-7235
El Dorado Police Department 911 for emergency, 870-863-4141
Legal Aid of Arkansas 1-800-9 LAW AID (1-800-952-9243)
Arkansas Law Help Call the Helpline: 1-888-540-2941
TTY: 711 or 800-285-1131
El Dorado Union County Victims Assistance 870-863-8762
National Sexual Assault Hotline 1.800.656.HOPE(4673)
♥National Domestic Violence Hotline 1.800.799.SAFE(7233)
♥National Suicide Prevention Hotline 1.800.273.8255 or 988
National Human Trafficking Hotline Call 1-888-373-7888 ( TTY: 711)|*Text 233733 |Live Chat
 indicates a confidential resource in most cases.
 
Red emergency phones are located in Whitfield, the Computer Technology Building, El Dorado Conference and Student Center, and the Library on West Campus.  On East Campus, the red phones are located in the Atrium of the Center for Workforce Development and the Student Lobby of the McGehee Building.
 
Blue light emergency phones are located in the parking lots between the Library and Computer Technology Building, Health Science Building, and El Dorado Conference and Student Center on West Campus.

Blue light emergency phones are located between the McGehee Classroom Building and the Workforce Development Building on East Campus.

If you are off campus and in an emergency situation, call the El Dorado Police Department (911).  You may also report the assault directly to the El Dorado Police Department or with the assistance of SouthArk Campus Security Staff.

Confidentiality
 
The following Officials will provide privacy, but not confidentiality, upon receiving a report of conduct prohibited under this policy:
  • Title IX Coordinator (Vanessa Williams) or Deputy Title IX Coordinator/Hearing Officer/Decision Maker (Brandi Cotterman, Director, Human Resources)
  • Jenny Sanders, Vice President for Student Affairs
  • Dr. Stephanie Tully-Dartez, Vice President for Academic Affairs
  • Ann Southall, Vice President for Finance and Administration, Appeals Officer
 

SouthArk strives to ensure a safe environment for its students and employees. If you notice a concerning or potentially dangerous behavior, or you are a student who needs assistance please click the button and send a Cares Report. A member of the team will reach out to the student and offer assistance.

southark cares report


Responsible Employees

Responsible employees are expected to report all incidents of sex/gender-based misconduct that are reported to them to the Title IX Coordinator. They may do so by clicking on the "Make a Report" button below. SouthArk's responsible employees are:

  • Ann Southall, Vice President for Finance and Administration/Appeals Officer
  • Jenny Sanders, Provost
  • Brandi Cotterman, Deputy Title IX Coordinator/Lead Decision Maker/Hearing Officer/Human Resources Director

Listed below are the addresses and contact information for SouthArk's Title IX Coordinator as well as the Office of Civil Rights office for our area:

Vanessa Williams
Title IX Coordinator
300 South West Avenue
El Dorado, AR 71730
Telephone: (870) 875-7235
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Office for Civil Rights
Dallas Office
U.S. Department of Education
1999 Bryan Street, Suite 1620
Dallas, TX 75201-6810
Telephone: (214) 661-9600
Facsimile: (214) 661-9587
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SouthArk Investigative Team

 

Gary Hall, Advisor

Brandi Cotterman, Human Resources Director
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870-864-7149
Hearing Officer/Decision Maker/Deputy Title IX Coordinator

 

Cynthia Meyer, Dean, Health Sciences
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870-864-7171
Lead Investigator, Deputy Title IX Coordinator

 

 

 

Mary Katherine Endel, Benefit and Payroll Specialist
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870-864-7149
Investigator

 

 

 

Application for Crime Victim Compensation

How much do you know about stalking?  Visit the Stalking Resource Center.

The Truth on Title IX: Cross-examination

Take the pledge to help end sexual assault here.

Check out this video from TED talks by Tony Porter entitled:  
A Call to Men

Consent must be freely given.  Watch this video from itsonus.org for more information.

Watch this video for more information on consent.

Sexual Violence Continuum

Watch this video by Cornell on Bystander Intervention.

SouthArk's Sexual Misconduct Policy and Procedure

SouthArk Title IX Brochure

Handout for Victims or Complainants

Substance Abuse and Domestic Violence

Technology Safety

Human Trafficking Hotline Organization

Arkansas Coalition Against Sexual Assault

Arkansas Coalition Against Domestic Violence

VINELink is an online portal to the victim notification network providing victims and concerned citizens with information, can be accessed 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to provide the most reliable information for custody status changes and criminal case information.

 

SouthArk strives to ensure a safe environment for its students and employees. If you notice a concerning or potentially dangerous behavior, or you are a student who needs assistance, please click the button and send a Cares Report. A member of the team will reach out to the student and offer assistance.

southark cares report

South Arkansas College utilizes materials from SUNY for annual training requirements for our Title IX team. For more information, please visit https://system.suny.edu/sci/postedtraining.

SouthArk strives to ensure a safe environment for its students and employees. If you notice a concerning or potentially dangerous behavior, or you are a student who needs assistance please click the button and send a Cares Report. A member of the team will reach out to the student and offer assistance.

southark cares report

Bystander Intervention Resources

 

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Scan the QR Code to download the what3words app. what 3 words qr code

bright skyBright Sky is a safe, easy-to-use app and website that provides practical support and information on responding to domestic violence. It is for anyone experiencing domestic violence or those worried about someone else.

National Resource Center on Domestic Violence Safety Tips

National Domestic Violence Hotline

Hours: 24/7. Languages: English, Spanish, and 200+ through interpretation service 

SMS: Text START to 88788

800-799-7233

safety netSafety Net develops and maintains educational resources, apps, and toolkits for survivors and professionals working with survivors, focusing on understanding tech abuse and the strategic use of technology to increase and maintain safety and privacy.

national domestic violence hotlineIf you are experiencing interpersonal violence, you can use this tool to develop a safety plan by yourself, with a support person, or with a service provider (e.g., a counselor or psychiatrist). A safety plan is a set of actions that can help lower your risk of being hurt by your partner. It includes information specific to you and your life that will increase your safety at school, home, and other places

noonlight

Noonlight is an easy way to feel safer when walking alone or any time you want that extra security.

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