Sexual Misconduct Policy

Fox Valley Technical College does not discriminate in its employment practices or in its educational programs or activities on the basis of sex/gender. FVTC also prohibits retaliation against any person opposing discrimination or participating in any discrimination investigation or complaint process internally or externally. Reports of misconduct, questions regarding Title IX, and concerns about noncompliance should be directed to the Title IX Coordinator. This page is designed to provide an overview of the policy and procedures used at FVTC. A complete copy of the policy, applicable procedures and reporting protocols is listed below.

Incident Report

General Information

FVTC Title IX Non-Discrimination Statement

Fox Valley Technical College adheres to all federal, state, and local civil rights laws prohibiting discrimination in employment and education. Fox Valley Technical College does not discriminate in its admissions practices, in its employment practices, or in its educational programs or activities on the basis of sex/gender1 . As a recipient of federal financial assistance for education activities, FVTC is required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 to ensure that all of its education programs and activities do not discriminate on the basis of sex/gender. Sex includes sex, sex stereotypes, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, and pregnancy or parenting status. FVTC also prohibits retaliation against any person opposing discrimination or participating in any discrimination investigation or complaint process internal or external to the institution. Sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating and domestic violence, and stalking are forms of sex discrimination, which are prohibited under Title IX and by FVTC policy. Any member of the campus community, guest, or visitor who acts to deny, deprive, or limit the educational, employment, residential, or social access, opportunities and/or benefits of any member of the FVTC community on the basis of sex is in violation of the Sexual Misconduct Policy. Any person may report sex discrimination (whether or not the person reporting is the person alleged to have experienced the conduct), in person, by mail, by telephone, by video, or by email, using the contact information listed for the Title IX Coordinator (below). A report may be made at any time (including during non-business hours) by email, phone or online reporting form.

Within any resolution process related non-discrimination, Fox Valley Technical College provides reasonable accommodations to persons with disabilities and religious accommodations, when that accommodation is consistent with state and federal law.

Resources

If a complainant would like the details of the incident to be kept confidential, the complainant may speak with:

  • On-campus licensed professional counselors
  • On-campus health service providers and staff
  • On-campus Victim Advocate

Or Off-Campus:

  • Christine Ann Domestic Abuse Services:  1-800-261-5998
    • 920-729-5727  Neenah
    • 920-235-5998  Oshkosh
  • Harbor House Domestic Violence Services:  1-800-970-1171 or  920-832-1666
  • Harbor House Calumet County Outreach:  920-849-7819
  • Sexual Assault Crisis Center:  920-733-8119
  • National Sexual Assault Helpline:  1-800-656-HOPE
  • National Resource Center on Domestic Violence Hotline:  1-800-799-SAFE
  • Reach Counseling Services:  920-426-1460
  • Waupaca County:  1-800-472-3377 or 715-256-1136
  • Waushara County:  1-800-472-3377 or 920-787-3949
  • Winnebago County:  920-729-5727 
Reporting

Questions regarding Title IX, including its application and/or concerns about noncompliance, should be directed to the Title IX Coordinator. For a complete copy of the policy and applicable procedures or for more information, please visit www.fvtc.edu/SexualMisconduct or contact the Title IX Coordinator. Individuals who believe they have experienced sex discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation in violation of FVTC policy should contact the following: 

Title IX Coordinators: 
Shannon Gerke Corrigan, Registrar
Appleton Campus – Room E111C (currently working virtually)
920-735-4796
Email: Shannon Gerke Corrigan

Therese Izzo Nemec, Director – Instructional Excellence
Center for Instructional Excellence
Appleton Campus – Room G118D (currently working virtually)
920-735-4765
Email: Therese Nemec

Or email TitleIX@fvtc.edu

Individual with Oversight for all Non-Discrimination
Rayon Brown, Executive Director for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Diversity and Inclusion Services
Appleton Campus – Room E120A (currently working virtually)
920-735-4820
brown@fvtc.edu

