Student Services Requirements

Advising and Counseling

  • Adequate student services and resources that support its students in maintaining
    • Satisfactory progress
    • Achieving successful education and student achievement outcomes (i.e., knowledge and skill attainment, retention, graduation, and employment
    • Making informed decisions concerning training and employment
  • Coordinated by an individual with appropriate professional and educational qualifications
    • Must minimally encompass relevant coping skills (e.g., life, career development, budget, and personal financial planning skills)
    • General development appropriate to high education students
    • Student retention strategies suited to the school’s programs
    • Academic advising
    • Testing and tutoring services
    • Supervision and monitoring of attendance records and leaves of absence
    • Graduate employment assistance
    • Information concerning housing, transportation, and childcare
  • School maintains comprehensive documentation of student advising sessions
    • School continually monitors and addresses the students’ needs for services as a means to assist students achieve successful educational and student achievement outcomes.

Student Records

  • School maintains a permanent educational record for all currently enrolled students that consists of all
    • Admissions,
    • Academic,
    • Financial records
    • Information upon which a student’s enrollment is based
    • Must be securely maintained and protected against damage or loss (e.g., fire, water, theft, tampering, etc.)
  • School maintains an official transcript for all formerly enrolled students (i.e., graduates and terminated or withdrawn students)
    • Transcript must include, at a minimum,
      • The program of study
      • The date of program entry
      • The date of graduation, termination or withdrawal
      • The clock or credit hours and grades earned
    • Must be made available to students upon request and in accordance with the school’s policies
    • This transcript (physical or electronic) must be securely maintained indefinitely and protected against damage or loss (e.g., fire, water, theft, tampering, etc.)
  • School maintains financial records related to…. For a minimum of 5 years (State or regulation or law may require these records to be maintained for a longer period of time)
    • Financial aid
    • Tuition and fee payments
    • Tuition refunds

Graduate Employment and Records

  • School makes graduate employment assistance available to students and the extent and nature of employment assistance services provided aligns with any claims made by the school with regard to those services
  • School maintains verifiable records of each graduate’s initial employment for 5 years
    • Any statement regarding the percentage of graduate employment, e.g., annual employment rates of grates, must be based upon these verifiable records

Student Complaints

  • School utilizes a policy and procedure for handling student complaints and inform students in writing of the policy and procedure
    • Complaint policy and procedure must be published in the school’s catalog
    • Include a reference to the school official(s) responsible for the complaint policy and procedure
  • Schools publishes in its catalog the ACCSC Student Complaint/Grievance Procedure contained in the ACCSC Complaint Review Process Form
  • School maintains a complete record of all written student complaints for at least the last five years.

Student Services Policies and Procedures Equal Educational Opportunity

River Valley School of Massage is committed to equal opportunity. It is our policy not to discriminate on the basis of age, race, sex, color, ethnic origin, national origin, creed, sexual orientation, marital status, genetic information, religion, or handicap/disability to the extent of the law with regard to its students, employees, or applicants for admission or employment.

Privacy Rights to Students

The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) affords the students the following rights: (1) to inspect and review his/her education records within 45 days of River Valley School of Massage’s receipt of request for access. A written request, identifying the records to be inspected and reviewed should be submitted to the school director. The Director of Education will arrange for access and notify the student of the time and place for record inspection and review; (2) to request an amendment of his/her education record(s) if the student believes the record(s) is inaccurate. If a record is believed to be inaccurate, students should submit a written statement to the school director that clearly identifies the part of the record in question and specifies why it is believed to be inaccurate. The student will be notified of decisions to either amend or not amend the record. Should River Valley School of Massage decide not to amend the record as requested by the student, the student will be informed of his/her right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment; (3) to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student’s education records. Exceptions that permit disclosure without student consent are to school officials (persons employed by River Valley School of Massage in administrative, academic, or support staff positions); officials designated by the Department of Education, auditors, and those deemed to have a legitimate educational interest in the educational records; (4) the right to file a complaint with the U. S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by River Valley School of Massage to comply with the requirements of FERPA. At its discretion, River Valley School of Massage is legally permitted to disclose directory information without student’s prior written consent. River Valley School of Massage designates the following items as directory information: student’s name; date of birth; dates of attendance; address: local and email; telephone number; program of study; participation in officially recognized activities; enrollment status (i.e., enrolled, active, future enrolled student, reentry, leave of absence, etc.). The School may disclose any of these items without the student’s prior written consent. Students may request that River Valley School of Massage not disclose any or all of their directory information. Requests for non-disclosure must be filed in writing with the Director of Education.

FERPA

FERPA sets limits on the disclosure of personally identifiable information from school records, and defines the rights of the student to review the records and request a change to the records. Use the checklist below to ensure that your school meets the requirements outlined in the regulations:

The right to inspect and review the student's education records within 45 days after the day River Valley School of Massage receives a request for access. A student should submit to the School Director or Director of Education, a written request that identifies the record(s) the student wishes to inspect. The school official will make arrangements for access and notify the student of the time and place where the records may be inspected.

The right to request the amendment of the student’s education records that the student believes is inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the student’s privacy rights under FERPA.
A student who wishes to ask the school to amend a record should write the Director of Education, clearly identify the part of the record the student wants changed, and specify why it should be changed.
If the school decides not to amend the record as requested, the school will notify the student in writing of the decision and the student’s right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the student when notified of the right to a hearing.

The right to provide written consent before the school discloses personally identifiable information (PII) from the student's education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent.
The school discloses education records without a student’s prior written consent under the FERPA exception for disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official is a person employed by River Valley School of Massage in an administrative, academic, or support staff position. A school official also may include a volunteer or contractor outside of River Valley School of Massage who performs an institutional service of function for which the school would otherwise use its own employees and who is under the direct control of the school with respect to the use and maintenance of PII from education records, such as an attorney, auditor, or collection agent or a student volunteering to assist another school official in performing his or her tasks. A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibilities for River Valley School of Massage.
Upon request, the school also discloses education records without consent to officials of another school in which a student seeks or intends to enroll.

RVSM notifies the students of their rights under FERPA in the school catalog. The student receives the school catalog during their admissions interview.

A sign in sheet is available in the students’ folder. This is for a school official to write the date someone is reviewing the folder, who is reviewing the folder and what legitimate interest the parties had in obtaining the information.

Student Complaint Procedure

Schools accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges must have a procedure and operational plan for handling student complaints. If a student does not feel that the school has adequately addressed a complaint or concern, the student may consider contacting the Accrediting Commission. All complaints reviewed by the Commission must be in written form and should grant permission for the Commission to forward a copy of the complaint to the school for a response. This can be accomplished by filing the ACCSC Complaint Form. The complainant(s) will be kept informed as to the status of the complaint as well as the final resolution by the Commission. Please direct all inquiries to:

Accrediting Commission of Career Schools & Colleges
2101 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 302
Arlington, VA 22201
703-247-4212
www.accsc.org

A copy of the ACCSC Complaint Form is available at the school and may be obtained by contacting the Financial Aid Office or online at www.accsc.org.

Should a student develop a complaint concerning the massage program they will have the opportunity to express that complaint to those involved.  Students are encouraged to resolve their grievances on an individual basis when possible.  In addition, a variety of options are available for problem resolution:

The student may speak individually with the student(s) or staff member(s) involved;

The student may seek guidance with an advisory staff member.  This guidance is available on a regular basis at no cost to the student;

Should the student and advisor deem it necessary to meet with the affected parties, there may be a third party observer present to assist in facilitating discussion and clarifying issues;

Satisfactory Progress Policy

River Valley School of Massage offers a full-time and part-time enrollment to all students for the 600 hour massage therapy program.

Qualitative Standard – CGPA
Grades will be available weekly. All assignments are to be completed in a timely manner as determined by the instructor. Students will be evaluated on a monthly basis to determine his/her academic status. If the student is below 75% then they will be given an academic warning for a period of one month at a time. The student will be notified by the Director of Education of the student’s placement on academic warning and the student’s required actions. Grades will also be evaluated at the end of the payment period. Each payment period is when student completes 300 hours.

Passing grades for the massage therapy program are determined by the individual grades and are based on the curriculum laid out in the syllabus given to each student at the beginning of the course.

Quantitative Standard - Pace
In addition to the CGPA requirements, a student must successfully complete a minimum percentage of the clock hours and weeks attempted at specific points in the program to maintain satisfactory academic progress. These rates of progress are outlined, along with the CGPA requirements. As with the CGPA requirements, the quantitative standard (Pace) will be reviewed monthly and at the end of each payment period.

A student given an Attendance Warning must meet with the Director of Education and determine a schedule to get the student back on track to complete in the maximum time frame. The student has one month of probation to make satisfactory attendance progress.

All training must be completed in no more than 1.5 times the length of the program. For example:

600 hours = 24 hours/week= 25 weeks              At 12.5 weeks (halfway through the course) a student should be at 300 hours

600 hours = 17 hours/ week= 35 weeks             At 17.5 weeks (halfway through the course) a student should be at 300 hours

The student has 2 payment periods throughout the Massage Therapy Program. Should the student not meet SAP in the said time frame, the student will be ineligible for the second disbursement of financial aid. To make sure the student is eligible for the 2nd payment period, they must meet the SAP requirements for CGPA and attendance.

In cases where a student is not meeting SAP requirements, the student may be asked to withdraw from the course with appropriate tuition refund as described in the Return to Title IV Funds Policy.

Leave of Absence

The faculty of RVSM in its concern for the welfare and progress of each massage student has through careful thought and consideration, developed a leave of absence policy along with the following guidelines:

1. A leave of absence will be granted to students in good standing. (A student with a grade less than passing, with poor attendance, or unpaid tuition is not considered in good standing.)

2. The student must submit in writing, a leave of absence request form to include the reason for the request and be signed by the student, dated, and be approved and signed by the School Director or Director of Education, before the Leave of Absence can begin.

3. The first leave of absence may be approved for Medical, Personal, Family, Jury Duty, Military Leave, etc. Any consecutive leave of absences may only be approved for unforeseen circumstances in relation to Military Leave, Personal, and Medical Leave for student or immediate family, or Jury Duty.

4. A leave of absence extending for more than 10 days must be requested and approved by the School Director or Director of Education.

5. When a student has been granted a leave of absence they are required to make up the course work they missed.

6. A leave of absence should not exceed 60 consecutive school days or 180 accumulative days within 12 months.

7. If the student does not resume attendance at the school on or before the end of a leave of absence, the school treats the student as a withdrawal. The student understands that his/her withdrawal from the Massage Therapy program is effective the date the student failed to return to class and his/her partial refund to Title 4, if any, will be calculated based on the effective date and in accordance with the published refund schedule. The student may also be responsible for paying back any scholarship or paying any tuition that is owed.

Confidentiality of Student Records

Student records are confidential and are accessible only to the individual student, administrative and teaching staff, or to state or federal officials when appropriate. Release of records for any other purpose must be requested by the student in writing. Records of academic progress are permanently maintained by the school.

Credit for Previous Training/Transfer Credit Policy

Credits can be transferred with approval of the School Director and Director of Education. No more than 40 clock hours will be given per 3 college credit hours. This will only be approved if the college hours are part of RVSM curriculum and student has college transcript. River Valley School of Massage will accept anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, medical terminology, and some business classes. College credit hours must be passing with a minimum 75%. RVSM will also accept transferred credits from another massage therapy program if the student is in good standing with the transferred school (this includes all debt has been paid and the student has transcript and passing grades of 75% or above).
Candidates for transfer credit must provide documentation that includes: official transcripts, a copy of the diploma, and a school catalog or statement providing the course descriptions of each class completed. If credit is granted, training time may be shortened and tuition may be reduced proportionately.
Arkansas Department of Health has given permission for massage therapy schools to give credit hours for cosmetology and aesthetician hours into massage therapy hours.

