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
• 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.
- 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
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
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.
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
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.