A person may also file a complaint with the appropriate federal, state, or local agency within the time frame required by law. Depending upon the nature of the complaint, the appropriate agency may be the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Office for Civil Rights (OCR) of the U.S. Department of Education, the Department of Justice, and/or the Wisconsin Technical College System

WTCS Student Complaint Form

For Complaints involving Employee: Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)

Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
Office for Civil Rights, National Headquarters
U.S. Department of Education
Lyndon Baines Johnson Dept. of Education Building
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20202-1100
Telephone: 800-421-3481
Fax: 202-453-6012; TDD: 800-877-8339
Email: OCR@ed.gov

Off Campus Confidential Reporting
If a student or employee desires that details of the incident be kept confidential, they should speak with one of several off campus resources.

  • Christine Ann Domestic Abuse Services:  1-800-261-5998
    • 920-729-5727  Neenah
    • 920-235-5998  Oshkosh
  • Harbor House Domestic Violence Services:  1-800-970-1171 or  920-832-1666
  • Harbor House Calumet County Outreach:  920-849-7819
  • Sexual Assault Crisis Center:  920-733-8119
  • National Sexual Assault Helpline:  1-800-656-HOPE
  • National Resource Center on Domestic Violence Hotline:  1-800-799-SAFE
  • Reach Counseling Services:  920-426-1460
  • Waupaca County:  1-800-472-3377 or 715-256-1136
  • Waushara County:  1-800-472-3377 or 920-787-3949
  • Winnebago County:  920-729-5727 
What is a Title IX Coordinator?

Fox Valley Technical College has appointed two Title IX Coordinators to oversee all possible complaints of sexual discrimination, including allegations of sexual misconduct. All school districts, colleges and universities receiving Federal financial assistance must designate at least one Title IX Coordinator and publish the name, office address, telephone number and email address of this employee or employees. Throughout this procedure, the “Title IX Coordinator” will be referred to.  If you have any questions regarding this procedure or would like to speak with a Title IX Coordinator, you may contact either employee. Fox Valley Technical College’s Title IX Coordinators are: 

Therese Izzo Nemec, Director – Instructional Excellence
Office: Room G118D, Appleton Campus
920-735-4765
Email: Therese Nemec

Shannon Gerke Corrigan, Registrar
Enrollment Services, E111C, Appleton Campus
920-735-4796
Email: Shannon Gerke Corrigan

Title IX Questions? 
Email TitleIX@fvtc.edu

Title IX Compliance Team

Susan Kaufman, Associate Director, Human Resources
Email: Susan Kaufman
920-735-2574

Therese Nemec, Director, Instructional Excellence
Email: Therese Nemec
920-735-4765

Jayme Bowman, Manager, Security Services
Email: Jayme Bowman
920-993-5138

Tony Duff, Manager, Student Conduct
Email: Tony Duff
920-225-5913

Shannon Gerke Corrigan, Registrar
Email: Shannon Gerke Corrigan
920-735-4796

Elizabeth Burns, Associate Vice President, Student Services
Email: Elizabeth Burns
920-735-5795

Hannah Westphal, Manager - Human Resources
Email: Hannah Westphal
920-735-2447

Information for Students

What are the rights of the parties involved?

FVTC will ensure the rights of both the complainant and the respondent in all allegations of sexual harassment. Below are some of your rights. For a full list, please see the FVTC Interim Title IX Procedure:

  • The right to an equitable investigation and resolution of all credible allegations of prohibited harassment or retaliation made in good faith to FVTC officials.
  • The right not to be discouraged by FVTC officials from reporting sexual harassment or retaliation to both on-campus and off-campus authorities.
  • The right not to be pressured to mediate or otherwise informally resolve any reported misconduct involving violence, including sexual violence. 
  • The right to have an Advisor of their choice to accompany and assist the party in all meetings and/or interviews associated with the resolution process. 
  • The right to a fundamentally fair resolution as defined in these procedures. 
  • The right to preservation of privacy, to the extent possible and permitted by law.
What resources are available?

