Northwest College

Understanding Title IX and Sexual Misconduct

For NWC Employees-Reporting Considerations

Each of us—whether faculty, staff (including RAs), or administrator—is obligated to report incidents of sexual harassment, sexual assault, intimate partner violence, and sexual misconduct to the Title IX Coordinator if we become aware of these situations. No employee is authorized to investigate or resolve complaints without the involvement of the Title IX Coordinator.

Exception: Any reports made to the Student Success Center, to either a college counselor or the student health services manager, must be reported to the Title IX Coordinator; however, it can be done so on a limited/anonymous basis in reference to personally identifiable information.

These reporting obligations extend to all of us as NWC employees because of the College’s responsibility under Title IX to:

  • stop the misconduct
  • prevent its recurrence
  • remedy its effects
  • provide care and support to the reporting person
  • take steps to ensure the safety and security of our community

Communicating a Mandatory Reporting Role

If you believe a student or other member of the Northwest College community is about to disclose to you an incident of sexual misconduct, you can explain to that person—BEFORE he/she discloses the information—that you are a mandatory reporter.

As a mandatory reporter, you must fully report the situation to the Title IX Coordinator, and a school investigation of the incident may occur. The person’s privacy will be respected. Identities and details will only be shared with only those who need to know to be able to support the reporting person and address the situation through the College’s processes and procedures.

If the reporting person does NOT wish to disclose to you due to your mandatory reporting role, you can refer that person to either an on-campus limited confidential resource or to an off-campus confidential reporting resource.

On-Campus Limited Confidential Resources:

Any reports made to the Student Success Center, to either a college counselor or the student health services manager, must be reported to the Title IX Coordinator; however, it can be done so on a limited/anonymous basis in reference to personally identifiable information.

Counseling and Student Health Services at Northwest College are located in the Student Success Center (307-754-6135) in the lower level of Colter Hall.

Off-Campus Confidential Resources:

Confidential support resources off-campus include licensed professional counselors, attorneys, healthcare professionals, or clergy members. Reporting to these resources will not result in a college investigation. Local counseling services provided with a sliding scale fee can be found at Yellowstone Behavioral Health Center.

How to Report an Incident

To report a sexual misconduct incident to the Title IX Coordinator, please use the NWC Cares online report form. Click on the “Title IX Report” box, and then fill out the form. The NWC Cares link is located at the bottom of the Northwest College web site pages.

The form requires you to disclose the date of the incident, the location of the incident, if the incident has been reported to local police, if medical treatment was sought, if the victim has been referred to counseling services, and a detailed account of the incident.

What Happens after You Report an Incident

The Title IX Coordinator determines if the report falls under the Sexual Misconduct Policy. If it does, then the Title IX Coordinator initiates an investigation.

For an investigation, the Title IX Coordinator appoints an investigator(s) to initiate a fact-finding investigation of the alleged actions. The investigator(s) are specifically trained in sexual misconduct investigations and will conduct investigations in a prompt, impartial, and thorough manner. The investigation process provides a basis for determining:

  1. whether or not the conduct occurred
  2. remedies and sanctions to bring resolution to the case

An investigation may include, but is not limited to:

  • providing written notification to parties about Title IX rights and options, including existing counseling, health, mental health, victim advocacy, legal assistance, visa and immigration assistance, student financial aid, and other services available within NWC or the community
  • conducting interviews with the reporting party, the respondent (person the report is about), and any witnesses. No individual who is knowingly under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs will be interviewed until such substances are no longer on their mental facilities.
  • reviewing student files or employee personnel files
  • gathering and examining other relevant documents or evidence

For more information about an investigation, please see the Investigation Process page or the NWC Sexual Misconduct Policy.