Credit Transfer to another Institution

Transferability of credit earned at River Valley School of Massage is at the discretion of the accepting institution. It is the student’s responsibility to confirm whether or not another institution of the student’s choice will accept credit earned at River Valley School of Massage.
Each student leaving River Valley School of Massage, whether graduated or withdrew, will receive a transcript with the grades earned as well as the hours earned. Only one transcript will be provided for free to the student.

Test Retakes

If a student receives below a 75% on a test, that student has the option to retake the test. Each student has the option to retake 3 tests in each book if it is below 75%. The retake test score will be the one that is recorded on the student’s progress report.

Final Test

Students will be given a multiple choice final exam that is set up like the MBLEx.  It is worth 100 points.  If a student does not pass the final exam with a 75%, they will be required to retake it.  If a student does not pass the retake, they will be held until they are able to pass a retake with a 75%.  Once a student reaches 600 clocked in hours, every hour a student goes over to complete course work or pass the final test will cost the student $20/per hour per our 600 hour completion with unfinished course work policy.  Student diplomas will be held until all monies are paid. 

Disability Services

Students with an intellectual disability can receive funds from the Pell Grant program. They must be enrolled or accepted for enrollment in a comprehensive transition and postsecondary program for students with intellectual disabilities and must maintain satisfactory academic progress as determined by River Valley School of Massage for this program.
The disability of a student must be documented on their application. River Valley School of Massage will reasonably accommodate applicants and students with disabilities to the extent required by applicable law.

Advising Services

If a student has personal concerns that are affecting his or her participation in our massage school program he or she is encouraged to speak directly with the faculty or staff member most directly involved. If the concern is not resolved, the student should request a meeting with the Director of Education, who is responsible for seeing that each student’s concern is heard and acted upon. Referrals for psychological or counseling services are available when personal challenges are affecting performance.

Housing/Child Care Arrangements

River Valley School of Massage does not provide dormitories or housing facilities and students commute daily to school. A list of available places to rent or realty companies is available from the Financial Aid Director. Child care arrangements are the responsibility of each parent enrolled in River Valley School of Massage since we do not maintain child care facilities. The Financial Aid Director can give a list of day care facilities that are available in the area.

Educational Records

River Valley School of Massage maintains student records in a fireproof filing cabinet located in a secure area. These records are confidential and are kept permanently on a flash drive and physically for 5 years. A student’s records are available to the student for review during regular business hours. Student records are not made available to any third party without express written permission from the student, except under rare extenuating circumstances, such as the existence of a public safety risk, or a legal order. River Valley school of Massage may also give permission to Arkansas Department of Health Massage Therapy Section, Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC), U.S. Department of Education, and Veterans Affairs (veterans’ files only) without prior consent from the student. Each student is provided with one official student transcript free of charge when they receive their certificate upon successful completion of the massage therapy program. Additional official transcripts are available to a student upon receipt of a written request and a $15.00 transcript fee. A student may receive a duplicate certificate by submitting a written request to the school with a $10.00 fee. Again, records are confidential and will not be released to a third party without written permission from the student except under rare extenuating circumstances mandated by law.

Tutoring Services

Both peer and professional tutoring programs are available at $35.00 per hour. In order to truly benefit from this type of assistance, students must have a genuine desire to become competent massage therapists, and must apply themselves diligently to their course work and clinical experience.

Library

River Valley School of Massage maintains a modest reading, video, and audio library for use by students and faculty. Library hours vary depending on student and faculty needs.

Graduation and Job Placement

A list of employers will be posted on the RVSM bulletin board as they are available. Although these services are available we do not guarantee employment or salary. We will strive to help students with job placement.
If a student needs a job while they are attending the Massage Therapy Program, RVSM staff and faculty will do their best to help the student find employment not related to the educational objective.

Bookstore

River Valley School of Massage’s bookstore stocks:

  • Textbooks
  • Massage oils and lotions
  • Clothing
  • Anatomical charts and
  • Other supplies important to the profession

Bookstore hours are from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM and can be extended upon request. Massage tables and chairs can be ordered by RVSM from the school’s vendors for discounted prices.

Textbook Information

River Valley School of Massage requires the following textbooks:

Trail Guide to the Body 6th Edition-Andrew Biel. ISBN: 978-0-9987850-6-6
Trail Guide to the Body Workbook 6th Editions-Andrew Biel. ISBN: 978-0-9914666-7-2
Massage Therapy Principles and Practice 6th Edition-Susan Salvo. ISBN: 978-0-323-58128-8
Textbooks may be purchased through the school or a student may purchase on their own. If a student wishes to purchase their own books, the school requires the workbook not be used. All students will receive their textbooks on the first day of class. Information about the textbooks, in case the student wishes to purchase them on their own, is provided.

Vaccinations

River Valley School of Massage requires students to have a current Tuberculosis Test (TB test) and a current physical from a medical doctor. This is a requirement from the Arkansas Department of Health Massage Therapy Section. The Rules and Regulations states, “Any student to be considered eligible for clinical practice must have completed the following requirements: a. one hundred (100) hours of anatomy, physiology, pathology, and contraindications for massage therapy, and one hundred (100) hours of technical training, and all portions of the school’s curriculum pertaining to personal hygiene, sanitation, ethics, and professional standards; b. received and filed with the school a recently issued statement by a physician declaring them to be in good health and negative for tuberculosis; and c. provide proof of student liability insurance.

The Law states, “Schools shall require a physical examination by a medical doctor that the student poses no health risk to give and receive massage. (2) The school shall be required to maintain proof of the examination and furnish additional information and documents as may be required by the department or its appointee during the inspection.” about the physical from the doctor.

Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Policy

It is not the intention of River Valley School of Massage to dictate anyone’s lifestyle or interfere with anyone’s freedom of choice. It is our belief that entering into a therapeutic relationship with someone under the influence of mind-altering substances is a breach of trust and compromises the learning experience for students in the role of both therapist and client.
River Valley School of Massage is committed to providing an environment free of the illegal use of alcohol and other drugs. River Valley School of Massage has adopted and implemented programs that seek to prevent the illicit use of drugs and the abuse of alcohol by River Valley School of Massage community members.
Standard of Conduct: The unlawful possession, use, or distribution of drugs and alcohol is prohibited on property owned and controlled by River Valley School of Massage. No employee or student is to report to work or class while under the influence of illegal drugs or alcohol.
River Valley School of Massage provides a separate clear and conspicuous written notice within a timely manner that notifies the student of the loss of eligibility and advises the student of the ways in which to regain eligibility.
RVSM is committed to the maintenance of a drug and alcohol-free workplace and the encouragement of a standard of conduct for employees and students that discourages the unlawful possession, use or distribution of controlled substances and alcohol on its property or as a part of any of its activities. Therefore, the unauthorized or unlawful possession, use, manufacture, or distribution of controlled substances or alcohol on school property or as a part of any of the school’s activities is expressly prohibited, unless designated otherwise by the School Director. Off campus activities sponsored by recognized student organizations must abide by all local and state laws.

Statement of Disciplinary Action

Federal Penalties and Sanctions for Illegal Possession of a Controlled Substance- 1st conviction: Up to 1-year imprisonment and a fine of at least $1,000 but not more than $100,000 or bother. After 1 prior conviction: At least 15 days in prison, not to exceed 2 years and a fine of at least $2,500 but not more than $250,000 or both. After 2 or more prior drug convictions: At least 90 days in prison, not to exceed 3 years and a fine of at least $5,000 but not more than $250,000 or both. Special sentencing provisions for possession of crack cocaine are mandatory 5 to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000; both if (a) 1st conviction and the amount of crack possessed exceeds 5 grams, (b) 2nd crack conviction and the amount of crack possessed exceeds 3 grams (c) 3rd or subsequent crack conviction and the amount of crack possessed exceeds 1 gram. Personal and real property used to possess or facilitate possession of a controlled substance may be forfeited if that offense is punishable by more than 1 year imprisonment. Vehicles, boats, aircraft, or any other conveyance used to transport or conceal a controlled substance may also be forfeited. Additional sanctions include civil fines of up to $10,000; denial of federal benefits, such as student loans, grants, contracts, and professional commercial licenses, up to 1 year for first offense, up to 5 years for second and subsequent offenses; and ineligibility to receive or purchase a firearm. Other sanctions vested within the authorities of individual federal agencies are revocation of certain federal licenses and benefits such as pilot licenses and public housing.

State of Arkansas Sanctions and Penalties
  • Underage DUI Law- The State of Arkansas; “Underage DUI (Driving Under the Influence) Law” (863) makes it an offense for a person under the age of 21 with a blood alcohol content of .02 or higher (approximately one can of beer, one glass of wine, or one drink of hard liquor) to operate a motorized vehicle. Penalties for the first offense can result in (1) suspension of driver’s license for not less than 90 days, (2) a fine of no less than $100 nor more than $500, (3) assignment to public service work, and/or (4) completion of an alcohol and driving education program.
  • Driving While Intoxicated- A person who drives a motorized vehicle while influenced or affected by the ingestion of alcohol, a controlled substance, or any intoxicant commits the offense of driving while intoxicated. Penalties for such an offense may include (1) suspension of license for 6 months for the first offense with a blood alcohol content of at least .08, suspension of 180 days for the first offense with a blood alcohol content of .15 or more, one year for the first offense (with additional imprisonment for subsequent offense); (3) fines of no less than $150 and no more than $1,000 for the first offense (with stiffer fines for subsequent offenses); (4) as an inability to pay fines will result in court-ordered public service work; and (5) a requirement to complete an alcohol education program as prescribed and approved by a contractor with the Division of Behavioral Health Services, or an alcoholism treatment program licensed by the Division of Behavioral Health Services. A blood alcohol level in excess of .04 may be considered with other competent evidence in determining guilt or innocence. A blood alcohol level of .08 or more shall give rise to a presumption of intoxication.
  • Public Intoxication- A person commits the offense of “Public Intoxication” if (1) he appears in a public manifestly under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance to the degree that he is likely to endanger himself or other persons or property, or (2) he unreasonable annoys persons in his vicinity. Public intoxication is a Class A misdemeanor, and can result in a fine of up to $2,500, and/or imprisonment in the county jail (or other authorized institution) for up to 30 days.
  • Drinking in Public- A person commits the offense of “Drinking in Public” if that person consumes alcohol in any public place. This includes consumption while in a vehicle on a street or highway. Penalties include a fine of up to $2,500, and/or imprisonment for up to 30 days. Possession of any alcoholic beverages on RVSM campus is prohibited.
  • Possession of or Purchasing Alcohol by a Minor- It is illegal for a person under the age of 21 to possess/purchase alcohol. Penalties include a fine of up to $500, probation under the direction of the court, driver’s license suspensions for a period of up to one year, and writing themes or essays on intoxicating liquors, wine, or beer.
  • Knowingly Furnishing to a Minor- A person commits the offense of “Knowingly Furnishing to a Minor” if, being an adult, he or she knowingly gives, procures, or otherwise furnishes alcoholic beverage to a minor. Such an offense is a Class A misdemeanor, and can result in (1) a fine of up to $2,500 and/or (2) imprisonment in the county jail (or other authorized institution) for up to one full year.
  • Manufacture or Delivery of a Controlled Substance- It is unlawful for any person to manufacture or delivery, a controlled substance. Penalties for the manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance can range from three (3) years to life in prison, and fines up to $250,000 depending on the quantity and type of drug. In addition, real and personal property used in the manufacture, delivery, or importing of controlled substances may be forfeited to the government.
  • Manufacture or Delivery of a Counterfeit Substance- It is unlawful for any person to create, deliver, or possess with intent to deliver a counterfeit substance purporting to be a controlled substance. Penalties for the creating and/or delivery of a counterfeit substance can range from 1 to 20 years in prison, and fines up to $15,000 depending on the type of drug being counterfeited.
  • Possession of a Controlled or Counterfeit Substance- It is unlawful for any person to possess a controlled substance or counterfeit substance. Penalties for possession of a controlled or counterfeit substance can range from 1 to 10 years in prison and fines up to $10,000, depending on the type of drug (or counterfeit) possessed.
Counseling and Treatment Programs

