Information for the Respondent After a Complaint Has Been Filed

The following information provides a summary of your rights and options after filing a complaint of sex discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual violence (including sexual assault), domestic violence, dating violence, or at stalking at Nebraska Wesleyan University. Please contact the Title IX Coordinator or Deputy Coordinator if you have any questions about this information.

I. General Information

  • Nebraska Wesleyan University’s obligation to investigate: Nebraska Wesleyan University is required by law to investigate and resolve complaints of this nature. The fact that a complaint has been filed against you does not mean that Nebraska Wesleyan University has reached any conclusions about whether the alleged conduct has occurred.
  • Preservation of Evidence: It is extremely important that you preserve evidence showing the circumstances surrounding the allegations and complaint. This can include physical evidence (notes, calendars, receipts, etc.) as well as evidence in electronic formats (e.g. text messages, emails, photos, social media posts, screenshots, etc.).
  • Options: When a complaint has been filed against you, you have several options, including, but not limited to:
    • Contacting parents or a relative
    • Seeking legal advice
    • Seeking personal counseling
    • Requesting further information about the investigation and resolution process.
  • Counseling: Nebraska Wesleyan University recognizes that having a complaint filed against you and the circumstances underlying that complaint, may cause elevated levels of stress and confusion. Please note that counseling is available at the Nebraska Wesleyan University Counseling Services located at 2641 N. 49th Street (402.465.2464).
  • Further information: Nebraska Wesleyan University staff is available to provide information and answer questions about the investigation and resolution process.
    • Nebraska Wesleyan University’s Title IX Coordinator for faculty and staff
      Maria Harder
      Smith-Curtis
      (402) 465-2117
      mharder [at] nebrwesleyan.edu
    • Nebraska Wesleyan University’s Title IX Coordinator for Lincoln students
      Natasha Sutliff
      Smith Curtis – Room 140 morning and Room 330 afternoon
      (402) 432-6925 (cell)
      nsutliff [at] nebrwesleyan.edu
    • Nebraska Wesleyan University’s Title IX Deputy Coordinator for Omaha students
      Amy Harrison
      14010 FNB Parkway, Omaha
      (402) 827-3555
      aharriso [at] nebrwesleyan.edu
    • Toni Jensen, Title IX Investigator
      Smith-Curtis 140E
      (402) 465-2425
      tjensen2 [at] nebrwesleyan.edu
    • Kara Cavel, Title IX Investigator
      Omaha Room 706
      (402) 827-3555
      kcavel [at] nebrwesleyan.edu

II. Institutional Procedures

  • Nebraska Wesleyan Universities Sexual Misconduct or Violence Policy (Title IX) and accompanying procedures govern complaints of sex discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual violence (including sexual assault), domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. Procedures:
    • Will provide a prompt, fair, and impartial resolution of the complaint, under the evidentiary standard of preponderance of evidence, i.e. more likely than not that the alleged conduct occurred.
    • Are carried out by Nebraska Wesleyan University officials who have received training on these issues and how to conduct an investigation (and hearing process) that promotes safety and accountability.
    • Provide you and the complainant the right to have a support person/advisor accompany you to all aspects of the investigation and resolution process. A support person/advisor may not advocate for a party like an attorney would in court.
    • Ensure that both you and the complainant will be notified simultaneously in writing of the outcome of all stages of the process, including any appeals.
  • If you desire to have a support person/advisor but cannot find someone that you are comfortable with, please contact Title IX Coordinator, Maria Harder (mharder [at] nebrwesleyan.edu) or Natasha Sutliff (nsutliff [at] nebrwesleyan.edu) or Deputy Title IX Coordinator, Amy Harrison (aharriso [at] nebrwesleyan.edu).
  • You are prohibited from retaliating against the complainant for filing a complaint or against anyone else who participates in the investigation.

III. Possible Interim Measures and Sanctions

  • Interim Measures: At any time during the investigation, Nebraska Wesleyan University may impose interim remedies or measures pending the outcome. These may include separating you and the complainant, placing limitations on contact between the parties, suspension, or making alternative living, class placement, or workplace arrangements. Nebraska Wesleyan University will also take reasonable and legal action to implement any court restraining or no contact orders. You must honor any interim measures; violating them is a violation of Nebraska Wesleyan University policy separate from the allegations of the complaint.
  • Sanctions: If there is a finding that a violation of Nebraska Wesleyan University’s Sexual Misconduct or Violence Policy (Title IX) has occurred, sanctions may include counseling or training, separation of the parties, and/or discipline of the respondent, including written reprimand, probation, suspension, demotion, termination, or expulsion.

V. Resources Available

  • Nebraska Wesleyan University’s Title IX Coordinator for faculty and staff
    Maria Harder
    Smith-Curtis
    (402) 465-2117
    mharder [at] nebrwesleyan.edu
  • Nebraska Wesleyan University’s Title IX Coordinator for Lincoln students
    Natasha Sutliff
    Smith Curtis – Room 140 morning and Room 330 afternoon
    (402) 432-6925 (cell)
    nsutliff [at] nebrwesleyan.edu
  • Nebraska Wesleyan University’s Title IX Deputy Coordinator for Omaha students
    Amy Harrison
    14010 FNB Parkway, Omaha
    (402) 827-3555
    aharriso [at] nebrwesleyan.edu
  • Toni Jensen, Title IX Investigator
    Smith-Curtis 140E
    (402) 465-2425
    tjensen2 [at] nebrwesleyan.edu
  • Kara Cavel, Title IX Investigator
    Omaha Room 706
    (402) 827-3555
    kcavel [at] nebrwesleyan.edu
  • Voices of Hope Victim Advocate
    Lindsay Spaulding
    Roy G. Story Student Center – Room 040
    (402) 465-2533 (Office)
    (402) 475-7273 (24-Hour Crisis Hotline)
    lindsay [at] voicesofhope.org
  • NWU Counseling Services
    2641 N. 49th Street
    (402) 465-2464
    counseling [at] nebrwesleyan.edu
  • University Ministries
    Eduardo Boussón
    Old Main – Room 106
    (402) 465-2398
    ebousson [at] nebrwesleyan.edu
  • Lincoln Police Department
    (402) 441-6000
    911 – Emergency

Title IX Support

titleix [at] nebrwesleyan.edu

Maria Harder, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Director of Title IX Services and Title IX Coordinator for Faculty and Staff

Natasha Sutliff, Title IX Coordinator for Lincoln Students, Office SC 325, Title IX Cell Phone (402) 432-6925

Amy Harrison, Title IX Coordinator for Omaha Students

Toni Jensen, Title IX Investigator

Kara Cavel, Title IX Investigator

Confidential Resources
Rev. H. Eduardo Bousson

NWU Personal Counseling Services

Omaha Site Community Resources

Lindsay Spaulding, Voices of Hope
Campus Victim Advocate, (402) 465-2533
lindsay [at] voicesofhopelincoln.org