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The Title IX Compliance Office is committed to responding to discrimination – including sexual harassment and sexual violence – in an effective, timely and transparent manner. We are equally committed to ensuring any individuals involved in these incidents will be treated as respectfully and fairly as possible.
Learn more about KansasCOM/KHSC'S commitment to ensuring that our students are supported, treated fairly and respectfully, and given the appropriate tools to navigate the Title IX process.
“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."
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972
Dr. Nicholas Palisch Director of Student Affairs & Title IX Coordinator 316-315-5471 [email protected]
Ms. Debbie Haslam Assistant Director of Student Affairs & Deputy Title IX Coordinator 316-315-5638 [email protected]
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Office for Civil Rights U.S. Department of Education One Petticoat Lane 1010 Walnut Street, Suite 320 Kansas City, MO 64106
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Office for Civil Rights U.S. Department of Education 400 Maryland Avenue, SW Washington, DC 20202-1100
Customer Service Hotline: 800-421-3481 [email protected] Fax: 202-453-6012 TTY: 800-877-8339 Office for Civil Rights Website
Are you or someone you know a victim of sexual discrimination, harassment, or violence?
We take these matters very seriously. Our goal is to ensure your safety and to inform you about the resources, confidential support, and reporting options available to you.
The choice to report an incident is up to you. Seeking assistance from available KansasCOM/KHSC resources does not mean you are obligated to make a formal report and go through a formal investigation; however, our office can provide you with tools and support to help you through the process if you choose to do so.
It is important to note that a victim can also choose to initially remain confidential and later decide to file a formal complaint or report the incident to a law enforcement agency.
If you choose to report that you are the victim of sexual harassment, sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence or stalking, we will provide you with a written explanation of your rights and outline relevant options available to you. We will also provide you with access or a referral to various resources and services including counseling, health, mental health, victim advocacy, legal assistance, visa and immigration assistance, and student financial aid, among others available, both on and off campus.
Even if you do not make a formal report, you will still have access to accommodations. Our priority is your safety. You are not obligated to make a report to the university or police, or to participate in any investigation or disciplinary process at any time and can still receive support.
Making a formal report with KansasCOM/KHSC does not preclude your right to file a police report and seek criminal prosecution. If you choose to file a police report, we will assist you in notifying the appropriate law enforcement authorities about the incident.
We can help you make reasonable adjustments to your academic, living, transportation and working situations to ensure you are safe. For more information, contact Title IX Coordinator Dr. Nicholas Palisch at 316-315-5471 or Director of Campus Security at
KansasCOM/KHSC has a strong policy against retaliation, including retaliation by third parties. We will not tolerate retaliation or discrimination against persons who, in good faith, report or make a complaint of sexual discrimination or harassment, sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence or stalking.
Nor do we tolerate retaliation or discrimination against those who testify, assist, participate in or are a party to, any investigation, proceeding or hearing involving such complaints.
If you experience retaliation in any form, please contact Title IX Coordinator Dr. Nicholas Palisch at 316-315-5471 or the office of student affairs as soon as possible so that the retaliatory behavior can be addressed, and disciplinary action can be taken if possible.
When you report a matter handled by the Title IX Compliance Office, you will be treated respectfully and fairly as we work toward a fair and impartial investigation and resolution. During the investigation process, you have the right to:
When you are a Respondent in a matter handled by the and Title IX Compliance Office, you will be treated respectfully and with the benefit of the presumption of innocence. During the investigative process, you have the right to:
The Title IX Compliance Office can provide reasonable accommodations (No Contact Orders, housing changes, changes to work schedules, etc.) for anyone affected by sexual violence, dating violence, domestic violence or stalking who requires changes in academic, living, transportation and working situations. You do not need to file a formal report with KansasCOM/KHSC or with the police to receive this support. These measures will be kept confidential as long as it does not impair KansasCOM/KHSC 's ability to provide such measures.
A member of the Title IX Compliance Office could determine that supportive measures (not including expulsion) – whether directed at the parties involved, witnesses, or a broader university population – are necessary, appropriate, and reasonably available to prevent and/or respond to sexual harassment or sexual violence. These include:
If you are a victim of sexual discrimination, harassment, or violence, we encourage you to speak with someone as soon as possible.
It is your decision to determine with whom you would like to speak about the incident, and the path you choose – whether remaining confidential, launching an investigation or filing a police report. It is entirely up to you.