RVSM’s Student Services department has a list of local treatment centers that may be able to help with drug and alcohol abuse. Some centers may include:

Potential Health Risks
  • Alcohol – Can cause short term effects such as loss of concentration and judgment; slowed reflexes; disorientation leading to higher risk of accidents and problem behavior; long term effects include risk of liver and heart damage, malnutrition, cancer and other illnesses; can be highly addictive to some persons.
  • Cannabis (Marijuana, Hashish) – Can cause short term effects such as slow reflexes; increase in forgetfulness; alters judgment of space and distance; aggravate pre-existing heart and/or mental health problems; long term health effects include permanent damage to lungs, reproductive organs and brain function; Can interfere with physical, psychological, social development of young users.
  • Hallucinogens (PCP, LSD, ecstasy, dextromethorphan)- Can cause extreme distortions of what’s seen and hear; induces sudden changes in behavior, loss of concentration and memory; increases risk of birth defects in user’s children; overdose can cause psychosis, convulsions, coma and death. Frequent and long term use can cause permanent loss of mental function.
  • Cocaine/Crack – Can cause short term effects such as impaired judgement; increased breathing, heart rate, heart palpitations; anxiety, restlessness, hostility, paranoia, confusion; long term effects may include damage to respiratory and immune systems; malnutrition, seizures and loss of brain function; highly addictive.
  • Amphetamines – Can cause short term effects such as rushed, careless behavior and pushing beyond your physical capacity, leading to exhaustion; tolerance increases rapidly; long term effects include physical and psychological dependence and withdrawal can result in depression and suicide; continued high doses can cause heart problems, infections, malnutrition and death.
  • Designer Drugs/ Synthetic Cannabinoids (bath salts, K2, spice)- Can cause short term effects such as elevated heart rate, blood pressure and chest pain; hallucinations, seizures, violent behavior and paranoia; may lead to lack of appetite, vomiting and tremor; long-term use may result in kidney/liver failure, increased risk of suicide and death.
  • Inhalants (nitrous oxide, amyl nitrite, butyl nitrite, chlorohydrocarbons, hydrocarbons)- Can cause short term effects such as nausea, dizziness, fatigue, slurred speech, hallucinations or delusions; may lead to rapid and irregular heart rhythms, heart failure and death; long-term use may result in loss of feeling, hearing and vision; can result in permanent damage to the brain, heart, lungs, liver and kidneys.
  • Opiates/Narcotics (heroin, morphine, opium, codeine, oxycodone, china white)-Can cause physical and psychological dependence; overdose can cause coma, convulsions, respiratory arrest and death; long term use leads to malnutrition, infection and hepatitis; sharing needles is a leading cause of the spread of HIV and hepatitis; highly addictive, tolerance increases rapidly.
  • Sedatives- Can cause reduced reaction time and confusion; overdose can cause coma, respiratory arrest, convulsions and death; withdrawal can be dangerous; in combination with other controlled substances can quickly cause coma and death; long term use can produce physical and psychological dependence; tolerance can increase rapidly.
  • Tobacco (cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco)- Can cause diseases of the cardiovascular system, in particular smoking being a major risk factor for a myocardial infarction (heart attack), diseases of the respiratory tract such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and emphysema, and cancer, particularly lung cancer and cancers of the larynx and mouth; nicotine is highly addictive.
Distribution of Materials

An Annual Notification is provided to all students, faculty, and staff. Literature on binge drinking, drink sizes, blood alcohol level, decision-making, drinking facts, drinking and STD, drinking and violence, drinking and sex, and drinking and driving are distributed throughout the year by the Student Services Office. All new students or faculty are offered a copy of materials when they begin employment or sign the Enrollment Agreement.

Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Program Biennial Review 2015-2017

The program we have in place seems to be effective. The students are made aware of the policies for Alcohol and Drugs. The students sign the Enrollment Agreement before they begin classes which explains that use of drug or alcohol can result in dismissal from the program.

Below is a table of the number of drug and alcohol-related violations and fatalities that occur on River Valley School of Massage's campus or as part of RVSM's activities. The Financial Aid office discussed these violations with the School Director and the Director of Education.

Incident ReportsOn-campusSchool ActivitiesOutcomes
Drug Law arrest00N/A
Drug Law Violations referred for disciplinary action00N/A
Alcohol arrest00N/A
Alcohol Violations referred for disciplinary action00N/A
Fatalities00N/A

Veterans Disability Services

Total and Permanent Disability Discharge and Veterans Disability Discharge

The U.S. Department of Education (the Department) has one contact point, the Nelnet Total and Permanent Disability Servicer, for loan holders seeking assistance with all total and permanent disability (TPD) discharge questions.

Phone: 888-303-7818

Fax: 303-696-5250

E-mail: disabilityinformation@nelnet.net

Office Hours: 8:00 A.M – 3:30 P.M (ET), Monday through Sunday

Web site: www.disabilitydischarge.com

Mailing Address:

U.S. Department of Education
P.O. Box 87130
Lincoln, NE 68501

For overnight delivery:

U.S. Department of Education
121 South 13th Street, Suite 201
Lincoln, NE 68508

River Valley School of Massage

Veterans Standards of Progress

Students falling below a “C” average on class work will be put on academic probation for one month. At the end of the month, the VA will be notified to terminate benefits if the student has not attained a “C” average.

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Veterans Attendance Policy

Excused absences will be granted for extenuating circumstances only. Excused absences will be substantiated by entries in a student’s file. Early departures, class cuts, tardiness, etc., for any portion of an hour will be counted as a full hour of absence. Students exceeding three days unexcused absences in a calendar month will be terminated for unsatisfactory attendance.

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Veterans Reentrance Policy

After one month’s time, students who have been dismissed for unsatisfactory progress may be reinstated only after an interview with an administrator. Reinstatement is up to the discretion of the administration.

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Veterans Refund Policy

The refund of the unused portion of tuition, fees, and other charges for veterans or the eligible persons who fail to enter a program, or withdraw or discontinue prior to completion, will be made for all amounts paid which exceed the pro rate portion of the total charges for the length of the program. The proration will be determined on the ratio of the number of days or hours of instruction completed by the student to the total number of instructional days or hours in the program.

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Veterans Tuition Policy

River Valley School of Massage does not charge Active duty military more than the total tuition. Active duty military, spouses and dependents will pay the same tuition as every other student attending River Valley School of Massage.

If a student has been dismissed from River Valley School of Massage due to military service, may be reinstated with documentation. Such documentation must consist of oral or written notice of military service as far in advance as is reasonable under the circumstances. This notice does not have to state the student’s intent to return to the school. When the student wants to return to the school, he/she must submit an attestation of military service that necessitated the student’s absence from the school. No notice is required if precluded by military necessity, such as service in operations that are classified or would be compromised by such notice.

The intent to return to school must be oral or written notice within three years after the completion of the period of service. A student who is hospitalized or convalescing due to an illness or injury incurred or aggravated during the performance of service must notify the school within two years after the end of the period needed for recovery from the illness or injury. A student who fails to apply for readmission within these periods does not automatically forfeit eligibility for readmission but is subject to the school’s established leave of absence policy and general practices. The student must contact the admissions office to provide notification of service and notification of intent to return.

2020 Campus Safety and Security Report

Purpose of the Annual Security Report

In 1990, Congress Enacted the Crime Awareness and Campus Act of 1990 (Title II of Public Law 101-542); which amended the Higher Education Act of 1965 (HEA). This act required all postsecondary institutions participating in the HEA’s Title IV student financial assistance programs to disclose campus crime statistics and security information. The act was amended in 1992, 1998, 2000, and 2008. The 1998 amendments renamed the law the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. It is generally referred to as the Clery Act and is in Section 485(f) of the HEA.

On March 7, 2013, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (VAWA) (Public Law 113-114) was signed into law. VAWA includes amendments to the Clery Act. These changes require institutions to disclose statistics, policies, and programs related to dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking, among other changes.

The 2020 Annual Security Report is prepared by the Financial Aid Office with a collaborative effort from the Director of Education and the School Director. The annual disclosure of crime statistics includes obtaining statistical data from the following sources: Russellville Police Department, Pope County Sheriff’s Office, and Arkansas State Police. For statistical purposes, crimes reported to any of these sources are recorded in the calendar year the crime was reported. Criminal activities, if any, at off-campus student organization’s (those officially recognized by the School) events are required to be monitored and reported from information collected from local police agencies.

The information, along with the complete 2020 Annual Security Report, can be found as a digital version at www.rvsmassage.com/policies and a printed copy can be requested from the Financial Aid Office at 479-890-7876 or by email at financial@rvsmassage.com.

The 2020 Annual Security Report is distributed to the entire River Valley School of Massage (RVSM) community via email. This serves as notification of the availability of the2020 Annual Security Report and how a copy can be obtained.

Law Enforcement Jurisdiction

All drives, parking lots, any real or personal property owned or controlled by River Valley School of Massage, shall fall under the jurisdiction of the Russellville Police Department, Pope County Sheriff’s Office, and Arkansas State Policy.

Reporting Crime of Emergencies On-Campus

To maximize safety on campus, the School Director strongly encourages anyone with knowledge about any crime, suspicious activity, or unsafe actions or conditions on campus (either as a witness or as a victim) to make an immediate and accurate report to the School Director in person or by telephone. Reporting does not mean you must take legal action; however, it may help law enforcement stop further incidents as well as help keep the community informed about the criminal activity. Crimes should be accurately and promptly reported to the School Director or the appropriate police agency, when the victim of a crime elects to, or is unable to, make such a report. All crimes should be reported to the School Director to aid in providing timely warnings or emergency notifications to the community when appropriate and for inclusion in the annual crime statistics disclosure.

Call 911 in an emergency if you are the victim of or witness to a crime and need police, fire, or medical assistance. In non-emergency incidents reports can be made in person to the School Director at 2003 East Parkway Drive, Russellville, AR 72802 or call 479-890-7876 to speak with her. All crimes should be reported to the School Director to aid in providing timely warnings or emergency notifications to the community when appropriate and for inclusion in the annual crime statistics disclosure.

School Director Response to a Crime Report

When you report a crime to the School Director, she will meet with you, listen to what happened, and, if appropriate, make a preliminary report. Next, investigators will review the report and conduct a follow-up investigation. If a suspect is found and you decide to press charges, information will be presented to the appropriate prosecutor’s office, who decides if there is probable cause to arrest the suspect. If there is, you will be asked to sign the arrest warrant, which any law enforcement office can serve. A court date will be set and you may have to be present to testify.

