Gender-Based Misconduct

This policy is adapted from the model policies and code authored by the National Center for Higher Education Risk Management (www.ncherm.org).  Use of this model policy has been licensed to Hendrix College for its Code of Conduct.  All other use is strictly reserved to NCHERM under its copyright.  Adaptation, use or copying of this code by any institution other than Hendrix College is not permitted without express written authorization by the copyright holder. 

Hendrix College believes in a zero tolerance policy for gender-based misconduct.  When an allegation of gender-based misconduct is brought to the administration, and a respondent is found to have violated this policy, sanctions will be used to address the misconduct.  All members of the community are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that does not infringe upon the rights of others. The Hendrix College Gender-Based Misconduct Policy has been developed to reaffirm these principles and to provide recourse for those individuals whose rights have been violated.  This policy is intended to define community expectations and to establish a mechanism for determining when those expectations have been violated.

RELATIONSHIP VIOLENCE OFFENSES INCLUDE, BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO:

            1. Dating Violence
            2. Domestic Violence
            3. Stalking

Relationship Violence Charges

1. Dating Violence

• Violence committed by a person who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic nature with the victim. Dating violence includes sexual or physical abuse or the threat of such abuse.

2. Domestic Violence

  • Felony or misdemeanor crimes of violence committed by a current or former spouse of the victim, by a person with whom the victim shares a child, or a person cohabitating with the victim.

3. Stalking

  • Engaging in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to either fear for his or her safety or the safety of others or suffer substantial emotional distress.
    • Course of conduct means two or more acts, including, but not limited to, acts in which the stalker directly, indirectly, or through third parties, by any action, method, device, or means follows, monitors, observes, surveils, threatens, or communicates to or about, a person, or interferes with a person's property.
    • Substantial emotional distress means significant mental suffering or anguish that may, but does not necessarily, require medical or other professional treatment or counseling.


What to do if you are the victim of gender-based violence

 

Get to a Safe Place Quickly - If the perpetrator is still in the area, or his or her presence on campus is threatening, call the Hendrix Public Safety Department (501-450-7711) or use a blue light emergency phone, or call the Conway Police Department (911)

2. Contact Someone to Help - Contacting a supportive friend or family member, or a professional resource can be helpful when recovering from gender-based misconduct 

3. Preserve Physical Evidence – If you have been assaulted, you may have evidence of the assault and the perpetrator’s identity left on your body. It is important not to bathe or shower to preserve evidence. If you have been sexually assaulted, it is important to not douche or even use the bathroom if possible. If you are being stalked, preserve any information that provides proof of the behavior. Preserving evidence may help prove an offense occurred and aid in obtaining a protection order.

4. Seek Timely Medical Attention – If you have been injured, you are encouraged to go for a medical exam as soon as possible because injuries should be treated promptly and evidence deteriorates quickly.

5. Develop a safety plan- If you are experiencing relationship violence, then developing a safety plan is important. This includes things like changing your routine, arranging a place to stay, and having a friend or relative go places with you. Also, decide in advance what to do if the stalker or abuser shows up at your home, work, school, or somewhere else. Memorize important phone numbers, such as the people to contact or places to go in an emergency. Keep spare change, calling cards, or a cell phone handy for immediate access to communication. Have money available for transportation if you need to take a taxi to escape.


Contact Person for Title IX Inquiries

If you have questions about your rights under Title IX, or if you feel your rights have been violated under Title IX, you may contact the Hendrix College Title IX Coordinator, Shawn Goicoechea at 501-450-1494.



      





                          Student Handbook Contact Info

                          Jim Wiltgen
                          Dean of Students
                          (501) 450-1222
                          wiltgen@hendrix.edu

                          Kesha Baoua
                          Assoc. Dean of Students;
                          Director of the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities
                          (501) 450-1222
                          baoua@hendrix.edu

                          De Ann Huett
                          Administrative Assistant 
                          (501) 450-1222
                          huett@hendrix.edu

                           

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