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Resources and information to create and maintain a college environment free from sexual misconduct and discrimination

NWTC prohibits all forms of illegal discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and coercion on campus and at College related activities and functions. NWTC takes a strong stance against sexual misconduct. 

Do you believe you have been discriminated against or harassed at NWTC or an NWTC-related function? Have you witnessed discrimination? Are you looking for more information on Title IX? On this page, you will find the tools and resources you need – whether you are a student, parent, or faculty/staff member. 

What is Title IX?

Title IX of the Educational Amendments Act of 1972 (amending the Higher Education Act of 1965) is the federal law prohibiting sex discrimination in educational institutions. This act is codified as Title 20, United States Code, Chapter 38, Sections 1681-1686. The act was also amended by the Civil Rights Restoration Act of 1987 ("Title IX").

The law states that "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." The amendment in 1987 expanded the definition of "program or activity" to include all the operations of an educational institution, governmental entity, or private employer that receives federal funds.

Sexual Misconduct Policy and Statement

Northeast Wisconsin Technical College is bound by, and supports, all applicable laws. The Title IX of the Higher Education Act of 1972 ensures the College does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its education programs and the Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act (SAVE) of 2013 and Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (VAWA) ensures that colleges and universities implement policies and programs to prevent sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, stalking, and hate crimes.

NWTC adheres to all federal and state civil rights laws banning discrimination in public institutions of higher education. NWTC does not discriminate on the basis of political affiliation, age, race, creed, color, sex, including sexual orientation and gender identity, national origin, disability, marital status, ancestry, religion, genetic testing or other applicable legislated categories, in its services, employment programs, and/or its educational programs and activities, including but not limited to admissions, treatment and access. Moreover, NWTC provides assurances that lack of English reading/speaking skills will not be a barrier to admittance and participation in the College.

Employees and students are subject to various federal, state and local laws, which regulate civil and criminal conduct. Title IX of the Higher Education Act of 1972 (“Title IX”) prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs or activities operated by recipients of Federal financial assistance. Sexual assault and harassment are forms of sex discrimination that are prohibited under Title IX. Sexual assault is an act of sexual violence, which involves any form of sexual contact or conduct without a person's consent. Title IX and the Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act of 2013 ensure that colleges and universities implement policies and programs to prevent sexual harassment, sexual assault, stalking, relationship-based violence, and hate crimes.

Who to Contact for Assistance

Members of the NWTC community are encouraged to direct Title IX questions, concerns, and complaints to the Title IX Coordinator(s) (listed below). If a Title IX Coordinator is alleged to be the person who engaged in discrimination or sexual misconduct, the report may be filed with another of the named offices.

Complaints can also be filed with the Office of Civil Rights (OCR). The OCR encourages reporting parties to follow the College’s process prior to filing a complaint with OCR; however, it is not required. Generally, complaints must be filed with OCR within 180 days of the alleged event. Complaints can be filed with OCR via email at ocr@ed.gov and by completing an electronic complaint form.

Rights of Reporting Party and Responding Party

The College recognizes the right of all parties involved in a complaint to a fair and equitable resolution of complaints. Falsification, distortion or misrepresentation of information during the course of a complaint resolution process may be grounds for disciplinary action.

Rights of Reporting Party:

  1. You have the right to expect that NWTC will respond promptly, equitably, and thoroughly to all incident reports once we are made aware of the incident, barring any unusual circumstances.
  2. You have the right to be notified of your options to report to law enforcement.
  3. You have the right to expect that you will be informed of NWTC’s conduct process and outcomes.
  4. You have the right to be free from retaliation for exercising your rights to file a complaint.
  5. You have the right to interim support and reasonable protective measures to help you to   continue to learn at NWTC (e.g., change in class schedule, if appropriate).
  6. You have the right to be treated with respect by NWTC staff throughout the entire process.
  7. You have the right to privacy and the assurance that information regarding the complaint will be shared only with those necessary.
  8. You have the right to be notified of available counseling and mental and physical health services for victims of sexual misconduct, gender-based discrimination and/or harassment on campus or off campus.
  9. You have the right to have an advisor present in a support or advisory role during the entire process.
  10. You have these rights regardless of your race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, physical or mental disability, religion, or any other protected class.

Rights of Responding Party:

  1. You have the right to expect that NWTC will respond promptly, equitably, and thoroughly to all incident reports once we are made aware of the incident, barring any unusual circumstances.
  2. You have the right to expect that you will be informed of NWTC’s conduct process and outcomes.
  3. You have the right to be free from retaliation.
  4. You have the right to be treated with respect by NWTC staff throughout the entire process.
  5. You have the right to privacy and the assurance that information regarding the complaint will be shared only with those necessary.
  6. You have the right to be notified of possible sanctions that may result if found responsible of violating the Sexual Misconduct policy and the Student Code of Conduct.
  7. You have the right to have an advisor present in a support or advisory role during the investigation.
  8. You have the right to be notified of available counseling and mental and physical health services, on and off campus.
  9. You have these rights regardless of your race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, physical or mental disability, religion, or any other protected class.

Confidential Resources

What is a Confidential Resource?

Confidential resources are employees or agents, designated by the College, who are prohibited from sharing student and employee concerns regarding potential discrimination and misconduct. Healthcare professionals within Campus Care and the NWTC licensed professional counselors are confidential resources.  

Resources for Students

Counseling services are available at all NWTC campuses upon request. Meet the NWTC Licensed Professional Counselors and learn how to set up a meeting with them.