Confidential Reporting

If you are uncomfortable making a criminal report to the School Director, but would like to help ensure the most accurate accounting of all criminal incidents on or around campus or at the School events occurring on Non-Campus Property, we encourage confidential reporting. A confidential reporting option is available to comply with your wish to keep the matter confidential, which taking steps to ensure the future safety of yourself and others. Confidential reports are counted and disclosed in the annual crime statistic survey for the institution. It is the policy of RVSM to encourage the reporting of crimes even if the victim does not wish to file a complaint. Confidential reports can also be submitted through the School Director. The purpose of a confidential report is to maintain anonymity; yet it allows the School Director to take steps to ensure your future safety and that of others.

Reports Made to Pastoral or Professional Counselors
Crimes disclosed to a pastoral or professional counselor, servicing in that capacity at the time of disclosure, are not subject to mandatory reporting. The term “pastoral counselor” is defined as a person who is associated with a religious order or denomination that recognizes him/her as someone who provides confidential counseling. The term “professional counselor” is defined as a fully qualified and/or licensed professional whose official responsibilities include providing mental health counseling to members of the Institution’s community and is functioning within the scope of his/her license or certification. This exemption does not relieve counselors of the duty to exercise reasonable care to protect a foreseeable victim from danger posed by the person being counseled. When speaking to a victim or witness to a crime, counselors are encouraged to inform the individual to report the crime to the School Director. Pastoral or Professional counselors can submit confidential reports to the School Director.

Timely Warnings
In the event a crime or an incident is reported that constitutes a serious or continuing threat to the Institution, a campus wide “timely warning” notice will be issued. Timely warnings will be distributed to students and employees in a manner that is timely, that withholds the names of victims as confidential, and that provides information to assist with potentially preventing similar occurrences. Updates to the community about any particular case resulting in a timely warning may be distributed by email, social media, and/or posted on the Institution website.

Information contained in each timely warning will include:

  1. Information about the crime that prompted the alert (date/time/location and nature of the crime)
  2. Information promoting safety (crime prevention and safety tips)
  3. Information that will assist individuals in protecting themselves (what action to take or not take).

Timely warnings may be issued for the following crimes when it is determined that the incident represents a serious or continuing threat:

  • Murder and non-negligent manslaughter
  • Aggravated Assault (cases involving assaults among known parties, such as two students fighting which results in an aggravated injury, will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis to determine if the individual is believed to be an ongoing threat to the larger RVSM community.
  • Robbery involving force or violence (cases including pick pocketing and purse snatching will typically not result in the issuance of a timely warning notice, but will be assessed on a case-by-case basis)
  • Sexual Assault (considered on a case-by-case basis depending on the facts of the case, when and where the incident occurred, when it was reported, and the amount of information known by the School Director, or designee). In cases involving sexual assault, they are often reported long after the incident occurred, thus there is no ability to distribute a “timely warning” notice to the community. All cases of sexual assault, including stranger and non-stranger/acquaintance cases, will be assessed for potential issuance of a timely warning notice.
  • Major incidents of Arson
  • Domestic violence, dating violence, stalking (considered on a case-by-case basis depending on the facts of the case, when and where the incident occurred, when it was reported, and the amount of information known by the School Director, or designee and the threat to the larger community).
  • Burglary
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
  • Arrests made for liquor law violations, drug law violations, and illegal weapons possession
  • Hate Crimes, including the number of each crime
  • Crimes that are reported to the School Director or local police agencies
  • Crimes that are considered by the school to represent a threat to students and employees
  • Other crimes as determined necessary

A timely warning will be distributed to the campus using some or all of the following mechanisms;

  • Flyers posted on bulletin boards, exterior doors of classroom, and administrative offices
  • RVSM website: rvsmassage.com

Note: FERPA does not preclude an institution’s compliance with the timely warning provision of the campus security regulations. FERPA recognizes that information can, in case of an emergency, be released without consent when needed to protect the health and safety of others. In addition, if institutions utilize information from the records of a campus law enforcement unit to issue a timely warning, FERPA is not implicated as those records are not protected by FERPA. {34 CFR 99.3 (b)(6) and 99.36} Timely Warnings

Daily Crime Log
Consistent with the Clery Act requirements, the School Director maintains a daily crime log that records, listed by the date the incident was reported, all crimes and other serious incidents that occur:

  • On campus
  • In a non-campus building on property owned or operated by RVSM or its students “in a reasonably contiguous geographic area”
  • On public property within, adjacent to, or immediately accessible from the campus

The Clery Act requires that the daily crime log include specific categories of information, including:

  1. The nature of the crime;
  2. The date and time the crime occurred
  3. The general location of the crime; and,
  4. The disposition of the complaint, if known.

The Daily Crime Log contains the most recent 60-day period and must be made available immediately. Any portion older than 60 days must be made available within two business days. In accordance with the Clery Act requirements, the School Director may temporarily withhold information from the Daily Crime Log in cases where there is clear and convincing evidence that the release of information would:

  1. Jeopardize an ongoing investigation
  2. Jeopardize the safety of an individual
  3. Cause a suspect to flee or evade detection; or,
  4. Would result in the destruction of evidence.

The Daily Crime Log is available for public inspection from the School Director located at 2003 East Parkway Drive, at the RVSM campus.

Emergency Response and Evacuation Procedures

The safety and well-being of students, faculty, staff, and visitors that make up the University community is a priority. Should a significant emergency or dangerous situation develop that presents an immediate threat to the safety of persons on campus, Institution personnel will immediately respond, evaluate, and confront the threat. Upon confirmation that a threat exists, the Institution will provide an emergency notification and updates as appropriate to the Institution community.   The River Valley School of Massage Emergency Operation Plan directs Institution personnel to respond and manage campus emergencies.

Evacuation Procedures
Evacuation may be used as a means of protecting the RVSM campus by the orderly movement of persons away from a hazard. The type and magnitude of a crisis will dictate the scale of an evacuation (i.e. building vs. campus). Hazards may require a small evacuation of a building, or a large-scale portion of the entire campus. Small-scale evacuations will be managed by RVSM School Director. Large scale evacuations will often times be managed by a unified command comprising of local law enforcement agencies, fire departments, and county/state emergency management agencies.

Small-scale facility evacuations will be implemented with the activation of the fire alarm. A facility evacuation may be also activated by first responders who identify a particular hazard. If a hazard’s presence is confirmed, re-entry into the evacuated facility will be determined by the Russellville Fire Department or RVSM School Director.

Large-scale evacuations are implemented when a hazard impacts a large segment of the entire campus. The RVSM Alert system will be used to disseminate an evacuation order. The RVSM social media accounts will be used to reach a larger audience. Most large-scale evacuations will result in high vehicle traffic. Large portions of RVSM community members who do not have access to transportation, in initial evacuation orders, people should be asked to carpool with those who may be left without transportation.

Person(s) with Functional and Access Needs
RVSM recognizes the unique requirements of person(s) with functional or access needs. Those with functional and/or access needs will seek and likely receive help from those in their vicinity. If external assistance is required, those persons needing assistance should call 911 or the School Director.

Emergency Notification

The Institution is committed to the safety and well-being of its faculty, staff, students, and visitors to the campus. Upon the confirmation of a significant emergency or dangerous situation that poses an immediate threat to the health or safety of students or staff occurring on the campus, a notification will be made without delay to RVSM community. RVSM, taking into account the safety of the community, determines the content of the notification and initiates the notification to the community using the RVSM alert system and other media outlets to advise of the situation, unless issuing a notification would, in the professional judgment of responsible authorities otherwise compromise the efforts to assist victims or contain, respond to, or otherwise mitigate the emergency. Emergency messages will be sent out via text messaging, email, and phone calls.

In the event of a reported emergency, the School Director will use the following process to confirm there is a significant emergency or dangerous situation:

  1. The School Director and other appropriate personnel respond to a reported emergency, evaluate the situation, and confirm there is an immediate threat or dangerous situation threatening campus.
  2. The School Director and other appropriate response agencies assess whether the threat is area-specific or campus-wide.
  3. The School Director alerts the RVSM community.
  4. The School Director provides updated information when available.
  5. The School Director will send “All Clear” as appropriate.

The School Director, along with other school personnel, local first responders and/or the National Weather Service, confirms that there is an emergency or dangerous situation that poses an immediate threat to the health or safety to some or all members of the RVSM community, the School Director will collaborate to determine the content of the message and will use some or all the systems described on the following pages to communicate the threat to the RVSM community. If the School Director and other school personnel determine the threat is limited to a particular building or segment of the population then an emergency notification will be sent to the appropriate segment of the RVSM community.

Issuing of Emergency Notification
RVSM utilizes pre-scripted messages and templates to send emergency notifications using text, email and phone calls. The templates can be edited by approved RVSM personnel in the event of an emergency situation to notify the campus community. The School Director and the Director of Education are responsible for writing and issuing emergency notifications.

Emergency Notification Follow-up Information
Follow-up information are updates sent after the initial campus wide emergency notification. Follow-up information will be distributed using some or all of the identified communication systems (except fire alarms). Follow-up information can be sent by the School Director of the Director of Education. These directors will determine the content and notification method for follow-up information to be disseminated and will be decided on a case by case basis.

Emergency Notification Distribution Methods
Email: RVSM’s email system may be used as a mode of communication. The email system allows a more thorough explanation of the situation to be delivered to email addresses at RVSM. Instructions or protective steps may also be given through email. RVSM send an email to every currently enrolled student, all faculty, and staff.

Website: RVSM has several opportunities to utilize the web to disseminate information in an emergency. The RVSM website will have an emergency instructions listed and information on response to emergency situations. All RVSM officials, faculty, staff, visitors, and students are directed to this site in an emergency and are encouraged to review the material in preparation for potential events. When an emergency notification is sent the website will display the emergency message and direct all users to the appropriate set of instructions based on the type of emergency.

Emergency Response, Notification, and Evacuation Tests
Because RVSM is a small school, the School Director and Director of Education have all students’ phone numbers in their phone. They will send mass text alerts if there is an emergency on campus. The Director of Education and the Financial Aid Director have access to all student and faculty email to send alerts as well.

RVSM Alert System 6/12/2020, 12/15/2020

Monitoring and Recording of Criminal Activity by Students at Non-Campus Locations of Recognized Student Organizations
River Valley School of Massage does not have officially recognized student organizations that own or control housing facilities outside of the RVSM campus. If the Russellville Police Department (RPD) is called by a citizen to respond to a location involving an RVSM event, RPD will typically notify the School Director to respond with them or they will notify the School Director after they have responded to inform the School Director of the situation. However, RPD does this out of courtesy and is not “required” to notify or involve the School Director when they respond to a call involving private property.

Security of and Access to Campus Facilities
The RVSM campus is made up of one academic/administrative building. The academic/administrative building is open during normal business hours (8:00 AM to 10:00 PM) to faculty, staff, students, and RVSM guests. Authorized faculty and staff are issued keys to the building and offices. After-hours access to locked academic and administrative offices is restricted to authorized persons holding keys. After-hours access is limited to those who have authorization through their status as students, faculty, staff, or visitors in connection with special events or invitation. This access is granted through the School Director or Director of Education. The RVSM building can be secured by a key.

Security Considerations and Maintenance of Campus Facilities
All Security and Maintenance of campus facilities are reported to the School Director. The School Director listens to any concerns students, faculty, or staff have about the security of the campus. The faculty will let the School Director know if anything needs to be repaired, or reported.

