You can choose to report the incident to Conway
Police Department (911 or 501-450-6120), Hendrix Public Safety (450-7711), the Hendrix Dean of Students Office
(450-1222), and/or to a Hendrix counselor (450-1448) or chaplain (450-1263).
The decision whether to report, and to whom to report, is always left to the
The Dean of Students Office will assist you in
reporting the incident to local police if you would like to do so. Reporting to
the Conway Police Department does not interfere in your right to pursue conduct
charges at Hendrix.
Confidential Reporting Options
You can also choose to not report the incident to
the local police, but to report it to Hendrix Public Safety or confidentially
to the Dean of Students Office. Reporting the incident does not mean you have
to pursue conduct charges. That will be your choice.
Any Public Safety reports available to the
public will not include identifying information about the victim.
Anonymous Reporting Options
If you want to talk about the incident, but do
not want to report it to the Dean of Students Office, then you can speak with a
Hendrix counselor or chaplain.
In processing gender-based misconduct cases, the
college is committed to the preservation of the rights of both the accuser and
the student in question, including the right to confidentiality insofar as
legal requirements and issues of individual and community safety allow, the
right to the presumption of innocence, and the right to a fair and timely
Orders of Protection
Hendrix No-Contact Order: Students
are entitled to seek a no-contact order that imposes reasonable restrictions on
student contact. The Dean of Students office will issue the no-contact order.
Legal Order of Protection: Students
may also pursue an Order of Protection from the Faulkner County Prosecuting
Attorney’s Office. The Victim Service Center of the Prosecuting Attorney’s
Office should be contacted to pursue this option. The phone number is
501-450-3051. The Dean of Students
Office will assist you in pursuing an Order of Protection if you would like to
Available for Victims of Gender-Based Misconduct
If you have been the victim of gender-based
misconduct, the Dean of Students office will provide assistance to you to
change academic, living, transportation, and/or working situations if you
request those changes and they are reasonably available. This assistance is
available whether or not you report the crime to Public Safety or local police.
Federal Timely Warning Reporting Obligations
Victims of sexual misconduct should also be aware
that college administrators must issue timely warnings for incidents reported
to them that pose a substantial threat of bodily harm or danger to members of
the campus community. The college will
make every effort to ensure that a victim’s name and other identifying
information is not disclosed, while still providing enough information for
community members to make safety decisions in light of the danger.
Gender-Based Assault Victim Support Services
Students who are victims of offenses are
encouraged to seek support through on-campus and off-campus services.
Students may contact the campus Counseling Center on-campus at 501-450-1448 to
schedule an appointment with a campus counselor. There is no charge for
this service. Students may also choose to contact support agencies off
campus which include the following:
24-hour Conway Women’s
Shelter Crisis Hotline (866-358-2265)
Rape Crisis Hotline
(501-801-2700) or (877-432-5368)
Hope Reinn National
Sexual Assault Hotline (800-656-4673)
Hendrix Health Services
Residential Life Office
professional staff (450-1416)
Dean of Students Office
Hendrix Public Safety
Prosecuting Attorney’s Victim Services Center (501-450-3051)
National Center for Victims of Crime
Procedural Provisions for Gender-Based Misconduct and Other Sensitive Issues
Although in campus hearings legal ideas like
guilt and innocence are not applicable, Hendrix College will never assume a
student is in violation of college policy.
In fact, campus hearings are conducted to take into account the totality
of all evidence available, from all relevant sources.
The Department of Education’s Office of Civil
Rights has interpreted Title IX to require schools to evaluate evidence of
alleged Gender-Based Misconduct under a “preponderance of the evidence” standard and
that is the standard adopted by this policy.
A preponderance of the evidence means that the conduct in question “more
likely than not” occurred. In the
context of a hearing hereunder, the accused student will be found to be
responsible for the alleged gender-based misconduct if the Panel, by majority vote,
concludes that such Gender-Based Misconduct more likely than not occurred based upon
careful review of all evidence presented.
student(s) in question shall be notified, in writing, of the alleged charge(s)
and of the date, time, and place of the hearing. Every effort will be made to
set up a hearing within ten (10) working days after an investigation of an incident is completed; however, factors
– such as holiday breaks, end of academic term, on-going investigation, etc.
may prevent the College from meeting this guideline. To ensure a prompt process
and hearing, gender-based misconduct complaints are given priority. The College will seek to resolve all issues of sexual misconduct within 60
days of the reporting of the incident to the College.
The college reserves the right to take whatever
measures it deems necessary in response to an allegation of gender-based misconduct
in order to protect students’ rights and personal safety. Such measures
include, but are not limited to, modification of living arrangements, interim
suspension from campus pending a hearing, and reporting to the local police.
Not all forms of gender-based misconduct will be
deemed to be equally serious offenses, and the college reserves the right to
impose differing sanctions, ranging from oral warning to expulsion, depending
on the severity of the offense. The college will consider the concerns and
rights of both the complainant and the person accused of gender-based misconduct. Under this policy, any complainant has
standing, whether the misconduct occurred in a male-on-female context, or the
context is female-on-male, male-on-male, female-on-female or involved multiple
students of any gender.
Procedural Rule for Addressing Information
about Past Sexual History The past sexual history or sexual character of a
party will not be admissible by the other party in hearings unless such
information is determined to be highly relevant by the Chair. All such information sought to be admitted
will be presumed irrelevant, and any request to overcome this presumption by
the parties must be included in the complaint/response or a subsequent written
request, and must be reviewed in advance of the hearing by Dean of Students,
Associate Dean of Students, or Chair of the hearing board. While previous conduct violations by the
accused student are not generally admissible as information about the present
alleged violation, the Dean of Students or Associate Dean of Students may
supply previous complaint information to the board, or may consider it if
he/she is hearing the complaint, only if:
The accused was previously found to be responsible;
The previous incident was substantially similar to the present allegation; or
3) Information indicates
a pattern of behavior and substantial conformity with that pattern by the