What is Title IX?
Title IX is the federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex or gender in schools that receive federal funding.
Members of the SouthArk community, guests, and visitors have the right to be free from all forms of sex/gender harassment, discrimination and misconduct, examples of which can include acts of sexual violence, sexual harassment, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. All members of SouthArk are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that does not infringe upon the rights of others. SouthArk believes in zero tolerance for sex/gender-based misconduct. Zero tolerance means that when an allegation of misconduct is brought to an appropriate administrator’s attention, protective and other remedial measures will be used to reasonably ensure that such conduct ends, is not repeated, and the effects on the victim and community are remedied, including serious sanctions when a responding party is found to have violated this policy.
SouthArk’s sex/gender harassment, discrimination, and misconduct polices are not meant to inhibit or prohibit educational content or discussions inside or outside of the classroom that include controversial or sensitive subject matters protected by academic freedom. Academic freedom extends to topics that are pedagogically appropriate and germane to the subject matter of courses or that touch on academic exploration of matters of public concern.
SouthArk uses the preponderance of the evidence (also known as “more likely than not”) as a standard of proof of whether a violation occurred. In campus resolution proceedings legal terms like guilt, innocence and burdens of proof are not applicable, but SouthArk never assumes a responding party is in violation of college policy. Campus resolution proceedings are conducted to take into account the totality of all evidence available from all relevant sources.
Go to a safe location, and if injured, seek immediate medical attention. If you are sexually assaulted, you may seek assistance by contacting the following:
|South Arkansas Regional Health Center||
After Hours/Emergency 1-800-825-1554
|Vice President for Student Services||870-864-7128|
|Women's Crisis Center of South Arkansas||870-836-0375|
|Title IX Coordinator||870-875-7235|
|El Dorado Police Department||911 for emergency, 870-863-4141|
|National Sexual Assault Hotline||1.800.656.HOPE(4673)|
Blue light emergency phones are located in the parking lots between the Library and Computer Technology Building, Health Science Building, and El Dorado Conference and Student Center on West Campus.
Blue light emergency phones are located between the McGehee Classroom Building and the Workforce Development Building on East Campus.
If you are off campus and in an emergency situation, call the El Dorado Police Department (911). You may also report the assault directly to the El Dorado Police Department or with the assistance of SouthArk Campus Security Staff.
Employees are expected to report all incidents of sex/gender based misconduct that are suspected or reported to them. They may do so by clicking on the "Make a Report" button below.
Listed below are the addresses and contact information for SouthArk's Title IX Coordinator as well as the Office of Civil Rights office for our area:
Title IX Coordinator
El Dorado Conference Center
311 South West Avenue
El Dorado, AR 71730
Telephone: (870) 875-7235
Facsimile: (870) 864-7137
Office for Civil Rights
U.S. Department of Education
1999 Bryan Street, Suite 1620
Dallas, TX 75201-6810
Telephone: (214) 661-9600
Facsimile: (214) 661-9587
|SouthArk Investigative Team|
Bill Fowler, Director of Human Resources
Brandi Cotterman, Payroll Services Coordinator
Cynthia Meyer, Program Director/Professor OTA
Benjamin Cagle, Distance Learning Specialist
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|Take the pledge to help end sexual assault here.||Check out this video from TED talks by Tony Porter entitled: A Call to Men.||Consent must be freely given. Watch this video from itsonus.org for more information.|
|Watch this video for more information on consent.||
For the latest information on our sexual misconduct policy see our electronic version of Title IX: Addressing Interpersonal Violence.
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INFORMATION THAT'S SPECIFIC TO SOUTHARK’S CAMPUS
Each resource includes a description, complete contact details, and hours. Subcategories make it easy to find resources at the local, state, and national levels.
All incoming and transfer students must either receive Title IX Training in their SAS classes or enroll via blackboard. Employees may complete annual training by following the instructions below, printing a certificate, and forwarding it to Human Resources.
To self enroll:
1. From Blackboard, type in "Title IX" in course search box. Click on "Go."
2. From options menu, click arrow and select "Enroll."
3. Complete course and click "Submit." You may print a certificate after passing each module.