Security Awareness and Crime Prevention Programming
The safety awareness programs and crime prevention programs at RVSM are based upon the dual concepts of eliminating or minimizing criminal opportunities whenever possible and encouraging students and employees to be responsible for their own security and the security of others. The School Director is responsible for presenting security awareness and crime prevention programs to the campus community annually and more often depending on the program type.

Security Awareness Programs
The School Director conducts the following security awareness programs for students:

  1. CRASE (Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events) Training- training of students in response to an active shooter event on campus. On-going (typically held every September, January, and February).
  2. Emergency Preparedness- training sessions include CPR certification course, weather spotting course, First 15 Minutes course, and Emergency Preparedness Expo. On-going- training sessions are scheduled bi-annually.

The School Director conducts the following security awareness programs for employees:

  1. New employee orientation
  2. CRASE (Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events) Training- training of students in response to an active shooter event on campus. On-going (typically held every September, January, and February).

Crime Prevention/Awareness Programs
River Valley School of Massage offers crime prevention programs throughout the year to raise awareness for a variety of topics including, but not limited to, suicide prevention, sexual assault, dating violence, harassment, and hazing prevention. These programs are available at Arkansas Tech University.

  1. Health and Wellness Fair: Annually in March, the Health and Wellness Center at Arkansas Tech University organizes a safety fair where exhibitors provide information on local mental health resources and safety information. Interactive exhibits and “walk-abouts” are created that actively engage students in health-promoting behaviors and raise their awareness about sexual assault, rape, and alcohol. Target audience for this program is: students and the community.
  2. “Out of the Darkness Walk”: Raises awareness for suicide prevention and is held in April. Target audience for this program is: students, faculty, staff, and the community. This event is available to the community of Russellville.
  3. Red Flag Campaign: The Red Flag Campaign is a peer education program utilizing presentations, interactive campus exhibits, outreach initiatives, and awareness events. This week-long event culminates in a campus wide march to raise awareness of relationship violence, sexual assault, and rape. Target audience for this program is: students.
  4. Emergency Preparedness Expo: An expo that includes training sessions on CPR certification, booths by Emergency Management professionals and companies, and Emergency Preparedness Presentations. Annual program held each September. Target audience for this program is: students, faculty & staff.

Personal Safety Tips
The School Direct safety and security measures are designed to address every area of campus life, but a safe environment also depends on the awareness and cooperation of individual community members. Here are some common-sense steps you can take for personal safety and loss prevention:

  • Remember to call 9-1-1 in case of an emergency
  • Report all crimes and/or suspicious activities to the School Director or Director of Education
  • Know the non-emergency phone number of the Russellville Police Department: (479) 968-3232. Program it into your cell phone.
  • Notify the School Director, Director of Education, or an instructor of any individual who appears not to have legitimate business on campus or whose action arouse suspicion or concern.
  • Remain alert, pay attention to your surroundings, and avoid listening to musical devises to make it more difficult to be taken by surprise.
  • When traversing the campus at night, stay within well-lit areas.
  • Never prop doors open, even for a short time.
  • Park in well-lit areas, and check the inside of your vehicle before entering it.
  • Although campus is considered safe, students and staff are encouraged to walk in pairs or groups after dark. Students may request an instructor to walk them to their vehicle.
  • Keep car doors and windows locked. Check front and back seats and the cargo area before entering.
  • Do not leave laptops, mobile phones, backpacks, or other personal items unattended for any length of time.
  • Carry a small flashlight and whistle with you.
  • If your purse or wallet are snatched, do not fight back. Give it up rather than risk personal injury, and report the incident to the School Director, Director of Education, or an instructor.
  • Do not put personal information on social networking sites.
  • Do not accept drinks from strangers or leave drinks unattended.
Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989

In accordance with the Drug-Free Schools and Communities At Amendments of 1989, the institution has developed and implemented a program to prevent the unlawful possession, use, sale, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by students and employees. The institution’s annual Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act notification includes the items listed below. A complete description of these topics, as provided in the Institution’s annual notification to students and employees, is available in the Director’s office.

The School Director has primary responsibility for the enforcement of state underage drinking laws as well as the enforcement of federal and state drug laws.

The institution’s annual Drug-Free and Communities Act notification includes the items listed below:

  1. Standards of conduct that clearly prohibit the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by employees and students on its property or as part of its activities;
  2. A description of applicable legal sanctions under local, state, or federal law for the unlawful possession or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol;
  3. A description of health risks associated with the use of illicit drugs and the abuse of alcohol;
  4. A description of available drug or alcohol counseling, treatment, or rehabilitation or re-entry programs;
  5. A clear statement of the disciplinary sanctions that the Institution will impose on employees and students and the consistency of the enforcement of sanctions. Disciplinary sanctions may include, but are not limited to: a warning, written reprimand, suspension (with or without pay), dismissal, expulsion, and/or mandatory participation and successful completion of a drug abuse assistance or rehabilitation program approved by an appropriate health or law enforcement agency.

River Valley School of Massage is committed to the maintenance of a drug and alcohol free work place and to a standard of conduct for employees and students that discourages the unlawful or unauthorized use, possession, storage, manufacture, distribution, or sale of alcoholic beverages and any illicit drugs or drug paraphernalia on campus or to school events. For River Valley School of Massage employees, compliance with this policy is a term and condition of employment. For River Valley School of Massage students, compliance with this policy is a term and condition of continued enrollment.

Legal Sanctions

Federal Penalties and Sanctions for Illegal Possession of a Controlled Substance
Federal Penalties and Sanctions for Illegal Possession of a Controlled Substance- 1st conviction: Up to 1-year imprisonment and a fine of at least $1,000 but not more than $100,000 or bother. After 1 prior conviction: At least 15 days in prison, not to exceed 2 years and a fine of at least $2,500 but not more than $250,000 or both. After 2 or more prior drug convictions: At least 90 days in prison, not to exceed 3 years and a fine of at least $5,000 but not more than $250,000 or both. Special sentencing provisions for possession of crack cocaine are mandatory 5 to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000; both if (a) 1st conviction and the amount of crack possessed exceeds 5 grams, (b) 2nd crack conviction and the amount of crack possessed exceeds 3 grams (c) 3rd or subsequent crack conviction and the amount of crack possessed exceeds 1 gram. Personal and real property used to possess or facilitate possession of a controlled substance may be forfeited if that offense is punishable by more than 1 year imprisonment. Vehicles, boats, aircraft, or any other conveyance used to transport or conceal a controlled substance may also be forfeited. Additional sanctions include civil fines of up to $10,000; denial of federal benefits, such as student loans, grants, contracts, and professional commercial licenses, up to 1 year for first offense, up to 5 years for second and subsequent offenses; and ineligibility to receive or purchase a firearm. Other sanctions vested within the authorities of individual federal agencies are revocation of certain federal licenses and benefits such as pilot licenses and public housing.

State of Arkansas Sanctions and Penalties

  • Underage DUI Law- The State of Arkansas; “Underage DUI (Driving Under the Influence) Law” (863) makes it an offense for a person under the age of 21 with a blood alcohol content of .02 or higher (approximately one can of beer, one glass of wine, or one drink of hard liquor) to operate a motorized vehicle. Penalties for the first offense can result in (1) suspension of driver’s license for not less than 90 days, (2) a fine of no less than $100 nor more than $500, (3) assignment to public service work, and/or (4) completion of an alcohol and driving education program.
  • Driving While Intoxicated- A person who drives a motorized vehicle while influenced or affected by the ingestion of alcohol, a controlled substance, or any intoxicant commits the offense of driving while intoxicated. Penalties for such an offense may include (1) suspension of license for 6 months for the first offense with a blood alcohol content of at least .08, suspension of 180 days for the first offense with a blood alcohol content of .15 or more, one year for the first offense (with additional imprisonment for subsequent offense); (3) fines of no less than $150 and no more than $1,000 for the first offense (with stiffer fines for subsequent offenses); (4) as an inability to pay fines will result in court-ordered public service work; and (5) a requirement to complete an alcohol education program as prescribed and approved by a contractor with the Division of Behavioral Health Services, or an alcoholism treatment program licensed by the Division of Behavioral Health Services. A blood alcohol level in excess of .04 may be considered with other competent evidence in determining guilt or innocence. A blood alcohol level of .08 or more shall give rise to a presumption of intoxication.
  • Public Intoxication- A person commits the offense of “Public Intoxication” if (1) he appears in a public manifestly under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance to the degree that he is likely to endanger himself or other persons or property, or (2) he unreasonable annoys persons in his vicinity. Public intoxication is a Class A misdemeanor, and can result in a fine of up to $2,500, and/or imprisonment in the county jail (or other authorized institution) for up to 30 days.
  • Drinking in Public- A person commits the offense of “Drinking in Public” if that person consumes alcohol in any public place. This includes consumption while in a vehicle on a street or highway. Penalties include a fine of up to $2,500, and/or imprisonment for up to 30 days. Possession of any alcoholic beverages on RVSM campus is prohibited.
  • Possession of or Purchasing Alcohol by a Minor- It is illegal for a person under the age of 21 to possess/purchase alcohol. Penalties include a fine of up to $500, probation under the direction of the court, driver’s license suspensions for a period of up to one year, and writing themes or essays on intoxicating liquors, wine, or beer.
  • Knowingly Furnishing to a Minor- A person commits the offense of “Knowingly Furnishing to a Minor” if, being an adult, he or she knowingly gives, procures, or otherwise furnishes alcoholic beverage to a minor. Such an offense is a Class A misdemeanor, and can result in (1) a fine of up to $2,500 and/or (2) imprisonment in the county jail (or other authorized institution) for up to one full year.
  • Manufacture or Delivery of a Controlled Substance- It is unlawful for any person to manufacture or delivery, a controlled substance. Penalties for the manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance can range from three (3) years to life in prison, and fines up to $250,000 depending on the quantity and type of drug. In addition, real and personal property used in the manufacture, delivery, or importing of controlled substances may be forfeited to the government.
  • Manufacture or Delivery of a Counterfeit Substance- It is unlawful for any person to create, deliver, or possess with intent to deliver a counterfeit substance purporting to be a controlled substance. Penalties for the creating and/or delivery of a counterfeit substance can range from 1 to 20 years in prison, and fines up to $15,000 depending on the type of drug being counterfeited.
  • Possession of a Controlled or Counterfeit Substance- It is unlawful for any person to possess a controlled substance or counterfeit substance. Penalties for possession of a controlled or counterfeit substance can range from 1 to 10 years in prison and fines up to $10,000, depending on the type of drug (or counterfeit) possessed.

