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Northwest Nazarene University is committed to providing an environment that emphasizes the dignity and worth of every member of its community and that is free from unlawful harassment and discrimination.
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Such an environment is necessary to a healthy learning, working, and living atmosphere because discrimination and harassment undermine human dignity and the positive connection among all people at our University.
NNU is also committed to promptly, impartially, and equitably addressing and resolving all reports of sex discrimination, sexual harassment, and sexual misconduct. When the University finds that such behavior has occurred, it will take steps to stop the behavior, prevent its recurrence, and to remedy its effects.
Use the navigation links below to learn more about NNU’s Title IX Policy and to access information and resources to support anyone who has been affected by, knows of, or wants to help prevent an incident or pattern of behavior. There are individuals you can contact with questions and concerns, beginning with NNU’s Title IX Coordinator, Sheila Bryant (208-467-8062).
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Title IX Coordinator

The Title IX Coordinator is the designated representative of the University with primary responsibility for coordinating University Title IX compliance efforts, including the University’s efforts to end any sexual misconduct, prevent its recurrence, and address its effects. The Title IX Coordinator oversees and monitors the University’s overall compliance with Title IX-related policies and developments; the implementation and oversight of grievance processes and procedures, including review, investigation, and resolution of reports of sexual misconduct; and the provision of educational materials and training for the campus community; and monitoring all other aspects of the University’s Title IX compliance.


Inquiries or complaints about Title IX, sex discrimination, sexual harassment, or other forms of sexual misconduct may be directed to the University’s Title IX Coordinator:


Sheila Bryant
Title IX Coordinator
Emerson Administration Room 208
(208) 467-8062

How to Report to the University

How to Report When You Have Experienced Sexual Harassment or Misconduct


Anyone who has experienced sex discrimination, sexual harassment, or sexual misconduct – including, but not limited to, unwelcome sexual advances, sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, or stalking – is strongly encouraged to report this experience to the University. Reporting to the University will enable the University to take measures to stop the behavior, prevent it from occurring in the future, and provide support, resources, and protection.


There are many different ways to report to the University, whether orally or in writing. You can contact the NNU Title IX Coordinator, in person, by telephone, or by email. You can also submit the online reporting form, which will go directly to the Title IX Coordinator. You can choose to complete the form anonymously or to provide your name and contact information.


Report To:

Sheila Bryant
Title IX Coordinator
Emerson Administration Room 208
(208) 467-8062


Karen Pearson
Deputy Title IX Coordinator, Director of Residential Life
Student Center/Second Level
(208) 467-8663


Alison Larson
Associate Athletic Director
JSC, Main Athletic Office
(208) 467-8629


Larissa Bunker
Director of Human Resources
Emerson Administration, Room 206
(208) 467-8588


You can report to the University without initiating a formal complaint (which results in an investigation and, potentially, disciplinary action) or reporting to law enforcement. You do not need to submit a report in writing in order to receive support, resources, or protective measures from the University. Please see the Northwest Nazarene University Sexual Misconduct Policy for additional information about reporting options and considerations.

Reporting Process Flowchart

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Confidential Support

NNU is committed to protecting the privacy of all individuals involved in a report of sexual misconduct and will protect confidentiality to the extent possible, even if there is not a specific request for confidentiality.


The University encourages individuals who believe they have experienced sexual misconduct to talk to someone about what happened. Different people on campus have different reporting responsibilities and different abilities to maintain privacy or confidentiality. Some individuals and campus resources can offer confidentiality while others have specific obligations to respond when they receive a report of a crime or a campus policy violation.


Confidential communications are those which legally cannot be disclosed to another person, without the reporter’s consent, except under very limited circumstances. Individuals who want the details of sexual misconduct to be kept confidential should speak with a medical professional, professional counselor, minister or other pastoral counselor, or trained victims’ advocates.


On Campus Confidential Support Resources include:

NNU Wellness Center
518 E. Dewey Ave (Next to College Church)
Nampa, ID 83686




  University Chaplains
Dustin and Olivia Metcalf
Emerson Administration Room 104
ometcalf@nnu.edu or dmetcalf@nnu.edu
Off Campus Support Resources include:
Nampa Family Justice Center
1305 3rd Street South
Nampa, ID 83651
  Voices Against Violence (Twin Falls, ID)
(208) 733-0100 (24 hour hotline)

WCA Rape Crisis Center




  Family Service Alliance of Southeast Idaho (Idaho Falls, ID)
208-251-HELP (24 hour hotline)

RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network)
800-656-HOPE (4673)



  FACES Family Justice Center (Boise, ID)
417 S 6th Street
Boise, ID 83702



What to do if You Have Experienced Sexual Assault

  • Get to a safe place.
  • Call 911 if in immediate danger, if you are injured or if the community is in possible danger.
  • Consider securing immediate professional support on or off campus to assist you in the crisis.
  • Seek medical attention, regardless of whether you choose to report or not.
  • It is very important to preserve evidence. Take steps to preserve evidence, which may be necessary to the proof of criminal sexual violence or in obtaining a protective order. You may not know right now whether you will contact the police. But in case you later decide to, the evidence available immediately after the assault is crucial. To preserve evidence, follow these recommendations:
    • Prior to seeking medical attention, do not shower, bathe, wash your hands, brush your teeth, use the toilet or clean up in any way.
    • Bring another set of clothes to the hospital since clothes will be collected as part of the evidence.
    • If you have changed clothes, bring your soiled clothing with you for evidence collection.
    • Physical evidence can be collected up to 120 hours after an assault.
  • Report to the police, if you so choose.
  • Talk to a counselor. Even after the immediate crisis has passed, contact confidential on-campus and/or off-campus resources—for emotional support, information, and/or advocacy
  • Report the conduct to the Title IX Coordinator at 208-467-8062, if you choose to do so, so that the University may take appropriate action. Note that the Title IX Coordinator is not a confidential resource. The Title IX Coordinator can arrange for interim actions and accommodations, including no-contact directives. The University also can assist in any needed advocacy for community members who wish to obtain a protective order from local authorities. Alternatively, you can contact the Court Clerk located at the Canyon County Courthouse to obtain a civil protective order.

