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Equal Opportunity, Harassment and Nondiscrimination

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    Bethel College does not discriminate in its employment practices or in its educational programs or activities on basis of race, religion, color, sex/gender, pregnancy, political affiliation, religion, creed, ethnicity, national origin (including ancestry), citizenship status, physical or mental disability (including perceived disability), age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, veteran or military status (including disabled veteran, recently separated veteran, active duty wartime or campaign badge veteran, and Armed Forces Service Medal veteran), predisposing genetic characteristics, domestic violence victim status, or any other protected category under applicable local, state, or federal law. The College also prohibits retaliation against any person opposing discrimination or participating in any discrimination investigation or complaint process internally or externally.

    Bethel College is committed to providing a workplace and educational environment, as well as other benefits, programs, and activities, that are free from discrimination, harassment, and retaliation. To ensure compliance with federal and state civil rights laws and regulations, and to affirm its commitment to promoting the goals of fairness and equity in all aspects of the educational program or activity, Bethel College has developed internal policies and procedures that provide a prompt, fair, and impartial process for those involved in an allegation of discrimination or harassment on the basis of protected class status, and for allegations of retaliation.

    Bethel College values and upholds the equal dignity of all members of its community and strives to balance the rights of the parties in the grievance process during what is often a difficult time for all those involved.

    Effective August 14, 2020, Bethel College will address all forms of harassment and discrimination—including sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, stalking, and retaliation—through its Equal Opportunity, Harassment, & Non-Discrimination Policy and Procedures.

    Bethel College is dedicated to ensuring a prompt, effective, and compassionate response to any report of discrimination. To report possible discrimination (including sexual harassment, sexual violence, dating/domestic violence, stalking, and/or retaliation), ask questions, or communicate concerns, contact the Title IX Coordinator at (316) 284-5248 (ext. 248) or email titleixcoordinator@bethelks.edu or the U.S. Assistant Secretary of Education within the Office for Civil Rights (OCR)

    Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, and the federal regulations adopted under the act, prohibit sex discrimination in the employment setting. The regulations define sexual harassment in the workplace as a distinct type of employment discrimination on the basis of sex. In 1980, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued guidelines defining sexual harassment and stipulating that sexual harassment in the workplace is a violation of Title VII.

    Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, including sexual harassment and sexual violence, in any educational programs and activities of educational institutions that receive federal funding. Bethel College students and employees are covered by Title IX.

    Bethel College is dedicated to ensuring a prompt, effective, and compassionate response to any report of discrimination. To report possible discrimination (including sexual harassment, sexual violence, dating/domestic violence, stalking, and/or retaliation), ask questions, or communicate concerns, contact the Title IX Coordinator at (316) 284-5248 (ext. 248) or email titleixcoordinator@bethelks.edu or the U.S. Assistant Secretary of Education within the Office for Civil Rights (OCR)

    Read the full Bethel College Equal Opportunity, Harassment, & Non-Discrimination Policy and Procedures (Full Text)

    Main Points:

    • Bethel College policy protects being discriminated on the basis of many different areas, including but not limited to sex, gender, race, age, religion, and ethnicity.
    • Discrimination can include sexual harassment, sexual violence, dating/domestic violence, stalking, retaliation, and/or other prohibited behavior.
    • It is Bethel College’s duty to Stop, Prevent, and Remedy occurrences of discrimination and harassment.
    • If you have experienced or witnessed any such prohibited behavior, you are entitled to make a report to or file a formal complaint with the Title IX Coordinator.
    • Similarly, Bethel College will respect a reporting party’s choice not to file a formal complaint when doing so is in the best interest of the party as well as the campus community.
    • After a report or formal complaint has been made, an initial assessment will be conducted and interim supportive measures may be enacted.
    • If it is determined that there has been a possible violation of College policy, an investigation will proceed.
    • Certain allegations may result in a hearing in addition to an investigation.
    • You have the right to appeal the findings of an investigation and/or hearing.
    • You are protected against retaliation for reporting an incident or participating in the investigation.

    Summary of Procedures: 

    In general, there are seven (7) steps to the resolution process to a formal complaint. There may be times when they do not fall in the same order as below or times when the investigation transitions back and forth between different steps of the process. For a full and complete description of the Bethel College investigation and resolution processes, please consult the Equal Opportunity, Harassment, & Non-Discrimination Policy and Procedures or contact the Title IX Coordinator.

    1. Report or Notice
    2. Formal Complaint
    3. Initial Assessment: Review of Jurisdiction & Applicable Policy Process & Optional Informal Resolution 
    4. Investigation (with possibility of optional informal resolution)
    5. Formal Review of Evidence & Investigation Report
    6. Live hearing & Determination 
    7. Appeal

    Explanatory Resources:

    • Flowcharts, Checklists, and other related resources soon to follow!

    Campus Documents:

    Campus Contacts (Confidential) for Parties:

    • Campus Counselor
      Jill Hoopes, Director of Student Wellness
      Will Academic Center, Rm 102
      Phone: (316) 284-5326
      Email: jhoopes@bethelks.edu
    • Campus Pastor
      Michael Unruh
      Office of Student Life
      Administration Building
      Phone: (316) 284-5318
      Email: munruh@bethelks.edu

    Campus Contacts for Parties:

    • Assistance is available to Complainants and Respondents, through the Title XI Coordinator, to provide changes in housing, work schedules, and class sections. It is also available to help with no-contact orders, class assignments, communication with instructors and other needs or questions that may arise.
    • Title IX Coordinator
      Jacob Gunden
      Administration Building
      Phone: (316) 284-5248
      Email: titleixcoordinator@bethelks.edu
    • Director of Center for Academic Development
      Dan Quinlin
      Will Academic Center, Office 110
      Phone: (316) 284-5333
      Email: dquinlin@bethelks.edu

    Local (Confidential) Resources for Reporting Parties:

    • Safehope – 24/7 Help Line: (800) 487-0510

      Safehope provides advocacy and support to all survivors and secondary victims of sexual violence, dating/domestic violence, and stalking in Harvey County. Safehope creates a safe environment for survivors to understand the resources and options available to them and get support as they begin their healing journey. Staff are available 24/7 off-campus, and are also typically on-campus Tuesdays between 12:00-2:00pm in a private office on the second floor of the Administration Building.