Potential Health Risks

  • Alcohol – Can cause short term effects such as loss of concentration and judgment; slowed reflexes; disorientation leading to higher risk of accidents and problem behavior; long term effects include risk of liver and heart damage, malnutrition, cancer and other illnesses; can be highly addictive to some persons.
  • Cannabis (Marijuana, Hashish) – Can cause short term effects such as slow reflexes; increase in forgetfulness; alters judgment of space and distance; aggravate pre-existing heart and/or mental health problems; long term health effects include permanent damage to lungs, reproductive organs and brain function; Can interfere with physical, psychological, social development of young users.
  • Hallucinogens (PCP, LSD, ecstasy, dextromethorphan)- Can cause extreme distortions of what’s seen and hear; induces sudden changes in behavior, loss of concentration and memory; increases risk of birth defects in user’s children; overdose can cause psychosis, convulsions, coma and death. Frequent and long term use can cause permanent loss of mental function.
  • Cocaine/Crack – Can cause short term effects such as impaired judgement; increased breathing, heart rate, heart palpitations; anxiety, restlessness, hostility, paranoia, confusion; long term effects may include damage to respiratory and immune systems; malnutrition, seizures and loss of brain function; highly addictive.
  • Amphetamines – Can cause short term effects such as rushed, careless behavior and pushing beyond your physical capacity, leading to exhaustion; tolerance increases rapidly; long term effects include physical and psychological dependence and withdrawal can result in depression and suicide; continued high doses can cause heart problems, infections, malnutrition and death.
  • Designer Drugs/ Synthetic Cannabinoids (bath salts, K2, spice)- Can cause short term effects such as elevated heart rate, blood pressure and chest pain; hallucinations, seizures, violent behavior and paranoia; may lead to lack of appetite, vomiting and tremor; long-term use may result in kidney/liver failure, increased risk of suicide and death.
  • Inhalants (nitrous oxide, amyl nitrite, butyl nitrite, chlorohydrocarbons, hydrocarbons)- Can cause short term effects such as nausea, dizziness, fatigue, slurred speech, hallucinations or delusions; may lead to rapid and irregular heart rhythms, heart failure and death; long-term use may result in loss of feeling, hearing and vision; can result in permanent damage to the brain, heart, lungs, liver and kidneys.
  • Opiates/Narcotics (heroin, morphine, opium, codeine, oxycodone, china white)-Can cause physical and psychological dependence; overdose can cause coma, convulsions, respiratory arrest and death; long term use leads to malnutrition, infection and hepatitis; sharing needles is a leading cause of the spread of HIV and hepatitis; highly addictive, tolerance increases rapidly.
  • Sedatives- Can cause reduced reaction time and confusion; overdose can cause coma, respiratory arrest, convulsions and death; withdrawal can be dangerous; in combination with other controlled substances can quickly cause coma and death; long term use can produce physical and psychological dependence; tolerance can increase rapidly.
  • Tobacco (cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco)- Can cause diseases of the cardiovascular system, in particular smoking being a major risk factor for a myocardial infarction (heart attack), diseases of the respiratory tract such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and emphysema, and cancer, particularly lung cancer and cancers of the larynx and mouth; nicotine is highly addictive.

Disciplinary Sanctions
All members of the campus community may report individuals in violation of the River Valley School of Massage alcohol and drug policies and applicable laws to the School Director or Director of Education.

Students violating School policy on alcohol or other drugs are subject to sanctions. Any complaint of a student violating School policy will be subject to the Student Conduct process. All charges shall be prepared in writing and directed to the School Director. The School Director or Director of Education will have a preliminary conference with the alleged person(s) to informally resolve the alleged violation. If no resolution is reached then a form hearing is held with the School Director and the Director of Education. Upon completion of a form hearing, the following sanctions can be imposed if the alleged person(s) are found responsible: warning, probation, loss of privileges, monetary files, restitution, educational sanctions, discretionary sanctions, holds, denial of certificate, loss of scholarship, institution suspension, institution expulsion and/or revocation of admission and/or certificate. Additional information on the student conduct process can be found in the administration office.

Biennial Review of Program

The Drug-Free Schools and Communities program will undergo a biennial review by the Program Advisory Committee. This committee makes recommendations to the School Director and the Director of Education.

Policies and Procedures Related to Dating Violence, Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, and Stalking

River Valley School of Massage prohibits the offenses of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, and other forms of sexual misconduct and reaffirms its commitment to maintaining a campus environment that emphasizes the dignity and worth of all members of the campus community. Toward that end, River Valley School of Massage issues this statement of policy to inform the campus community of our program to address domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking as well as the procedures for institutional disciplinary action in cases of alleged dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking, which will be followed regardless of whether the incident occurs on or off campus when it is reported to a school official.

River Valley School of Massage’s Stand on Sexual Misconduct
The context of this policy is one of compassion.  We believe that a person who is not able to respect sexual boundaries may not be able to successfully practice massage, may bring psychological or emotional harm to another human, or may themselves be held legally accountable for their actions.  It is our hope that any of these outcomes might be prevented by the implementation of this policy.

River Valley School of Massage’s Student Code of Conduct prohibits sexually violent acts, termed, “Sexual Misconduct” by the Institution, which can be crimes, as well. Sexual Misconduct includes non-consensual sexual intercourse, non-consensual sexual contact, sexual exploitation, interpersonal relationship violence, sex/gender-based stalking, and sexual harassment. While River Valley School of Massage utilizes different standards and definitions than the Arkansas State Code, sexual misconduct often overlaps with crimes of rape, sexual assault, sexual harassment, stalking, dating violence, and domestic violence.

The following definitions are used to define sexual misconduct by VAWA (Violence Against Women Act of 1994), the Clery Act, and the State of Arkansas.

What is Domestic Violence?
The term “domestic violence” includes felony or misdemeanor crime of violence committed by a current or former spouse or intimate partner of the victim, by a person with whom the victim shares a child in common, by a person who is cohabitating with or has cohabitated with the victim as a spouse or intimate partner, by a person similarly situated to a spouse of the victim under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction receiving grant monies, or by any other person against an adult or youth victim who is protected from that person’s acts under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction.

In an emergency, victims of domestic violence should call 911 or contact state or local law enforcement officials, who can respond to these crimes. Individuals in need of non-emergency assistance can also call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE or visit www.TheHotline.org.

What is Dating Violence?
The term “dating violence” means violence committed by a person who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the victim and where the existence of such a relationship shall be determined based on a consideration of the following factors: the length of the relationship; the type of relationship; and the frequency of interaction between the persons involved in the relationship.

What is Sexual Assault?
The term “sexual assault” means any nonconsensual sexual act proscribed by Federal, tribal, or State law, including when the victim lacks capacity to consent.

Definition from the FBI UCR Program: a sex offense is “any sexual act directed against another person, without the consent of the victim, including instances where the victim is incapable of giving consent.”

Rape: Penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any body part or object, or oral penetration by a sex organ of another person, without the consent of the victim.

Fondling: The touching of the private parts of another person for the purpose of sexual gratification, without the consent of the victim, including instances where the victim is incapable of giving consent because of his/her age or because of his/her temporary or permanent mental incapacity.

Incest: Sexual intercourse between persons who are related to each other within the degrees wherein marriage is prohibited by law.

Statutory Rape: Sexual intercourse with a person who is under the statutory age of consent.

What is Stalking?
The term “stalking” means engaging in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to fear for his or her safety or the safety of others or suffer substantial emotional distress.

Sexual Misconduct Policy and Procedures Definitions

Sexual Misconduct includes but is not limited to the following offenses: rape, acquaintance rape, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. The definitions for the offenses are:

Rape: the act of sexual intercourse or penetration (anal, oral, or vaginal), however slight, with any body part or any object, buy a man or a woman upon a man or a woman, without consent, including vaginal penetration by a penis, object, tongue, or finger; anal penetration by a penis, object, tongue, or finger; and oral copulation (mouth to genital contact or genital to mouth contact).

Acquaintance Rape: is the above defined offense of rape by a person the victim has a relationship with or is known by the victim.

Domestic Violence: includes felony or misdemeanor crimes of violence committed by a current or former spouse of the victim by a person with whom the victim shares a child in common, by a person who is co-habitating with or has co-habitated with the victim as a spouse or intimate partner, by a person similarly situated to a spouse of the victim under the domestic or family violence laws of the State of Arkansas, or by any other person against an adult or youth victim who is protected from the person’s acts under the domestic or family violence laws of the State of Arkansas.

Dating Violence: means violence committed by a person who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the victim; and where the existence of such a relationship shall be determined based on a consideration of the following factors: the length of the relationship, the type of the relationship, and the frequency of interaction between the persons involved in the relationship.

Arkansas Jurisdictional Definitions of Rape, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault, Stalking and Consent

Rape: is generally defined as forced sexual intercourse. It may also include situations where the victim is incapable of giving consent due to a disability or intoxication. Many rapes are committed by someone the victim knows, such as a friend or acquaintance.

Arkansas Code Annotated §5-14-103 (2014) is the law that defines rape in Arkansas. A person commits rape if he or she engages in sexual intercourse or deviate sexual activity with another person by forcible compulsion, who is incapable of consent because he or she is physically helpless, mentally defective, or mentally incapacitated.

Other Sexual Assaults:
Besides rape, other sexual assault crimes include the following:

  1. Sodomy (forced anal intercourse);
  2. Oral copulation (forced oral-genital contact);
  3. Rape by a foreign object (forced penetration by a foreign object, including a finger); or
  4. Sexual battery (the unwanted touching of an intimate part of another person for the purpose of sexual arousal)

Domestic Violence/Abuse: Defined as physical harm, bodily injury, assault, or the infliction of fear of imminent physical harm, bodily injury, or assault between family or household members; or any sexual conduct between family or household members, whether minors or adults, that constitutes a crime under the laws of this state. The complete definition for domestic violence/ abuse, as defined by Arkansas law, may be found at A.C.A. §9-15-103.

Dating Violence: physical harm, bodily injury, assault, or the infliction of fear of imminent physical harm, bodily injury, or assault between two individuals who are in a romantic or intimate social relationship. A romantic or intimate social relationship between two individuals is determined by examining the following factors:

  1. The length of the relationship;
  2. The type of the relationship; and
  3. The frequency of interaction between the two individuals involved in the relationship.
    1. “Dating” does not include a casual relationship or ordinary fraternization between two individuals in a business or social context. It is important to note there is a different between the “domestic” and “dating” as defined in A.C.A. §5-26-302.

Stalking: Defined as engaging in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to fear for the person’s safety or the safety of others or suffer substantial emotional distress. A “course of conduct” is two or more acts, including, but not limited to: acts in which the “stalking” directly, indirectly, or through third parties by any action, method, device, or means, follows, monitors, observes, surveys, threatens, or communicates to or about, a person, or interferes with a person’s property. “Substantial emotional distress” is significant mental suffering or anguish that may, but does not necessarily require, medical or other professional treatment or counseling. A “reasonable person” is one under similar circumstances and with similar identities to the victim. The complete definition for stalking, as defined by Arkansas law, may be found at A.C.A. §5-71-229.

Definition of Consent

In Arkansas, consent in reference to sexual activity, is defined as a freely given agreement to the conduct at issue by a competent person. There is a lack of consent if a person engages in a sexual act with another person by forcible compulsion or with a person who is incapable of consent because he or she is physically helpless, mentally defective, or mentally incapacitated per Arkansas Code §§5-14-103 and 5-14-125.

  1. “Mentally defective” means that a person suffers from a mental disease or defect that renders the person: incapable of understanding the nature and consequences of a sexual act; or unaware a sexual act is occurring.
  2. “Mentally incapacitated” means that a person is temporarily incapable of appreciating or controlling the person’s conduct as a result of the influence of a controlled or intoxicating substance administered to the person without the person’s consent; or that renders the person unaware a sexual at is occurring.
  3. “Physical helpless” means that a person is unconscious; physically unable to communicate a lack of consent; or rendered unaware that a sexual act is occurring. Arkansas Code §§5-14-101.
How to Be an Active Bystander

Bystanders play a critical role in the prevention of sexual and relationship violence. They are individuals who observe violence or witness the conditions that perpetuate violence. They are not directly involved but have the choice to intervene, speak up, or do something about it. RVSM promotes a culture of community accountability where bystanders are actively engaged in the prevention of violence without causing further harm. You may not always know what to do even if you want to help. Below is a list of some ways to be an active bystander.

