If you or someone you know is sexually assaulted, you have several options for addressing the assault.
A rape kit gathers possible DNA evidence from your body, clothing, and other personal belongings. In most cases, it is best for DNA evidence to be collected within 72 hours.
With the option of getting a rape kit, you are not required to report to campus security or the police; you do not have to report the crime to be able to have the exam. The exam results will be safely stored, should you decide to report in the future.
Before having a rape kit done, it is important to avoid showing, bathing, changing your clothing, or combing your hair. Bring an extra set of clothing with you to the medical facility, and bring a person for support. If you do change clothing, put the clothing you had been wearing during the assault in a paper bag to take for evidence during the rape kit exam (RAINN, 2016).
For more information about rape kits and what to expect, visit “What is a Rape Kit” from RAINN.
You may contact law enforcement by dialing 911 or by contacting the local Police Department (see contact information below). An investigation by law enforcement is separate from an investigation by the College. Contact information for local police departments include:
If an individual wants to make an official report of an act of sexual misconduct to the college, she/he may file a report with the Northwest College’s Title IX Coordinator. The report does not have to be made by the individual subjected to the misconduct.
A report may be made in person, electronically, or by a written letter (paper). You can contact the Title IX Coordinator by these following ways:
An individual may report sexual misconduct to a faculty or staff member other than the Title IX Coordinator. A faculty or staff member, including RAs, with any knowledge about a known or suspected incident of sexual misconduct must report the incident to the Title IX Coordinator.
No employee has the authority to investigate or resolve complaints without the involvement of the Title IX Coordinator.
An individual may choose to discuss a sexual misconduct situation with a licensed professional counselor in the Student Success Center in order to access help and services.
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 Services and Student Health Services at Northwest College are located in the Student Success Center (307-754-6135) in the basement of Colter Hall.
Confidential Support Resources off-campus include licensed professional counselors, attorneys, or healthcare professionals. Local counseling services provided with a sliding scale fee can be found at Yellowstone Behavioral Health Center.
Crisis Intervention Services in Park County offers the following services:
You can contact the Park County Crisis Intervention Services by the following numbers:
An investigation at NWC can take place simultaneously with a police investigation; they are separate investigations with their own outcomes. The following explains their differences.
Northwest College encourages individuals to report alleged sexual misconduct promptly to campus officials and to law enforcement authorities. Individuals may, however, choose not to report sexual misconduct to such campus officials and/or law enforcement authorities.
Northwest College respects and supports the individual’s decision with respect to reporting; nevertheless, if information about sexual misconduct comes to the attention of the College, the college may:
For further information about sexual misconduct at Northwest College, please refer to the NWC Sexual Misconduct Policy.