    State or National (Confidential) Resources for Reporting Parties:

    Medical Resources for Reporting Parties:

    • For individuals experiencing sexual assault, completing a sexual assault medical exam is recommended in order to identify and address physical injuries. Exams are performed by a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE). Seeking such service does not obligate a person to file a criminal report with law enforcement, nor does it require a person to pursue a formal complaint through Bethel College.
    • Newton Medical Center, Emergency – 9-1-1, Non-Emergency – (316) 283-2700 600 Medical Center Dr., Newton, KS 67114
    • Ascension Via Christi Health – St. Joseph Hospital (SANE), Emergency – 9-1-1, Non-Emergency – (316) 268-5000, 24/7 3600 E. Harry St., Wichita, KS 67218
    • Ascension Via Christi Health—St. Francis Hospital, Emergency – 9-1-1, Non-Emergency – (316) 268-5000, 24/7 929 N. Saint Francis, Wichita, KS 67214
    • Wesley Medical Center (SANE)Emergency – 9-1-1, Non-Emergency –  (316) 962-9122, 24/7 550 N. Hillside St., Wichita, KS 67214

    State & National Organizations:

    Bethel College has an administrative, not a criminal, process to follow when harassment, discrimination, or sexual misconduct is reported. Typically, the Complainant determines any law enforcement involvement, though Bethel College will contact law enforcement in situations of imminent student safety or where otherwise required by law. Individuals are encouraged to file a report or to contact law enforcement when a sexual misconduct situation occurs.

    Bethel College will comply with law enforcement requests for cooperation to the extent possible permitted by law, and such cooperation may require the College to suspend the fact-finding aspect of a College investigation while the law enforcement agency is in the process of gathering evidence. The College will promptly resume its investigation as soon as notified by law enforcement agency that it may do so.

    Bethel College will implement appropriate interim steps (supportive measures) during the law enforcement agency’s investigation period for the safety of the participating individuals and the campus community, and to mitigate retaliation.

    Local Law Enforcement:

    • North Newton Police Department
      Randy Jordan, Chief of Police
      2601 N. Main, North Newton, KS 67117
      Phone: (316) 283-3191 or call 9-1-1 if it is an emergency
      Email:    nnpd@northnewton.org

    Glossary:

    • Advisor means a person chosen by a party or appointed by Bethel College to accompany the party to meetings related to the resolution process, to advise the party on that process, and to conduct cross-examination for the party at the hearing, if any.

    • Complainant means an individual who is alleged to be the victim of conduct that could constitute harassment or discrimination based on a protected class; or retaliation for engaging in a protected activity.

    • Complaint (formal) means a document submitted or signed by a Complainant or signed by the Title IX Coordinator alleging harassment or discrimination based on a protected class or retaliation for engaging in a protected activity against a Respondent and requesting that the Bethel College investigate the allegation.

    • Confidential Resource means an employee who is not a Mandated Reporter of notice of harassment, discrimination, and/or retaliation (irrespective of Clery Act Campus Security Authority status).

    • Education program or activity means locations, events, or circumstances where Bethel College exercises substantial control over both the Respondent and the context in which the sexual harassment or discrimination occurs and also includes any building owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by Bethel College.

    • Final Determination: A conclusion by the preponderance of the evidence that the alleged conduct did or did not violate policy.

    • Finding: A conclusion by the preponderance of the evidence that the conduct did or did not occur as alleged (as in a “finding of fact”).

    • Hearing Decision-maker(s) refers to those who have decision-making and sanctioning authority within the Bethel College’s Formal Grievance Process.

    • Investigator means the person or persons charged by Bethel College with gathering facts about an alleged violation of this Policy, assessing relevance and credibility, synthesizing the evidence, and compiling this information into an investigation report and file of directly related evidence.

    • Mandated Reporter means an employee of the Bethel College who is obligated by policy to share knowledge, notice, and/or reports of harassment, discrimination, and/or retaliation with the Title IX Coordinator.

    • Notice means that an employee, student, or third-party informs the Title IX Coordinator or other Official with Authority of the alleged occurrence of harassing, discriminatory, and/or retaliatory conduct.

    • Official with Authority (OWA) means an employee of Bethel College explicitly vested with the responsibility to implement corrective measures for harassment, discrimination, and/or retaliation on behalf of the Bethel College.

    • Parties include the Complainant(s) and Respondent(s), collectively.

    • Relevant Evidence is evidence that tends to prove or disprove an issue in the complaint.

    • Remedies are post-finding actions directed to the Complainant and/or the community as mechanisms to address safety, prevent recurrence, and restore access to the Bethel College’s educational program.

    • Respondent means an individual who has been reported to be the perpetrator of conduct that could constitute harassment or discrimination based on a protected class; or retaliation for engaging in a protected activity.

    • Resolution means the result of an informal or Formal Grievance Process.

    • Sanction means a consequence imposed by Bethel College on a Respondent who is found to have violated this policy.

    • Sexual Harassment is the umbrella category including the offenses of sexual harassment, sexual assault, stalking, and dating violence and domestic violence.

    • Supportive Measures are non-disciplinary, non-punitive individualized services offered as appropriate, as reasonably available, and without fee or charge to the parties to restore or preserve access to Bethel College’s education program or activity, including measures designed to protect the safety of all parties or Bethel College’s educational environment, and/or deter harassment, discrimination, and/or retaliation.

    • Title IX Team refers to the Title IX Coordinator, any deputy coordinators (if applicable), and any member of the Grievance Process Pool.

    Sexual Harassment, as an umbrella category, includes the offenses of sexual harassment, sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking, and is defined below. Further information regarding specific definitions and potential examples of misconduct are provided in the Bethel College Equal Opportunity, Harassment, & Non-Discrimination Policy and Procedures.

    Conduct on the basis of sex/gender or that is sexual that satisfies one or more of the following:

    • Quid Pro Quo:
      1. an employee of Bethel College,
      2. conditions the provision of an aid, benefit, or service of Bethel College,
      3. on an individual’s participation in unwelcome sexual conduct.
    • Sexual Harassment:
      1. unwelcome conduct,
      2. determined by a reasonable person,
      3. to be so severe, and
      4. pervasive, and,
      5. objectively offensive,
      6. that it effectively denies a person equal access to Bethel College’s education program or activity.

    Unwelcomeness is subjective and determined by the Complainant (except when the Complainant is younger than the age of consent). Severity, pervasiveness, and objective offensiveness are evaluated based on the totality of the circumstances from the perspective of a reasonable person in the same or similar circumstances (“in the shoes of the Complainant”), including the context in which the alleged incident occurred and any similar, previous patterns that may be evidenced.

    • Sexual assault, defined as:
      1. Sex Offenses, Forcible:
        1. Any sexual act directed against another person,
        2. without the consent of the Complainant,
        3. including instances in which the Complainant is incapable of giving consent.
      2. Sex Offenses, Non-forcible:
        1. Incest:
          • Non-forcible sexual intercourse,
          • between persons who are related to each other,
          • within the degrees wherein marriage is prohibited by Kansas law. 
        2. Statutory Rape:
          • Non-forcible sexual intercourse,
          • with a person who is under the statutory age of consent of 16.
    • Dating Violence, defined as:
      1. violence,
      2. on the basis of sex,
      3. committed by a person,
      4. who is in or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the Complainant.