  1. If you or someone else is in immediate danger, dial 911. This could be when a person is yelling at or being physically abusive towards another and it is not safe for you to interrupt.
  2. Watch out for your friends and fellow students/employees. If you see someone who looks like they could be in trouble or need help, ask if they are ok.
  3. Confront people who seclude, hit on, and try to make out with, or have sex with people who are incapacitated.
  4. Speak up when someone discusses plans to take sexual advantage of another person.
  5. Believe someone who discloses sexual assault, abusive behavior, or experience with stalking.
  6. Refer people to on or off campus resources listed in this document for support in health, counseling, or with legal assistance.

Risk Reduction
With no intent to victim blame and recognizing that only abusers are responsible for their abuse, the following are some strategies to reduce one’s risk of sexual assault or harassment, per guidelines taken from the Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network, www.rainn.org.

  • Be aware of your surroundings. Knowing where you are and who is around you may help you to find a way to get out of a bad situation.
  • Try to avoid isolated areas. It is more difficult to get help if no one is around.
  • Walk with purpose. Even if you don’t know where you are going, act like you do.
  • Trust your instincts. If a situation or location feels unsafe or uncomfortable, it probably isn’t the best place to be.
  • Try not to load yourself down with packages or bags as this can make you appear more vulnerable.
  • Make sure your cell phone is with you and charged and that you have cab money.
  • Don’t allow yourself to be isolated with someone you don’t trust or someone you don’t know.
  • Avoid putting music headphone sin both ears so that you can be more aware of your surroundings, especially if you are walking alone.
  • When you go to a social gathering, go with a group of friends. Arrive together, check in with each other throughout the evening, and leave together. Knowing where you are and who is around you may help you to find a way out of a bad situation.
  • Trust your instincts. If you feel unsafe in any situation, go with your gut. If you see something suspicious, contact law enforcement immediately (local authorities can be reached by calling 911 in most areas of the U.S.).
  • Don’t leave your drink unattended while talking, dancing, using the restroom, or making a phone call. If you’ve left your drink along, just get a new one.
  • Don’t accept drinks from people you don’t know or trust. If you choose to accept a drink, go with the person to the bar to order it, watch it being poured, and carry it yourself. At parties, don’t drink from the punch bowls or other large, common open containers.
  • Watch out for your friends, and vice versa. If a friend seems out of it, is way too intoxicated for the amount of alcohol they’ve had, or is acting out of character, get him or her to a safe place immediately.
  • If you suspect you or a friend has been drugged, contact law enforcement immediately (local authorities can be reached by calling 911 in most areas of the U.S.). Be explicit with doctors so they can give you the correct tests (you will need a urine test and possibly others).

If you need to get out of an uncomfortable or scary situation here are some things that you can try:

  • Remember that being in this situation is not your fault. You did not do anything wrong, it is the person who is making you uncomfortable that is to blame.
  • Be true to yourself. Don’t feel obligated to do anything you don’t want to do. “I don’t want to” is always a good enough reason. Do what feels right to you and what you are comfortable with.
  • Have a code word with your friends or family so that if you don’t feel comfortable you can call them and communicate your discomfort without the person you are with knowing. Your friends or family can then come to you or make up an excuse for you to leave.
  • If you don’t want to hurt the person’s feelings it is better to lie and make up a reason to leave than to stay and be uncomfortable, scared, or worse. Some excuses you could use are: needing to take care of a friend or family member, not feeling well, having somewhere else that you need to be, etc.
  • Try to think of an escape route. How would you try to get out of the room? Where are the doors? Windows? Are there people around who might be able to help you? Is there an emergency phone nearby?
  • If you and/or the other person have been drinking, you can say that you would rather wait until you both have your full judgment before doing anything you may regret later.
Educational Programming and Training for Sexual Misconduct

River Valley School of Massage engages in comprehensive, intentional, and integrated programming, initiatives, strategies, and campaigns intended to end dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking that:

  • Are culturally relevant, inclusive of diverse communities and identities, sustainable, responsive to community needs, and informed by research, or assessed for value, effectiveness, or outcome; and
  • Consider environmental risk and protective factors as they occur on the individual, relationship, institutional, community, and societal levels.

River Valley School of Massage requires educational programs to promote the awareness of rape, acquaintance rape, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking. These educational programs include primary prevention and ongoing awareness programs for all incoming students and new employees which shall include:

  1. The statement that the Institution prohibits domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking;
  2. The jurisdictional definitions of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking as well as the definition of “consent” in reference to sexual activity;
  3. Safe and positive options for bystander intervention that may be carried out by an individual to prevent harm or intervene in cases of a risk of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking;
  4. Information on risk reduction and how to recognize warning signs of abusive behavior and how to avoid potential attacks;
  5. Ongoing prevention and awareness campaigns for students and faculty on all of the items above; and
  6. Information regarding:
    • Procedures victims should follow if a crime of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking occurs (as described in “Procedures Victims Should Follow if a Crime of Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault and Stalking Occurs” in this document)
    • How the institution will protect the confidentiality of victims and other necessary parties (as described in “Assistance for Victims: Rights and Options” in this document);
    • Existing counseling, health, mental health, victim advocacy, legal assistance, visa and immigration assistance, student financial aid, and other services available for victims, both within the institution and in the community (as described in “Assistance for Victims: Rights and Options” in this document); and
    • Options for, available assistance in, and how to request changes to academic, living, transportation, and working situations or protective measures (as described in “Assistance for Victims: Rights and Options” in this document);

Procedures for institutional disciplinary action in cases of alleged dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking (as described in “Adjudication of Violations” in this document);

Primary Prevention and Awareness Programs to Raise Awareness of Rape, Sexual Assault, Dating Violence, Domestic Violence, and Stalking
Together, with the community, RVSM offers opportunities for students to learn more about all forms of sexual assault, including rape, acquaintance rape, domestic violence, dating violence, and other sex offenses. Programs are presented regularly throughout the school year.

Some examples of prevention and awareness programs include, but not limited to:

  1. Health and Wellness Fair: Annually in March, the Health and Wellness Center at Arkansas Tech University organizes a safety fair where exhibitors provide information on local mental health resources and safety information. Interactive exhibits and “walk-abouts” are created that actively engage students in health-promoting behaviors and raise their awareness about sexual assault, rape, and alcohol. Target audience for this program is: students and the community.
Procedures Victims Should Follow if a Crime of Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault, and Stalking Occurs

After an incident of sexual assault, dating violence, or domestic violence, the victim should follow these steps:

  1. Contact your local law enforcement immediately by dialing 911 if the victim is in immediate danger.
  2. If assistance from law enforcement is not wanted, consider immediate professional support to assist you. Professional support can be obtained by calling the School Director or Director of Education.
  3. Seek medical attention as soon as possible.
    1. Medical assistance can be obtained at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center, located at 1808 W Main Street, Russellville, AR 72801, phone number (479) 968-2841. Or call your medical facility of choice.
    2. It is important that a victim of sexual assault not bathe, douche, smoke, change clothing, or clean the bed/linen/area where they were assaulted if the offense occurred within the past 96 hours so that evidence may be preserved that may assist in proving that the alleged criminal offense occurred/or is occurring or may be helpful in obtaining a protection order.

If a crime of dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking has occurred, the victim should notify the School Director or Director of Education. With the Director, the victim will discuss what actions the victim would like to take, call the local law enforcement.

River Valley School of Massage does not have on-campus law enforcement. If there is a crime, the Director of Education or School Director will notify the local law enforcement to report it, if the victim chooses. If the victim chooses to decline to notify the local law enforcement, the school must do it as anonymously so the crime can still be reported.

Any person who obtains an order of protection from River Valley School of Massage should provide a copy to the Director of Education and the Financial Aid Director. A complainant may then meet with the Director of Education and other directors to develop a safety plan, which is a plan for the victim to reduce risk of harm while on campus or coming and going from campus. This plan may include, but is not limited to: escorts, special parking arrangements, allowing a student to complete assignments from home, etc. RVSM cannot apply for a legal order of protection, no contact order, or restraining order for a victim from the applicable jurisdiction(s).

The victim is required to apply for these services in conjunction with an official police report. Protection orders may be available through the Fifth Judicial District Court of Arkansas.

RVSM may issue a no contact order if deemed appropriate or at the request of the victim or accused. If RVSM receives a report that a no contact order has been violated, RVSM will initiate disciplinary proceedings appropriate to the status of the accused (student, employee, etc.) and will impose sanctions if the accused is found responsible for violating the no contact order.

The complainant is required to apply directly for these services and/or protection orders at the following locations.

Pope County Prosecuting Attorney
Phone: (479) 968-8600
Fax: (479) 967-1086
Victim Assistance, Orders of Protection
Russellville City Attorney
Phone: (479) 967-3186
Restraining Orders, Warrants

RVSM does not publish the name of crime victims or other identifiable information regarding victims in the Annual Security and Fire Safety Report that is disclosed in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. If a timely warning notice is issued on the basis of a report of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking, the name of the victim and other personally identifiable information about the victim will be withheld.

All Personally Identifiable Information about the victim and other necessary parties will be treated as confidential and only shared with persons who have a specific need-to-know, i.e., those who are investigation/adjudicating the report or those involved in providing support services to the victim, including accommodations and protective measures. By only sharing personally identifiable information with individuals on a need-to-know basis, RVSM will maintain as confidential, any accommodations or protective measures provided to the victim to the extent that maintaining such confidentiality would not impair the ability of the institution to provide the accommodations or protective measures.

Preservation of Evidence

In Arkansas, evidence may be collected even if you choose not to make a report to law enforcement. Victims not making a report to law enforcement are able to have an examination done at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center or their choice of medical practices. It is important that a victim of sexual assault not bathe, douche, smoke, change clothing or clean the bed/linen/area where they were assaulted if the offense occurred within the past 96 hours so that evidence may be preserved that may assist in proving that the alleged criminal offense occurred/or is occurring or may be helping in obtaining a protection order. In circumstances of sexual assault, if victims do not opt for forensic evidence collection, health care providers can still treat injuries and take steps to address concerns of pregnancy and/or sexually transmitted infections. Victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, stalking, and dating violence are encouraged to also preserve evidence by saving text messages, instant messages, social networking pages, other communications, and keeping pictures, logs or other copies of documents, if they have any, that would be useful to investigators or police. As time passes, evidence may dissipate or become lost or unavailable, thereby making investigation, possible prosecution, disciplinary proceedings, or obtaining protection orders related to the incident more difficult. If a victim chooses not to make a complaint regarding an incident, he or she nevertheless should consider speaking with the Department of Public Safety or other law enforcement agency to preserve evidence in the event that the victim decides to report the incident to law enforcement or River Valley School of Massage at a later date to assist in proving that the alleged criminal offense occurred or that may be helpful in obtaining a protection order.

Involvement of Law Enforcement
River Valley School of Massage encourages all members of the community to report violations of this policy to law enforcement. It is the victim’s choice whether or not to make such a report. Furthermore, victims have the right to decline to notify law enforcement. However, the School Director or Director of Education will assist any victim with notifying law enforcement if the victim so desires. How to file a complaint with the law enforcement:

Assistance can be obtained 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, from the Russellville Police Department by dialing 911.

