Policies

Non-Discrimination and Gender-based Misconduct Policy

Hendrix College, Human Resources
Policy # 09200
Effective: Wednesday, October 31, 2018
Purpose

All members of the College 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 College community expectations and to establish a mechanism for determining when those expectations have been violated.

Additional Authority
Scope

This policy applies to all employees of the College.

Responsible Party

Title IX Coordinator

1. Statement

Hendrix College strives to maintain an environment free from discrimination and harassment, where employees treat each other with respect, dignity and courtesy.  The College adheres to the principle of equal educational and employment opportunity without regard to age, race, color, gender, disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, or national origin.  

Title IX Staff
Title IX Coordinator: Shawn Goicoechea, goicoechea@hendrix.edu,  
Human Resources, 1545 Washington Ave, 501-450-1415 
Title IX Investigator & Education Coordinator: Dr. Allison Vetter, vetter@hendrix.edu, SLTC 150 
Title IX Deputies: Vicki Lynn, VP of Human Resources; Dr. Terri Bonebright, Provost of the College; Jim Wiltgen, Dean of Students; Kesha Baoua, Associate Dean of Students and Director of Student Rights and Responsibilities; Amy Weaver, Director of Athletics 


2. Gender-based Misconduct Policy Overview

Upon notice of alleged gender-based misconduct, the College will consider this violation under the Gender-based misconduct policy (GBM) prior to any other campus policy. This policy will apply to any cases of Gender-based Misconduct in which an employee is the respondent. For any case in which a student is the respondent please refer to the process and procedures outlined in the student handbook.

All members of the College community are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that does not infringe upon the rights of others.  Upon notice of gender-based discrimination or sexual misconduct as described by this policy, protective and other remedial measures will be taken, as appropriate, to end the conduct, remedy the effects on individuals and the Hendrix community, and prevent recurrence. Remedies include serious disciplinary action, up to and including termination, when a responding party is found to have violated this policy. 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 College community expectations and to establish a mechanism for determining when those expectations have been violated.

The College encourages any individual who has been subject to non-consensual sexual contact of any kind or harassment to report that to the College.  To provide sensitive personal information to as few people as possible during the reporting process it is recommended that employees report incidents to Shawn Goicoechea, Title IX Coordinator and Assistant Director of Human Resources, at 501-450-1415.  A conversation with a Title IX official does not require an individual proceed with the formal investigative process outlined below, however the determination as to whether to proceed with an investigation and potential disciplinary action against an individual ultimately lies with the College and campus safety may require the institution to proceed regardless of a reporting party's desire to participate in the process. The College is committed to the preservation of the rights of both the reporting party and the person 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 adjudication process.

Any allegation of misconduct that, if true, is determined to represent a potential violation of this policy will be investigated in accordance with this policy. The Title IX Coordinator or Title IX Investigator will complete the investigation. For cases in which the employee is the respondent the decision makers will be the Vice President of Human Resources and one Title IX Deputy to be determined by the Vice President of Human Resources or Title IX Coordinator. 

In the event that the Title IX Coordinator determines that an allegation does not represent a policy violation complaint involving employees will be handled through normal HR procedures, and faculty may consult the Faculty Handbook for grievance procedures to determine appropriate pathway for resolution.

3. Complete Policy Document

The complete Gender-based Misconduct Policy and Procedures is available for download here.

Revisions

Date Change
10/31/2018 Initial upload