    The existence of such a relationship shall be determined based on the Complainant’s statement and with consideration of the length of the relationship, the type of relationship, and the frequency of interaction between the persons involved in the relationship. For the purposes of this definition—

    • Dating violence includes, but is not limited to, sexual or physical abuse or the threat of such abuse.
    • Dating violence does not include acts covered under the definition of domestic violence.

     

    • Domestic Violence, defined as:
      1. violence,
      2. on the basis of sex,
      3. committed by a current or former spouse or intimate partner of the Complainant,
      4. by a person with whom the Complainant shares a child in common, or
      5. by a person who is cohabitating with, or has cohabitated with, the Complainant as a spouse or intimate partner, or
      6. by a person similarly situated to a spouse of the Complainant under the domestic or family violence laws of Kansas, or
      7. by any other person against an adult or youth Complainant who is protected from that person’s acts under the domestic or family violence laws of Kansas.

    To categorize an incident as Domestic Violence, the relationship between the Respondent and the Complainant must be more than just two people living together as roommates. The people cohabitating must be current or former spouses or have an intimate relationship.

    • Stalking, defined as:
      1. engaging in a course of conduct,
      2. on the basis of sex,
      3. directed at a specific person, that
        1. would cause a reasonable person to fear for the person’s safety, or
        2. the safety of others; or
        3. Suffer substantial emotional distress.         

    For the purposes of this definition—

    • Course of conduct means two or more acts, including, but not limited to, acts in which the Respondent 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.
    • Reasonable person means a reasonable person under similar circumstances and with similar identities to the Complainant.
    • Substantial emotional distress means significant mental suffering or anguish that may but does not necessarily require medical or other professional treatment or counseling.

    Bethel College additionally prohibits the following offenses as forms of discrimination when the act is based upon the Complainant’s actual or perceived membership in a protected class.

    • Sexual Exploitation, defined as: taking non-consensual or abusive sexual advantage of another for their own benefit or for the benefit of anyone other than the person being exploited, and that conduct does not otherwise constitute sexual harassment. Including but not limited to:
      • Sexual voyeurism
      • Invasion of sexual privacy
      • Taking pictures, video, or audio recording of another in a sexual act, or in any other sexually-related activity when there is a reasonable expectation of privacy during the activity, without the consent of all involved in the activity, or exceeding the boundaries of consent (such as allowing another person to hide in a closet and observe sexual activity, or disseminating sexual pictures without the photographed person’s consent), including the making or posting of revenge pornography
      • Engaging in sexual activity with another person while knowingly infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) or a sexually-transmitted disease (STD) or infection (STI), without informing the other person of the infection
      • Forcing a person to take an action against that person’s will by threatening to show, post, or share information, video, audio, or an image that depicts the person’s nudity or sexual activity
      • Knowingly soliciting a minor for sexual activity
      • Engaging in sex trafficking
      • Creation, possession, or dissemination or child pornography

     

    • Discrimination, defined as actions that deprive, limit, or deny other members of the community of educational or employment access, benefits, or opportunities.

     

    • Intimidation, defined as implied threats or acts that cause an unreasonable fear of harm in another.

     

    • Hazing, defined as acts likely to cause physical or psychological harm or social ostracism to any person within the Bethel College community, when related to the admission, initiation, pledging, joining, or any other group-affiliation activity.

     

    • Bullying, defined as:
      • repeated and/or severe
      • aggressive behavior
      • likely to intimidate or intentionally hurt, control, or diminish another person, physically and/or mentally
      • that is not speech or conduct otherwise protected by the First Amendment.

    Consent is:

    • knowing, and
    • voluntary, and
    • clear permission
    • by word or action
    • to engage in sexual activity.

    Individuals may experience the same interaction in different ways. Therefore, it is the responsibility of each party to determine that the other has consented before engaging in the activity.

    If consent is not clearly provided prior to engaging in the activity, consent may be ratified by word or action at some point during the interaction or thereafter, but clear communication from the outset is strongly encouraged.

    For consent to be valid, there must be a clear expression in words or actions that the other individual consented to that specific sexual conduct. Reasonable reciprocation can be implied. For example, if someone kisses you, you can kiss them back (if you want to) without the need to explicitly obtain their consent to being kissed back.

    Consent can also be withdrawn once given, as long as the withdrawal is reasonably and clearly communicated. If consent is withdrawn, that sexual activity should cease within a reasonable time.

    Consent to some sexual contact (such as kissing or fondling) cannot be presumed to be consent for other sexual activity (such as intercourse). A current or previous intimate relationship is not sufficient to constitute consent.

    Resources for Understanding Consent:

    Force: Force is the use of physical violence and/or physical imposition to gain sexual access. Force also includes threats, intimidation (implied threats), and coercion that is intended to overcome resistance or produce consent (e.g., “Have sex with me or I’ll hit you,” “Okay, don’t hit me, I’ll do what you want.”).

    Sexual activity that is forced is, by definition, non-consensual, but non-consensual sexual activity is not necessarily forced. Silence or the absence of resistance alone is not consent. Consent is not demonstrated by the absence of resistance. While resistance is not required or necessary, it is a clear demonstration of non-consent.

    Coercion: Coercion is unreasonable pressure for sexual activity. Coercive conduct differs from seductive conduct based on factors such as the type and/or extent of the pressure used to obtain consent. When someone makes clear that they do not want to engage in certain sexual activity, that they want to stop, or that they do not want to go past a certain point of sexual interaction, continued pressure beyond that point can be coercive.

    Incapacitation: A person cannot consent if they are unable to understand what is happening or is disoriented, helpless, asleep, or unconscious, for any reason, including by alcohol or other drugs. As stated above, a Respondent violates this policy if they engage in sexual activity with someone who is incapable of giving consent.

    It is a defense to a sexual assault policy violation that the Respondent neither knew nor should have known the Complainant to be physically or mentally incapacitated. “Should have known” is an objective, reasonable person standard that assumes that a reasonable person is both sober and exercising sound judgment.

    Incapacitation occurs when someone cannot make rational, reasonable decisions because they lack the capacity to give knowing/informed consent (e.g., to understand the “who, what, when, where, why, or how” of their sexual interaction).

    Incapacitation is determined through consideration of all relevant indicators of an individual’s state and is not synonymous with intoxication, impairment, blackout, and/or being drunk.

    Bethel College policy also covers a person whose incapacity results from a temporary or permanent physical or mental health condition, involuntary physical restraint, and/or the consumption of incapacitating drugs.

    The topics of consent, force, and incapacitation are addressed in greater detail in the full Bethel College Equal Opportunity, Harassment, & Non-Discrimination Policy and Procedures.

    Take action if you see someone in need!