Get Help Now

If you have experienced sexual assault or other violence, it may be hard to know what to do or where to go. Your first step is to get to a safe place. Then you can contact any of the resources listed below for immediate, trained help, including assistance in your decision-making about seeking medical attention, reporting to law enforcement, and filing a formal complaint with the University.


For Immediate Help


Dial 911 for local law enforcement.


Call NNU Campus Safety at 208-467-8911 to have a Campus Safety Officer dispatched to your location.





St Alphonsus Medical Center
1512 12th Ave Rd.
Nampa, ID 83686



St Alphonsus Regional Medical Center
1055 N Curtis Rd
Boise, ID 83706

  St Alphonsus Medical Center
4402 E Flamingo Ave.
Nampa, ID 83687
St. Luke’s Boise Medical Center
190 W Bannock St
Boise, ID 83712
  St Luke’s Nampa Medical Plaza
9850 W St Luke’s Dr.
Nampa, ID 83687
St. Luke’s Meridian Medical Center
520 S Eagle Rd
Meridian, ID 83642
  Twin Falls Idaho Falls
  St Luke's Magic Valley Medical Center
801 Pole Line Rd. W.
Twin Falls, ID 83301
Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center
3100 Channing Way
Idaho Falls, ID 83404


Sexual Assault Forensic Examiners (SAFE Nurses) are on call in the Treasure Valley hospitals to perform a special exam that includes the collection of evidence. They can also evaluate the risk of pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, and provide resources to help with recovery. Although DNA evidence may be collected up to five days after a sexual assault, it is most likely to yield positive results the sooner it is collected. Choosing to be examined by a SAFE nurse can provide vital evidence and protect your health and safety. It does not obligate you to pursue criminal charges.


After Your Immediate Needs Have Been Met


Report to NNU so you can receive ongoing support and continue your education in a safe and non-discriminatory environment.

  • Reporting to NNU is not the same thing as reporting to law enforcement. Even if you don’t want to report to law enforcement or start a formal complaint, you are strongly encouraged to tell NNU what happened to you. NNU can take steps to ensure your safety and the safety of others, such as rearranging class schedules, enforcing no-contact orders, and preventing retaliation.
  • If you want to start by talking to a person rather than looking at a website, you can contact the Title IX Coordinator, Sheila Bryant (sheilabryant@nnu.edu, 208-467-8062) or Deputy Title IX Coordinator, Karen Pearson (klpearson@nnu.edu, 208-467-8663. 


Receive ongoing support not matter when or where your experience of harassment, misconduct or assault occurred.


There are many resources available to support you, both on campus and in the community. You can access them at any time, even if your experience happened weeks, months or years ago.


Consider requesting a university investigation which will result in a formal investigation and, potentially, disciplinary action of the person who committed the harassment, misconduct or assault whether they are an NNU student or employee. 

Help Someone Else

How to Support a Survivor of Sexual Assault

Believe Your Friend


Remember it's often very difficult for survivors to come forward and share their story, and your reaction may affect whether or not they choose to continue to share this information with others and seek further support. Tell your friend you believe him or her and you want to support him or her in any way you can.


Respect Privacy
Don't share your friend's story with others unless you have that person's permission to do so.


It is natural when listening to a story to want to ask questions and get details about what transpired. In this situation, however, it is best to allow the survivor to control what and how much they would like to tell you about the incident. You should listen actively and non-judgmentally. Reiterate that you are there to listen and support, and allow the survivor to dictate when and how much they wish to say.


Assure Your Friend That it is Not His or Her Fault
Self-blame is common among victims of sexual violence. It is important that, as their friend, you help the survivor understand that no matter what happened — it was not their fault.


Allow Your Friend to Control Next Steps
It is natural to want to try to fix the problem, but know that healing from this event will take a great deal of time and your friend must maintain the ability to choose how they wish to go about that healing process. You may provide advice, guidance, and information about their options for additional support, but allow your friend to decide if, when, and how they will pursue these resources. If your friend is hesitant to get help from any outside sources, even those you know are supportive and helpful, offer to go with her/him. Reassure your friend that he/she can speak confidentially with a counselor at The Wellness Center. As a reminder, if your friend would like to make a confidential disclosure, he/she should wait until he/she is speaking with a clinician. When making the appointment, simply indicate the matter is of an urgent personal or confidential nature, and no further information will be required.


Don't Forget to Support Yourself
Supporting a friend through a trauma can be a difficult and emotionally draining experience for those in the support role as well. Recognize this and don't hesitate to seek help and support for yourself when you need it. You cannot effectively support your friend without being mindful of your own health and wellbeing.

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