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Sexual Misconduct

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Arkansas State University is committed to providing an educational and work environment for its students, faculty, and staff that is free from sexual misconduct including sexual harassment, sexual assault, and sexual violence. No form of sexual discrimination will be tolerated.

Avoiding Sexual Misconduct

All members of the campus community are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that does not infringe upon the rights of others. Supervisors and staff members must recognize that their positions necessarily embody unequal power relationships with their subordinates and students. Because of the inherent power differences in these relationships, the potential exists for the less powerful to perceive a coercive element in suggestions relative to activities outside those appropriate to the professional relationship. It is the responsibility of supervisors and staff members to behave in such a manner that their words or actions cannot reasonably be perceived as coercive.

Reporting Sexual Misconduct

Employees with supervisory responsibilities and university police personnel must report incidents of sexual discrimination either observed by them or reported to them to the Title IX Coordinator who will conduct an immediate, thorough, and objective investigation of all claims. If a violation has occurred, appropriate corrective measures commensurate with the severity of the offense will be taken in an effort to reasonably ensure that such actions are not repeated. All reports, complaints, and investigations are treated with discretion and confidentiality is maintained to the extent allowed by law. The following guidelines and procedures have been developed to reaffirm these principles and to provide recourse for those individuals whose rights have been violated. This procedure is intended to define community expectations and to establish a mechanism for determining when those expectations have been violated.

Responding to Sexual Misconduct

The university reserves the right to take whatever measures it deems necessary in response to an allegation of sexual misconduct in order to protect individuals' rights and personal safety. Such measures include, but are not limited to, modification of campus living arrangements/working space, modification of class schedules, work shifts, interim suspension from campus pending a hearing, and reporting the matter to law enforcement. Not all forms of sexual misconduct will be deemed to be equally serious offenses, and the university reserves the right to impose different sanctions, ranging from verbal warning to expulsion, depending on the severity of the offense. The university will consider the concerns and rights of both the complainant and the person accused of sexual misconduct.

The university reserves the right at any time to change, delete, or add provisions to this procedure. The procedure posted on the webpage of the Office of Affirmative Action supersedes all previous versions - electronic or in print.

Title IX Coordinator
Alexia Whitaker
awhitaker@astate.edu
Phone: 870-972-2015
Human Resources Department

Deputy Coordinator, Students
Patience Bartunek
pbartunek@astate.edu
Phone: 870-972-2834
Student Union, Suite 2029

Deputy Coordinator, Faculty & Staff
Katrina Watson
klwatson@astate.edu
Phone: 870-972-3454
Human Resources Department

Deputy Coordinator, Athletics
Amy Holt
aholt@astate.edu 
Phone: 870-680-4163
Football Complex