    You have the ability to Take Action to intervene or prevent a potentially harmful situation.

    • Bystander, is any person who notices a behavior or situation that could lead to something bad, and are faced with the choice to help, to do nothing, or contribute to the negative behavior.
    • Active Bystander, is any person who does something to decrease the likelihood that something bad will occur or get worse. As an active bystander, there are positive and safe ways to prevent or intervene when there is a risk of behaviors such as discrimination, harassment, sexual violence, dating/domestic violence, stalking, or any other type of behavior that could occur on a college campus.

    What you can do to help:

    • Recognize behaviors that might be high risk for violence or harm
    • Attempt to help, but keep yourself safe.
    • Intervene in a way you feel comfortable:
      • Check in with the person to see if they are OK or needs help
      • Create a distraction
      • Call for help or delegate someone else to call

    Even if there is a delay, follow-up with the person and see if there’s any support they may need

    Bethel College will offer and implement appropriate and reasonable supportive measures to the parties upon notice of alleged harassment, discrimination, and/or retaliation.

    Supportive measures are non-disciplinary, non-punitive individualized services offered as appropriate, as reasonably available, and without fee or charge to the parties to restore or preserve access to Bethel College’s education program or activity, including measures designed to protect the safety of all parties or Bethel College’s educational environment, and/or deter harassment, discrimination, and/or retaliation.

    The Title IX Coordinator promptly makes supportive measures available to the parties upon receiving notice or a complaint. At the time that supportive measures are offered, Bethel College will inform the Complainant, in writing, that they may file a formal complaint with Bethel College either at that time or in the future, if they have not done so already. The Title IX Coordinator works with the Complainant to ensure that their wishes are taken into account with respect to the supportive measures that are planned and implemented.

    Bethel College will maintain the privacy of the supportive measures, provided that privacy does not impair Bethel College’s ability to provide the supportive measures. Bethel College will act to ensure as minimal an academic and/or occupational impact on the parties as possible. Bethel College will implement measures in a way that does not unreasonably burden the other party.

    These actions may include, but are not limited to:

    • Referral to counseling, medical, and/or other healthcare services
    • Referral to the Employee Assistance Program
    • Referral to community-based service providers
    • Visa and immigration assistance
    • Student financial aid counseling
    • Education to the Bethel College community or community subgroup(s)
    • Altering campus housing assignment(s)
    • Altering work arrangements for employees or student-employees
    • Safety planning
    • Providing campus safety escorts
    • Providing transportation accommodations
    • Implementing contact limitations (no-contact orders) between the parties
    • Academic support, extensions of deadlines, or other course/program-related adjustments
    • Trespass, Persona Non Grata (PNG), or Be-On-the-Lookout (BOLO) orders
    • Timely Warnings
    • Class schedule modifications, withdrawals, or leaves of absence
    • Increased security and monitoring of certain areas of the campus
    • Any other actions deemed appropriate by the Title IX Coordinator

    Violations of no-contact orders will be referred to appropriate student or employee conduct processes for enforcement.

    “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.” –Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972

     

    The governmental agency in charge of Title IX is the U.S. Department of Education’s (ED) Office for Civil Rights (OCR). Title IX covers discrimination on the basis of sex and mandates all organizations which receive financial support from ED operate in a nondiscriminatory fashion relating to a person’s sex/gender. Sex discrimination, sexual harassment, and sexual assault/violence must be thoroughly and impartially investigated. Organizations must stop, prevent, and remedy the effects of sex/gender discrimination.

     

    The U.S. Supreme Court, as well as ED’s OCR, has interpreted discrimination to include sexual harassment, sexual assault, and sexual violence. The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) included domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking to covered acts under Title IX.

    The Title IX Coordinator and oversees implementation of the Bethel College Equal Opportunity, Harassment, & Non-Discrimination Policy and Procedures. The Title IX Coordinator has the primary responsibility for coordinating Bethel College’s efforts related to the intake, investigation, resolution, of reported and incents, as well as the implementation of supportive measures to stop, remediate, and prevent discrimination, harassment, and retaliation prohibited under this policy.

    Bethel College policy applies to the education program and activities of Bethel College, to conduct that takes place on the campus or on property owned or controlled by Bethel College, at Bethel College-sponsored events, or in buildings owned or controlled by Bethel College’s recognized student organizations. The Respondent must be a member of Bethel College’s community in order for its policies to apply.

     

    This policy can also be applicable to the effects of off-campus misconduct that effectively deprive someone of access to Bethel College’s educational program. Bethel College may also extend jurisdiction to off-campus and/or to online conduct when the Title IX Coordinator determines that the conduct affects a substantial Bethel College interest.

     

    Regardless of where the conduct occurred, Bethel College will address notice/complaints to determine whether the conduct occurred in the context of its employment or educational program or activity and/or has continuing effects on campus or in an off-campus sponsored program or activity.

     

    Even when the Respondent is not a member of the Bethel College’s community, supportive measures, remedies, and resources may be accessible to the Complainant by contacting the Title IX Coordinator.

    If you would like to file a report of harassment, discrimination, sexual misconduct, dating/domestic violence, stalking, or retaliation, you may do so through the following options:

     

    • Bethel College Title IX Coordinator

    Jacob Gunden

    300 E. 27th St., North Newton, KS 67117

    Phone:         (316) 284-5248

    Email:            titleixcoordinator@bethelks.ed

     

     

    Please Note: Bethel College’s ability to remedy and respond to notice may be limited if the Complainant does not want Bethel College to proceed with an investigation and/or grievance process. The goal is to provide the Complainant with as much control over the process as possible, while balancing Bethel College’s obligation to protect its community.

    While the Campus Pastor and Campus Counselor are the only, truly confidential Bethel College resources, the College will take reasonable and appropriate steps to ensure your safety and privacy. Bethel College needs to balance the safety of the community against your potential desire for strict confidentiality, but private information will be shared with the fewest number of people on a strict need-know basis.

     

    Bethel College will take measures to respect the privacy of all parties involved in a reported incident. Although the College cannot commit to complete confidentiality of any report, it will not disseminate information unless there is a pre-determined need-to-know. To ensure a thorough investigation is conducted, a Respondent will be told the name of the Complainant and any subsequent witnesses, and witnesses may be told the name of parties involved.

    In order to make informed choices, it is important to be aware of confidentiality and mandatory reporting requirements when consulting campus resources. On campus, some resources such as the Campus Pastor and Campus Counselor may maintain confidentiality and are not required to report actual or suspected discrimination or harassment. They may offer options and resources without any obligation to inform an outside agency or campus official unless a Complainant has requested the information be shared.

     

    If a Complainant expects formal action in response to their allegations, reporting to any Mandated Reporter can help to connect them with resources or to report crimes and/or policy violations. Mandated Reporters will immediately pass reports to the Title IX Coordinator (and/or law enforcement, if desired by the Complainant), who will take action when an incident is reported to them.

