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Medical Attention and Evidence Preservation After an occurrence of Sexual Assault/Abuse or other violence, a victim should consider seeking medical attention as soon as possible. Prompt medical attention is important both for physical/mental well-being and to preserve medical and physical evidence. Local medical attention is available at any of the following hospitals or clinics: Sanford Sheldon Medical Center 118 N. 7th Avenue Sheldon, IA 51201 1-712-324-5041 or toll-free 1-800-568-4320 Sanford Sheldon Clinic 800 Oak Street Sheldon, IA 51201 1-712-24-5356 or toll-free 1-800-568-4332 Additionally, a free, confidential medical examination from a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) can be obtained. The SANE can conduct a sexual assault evidence collection kit to preserve forensic evidence of the assault within 120 hours after its occurrence. Bathing, douching, smoking, changing clothing and cleaning the scene of the assault is discouraged before seeking medical attention. Preserve other evidence by saving text messages, instant messages, social networking pages, other communications, and keeping pictures, logs or other copies of documents. This evidence could be useful to the College and/or law enforcement if you choose to pursue the matter within the College and/or in court. Victim Advocacy and Counseling Victims of Sexual Misconduct may also want to contact an advocacy group for information and assistance, or seek mental health counseling. The following is a list of such resources on or accessible in the area: On Campus: The Director of Secondary Programs and Student Development coordinates counseling for students, and makes referrals to outside agencies when needed. To request a counseling referral, please contact Beth Frankenstein, bfrankenstein@nwicc.edu, 712-324-5061, Ext. 242. Off-Campus: Iowa Domestic Violence Hotline* 1-800-942-0333 www.cfiowa.org National Domestic Violence Hotline* 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) 1-800-787-3224 (TTY) http://www.thehotline.org For counseling services, please contact Dr. Beth Frankenstein at 1-800-352-4907, ext. 242. *Denotes confidential resource. As required under Title IX, the College, through its investigations and/or Title IX/Equity Coordinator, will offer its internal counseling services to any complainant who has begun the complaint process. It is ultimately complainant’s decision whether or not to accept the counseling service offered by the College. Interim Protective Measures/Accommodations: After receiving a report or complaint of Sexual Misconduct, reasonable interim protective measures/accommodations may be offered or requested, whether or not law enforcement is contacted. The College will also implement interim or protective action for both parties during an investigation, or when requested by the victim (when reasonably available). Such protective measures/accommodations may include: • Transfer of class sections; • Assistance in exploring incompletes, leave or withdrawal; • Changes in living, transportation, or working arrangements; • Referral to counseling and health resources, and assistance with notifying law enforcement; • Providing a campus no-contact agreement or order. The College will keep any protective measures/accommodations confidential, to the extent confidentiality does not impair the College’s ability to provide the measures. Individuals may also pursue other civil or criminal no-contact/ protective orders through the court system. Additional information regarding such legal protections can be obtained through the Family Crisis Center in Sioux Center, Iowa, or the Clerk of Court of the Iowa District Court for Sioux County in Orange City, Iowa, or another court in your county of residence. In compliance with Iowa law, the College recognizes both criminal no-contact orders and civil protective orders. If an individual obtains an order of protection from a court in Iowa, the individual should provide a copy to the Title IX/Equity Coordinator. Amnesty for Complainants and Participants in Investigations The College will not pursue disciplinary action for improper use of alcohol or other drugs against a student who reports or makes a complaint, in good faith, concerning an incident of Sexual Misconduct, or who participates, in good faith, in an investigation into an incident of Sexual Misconduct. Reporting Violations To the College: A victim, the College, or a member of the College community may report or file an institutional complaint of Sexual Misconduct, whether or not it occurred on campus. To make a report and/or receive information regarding filing a complaint or to do so, contact: Title IX/Equity Coordinator (for employees) Sandy Bruns Phone:712-324-5061, Ext. 113 Email: sandy@nwicc.edu Title IX/Equity Coordinator (for students) Beth Frankenstein Phone: 712-324-5061, Ext. 242 Email bfrankenstein@nwicc.edu 38 Northwest Iowa Community College Catalog 2017–2018 Student Rights


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