The Title IX Compliance Office is available to ensure you have the support you need, and to address any issues you choose to report, quickly, effectively, respectfully and based on your personal preferences.
If you are uncertain whether you would like to file a formal complaint, we recommend you contact a member of the KansasCOM staff to discuss the options that are available to you. You may also opt to contact the Title IX Coordinator.
If you choose not to file a report with the police or with the Title IX Compliance Office, it is strongly encouraged that you to file an anonymous or confidential report via Guardian
This will help the university identify misconduct patterns regarding a particular location, method, or offender, and will also ensure we can notify the greater campus community to potential dangers if needed. Those who report anonymously can choose to include contact details or choose to omit them if they do not want the Title IX Compliance Office to contact them.
There are three groups of employees, each of whom have the ability to offer different levels of confidentiality – those who are able to maintain confidentiality except in certain situations, those who are required to report incidents to the Title IX Compliance Office, and those who are privileged by law to maintain the highest level of confidentiality.
These groups are able to speak with victims in confidence. They may report an incident that occurred at KansasCOM/KHSC for the Clery Report, but they are not required to provide identifying information. Disclosures to these employees will not trigger an investigation into an incident against the victim's wishes. They include:
While trained staff in these offices are able to maintain a victim's confidentiality within the realm of KansasCOM, they may be required by state law to report incidents of abuse involving a minor, potential self-harm, or imminent threats to others. These individuals might be required to testify or provide documents if criminal or civil litigation is initiated, and subpoenas are issued.
If an alleged perpetrator poses a serious and immediate threat to the KansasCOM community, a timely warning may be issued by the university but any identifying information about the victim would not be included.
These employees, including all faculty and most staff members, are required to report all of the details of an incident, including identifying information of both the victim and alleged perpetrator, to the Title IX Coordinator or Deputy Title IX Coordinator.
If a victim reports an incident to this type of an employee, referred to under federal policy as mandatory reporters, they are required to report the incident to their supervisor or a member of the Title IX Compliance Office.
At that point, the incident will be investigated unless the victim requests to maintain confidentiality.
When confidentiality is requested, the Title IX Compliance Office will not formally investigate the incident or take disciplinary action against a reported perpetrator (except in special circumstances); however, victims will still receive necessary protection and support.
Assistance includes referrals to other university administrators for academic support or accommodations; access to disability services or health/mental health services; changes in living, working or course schedules; referrals to victim advocacy organizations, legal services, and/or visa and immigration services.
If an individual seeks disciplinary action against you or is pursuing a formal complaint alleging sexual discrimination or harassment, sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence or stalking, the Title IX Coordinator will meet with you to outline next steps.
As part of the process, a hold will be placed on your academic account until the investigation has been completed. While the hold might be lifted by request, a notation will appear on the transcript that states: “Student is the subject of a pending non-academic student conduct investigation."
Whenever a student is accused of a policy violation, emotional responses will differ from person to person, especially if the policy violation in question is associated with sexual misconduct. Being accused of sexual misconduct can be a painful and challenging experience. It is important to remember that your responses to these accusations are normal reactions to a difficult situation. If you are accused of sexual misconduct, you may deal with some unanticipated emotions. Below are examples of feelings you may experience:
All these emotions can be overwhelming, and it is important to remember there are resources both on and off-campus to assist you.
If you are a victim and would like to maintain your confidentiality when reporting an incident that violates KansasCOM/KHSC Discrimination and Harassment Policy, your request will be strongly considered.
Because these requests limit the university's ability to meaningfully investigate an incident and pursue disciplinary action against the accused, the Title IX Compliance Office must weigh your request carefully against an obligation to provide a safe, nondiscriminatory environment for our campus community. Although rare, there may be times when a victim's request for confidentiality cannot be honored.
If you want to discuss possible harassment in a more confidential setting or clarify your feelings about proceeding, the Title IX Compliance Office team recommends you consider consulting a social worker, therapist, or member of the clergy. These individuals are permitted by law to assure greater confidentiality.
In addition, any member of our community may contact our counseling specialist, Amanda Root for a confidential discussion and, if desired, referral to off-campus resources.
Ms. Amanda Root, MS, LCPC. 316-315-5639 [email protected]
A range of factors are weighed when considering a victim's request for confidentiality, including:
The presence of one or more of these factors could lead the university to investigate and, if appropriate, pursue disciplinary action. If none of these factors is present, the university will likely respect the victim's request for confidentiality.