     

    Please note that Bethel College’s ability to remedy and respond to notice may be limited if the Complainant does not want Bethel College to proceed with the formal complaint and investigation process. The goal is to provide the Complainant with as much control over the process as possible, while balancing Bethel College’s obligation to protect its community.

     

    In cases in which the Complainant requests confidentiality/no formal action, and the circumstances allow Bethel College to honor that request, Bethel College will offer informal resolution options, supportive measures, and remedies to the Complainant and the community, but will not otherwise pursue formal action.

     

    If the Complainant elects to take no action, they can change that decision if they decide to pursue a formal complaint at a later date. Upon making a formal complaint, a Complainant has the right to have allegations taken seriously by Bethel College, and to have the incidents investigated and properly resolved through the procedures detail in policy.

    Bethel College will only inform parents if there is a life-threatening situation or if you have signed a specific FERPA release regarding such information authorizing the College to tell your parents. Otherwise, the information provided to your parents will not come from Bethel College.

    Yes, if you choose to file a formal complaint. In order to ensure a thorough, equitable, and impartial formal investigation is conducted, a respondent must be told the name of the Complainant and any subsequent witnesses, and witnesses may be told the name of parties involved. The Respondent has the right to know the identity of the Complainant.

    If you want Bethel College to conduct an investigation in response to a formal complaint, the name of the Respondent must be provided. If the name is not provided, the College’s ability to respond to your concern will be limited to supportive measures.

    Generally, a report is a disclosure of information or description of behavior that is disclosed to the Title IX Coordinator or to any Mandated Reporter of Bethel College. The report may be shared by a Complainant, a third-party on behalf of a Complainant, or a witness regarding a potential violation(s) of the Bethel College Equal Opportunity, Harassment, & Non-Discrimination Policy and Procedures.

     

    A formal complaint means a document submitted or signed by the Complainant or signed by the Title IX Coordinator alleging a policy violation by a Respondent and requesting that Bethel College investigate the allegation(s). A complaint may be filed with the Title IX Coordinator in person, by mail, or by electronic mail. The phrase “document filed by a Complainant” means a document or electronic submission (such as by electronic mail or through an online portal provided for this purpose by Bethel College) that contains the Complainant’s physical or digital signature, or otherwise indicates that the Complainant is the person filing the complaint, and requests that Bethel College investigate the allegations.

     

    If notice is submitted in a form that does not meet this standard, the Title IX Coordinator will contact the Complainant to confirm intent and ensure that any desired formal complaint is filed correctly.

    You have several options, but not limited to:

     

    • Contacting parents or a relative
    • Seeking legal advice
    • Seeking personal counseling through an on-campus or off-campus provider
    • Seeking assistance from Safehope, the local sexual assault and domestic violence agency
    • Pursuing criminal or legal action against the Respondent through local law enforcement
    • Pursuing disciplinary action against the Respondent through the College’s formal complaint process
    • Requesting further information about the College’s investigation and resolution processes
    • Requesting no action be taken

    It is important to preserve physical evidence that may include tissue and fluid samples, evidence of violence, sheets, towels, clothing, etc. You may choose to avoid washing, bathing, urinating, etc., until after being examined at the hospital, if possible. Because evidence of a sexual assault can deteriorate quickly, you may choose to seek a medical exam as soon as possible. Evidence collection should be completed within 120 hours of an assault, but fluids, hair samples, and DNA can be collected for a long time thereafter. Even if you have washed, evidence can often still be obtained. After 120 hours, it may still be helpful to have medical attention, even if you are not trying to obtain evidence of an assault. Sexual assault nurse examiners (SANE) are trained in the collection of forensic evidence and can check for injuries and exposure to sexually transmitted diseases.

     

    If you are still wearing any clothes worn during the assault, wear them to the hospital, but bring a change of clothes, as the hospital will keep the clothes you are wearing as evidence. If you have changed clothes, bring the ones you were wearing during the assault to the hospital in a clean paper (non-plastic) bag or wrapped in a clean sheet. Leave sheets/towels at the scene of the assault. Police will collect them. The preservation of evidence also may be helpful in obtaining a protection order. Typically, police will be called to the hospital to take custody of the rape kit, but it is up to you whether you wish to speak with them or file a criminal complaint. Locally in North Newton, Safehope (1-800-487-0510) is available to provide assistance or answer questions you may have regarding medical and legal options.

    You may want to immediately contact someone that can serve as a source of support for you, such as a friend, family member, faculty/staff member, and/or an attorney. You may also contact the Title IX Coordinator who can explain the College investigation and resolution processes to you. You may also want to talk with a Campus Counselor or Campus Pastor or seek similar services from an off-campus provider.

    • Contacting parents or a relative
    • Seeking legal advice
    • Seeking personal counseling through an on-campus or off-campus provider
    • Requesting further information about the College’s investigation and resolution processes

    No. You are welcome to seek legal advice on your own, but this is not a cost or service covered by Bethel College.

    Your safety and the safety of campus community members is our primary concern. Bethel College recognizes that students who have been drinking and/or using drugs (whether such use is voluntary or involuntary) at the time a sexual misconduct incident occurs may be hesitant to report such incidents due to fear of potential consequences for their own conduct.

     

    Bethel College strongly encourages students to report incidents of harassment, discrimination, or sexual misconduct to campus officials. A bystander reporting in good faith or a respondent reporting sexual misconduct to campus officials or law enforcement will not be subject to disciplinary action for community standards or code of conduct violations regarding the use of drugs or alcohol occurring at or near the time of the incident.

     

    Bethel College’s primary goal is to remedy the effects of the harassment, discrimination, or sexual misconduct incident, not to punish you for what you were doing when you witnessed or were subject to the incident.

    Yes. You can make a report of harassment, discrimination, or sexual misconduct against a romantic partner if this partner acts in such a way against you. This may also be classified as domestic or dating violence, which is also addressed under Title IX and College policy. Bethel College has an obligation to stop, prevent, and remedy such situations. Even if this partner is not associated with Bethel College, the College may take necessary steps, such as supportive measures, to help you.

    You can still file a report. Off-campus acts of harassment, discrimination, or sexual misconduct can have the same effect on you as an on-campus incident. In legal terms, this behavior may create a hostile environment for you, and Bethel College may take responsibility to investigate and remedy the situation when the off-campus behavior has an on-campus impact.

    While you are not required to report the incident to Bethel College, we encourage you to do so. Contacting law enforcement or filing a police report is one of several options available to you, but is not the same as filing a report of harassment, discrimination, or sexual misconduct with the College. Should you choose to notify law enforcement, you are also encouraged to notify Bethel College or file a report with Bethel College so that the College is able to provide supportive measures. Supportive measures may include course or work adjustments, campus no-contact orders, or other reasonable measures to facilitate an end to and prevention of discrimination, harassment, and violence.