If a complainant would like the details of the incident to be kept confidential, the complainant may speak with:

  • On-campus licensed professional counselors
  • On-campus health service providers and staff
  • On-campus Victim Advocate

Or Off-Campus:

  • Christine Ann Domestic Abuse Services:  1-800-261-5998
    • 920-729-5727  Neenah
    • 920-235-5998  Oshkosh
  • Harbor House Domestic Violence Services:  1-800-970-1171 or  920-832-1666
  • Harbor House Calumet County Outreach:  920-849-7819
  • Sexual Assault Crisis Center:  920-733-8119
  • National Sexual Assault Helpline:  1-800-656-HOPE
  • National Resource Center on Domestic Violence Hotline:  1-800-799-SAFE
  • Reach Counseling Services:  920-426-1460
  • Waupaca County:  1-800-472-3377 or 715-256-1136
  • Waushara County:  1-800-472-3377 or 920-787-3949
  • Winnebago County:  920-729-5727 
What happens when there is a report of sexual misconduct?

A Title IX Coordinator evaluates all allegations of sexual misconduct under the current Title IX Regulations. If an incident is found to meet the definition of Sexual Harassment under Title IX, the FVTC Interim Title IX Procedure will be followed.

The formal investigation, which normally will start within 48 hours of receipt of the incident report (2 college business days) typically, will include the following actions:

  1. Initial meeting with person filing the incident report to:
    • Review the written incident report;
    • Collect or request all relevant evidence and documents;
    • Review  rights and options with respect to the incident reported;
    • Review relevant interim protective measures.
  2. Initial meeting with the person(s) accused
    • Review  the written  incident report;
    • Collect or request all relevant evidence and documents;
    • Review of rights and options with respect to the incident reported;
    • Review of relevant interim protective measures.
  3. Meetings with witness(es) with knowledge of events.
  4. Review of all relevant documentation
  5. Follow-up meeting(s) or contact(s) with the person filing the incident report and the accused to ascertain additional information, to clarify information and to update on the status of the investigation process. 
  6. The person conducting the investigation may, except in cases involving sexual violence, seek to mediate a resolution to the matter.
  7. At the conclusion of the investigation, the person conducting the investigation will retain all records and notes of the investigation.
  8. The person conducting the investigation shall prepare a written report, including the summary of findings and outcomes, including sanctions or remedial actions.  The person conducting the investigation may use college resources, including peers or colleagues trained in Title IX proceedings, to assist in the preparation of the written report.  
  9. Thereafter, a copy of the summary of findings, including any sanctions and remedies, will be provided to the individual filing the incident report and the accused.

Depending on the nature of the incident report, the complexity of the issues and events, number and availability of witnesses, the amount of information to be gathered and reviewed and other factors, the College will attempt to complete the investigation in 20 to 60 calendar days.  Additional time may be necessary in order to conduct a fair and equitable investigation. The person filing the incident report and the accused will be informed periodically of the status of the investigation.

While the College will exercise reasonable diligence in complying with the timelines and procedures outlined, deviations may occur in order to meet the intent of the policy or to ensure the fair and equitable resolution of a reported incident. The person filing the incident report or the accused should report any procedural error or deficiency to the Conduct Officer or Director, Human Resources, or it shall be deemed waived. A procedural error or deficiency shall not require an outcome in favor of the person allegedly disadvantaged by the error.   

Not Anymore | Viewing Instructions

FVTC provides free training on sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence and stalking through Not Anymore. We encourage every student to take it. This module is available as part of the New Student Orientation, as well as a module in Blackboard. Below are the access instructions.

Program Instructions: 

Step 1:  Log on to Not Anymore at: https://studentsuccess.org/CODE/fvtc

Step 2:  Enter your access code:  163882

Step 3: You will be taken to the Not Anymore Account Setup Page.  Follow the instructions provided. Remember the email and password you enter, as they will allow you to leave and re-enter the program to complete the program in several sittings if you choose without having to start over. If you run into problems taking or reentering the program, do not start over. Contact us through the HELP button and we will assist you. 

You will receive follow-up contacts from Student Success™ highlighting key program information. 

If at any time you have general questions or concerns regarding the program requirements, please contact Shannon Gerke Corrigan. If you have any technical difficulties with the program, please contact Student Success™ through the program HELP button or at Terrylynn Pearlman.

