Policies and Procedures Manual

Chapter 3: Student Affairs

03:01:08   Sexual Misconduct

Related Policies

TBR Policy Sexual Misconduct:

Northeast State Community College strives to maintain an environment that is free of intimidation and encourages education of students to their fullest extent. Therefore, the College will not tolerate acts or threats of acts of sexual assault, physical assault, or any type of violence.

Northeast State, in accordance with Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) Policy Sexual Misconduct:, defines the following behaviors as sexual misconduct:

  • Dating Violence – violence against a person when the involved individuals are dating, have dated, or have or have had a sexual relationship.
  • Domestic Violence – violence against a person when the involved parties are current or former spouses, live together or have lived together, are related by blood or adoption, are related or were formally related by marriage, or are adult or minor children of a person in a relationship described above.
  • Sexual Assault – the non-consensual sexual contact between two parties or when force or coercion is used to accomplish the act, or when there is a lack of consent. Consent is an informed decision, freely given, made through mutually understandable words or actions that indicate a willingness to participate in mutually agreed upon sexual activity.
  • Stalking – a willful course of conduct involving repeated or continuing harassment of another individual that would cause a reasonable person to feel terrorized, frightened, intimidated, threatened, harassed, or molested. 

Complete definitions related to sexual misconduct and consent, as well as primary prevention and support services, are located at www.NortheastState.edu/SexualViolence.

Anyone who is a victim of sexual misconduct should immediately contact the Northeast State Police Department or the College’s Title IX Coordinator (the Assistant Director of Equity and Compliance). Reporting such an incident does not mean the victim must press charges or take the incident to criminal court. The reporting establishes a record of the incident for possible Timely Warning/Emergency Notification alerts to the campus community. In a case of sexual assault, the victim should make every effort to preserve evidence at the scene of the crime and compose an accurate description of the events leading up to, and during, the attack.

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Revision History: April 2014; July 2014; October 2014; Edited Feb. 2020