    Students are encouraged to report any incident of harassment, discrimination, or sexual misconduct they might witness. As a witness, you are protected from retaliation for reporting through both the Bethel College Equal Opportunity, Harassment, & Non-Discrimination Policy and Procedures and the Bethel College Whistleblower Policy. Protections against retaliation apply to anyone making a good faith report, even if it turns out that the incident wasn’t what you thought it was. When in doubt, report what you have witnessed.

     

    All Bethel College employees not identified as confidential or specifically exempted otherwise by College policy are designated as Mandated Reporters for all the details they are aware regarding an incident(s) of discrimination and harassment or which is disclosed to them by a fellow employee, student, or member of the campus community.

     

    For more information regarding mandated reporting and confidential resources, please consult the Bethel College Equal Opportunity, Harassment, & Non-Discrimination Policy and Procedures.

    It is the goal of Bethel College to keep you safe on campus and to ensure you are able to continue your education. The College can provide various interim or supportive measures to ensure your safety. Options may include:

     

    • Medical service
    • Referral to Safehope
    • Assistance in contacting local law enforcement
    • Mutual no-contact orders or contact restrictions
    • Academic support services
    • Dorm or campus-housing relocation
    • Class schedule changes
    • Assistance in rescheduling academic assignments
    • Escorts to and from specific campus locations
    • Alternative course completion options
    • On- or off-campus counseling resources
    • Work schedule changes for campus jobs
    • Adjustments to meal schedules and/or locations
    • Other reasonable accommodations for safety as necessary

     

    Please contact the Title IX Coordinator to discuss your options further.

    Deliberately false and/or malicious accusations are just as serious an offense as harassment and will be subject to appropriate disciplinary action. However, a No Violation/Not Responsible finding does not constitute a false allegation on the part of the reporting party. Just because a report cannot be proven with preponderance of the evidence (whether it is more likely than not that the behavior occurred) doesn’t mean that it was a false report.

    Bethel College will not retaliate against, nor permit retaliation against, any individual who opposes discrimination or harassment, makes a good faith report of discrimination or harassment, and/or participates or cooperates in a discrimination or harassment investigation, proceeding, or hearing. The act of retaliation is considered a new, separate violation from the initial reported incident and is prohibited by both the Bethel College Equal Opportunity, Harassment, & Non-Discrimination Policy and Procedures and the Bethel College Whistleblower Policy. If you feel that you have been retaliated against for filing a report or participating in an investigation, you are encouraged to report such behavior to the Title IX Coordinator. 

    You can file a police report with local law enforcement or a report with Bethel College about sexual misconduct you experienced.

    File a Police Report

    For an emergency, call 9-1-1. Otherwise, you may call the non-emergency number to file a police report.

    • North Newton Police Department
      2601 N. Main, North Newton, KS 67117
      Phone: (316) 283-3191 or call 9-1-1 if it is an emergency
      Email: nnpd@northnewton.org

    Typically, the following steps will occur when filing a police report:

    • You’ll meet with a police officer to discuss what happened. The officer will give you information about services and resources.
    • An official police report will be generated. If the incident is determined to be criminal in nature, the police may continue to investigate.
    • When the investigation is complete, criminal charges may be brought against the alleged offender and the Harvey County District Attorney may become involved in the matter.
    • A warrant for the alleged offender’s arrest may be issued if they were not already arrested.

    A police report is separate and distinct from any report filed with Bethel College. When filing a report with North Newton Police, the Title IX Coordinator will only be informed of your decision if you specifically request that the information be shared with Bethel College.

    • Note: Issues pertaining to criminal investigations can be complicated and confusing. This webpage is intended only to provide a brief outline about a Complainant’s rights and options in a criminal investigation and is not meant to serve as legal advice.

    File a Sexual Misconduct Report or Complaint with Bethel College

    If you would like to file a report or complaint of harassment, discrimination, or sexual misconduct, you may do so through the options detailed below. Filing a report or a complaint with Bethel College does not constitute filing a police report.

    When to submit a report:

    • If you are unsure if you want to pursue an investigation at this time, but are interested in receiving supporting measures.
    • If you are reporting actual or suspected misconduct that someone else experienced. All Bethel College employees, unless specifically identified as confidential resources, are Mandated Reporters and are thus obligated to report incidents disclosed to them or which they witness first-hand. But students and community members are also encouraged to utilize the reporting resources.
    • Reporting ensures that individuals have access to all of the available support services and options afforded to them by both law and policy. This also helps Bethel College identify and address any trends or systemic problems. Reporting harassment, discrimination, or sexual misconduct helps keep our campus community safe.

    If a report of harassment, discrimination, or sexual misconduct is filed:

    • Filing a report does not mean a formal investigation will automatically occur. Rather, it helps ensure the Complainant is connected to rights and options—including the option to file a formal complaint necessary for any investigation. The alleged offender will not be notified until if or when a formal complaint is filed.
    • The Title IX Coordinator will contact you to discuss the availability of supportive measures, your rights and options, and will describe the process for filing a formal complaint.
    • Possible supportive measures include, but are not limited to, a no-contact order, changes to campus living, academic, or workplace arrangements.
    • Supportive measures will be kept confidential unless disclosure is necessary to provide them.

    Please Note: Bethel College’s ability to remedy and respond to reports of misconduct may be limited if the Complainant does not want Bethel College to proceed with an investigation and/or grievance process. The goal is to provide the Complainant with as much control over the process as possible, while balancing Bethel College’s obligation to protect its community.

    When to submit a formal complaint:

    • If you are reporting misconduct that you experienced and
    • You would like to begin the Bethel College formal grievance resolution process (which includes an investigation).

    If a formal complaint of harassment, discrimination, or sexual misconduct is filed:

    • The Bethel College formal grievance resolution process will be initiated, which includes an investigation.
    • Both you (Complainant) and the alleged offender (Respondent) will be notified in writing that the complaint was filed and an investigation has begun.
    • An Investigator(s) will gather evidence and separately interview you, the Respondent, and any witnesses.
    • You and the Respondent will both receive a report summarizing the evidence obtained during the investigation and have an opportunity to respond to it.
    • When the investigation is finished, a hearing will occur (regarding incidents of sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, stalking, and/or retaliation) during which you and the Respondent will be present, with an Advisor, so that a Decision-maker(s) can make a determination of whether the Respondent violated the Bethel College Equal Opportunity, Harassment, & Non-Discrimination Policy & Procedures.
    • During the hearing, you and the Respondent will be able to ask questions of each other and the witnesses regarding the incident, through your Advisor.

    If you would like to file a report of harassment, discrimination, or sexual misconduct, you may do so through the options below.