Information for Staff

What are the requirements if a student reports an incident to me?

If a student tells you that they have been the victim of sexual harassment, stalking, sexual assault, domestic violence or dating violence, you are required to report it to Campus Security.  For full details of reporting, please follow the reporting procedures located in the Sexual Misconduct Procedure document located under Important Policies & Procedures. 

What are the rights of the parties involved?

FVTC will ensure the rights of both the complainant and the respondent in all allegations of sexual harassment. Below are some of your rights. For a full list, please see the FVTC Interim Title IX Procedure:

  • The right to an equitable investigation and resolution of all credible allegations of prohibited harassment or retaliation made in good faith to FVTC officials.
  • The right not to be discouraged by FVTC officials from reporting sexual harassment or retaliation to both on-campus and off-campus authorities.
  • The right not to be pressured to mediate or otherwise informally resolve any reported misconduct involving violence, including sexual violence. 
  • The right to have an Advisor of their choice to accompany and assist the party in all meetings and/or interviews associated with the resolution process. 
  • The right to a fundamentally fair resolution as defined in these procedures. 
  • The right to preservation of privacy, to the extent possible and permitted by law.
What happens when there is a report of sexual misconduct?

A Title IX Coordinator evaluates all allegations of sexual misconduct under the current Title IX Regulations. If an incident is found to meet the definition of Sexual Harassment under Title IX, the FVTC Interim Title IX Procedure will be followed.

The formal investigation, which normally will start within 48 hours of receipt of the incident report (2 college business days) typically, will include the following actions:

  1. Initial meeting with person filing the incident report to:
    • Review the written incident report;
    • Collect or request all relevant evidence and documents;
    • Review  rights and options with respect to the incident reported;
    • Review relevant interim protective measures.
  2. Initial meeting with the person(s) accused
    • Review  the written  incident report;
    • Collect or request all relevant evidence and documents;
    • Review of rights and options with respect to the incident reported;
    • Review of relevant interim protective measures.
  3. Meetings with witness(es) with knowledge of events.
  4. Review of all relevant documentation
  5. Follow-up meeting(s) or contact(s) with the person filing the incident report and the accused to ascertain additional information, to clarify information and to update on the status of the investigation process. 
  6. The person conducting the investigation may, except in cases involving sexual violence, seek to mediate a resolution to the matter.
  7. At the conclusion of the investigation, the person conducting the investigation will retain all records and notes of the investigation.
  8. The person conducting the investigation shall prepare a written report, including the summary of findings and outcomes, including sanctions or remedial actions.  The person conducting the investigation may use college resources, including peers or colleagues trained in Title IX proceedings, to assist in the preparation of the written report.  
  9. Thereafter, a copy of the summary of findings, including any sanctions and remedies, will be provided to the individual filing the incident report and the accused.

Depending on the nature of the incident report, the complexity of the issues and events, number and availability of witnesses, the amount of information to be gathered and reviewed and other factors, the College will attempt to complete the investigation in 20 to 60 calendar days.  Additional time may be necessary in order to conduct a fair and equitable investigation. The person filing the incident report and the accused will be informed periodically of the status of the investigation.

While the College will exercise reasonable diligence in complying with the timelines and procedures outlined, deviations may occur in order to meet the intent of the policy or to ensure the fair and equitable resolution of a reported incident. The person filing the incident report or the accused should report any procedural error or deficiency to the Conduct Officer or Director, Human Resources, or it shall be deemed waived. A procedural error or deficiency shall not require an outcome in favor of the person allegedly disadvantaged by the error.   

Report an incident of sexual misconduct

You can use this report for documenting an incident for yourself or a student reporting to you. 

Reporting Form

Title IX Coordinators

Therese Nemec
Director – Center for Instructional Excellence
Office: Room G118D, Appleton Campus
920-735-4765
 
Shannon Gerke Corrigan
Registrar
Office: Room E137E, Appleton Campus
920-735-4796
 
Title IX Questions?
Email: TitleIX@fvtc.edu