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Title IX & Student Bill of Rights

Northwest Missouri State University is committed to providing options, support and assistance to victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and/or stalking to ensure that they can continue to participate in university programs, activities, and employment. All victims of these violations, regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, creed, age, disability, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, familial status, pregnancy, predisposing genetic characteristics, military status, domestic violence victim status, or criminal conviction, have the following rights, regardless of whether the violation occurs on campus, off campus, or while studying abroad.

All students have the right to:

  • Make a report to the University Police Department.
  • Have disclosures of domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, and sexual assault treated seriously.
  • Make a decision about whether or not to disclose a violation and participate in the Title IX process and/or criminal justice process free from pressure from NW.
  • Participate in a process that is fair, impartial, and provides adequate notice and a meaningful opportunity to be heard.
  • Be treated with dignity and to receive from NW courteous, fair, and respectful health care and counseling services.
  • Be free from any suggestion that the reporting individual or victim is at fault when these violations are committed, or should have acted in a different manner to avoid such violations.
  • Describe the incident to as few NW representatives as practical, and not to be required to unnecessarily repeat a description of the incident.
  • Be free from retaliation by NW, the accused and/or respondent, and/or their friends, family and acquaintances within the jurisdiction of NW.
  • Access to one level of appeal of a resolution.
  • Be accompanied by an advisor of choice throughout the Title IX process including during all meetings and hearings related to such process. The advisor may pass notes or whisper in the ear of the reporting party or respondent, but may not speak for the individual or interrupt the process.

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