    In the case of an emergency, CALL 9-1-1 for immediate assistance. The Online Reporting Form and email are typically monitored during regular business hours and are not intended for emergency reporting.

    The following rights are afforded to parties involved with the Bethel College resolution processes set forth by the Equal Opportunity, Harassment, & Non-Discrimination Policy and Procedures.

    • The right to an equitable investigation and resolution of all credible allegations of prohibited harassment or discrimination made in good faith to Bethel College officials.
    • The right to timely written notice of all alleged violations, including the identity of the parties involved (if known), the precise misconduct being alleged, the date and location of the alleged misconduct (if known), the implicated policies and procedures, and possible sanctions.
    • The right to timely written notice of any material adjustments to the allegations (e.g., additional incidents or allegations, additional Complainants, unsubstantiated allegations) and any attendant adjustments needed to clarify potentially implicated policy violations.
    • The right to be informed in advance of any public release of information regarding the allegation(s) or underlying incident(s), whenever possible.
    • The right not to have any personally identifiable information released to the public without consent provided, except to the extent permitted by law.
    • The right to be treated with respect by Bethel College officials.
    • The right to have Bethel College policies and procedures followed without material deviation.
    • The right not to be pressured to mediate or otherwise informally resolve any reported misconduct involving violence, including sexual violence.
    • The right not to be discouraged by Bethel College officials from reporting sexual harassment, discrimination, and/or retaliation to both on-campus and off-campus authorities.
    • The right to be informed by Bethel College officials of options to notify proper law enforcement authorities, including on-campus and local police, and the option(s) to be assisted by Bethel College authorities in notifying such authorities, if the party so chooses. This also includes the right not to be pressured to report, as well.
    • The right to have allegations of violations of the Equal Opportunity, Harassment, & Non-Discrimination Policy and Procedures responded to promptly and with sensitivity by Bethel College officials.
    • The right to be informed of available interim actions and supportive measures, such as counseling; advocacy; health care; student financial aid, visa, and immigration assistance; or other services, both on campus and in the community.
    • The right to a Bethel College-implemented no-contact order or a no-trespass order against a non-affiliated third party when a person has engaged in or threatens to engage in stalking, threatening, harassing, or other improper conduct.
    • The right to be informed of available assistance in changing academic, living, and/or working situations after an alleged incident of discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation, if such changes are reasonably available. No formal report, or investigation, either campus or criminal, needs to occur before this option is available. Such actions may include, but are not limited to:
      • Relocating an on-campus student’s housing to a different on-campus location
      • Assistance from Bethel College staff in completing the relocation
      • Changing an employee’s work environment (e.g., reporting structure, office/workspace relocation)
      • Transportation accommodations
      • Visa/immigration assistance
      • Arranging to dissolve a housing contract and a pro-rated refund
      • Exam, paper, and/or assignment rescheduling or adjustment
      • Receiving an incomplete in, or a withdrawal from, a class (may be retroactive)
      • Transferring class sections
      • Temporary withdrawal/leave of absence (may be retroactive)
      • Campus safety escorts
      • Alternative course completion options.
    • The right to have Bethel College maintain such actions for as long as necessary and for supportive measures to remain private, provided privacy does not impair Bethel College’s ability to provide the supportive measures.
    • The right to receive sufficiently advanced, written notice of any meeting or interview involving the other party, when possible.
    • The right to ask the Investigator(s) and Decision-maker(s) to identify and question relevant witnesses, including expert witnesses.
    • The right to provide the Investigator(s)/Decision-maker(s) with a list of questions that, if deemed relevant by the Investigator(s)/Chair, may be asked of any party or witness.
    • The right not to have irrelevant prior sexual history or character admitted as evidence.
    • The right to know the relevant and directly related evidence obtained and to respond to that evidence.
    • The right to fair opportunity to provide the Investigator(s) with their account of the alleged misconduct and have that account be on the record.
    • The right to receive a copy of the investigation report, including all factual, policy, and/or credibility analyses performed, and all relevant and directly related evidence available and used to produce the investigation report, subject to the privacy limitations imposed by state and federal law, prior to the hearing, and the right to have at least ten (10) business days to review the report prior to the hearing.
    • The right to respond to the investigation report, including comments providing any additional relevant evidence after the opportunity to review the investigation report, and to have that response on the record.
    • The right to be informed of the names of all witnesses whose information will be used to make a finding, in advance of that finding, when relevant.
    • The right to regular updates on the status of the investigation and/or resolution.
    • The right to have reports of alleged Policy violations addressed by Investigators, Title IX Coordinators, and Decision-maker(s) who have received relevant annual training.
    • The right to a Hearing Panel that is not single-sex in its composition, if a panel is used.
    • The right to preservation of privacy, to the extent possible and permitted by law.
    • The right to meetings, interviews, and/or hearings that are closed to the public.
    • The right to petition that any Bethel College representative in the process be recused on the basis of disqualifying bias and/or conflict of interest.
    • The right to have an Advisor of their choice to accompany and assist the party in all meetings and/or interviews associated with the resolution process.
    • The right to the use of the appropriate standard of evidence, preponderance of the evidence, to make a finding after an objective evaluation of all relevant evidence.
    • The right to be present, including presence via remote technology, during all testimony given and evidence presented during any formal grievance hearing.
    • The right to have an impact statement considered by the Decision-maker(s) following a determination of responsibility for any allegation, but prior to sanctioning.
    • The right to be promptly informed in a written Notice of Outcome letter of the finding(s) and sanction(s) of the resolution process and a detailed rationale of the decision (including an explanation of how credibility was assessed), delivered simultaneously (without undue delay) to the parties.
    • The right to be informed in writing of when a decision by Bethel College is considered final and any changes to the sanction(s) that occur before the decision is finalized.
    • The right to be informed of the opportunity to appeal the finding(s) and sanction(s) of the resolution process, and the procedures for doing so in accordance with the standards for appeal established by Bethel College.
    • The right to a fundamentally fair resolution as defined in the Equal Opportunity, Harassment, & Non-Discrimination Policy and Procedures.

    A printable version of the right is available here:

    The following are the usual sanctions that may be imposed upon students singly or in combination:

    • Warning
    • Required Counseling
    • Probation
    • Suspension
    • Expulsion
    • Withholding Diploma
    • Revocation of Degree
    • Organizational Sanctions
    • Other Actions: In addition to or in place of the above sanctions, Bethel College may assign any other sanctions as deemed appropriate.

