Sexual Assault, Misconduct and Interpersonal Violence

NCNM is committed to providing a healthy learning and work environment for its students, staff, and faculty. NCNM works to prevent occurrences of sexual assault, including rape and other forms of sexual and interpersonal violence, and to remediate situations that are found to constitute discrimination, harassment and sexual misconduct. If you are, or believe to be, the victim of sexual misconduct, rape, or other forms of violence, there are internal and external resources available to you.

Sexual Misconduct

Sexual misconduct is defined as any non-consensual sexual contact or act that violates the rights of another. Sexual misconduct typically involves acts that are severe, persistent, and pervasive, but also may be a one-time occurrence. Examples of sexual misconduct include non-consensual sexual contact, rape, sexual assault, intimate partner or relationship violence, sexual exploitation, bullying and sexual harassment.

Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment is defined as unwanted sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature that unreasonably interferes with, limits, or deprives a person of the ability to benefit from opportunities to learn or to participate in activities. Forms of sexual harassment may include quid pro quo (typically based on power differentials, e.g. sexual favors for improved grades), hostile work environments, and retaliation. Sexual harassment also includes severe and pervasive sexual verbal or visual overtures, including “off color” jokes, comments, innuendo, gestures, pictures, cartoons, articles or pornography.

What to do if you think/are a victim of interpersonal or sexual violence.

Reporting and Resources On-Campus

Reporting to the Portland Police is NOT required to any victim of sexual assault, domestic or interpersonal violence with the exception of child or elder abuse. However, reporting to the Portland Police is always an option.

Any reports of sexual misconduct towards or of a MINOR MUST be reported directly to campus safety and security and/or the Portland Police Bureau immediately. There are no exceptions to this policy. The Portland Police Bureau’s non-emergency phone number is: 503.823.0000.

On-Campus Reporting Options:

Any report submitted should include a summary of the incident (anonymous reports are accepted) and referrals provided within 24 hours of interaction to the Title IX Coordinator, a Deputy Coordinator, or program dean. NO information should be shared with ANY department, faculty, or administrator unless requested by the student or determined by the Title IX Coordinator.* Upon receipt of the report, the Title IX Coordinator will determine if there is a campus safety issue and act accordingly, as well as determine next steps of action.

Confidentiality

Mostly reports are kept private unless risk of safety to student and/or campus community is determined by the Title IX Coordinator. The confidential reporting only occurs at the Counseling Center and during a patient visit our one of our clinics. Any NCNM response will take into account the individual’s wishes to the greatest extent possible. Here is a download of the NCNM Confidentiality Chart for more information.

Informed Consent

NCNM’s responsibility is to care and protect individuals who are victims/survivors of sexual assault and other violence as well as the entire campus community. Conversation will be summarized and submitted the Title IX Coordinator. The reporting individual will be invited to consider whether or not they would like names to be included in the summary, allowing student to determine level of anonymity of summary.

NCNM’s Investigative Process and Protocols

  1. When a complaint is received, the Title IX Coordinator will review the complaint. If there is an imminent threat to the campus, Campus Security will notify the campus community.
  2. The Title IX Coordinator will decide the level of inquiry/investigation should occur, keeping the wishes of the reporter/victim of the misconduct. Although confidentiality cannot be guaranteed, complaints will be handled as discreetly and confidentially as practicable. Here is a flowchart of the investigation process.
  3. Complaints will be promptly investigated and conducted in a fair and equitable manner.

If the College determines that there has been a violation of this policy, appropriate corrective or disciplinary action will be taken for all parties involved, up to and including expulsion.

Reporting and Resources Off-Campus

Here is a copy of the Interpersonal Violence brochure that provides off-campus resources for domestic, partner, or interpersonal violence including sexual assault, rape, and child abuse.

Other Resources and Referrals

Oregon Health and Sciences University (OHSU) Emergency Room: 503.494.7551

OHSU provides 24-hour emergency services for immediate medical needs and forensic exams for survivors of sexual assault. Sexual assault exams are offered by a SANE nurse service called Rapid Sane Investigations. The founder of Rapid Sane Investigations attends the Multnomah County Sexual Assault Response Team (SART).

Crime Victims’ Services

The goal of the Crime Victims’ Services Division to ensure that victims of crime have access to information about their rights and access to services that can help them begin to heal.

Multnomah County Victim Assistance: 503.988-3222

Victims’ Rights Law Center
The VRLC provides holistic legal assistance to victims of rape and sexual assault in Multnomah County.

** Questions or concerns can always be shared confidentially with the Counseling Services staff. Counselors are qualified to assist in decision-making regarding appropriate action and can receive ALL confidential information gained in an interaction with a student.

 Title IX Information

Contacts

Cheryl Miller
Dean of Students & Title IX Coordinator
503.552.1510

Adrienne Wolmark Ph.D.
Director of Counseling Services
503.552.1605

NCNM Counseling Center
Appointment Line
503.552.1780

NCNM Security
On duty officer cell phone
503.830.3613

Multnomah County Crisis Line
503.988.4888

Portland Women’s Crisis Line
888.235.5333


Community Mental Health Resources

Portland Police Behavioral Health Unit

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

The Gateway Center - Domestic Violence Assistance