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Student Services

We want you to take an active role in enjoying your experience here at SouthArk, and the best way to do so
is by taking full advantage of all the great resources we have to offer! Free campus events, student organizations,
leadership development and much more!

Title IX

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.

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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

♥ Akouo Counseling

Newhaven Counseling and Health Services


After Hours/Emergency 1-800-825-1554

Vice President for Student Services 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.

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, Interim Director, Human Resources)
  • Vacant, Vice President for Student Services
  • Dr. Stephanie Tully-Dartez, Vice President for Academic Affairs
  • Michael C. Armstrong, Vice President for Finance and Administration, Appeals Officer
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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:

  • Michael Armstrong, Vice President for Finance and Administration/Appeals Officer
  • Dr. Stephanie Tully-Dartez, Vice President for Academic Affairs
  • Vacant, Vice President for Student Services
  • Brandi Cotterman, Deputy Title IX Coordinator/Lead Decision Maker/Hearing Officer/Interim 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

Caitlyn Lynn, Advisor

Gary Hall, Advisor

Brandi Cotterman, Interim Human Resources Director
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Hearing Officer/Decision Maker/Deputy Title IX Coordinator

Benjamin Cagle, Instructional Technology Coordinator
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Lead Investigator

Cynthia Meyer, Dean, Health Sciences
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Lead Investigator, Deputy Title IX Coordinator

Teresa Hampton, Admissions Specialist
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Investigator, Advisor



Jayna Winiecki, Registrar
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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 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 Booklet: Title IX: Addressing Interpersonal Violence.

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.


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"Reach Out – College Edition” is a free smartphone resource guide, and since it's an app, Reach Out is convenient and private. You'll never be asked for any identifying information, so using Reach Out is completely anonymous.


Each resource includes a description, complete contact details, and hours. Subcategories make it easy to find resources at the local, state, and national levels.

Click Here for the Android App
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South Arkansas College utilizes materials from SUNY for annual training requirements for our Title IX team. For more information, please visit