    Responsive actions for an employee who has engaged in harassment, discrimination, and/or retaliation include: 

    • Warning – Verbal or Written
    • Performance Improvement Plan/Management Process
    • Enhanced supervision, observation, or review
    • Required counseling 
    • Required Training or Education
    • Probation
    • Denial of Pay Increase/Pay Grade
    • Loss of Oversight or Supervisory Responsibility
    • Demotion
    • Transfer
    • Reassignment
    • Assignment to a new supervisor
    • Restriction of stipends, research, and/or professional development resources
    • Suspension with pay
    • Suspension without pay
    • Termination

    Other Actions: In addition to or in place of the above sanctions/responsive actions, Bethel College may assign any other responsive actions as deemed appropriate.

    • Clery Act

    The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act is a federal law requiring colleges and universities participating in federal financial aid programs to maintain and disclose campus crime statistics and security information. Reporting is completed and publicized annually by Bethel College.

    • FERPA

    The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99) is a federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education. This limits Bethel College’s ability to provide certain information to others without your express permission.

    • TITLE VII

    Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII) is a federal law that prohibits employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex and national origin. The Civil Rights Act of 1991 (CRA) and the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009 amend several sections of Title VII. In addition, section 102 of the CRA amended the Revised Statutes by adding a new section to provide for the recovery of compensatory and punitive damages in cases of intentional violations of Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and section 501 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. To ensure compliance with Title VII and other federal and state civil rights laws, Bethel College has developed policies and procedures that prohibit sex discrimination in all of its forms.

    • TITLE IX

    Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits discrimination based on sex in educational programs and activities that receive federal financial assistance. To ensure compliance with Title IX and other federal and state civil rights laws, Bethel College has developed policies and procedures that prohibit sex discrimination in all of its forms.

    • VAWA

    The Violence Against Women Act of 1994 (VAWA), reauthorized in 2000, 2005, and 2013, is a federal law that expanded the juridical tools to combat violence against women and provide protection to women who had suffered violent abuse. VAWA seeks to prevent and respond to domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking. This law limits Bethel College’s ability to disclose reported incidents to law enforcement without the permission of the reporting party, while also requiring Bethel College to guarantee certain rights, resources, and options are provided to reporting parties in response to any such incidents.

    Introduction

    As Bethel College employees you are uniquely positioned to assist students and peers who have experienced sexual harassment, sexual violence, dating/domestic violence, stalking, and other forms of discrimination because you often see the warning signs first (e.g., absence from class or work, decreased productivity, lower grades, social withdrawal, etc.). Students and peers typically tell people they trust, so you may be one of the first to whom someone confides.

    Mandatory Reporting

    All Bethel College employees not identified as confidential or specifically exempted otherwise by College policy are designated as Mandated Reporters for all the details they are aware regarding an incident(s) of discrimination and harassment. They are required to share this information with the College’s Title IX Coordinator. Incidents of discrimination and harassment will be taken seriously when official notice is given and will then be addressed through the Bethel College Equal Opportunity, Harassment, & Non-Discrimination Policy and Procedures.

    If Someone Discloses Sexual Misconduct to You … Remember LASRR (‘laser’)

    Step 1: Listen

    • care for the individual and ensure they are safe
      • If safety is an immediate concern, call 9-1-1
    • avoid judgmental questions—don’t ask questions that start with “Why?”

    Step 2: Accept

    • tell the individual that you believe them and acknowledge the courage they have shown in talking to you
      • You are not alone. I believe you. It’s not your fault.”
    • don’t blame them or let your facial expression or body language convey doubt or judgment
    • because you are not an investigator or adjudicator, your concern should focus on the individual who has disclosed the information to you, rather than on fact gathering or unbiased assessment

    Step 3: Support

    • tell the individual you are going to help them
      • Are you Ok? What can I do to help you?
    • your support and belief in the individual may be critical to their safety and healing
      • You have the right to choose to whom you will speak, what resources you will use, what you say, and when you will say it.”

    Step 4: Resources

    • refer them to options (e.g., Safehope, local law enforcement, campus counseling, etc.)
    • help them make plans, but let them make their own decisions

    Step 5: Report

    • inform the individual of your reporting obligations
      • I may be required to report to the Title IX Coordinator, who will oversee your case and make sure you have received appropriate care.”
      • The Title IX Coordinator will keep your information private and will only share it with those who need to know in order to provide resources to you.”
    • report all details to the Title IX Coordinator ASAP

    What Do I Say?

    Discrimination and harassment—particularly sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, or dating/domestic violence—can be a difficult topic to discuss, particularly given your reporting responsibilities. Below is a suggestion for how you might approach the conversation:

    “I appreciate what you have been able to share with me. Before you tell me more, I want to let you know that I will need to contact Jacob Gunden, our Title IX Coordinator. He is the person on campus whose responsibility is to know about incidents like this and he helps support students and coordinate possible next steps. If you would prefer to speak with someone confidentially, let me guide you to our Campus Counselor, our Campus Pastor, or an advocate at Safehope.”

    Resources for Employees to Use:

    Oversight Agencies for Reporting Parties, Respondents, & Campus Community:

    The following external agencies are available to you should you feel dissatisfied with Bethel College’s response to your situation or if you believe that Bethel College is violating federal or state law.

     
    Office for Civil Rights (OCR)

    U.S. Department of Education

    400 Maryland Avenue, SW

    Washington, DC 20202-1100

    Consumer Service Hotline: (800) 421-3481

    Fax: (202) 453-6012

    TDD: (877) 521-2172

    Email: OCR@ed.gov

    Web: http://www.edu.gov/ocr

    Office for Civil Rights (OCR) Regional Office, Kansas City

    U.S. Department of Education

    One Petticoat Lane

    1010 Walnut Street, 3rd floor, Suite 320

    Kansas City, MO 64106

    Phone: (816) 268-0550

    Fax: (816) 268-0599

    TDD: (800) 877-8339

    Email: OCR.KansasCity@ed.gov

    Kansas Human Rights Commission

    900 SW Jackson, Suite 568-South

    Landon Office Building

    Topeka, KS 6612-2818

    Phone: (785) 296-3206

    Fax: (785) 296-0589

    Email: khrc@ink.org

    Website: http://www.khrc.net/

    The U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of Kansas

    Wichita Office

    1200 Epic Center

    301 N. Main

    Wichita, KS 67202

    Civil Rights Hotline: (855) 321-5549

    Phone: (316) 269-6481

    Fax: (316) 269-6484

     

    For complaints involving employees:

    Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)

    Kansas City Area Field Office

    Gateway Tower II

    400 State Ave., Suite 905

    Kansas City, KS 66101

    Phone: (800) 669-4000

    Fax: (913) 551-6957

    TTY: (800) 669-6820

    ASL Video Phone: (844) 234-5122

    Email: kansascityintake@eeoc.gov

    Web: https://www.eeoc.gov/

    About Bethel

    As the first Mennonite college founded in North America, Bethel College celebrates a tradition of progressive Christian liberal arts education, diversity within community, and lifelong learning.