Resources for Employees

Community Resources

Community resources are available to provide support. In addition to seeking support from internal confidential resources, there are several community resources available to provide support. You can call or approach any of these people confidentially and tell them what happened. They will listen and explain your options. Talking to any of these people does not constitute reporting the incident to the College:

Sexual Assault Center - Family Services

Brown County

319 Crooks Street Green Bay, WI 54301

920-436-8899 ( 24-Hour Hotline )

Door County

207 S. 4th Avenue Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235

920-746-8996

Oconto County

512 Brazeau Avenue Oconto WI 54153

920-846-2111

Marinette County

1926 Hall Avenue Marinette, WI 54143

715-732-7300

Rainbow House

Starting January 1, 2024, now serving Marinette, Oconto and Florence Counties as well as collaborating with Safe Harbor out of Escanaba, MI to meet the needs of Menominee, MI

24 Hour crisis hotline : 1-800-956-6656

Text Line for all offices : 1-906-290-9081

Marinette Office

1530 Main Street Marinette, WI 54143

715-735-6656

Oconto Office

1008-B Pecor Street Oconto WI 54153

920-834-5299

Tri-County Safe Harbor, Inc.

Email: info@michbbs.com

Crisis Line 906-789-1166

Escanaba

905 1st Avenue South Escanaba, MI 49829

906-789-1166

Manistique

131 South Cedar Street, Suite 3 Manistique, MI 49854

906-286-4040

Menominee

601 10 th Avenue Menominee, MI 49858

906-863-1116

Hospital Resources in Green Bay, WI ( Find hospitals near you )

Bellin Hospital

744 South Webster Avenue Green Bay, WI 54301

920-433-3500 (General)

920-445-7373 (Nurse on Call)

Aurora Hospital

2845 Greenbrier Road Green Bay, WI 54311

920-288-2000 (General)

920-288-4060 (Emergency)

St. Mary’s Hospital

1726 Shawano Avenue Green Bay, WI 54303

920-498-4200 (General)

St. Vincent’s Hospital

433 South Van Buren Street Green Bay, WI 54301

920-433-0111 (General)

Additional Community Resources

Safe Haven

PO Box 665 Shawano, WI 54166

24 hour Crisis Line 1-888-303-3421

Text Only: 715-584-1258

24 Hour Helpline: 715-526-3421 

Email: help@shawanoshelter.org 

Caring House

1305 S. Prospect Ave. Iron Mountain, MI 49801

Crisis Phone 906-774-1112

Phone Toll Free: 1-800-774-1337

caringhouseim@gmail.com

Harbor House – Fox Cities

720 W 5 th Street Appleton, WI 54914

920-832-1667 or 1-800-970-1171

24 Hour Crisis Helpline: 920-832-1666

211 Wisconsin

211 connects you with thousands of nonprofit and government services in your area. If you want personal assistance, call the three-digit number 211 or 877-947-2211. A friendly voice to talk with you 24/7/365.

Be Safe Campaign

The Be Safe Campaign seeks to enhance awareness of local domestic violence resources and is a joint effort of Golden House and the Community Coordinated Response Team – Diversity and Inclusion Committee within Brown County, Wisconsin .

920-212-7233 or 920-212-SAFE

Training

Training for Students and NWTC Employees 

In accordance with NWTC’s mission and vision, as well as federal guidelines, training about the policy and procedures regarding sexual misconduct, assault, and relationship violence is recommended for all students and required for all new and current instructors, and staff. Best practices identified through the United States Department of Education and Violence Against Women Act will be used to develop awareness programs. 

Not Anymore training is an interactive online program designed to prevent sexual assault, dating and domestic violence, and stalking. It runs for approximately 50 minutes.

Login using your NWTC username and password. Employees visit MAESTRO to submit a New Learning Request for professional development hours.


Training record for Title IX team members

Title IX team members who are involved in the Title IX/Sexual Harassment Grievance Process participate in ongoing training in compliance with 34 C.F.R. § 106.45(b)(1)(iii) and any other applicable federal or state law.

D. Stafford Title IX Coordinator and Investigator Training
Date: July 13 – July 17, 2020  
Team Member(s): Kelly Schumacher
Description: D. Stafford Staff  “In this comprehensive course, participants will learn how to manage a complaint of sexual misconduct, from sexual harassment to sexual assault.  This course covers an overview of the Title IX function and will include opportunities for discussion and participation in case studies and practical exercises as well as opportunities for networking with other higher education professionals.  This course will cover the training required for Title IX Coordinators under the 2020 Title IX regulations and the VAWA amendments to the Clery Act”

SPOO or NOT SPOO
Date: December 9, 2020
Team Member(s): Kelly Schumacher
Description: Determining whether an allegation is pervasive, persistent and objectively offensive (ATIXA)

ATIXA Title IX Coordinator, Level 2
Date: February 4, 11, 18 and 25, 2020
Team Member(s): Kelly Schumacher
Description: The Pressures, Politics, Sanctions, Minors, and MOUs Coordinator Two certification courses builds on the Coordinator One course with a deep-dive into key topics, providing participants with greater intentionality and skill-building through case study and scenario discussions. The four Coordinator advanced trainings are not given in a particular order or progression, despite their numerical labeling. They offer topic-based opportunities for training depending on your needs and interest in the topics offered. 

Kelly Schumacher

Title IX Deputy Coordinator
(920) 498-6390
kelly.schumacher@nwtc.edu

John Grant

Title IX Coordinator
(920) 498-6984
john.grant@nwtc.edu

Dawn Rentmeester

Title IX Deputy Coordinator
(920) 498-6932
dawn.rentmeester@nwtc.edu