Confidential Advocates

Advocates have been specially trained to provide affirming, empowering, and confidential support for survivors and those who have experienced gendered violence, including: sexual harassment, dating and intimate partner violence, sexual assault, stalking, and sexual exploitation.  Confidential Advocates are not licensed counselors. 

Any student who has a concern may contact an advocate.  The advocate will listen and explain options available to you while providing support.

Responsibilities and Services

Advocates serve as non-judgmental campus consultants. Advocates' responsibilities vary depending on their job description and where they work; however, their responsibility in this role is to help students to understand rights, options, and resources.

Advocates will:

  • Listen to the experience(s) of the student victim/survivor;
  • Assist with the immediate safety of a victim (or safety planning);
  • Provide information on victimization;
  • Assist with the on-campus reporting process and procedures;
  • Provide assistance with on-campus student support services;
  • Provide options for off campus legal action

Contacts

Staff Photo
Judy Reeves
CHP 1053
479-619-4390
Staff Photo
Austin Schader
WCC 124
479-725-4663
Staff Photo
Marcus Williams
BH 3024
479-986-4065
Staff Photo
Ashley Byrd
BH 1218.2
479-619-4336

Advocate Confidentiality Statement

The Advocates are here to support your decisions

It is the victim's/survivor's decision to pursue available resources or to report an incident to law enforcement or the College.  Although rare, there are times when the College may not be able to honor a victim's request for confidentiality. If a victim discloses an incident to an Advocate but wishes that no investigation into the incident be conducted or disciplinary action taken, the Advocate must weigh that request against the College's obligation to provide a safe environment for all students, including the victim.

Campus Reporting

Online:

The College provides an online reporting system for all student misconduct issues.  If you are a  victim or witness activity perceived as a threat to anyone on campus, promptly report the incident in Advocate. The link is located under the Student Conduct webpage under the Student Life tab on the NWACC website.  https://nwacc-advocate.symplicity.com/public_report/index.php/pid548423?

Clery Act:

The Clery Act is enforced by the United States Department of Education. Originally known as the Campus Security Act, the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act is a federal law that requires colleges and universities across the United States to disclose information about crime on and around their campuses. NWACC is required by law to report statistics for all sexual assaults, but will protect the victim's identity.

On-Campus Counseling

Professional counselors affiliated with area agencies are available for NWACC students (at no cost). Contact Jamie Schraeder at jschraeder@nwacc.edu or 479-619-4237 to schedule an appointment. 

 

"Perhaps most important, we need to keep saying to anyone out there who has ever been assaulted, you are not alone.  We have your back. I've got your back."

-President Barack Obama (January 22, 2014)