How do I file a report or complaint?
Use Barton’s online reporting forms
Sexual Assault Anonymous Reporting Form - Submitting an anonymous form does not constitute an incident report or a student conduct report and the College will not initiate investigatory proceedings. IF identifying information for the victim is provided, someone will make contact
For more information, please read the Sexual Assault Information Packet for Reporting Party or Sexual Assault Information Packet for Responding Party.
Call, email, or see Title IX Coordinator Cheryl Brown at L-109, (620) 786-7441, or firstname.lastname@example.org
Campus Safety 620-792-9217, in Room 154 in the Technical Building
If the incident occurred on campus or within Barton County:
Barton County Sheriff
Non-emergency: (620) 793-1876
- If the incident occurred within the city limits of Great Bend:
Non-emergency: (620) 793-4120
- If the incident occurred away from Barton County, call 911 or your local emergency number.
If I tell someone, will my information be kept confidential?
At Barton, only the mental health counselor and the nurse can keep your information confidential.
All information shared with the Title IX office is treated with discretion and tact. Nevertheless, certain information provided to the Title IX office may need to be disclosed to other College officials. Those who participate in a Title IX investigation are only provided with sufficient information to allow them to respond fairly and appropriately to the complaint allegations.
You are welcome and encouraged to cooperate in the Title IX investigation to your desired level of comfort. Cooperation in the investigation process is voluntary. You may also change your mind and decline to participate in the Title IX investigation once the investigation process has started.
It is important to note, however, that your decision not to participate in the investigation process may limit the College's ability to respond to the incident.
Please be aware that institutional duties with respect to minors (those under the age of 18) may require reporting sexual misconduct incidents to state agencies and/or local law enforcement. As a result, confidentiality cannot be guaranteed in sexual misconduct incidents involving minors.
College employees MUST report any possible Title IX violations
College employees have a duty to report, unless they fall under the Confidential Reporting section above (i.e., school counselor and nurse). Parties making a report may want to consider carefully whether they share personally identifiable details with non-confidential employees, as the employee must share those details with the Title IX Coordinator. Otherwise, employees must share all details of the reports they receive.
If a reporting party does not wish for their name to be shared, does not wish for an investigation to take place, or does not want a formal resolution to be pursued, the reporting party may make such a request to the Title IX Coordinator, who will evaluate that request in light of the duty to ensure the safety of the campus and comply with federal law. Even Barton employees who cannot guarantee confidentiality will maintain privacy to the greatest extent possible. The information provided to a non-confidential resource will be kept as private as possible.
What is a Title IX investigation?
How do I know if my case is a violation of Title IX?
The good news is, you don’t have to know that. You can speak with or make a report to the Title IX Coordinator and she will determine this. Even if it is not a Title IX violation, she may be able to help resolve the problems or refer you to someone who can.
Where can prohibited conduct occur?
This policy applies to behaviors that take place on the campus, at college-sponsored events and may also apply off-campus and to actions online when the Title IX Coordinator determines that the off-campus conduct affects a substantial College interest. A substantial College interest is defined to include:
• Any action that constitutes criminal offense as defined by federal or Kansas state law. These offenses include, but are not limited to, single or repeat violations of any local, state or federal law committed in the municipality where the College is located;
• Any situation where it appears that the accused individual may present a danger or threat to the health or safety of self or others;
• Any situation that significantly impinges upon the rights, property or achievements of self or others or significantly breaches the peace and/or causes social disorder; and/or
• Any situation that is detrimental to the educational interests of the College.
Any online postings or other electronic communication by students, including cyber-bullying, cyber-stalking, cyber-harassment, etc. occurring completely outside of the College’s control (e.g. not on Barton Community College networks, websites or between college email accounts) will only be subject to this policy when those online behaviors can be shown to cause a substantial on-campus disruption. Otherwise, such communications are considered speech protected by the 1st Amendment.
Off-campus discriminatory or harassing speech by employees may be regulated by the College when such speech impacts an employee’s official or work-related capacity outside of work.
What happens after I make a report?
Making a report means telling someone in authority what happened. At the time a report is made, the reporting party does not have to decide whether or not to pursue a particular course of action. Choosing to make a report and deciding how to proceed can be a process that unfolds over time. The College provides support that can assist individuals in making these important decisions and to the extent legally possible will respect the individual’s autonomy in deciding how to proceed.
When the Title IX Coordinator receives a report, s/he may do some or all of the following.
- Conduct a small inquiry to decide if a full Title IX investigation is needed to determine if Barton’s policies have been violated. Perhaps the situation can be resolved without a full investigation
- If a full investigation is warranted, she will assign at least two investigators to interview all of the parties and witnesses, and gather all relevant documents, photos and electronic media, and other evidence, and prepare a report.
- The report of investigation sets out the statements and evidence, along with the findings of the investigators, and their conclusions as to whether the responding party is responsible for the alleged violation(s) of Barton policies. They make also recommend sanctions.
- The standard used to weigh the evidence is preponderance of the evidence.
- Submit the report to other college officials, determine sanctions.
- Inform the parties of the outcome and rights of appeal. Only students have the right of appeal; employees do not. Either party or both parties may appeal.