Reporting Incidents of Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault, and Stalking to school officials
If you have been the victim of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking, and do not wish to file a criminal report you should report the incident promptly to the School Director or Director of Education by calling, writing, email, or coming into their office to report in person. All reports of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking made to the School Director or Director of Education will be referred for investigation regardless if the complainant chooses to pursue criminal charges. How to file a report with RVSM:

The School Director is available 8:30-12, 1-3:30 on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.

The Director of Education is available 9-12 on Monday, Tuesday, 8:30-12, 1-2 on Wednesday, Thursday, 8:30-12 on Friday.

Individuals may inform local law enforcement authorities about Sexual Misconduct and discuss the matter with a local law enforcement officer without making a formal criminal complaint (or school complaint). A criminal investigation into the matter does not preclude the school from conducting its own investigation (nor is a criminal investigation determinative of whether Sexual Misconduct, for purposes of the Sexual Misconduct Policies and Procedures has occurred). However, RVSM’s fact-finding aspect of the investigation may be delayed temporarily while the criminal investigators while gathering evidence. The school will promptly resume its Title IX investigation as soon as notified by the law enforcement agency that it has completed the evidence gathering process. In the event of such a delay, RVSM may take interim measures when necessary to protect the alleged victim and/or the school community. Neither the results of a criminal investigation nor the decision of law enforcement to investigate or decline to investigate the matter is determinative of whether Sexual Misconduct has occurred.

Off Campus Conduct
Conduct that occurs off campus can be the subject of a Complaint and will be evaluated to determine if a violation of school policy has occurred. Allegations of off campus sexual misconduct are a particular concern and should be brought to the School Director’s attention.

Confidential Reporting
Although RVSM encourages victims to talk to someone, the school provides an online form for confidential reporting. The form will make sure the reporter understands that entering personally identifying information may serve as a notice to RVSM for the purpose of triggering an investigation. The form can be found on the school Drive account. Individuals who choose to file confidential reports are advised that it may be very difficult for the school to follow up or take action on anonymous reports, where corroborating information is limited. Anonymous reports may be used for Clery Act data collection purposes.

Mandatory Employee Reporting
All River Valley School of Massage employees, except those employees statutorily barred from sharing such information (ex. Licensed counselors, medical professional), have a duty to immediately report to the School Director information related to sexual misconduct.

Procedures the School Will Follow When a Crime of Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault, and Stalking is Reported
RVSM has procedures in place that serve to be sensitive to victims who report sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking, including informing individuals about their right to file criminal charges as well as the availability of counseling, health, mental health, victim advocacy, legal assistance, visa and immigration assistance, and other services on and/or off campus as well as additional remedies to prevent contact between a complainant and an accused party, such as housing, academic, transportation, and working accommodations, if reasonably available.

If a report of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking is reported to the school, below are the procedures that the school will follow:

Sexual Assault:

  1. Depending on when reported (immediate vs delayed report), school will provide complainant with access to medical care
  2. RVSM will assess immediate safety needs of complainant
  3. RVSM will assist complainant with contacting local police if complainant requests AND provide the complainant with contact information for the local police department.
  4. RVSM will provide complainant with referrals to on and off campus mental health providers
  5. RVSM will assess need to implement interim or long-term protective measures, if appropriate
  6. RVSM will provide the victim with a written explanation of the victim’s rights and options
  7. RVSM will provide a “No Contact Order” to accused party if deemed appropriate
  8. RVSM will provide written instructions on how to apply for an Order of Protection
  9. RVSM will provide a copy of the policy applicable to Sexual Assault to the complainant and inform the complainant regarding time frames for inquiry, investigation and resolution
  10. RVSM will inform the complainant of the outcome of the investigation, whether or not the accused will be administratively charged and what the outcome of the hearing is
  11. RVSM will enforce the anti-retaliation policy and take immediate and separate action against parties that retaliate against a person for complaining of sex-based discrimination or for assisting in the investigation

Stalking:

  1. RVSM will assess immediate safety needs of complainant
  2. RVSM will assist complainant with contacting local police if complainant requests AND provide the complainant with contact information for local police
  3. RVSM will provide written instructions on how to apply for Order of Protection
  4. RVSM will provide information to complainant on how to preserve evidence
  5. RVSM will assess need to implement interim or long-term protective measures to protect the complainant, if appropriate
  6. RVSM will provide the victim with written explanation of the victim’s rights and options
  7. RVSM will provide a “No Contact Order” to accused party if deemed appropriate

Dating Violence:

  1. RVSM will assess immediate safety needs of complainant
  2. RVSM will assist complainant with contacting local police if complainant requests AND provide the complainant with contact information for local police department
  3. RVSM will provide written instructions on how to apply for Order of Protection
  4. RVSM will provide information to complainant on how to preserve evidence
  5. RVSM will assess need to implement interim or long-term protective measures to protect the complainant, if appropriate
  6. RVSM will provide the victim with a written explanation of the victim’s rights and options
  7. RVSM will provide a “No Contact Order” to accused party if deemed appropriate

Domestic Violence:

  1. RVSM will assess immediate safety needs of complainant
  2. RVSM will assist complainant with contacting local police if complainant requests AND complainant provided with contact information for local police department
  3. RVSM will provide written instructions on how to apply for Order of Protection
  4. RVSM will provide information to complainant on how to preserve evidence
  5. RVSM will assess need to implement interim or long-term protective measures to protect the complainant, if appropriate
  6. RVSM will provide the victim with a written explanation of the victim’s rights and options
  7. RVSM will provide a “No Contact Order” to accused party if deemed appropriate

Assistance for Victims: Rights, Options, Available Accommodations, and Protective Measures
Regardless of whether a victim elects to pursue a criminal complaint or whether the offense is alleged to have occurred on or off campus, RVSM will assist victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking and will provide each victim with a written explanation of their rights and options. Such written information will include:

  1. The procedures victims should follow if a crime of dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking has occurred;
  2. Information about how the institution will protect the confidentiality of victims and other necessary parties;
  3. A statement that the institution will provide written notification to students and employees about victim services within the institution and in the community;
  4. A statement regarding the institution’s provisions about options for, available assistance in, and how to request accommodations and protective measures; and
  5. An explanation of the procedures for institutional disciplinary action

River Valley School of Massage will provide written notification to students and employees about accommodations available to them, including academic, living, transportation, and working situations. The written notification will include information regarding the accommodation options, available assistance in requesting accommodations, and how to request accommodations and protective measures (i.e., the notification will include the name and contact information for the individual or office that should be contacted to request the accommodations). At the victim’s request, and to the extent of the victim’s cooperation and consent, school offices will work cooperatively to assist the victim in obtaining accommodations. If reasonably available, a victim may be offered changes to academic, living, working, or transportation situations regardless of whether the victim chooses to report the crime to the School Director of the local law enforcement. Examples of options for a potential change to the academic situation may be to transfer to a different class, withdraw and take a class at another time if there is no option for moving to a different class, etc. Potential changes to living situations may include moving to a different apartment/house. Possible changes to work situations may include changing working hours or job. Possible change in transportation may include having the student or employee park in a different location, assisting the student or employee with an escort, etc.

To request changes in academic, living, transportation, and/or working situations or protective measures, or wishes to receive assistance in requesting these accommodations, contact the School Director or Director of Education.

Rights of Victims and the Institution’s Responsibilities for Orders of Protection, No Contact Orders, Restraining Orders, or Similar Lawful Orders
River Valley School of Massage complies with Arkansas law in recognizing orders of protection. Any person who obtains an order of protection from Arkansas should provide a copy to the Director of Education and the School Director. A complainant may then meet with the School Director and Director of Education to develop a safety plan which is a plan for the victim to reduce risk of harm while on campus or coming and going from campus. This plan may include, but is not limited to: escorts, special parking arrangements, or changing class times. RVSM may issue a no contact order if deemed appropriate or at the request of the victim or accused. If a report that a no contact order has been violated, RVSM will initiate disciplinary proceedings appropriate to the status of the accused (student, employee, etc.) and will impose sanctions if the accused is found responsible for violating the no contact order.

RVSM cannot apply for a legal order of protection, no contact order, or restraining order for a victim from the applicable jurisdiction(s). The victim is required to apply directly for these services in conjunction with an official police report. Protection orders may be available through the Fifth Judicial District Court of Arkansas. The complainant is required to apply directly for these services and/or protection orders at the following locations.

Pope County Prosecuting Attorney
Phone: (479) 968-8600
Fax: (479) 967-1086
Victim Assistance, Orders of Protection
Russellville City Attorney
Phone: (479) 967-3186
Restraining Orders, Warrants

Off Campus Services for Victims
Upon receipt of a report of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking, River Valley School of Massage will provide written notification to students and employees about existing assistance with and/or information about obtaining resources and services including counseling, health, mental health, victim advocacy, legal assistance, visa and immigration assistance, and assistance in notifying appropriate local law enforcement. These resources include the following:

Counseling Associates Mental Health and Counseling Service Counseling Associates (479) 968-1298
St. Mary’s Hospital Health Services St. Mary’s Hospital (479) 968-2471
County Prosecutor Victim Advocacy and Legal Services Pope County
Prosecutor’s Office
(479) 968-8600

Other resources available to persons who report being the victim of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking, include:

  1. https://www.rainn.org/ - Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network
  2. https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/index.html -U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights
  3. https://www.justice.gov/ovw/sexual-assault - Department of Justice

Confidentiality
Personally identifiable information about the victim and other necessary parties will be treated as confidential and only shared with persons who have a specific need-to-know, i.e., those who are investigation/adjudicating the report or those involved in providing support services to the victim, including accommodations and protective measures. By only sharing personally identifiable information with individuals on a need-to-know basis, the institution will maintain as confidential, any accommodations or protective measures provided to the victim to the extent that maintaining such confidentiality would not impair the ability of the school to provide the accommodations or protective measures. RVSM does not publish the name or crime victims or other identifiable information regarding victims in the Daily Crime Log or in the Annual Security Report that are disclosed in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. Furthermore, if a timely warning notice is issued on the basis of a report of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking, the name of the victim and other personally identifiable information about the victim will be withheld.

RVSM encourages victims of sexual misconduct to talk to somebody about what happened so that victims can get the support they need, and so that the school can respond appropriately.

Disclosures made to the any staff member at River Valley School of Massage serves as mandatory reports who are required to share immediately all reports of sexual misconduct that they receive with the School Director. Reports of sexual misconduct made to campus security authorities or mandated reporters are not confidential.

If the School Director and Director of Education determine that the alleged perpetrator(s) pose a serious and immediate threat to the campus community, the School Director may issue a timely warning. Any such warning will not include any information that identifies the victim. If an alleged victim’s request for confidentiality limits the school’s ability to investigate a particular matter, RVSM may take steps to limit the effects of the alleged sexual misconduct and prevent its recurrence without initiating form action against the alleged perpetrator or revealing the identity of the alleged victim. Examples include: providing increased monitoring, supervision, or security at locations or activities where the misconduct was alleged to have occurred; providing training and education materials for students and employees; revising and publicizing RVSM’s policies on sexual misconduct; and conducting climate surveys regarding sexual misconduct.

River Valley School of Massage Procedures for Investigation into Complaints of Sexual Misconduct
The School Director and/or Director of Education will be responsible for conducting the prompt, fair, and impartial investigation of complaints filed with the school.

Timeline for Investigations
RVSM will make every reasonable effort to ensure that the investigation and resolution of a complaint occurs in as timely and efficient a manner as possible. RVSM’s investigation and resolution of a complaint (not including an appeal, if applicable) will generally be completed within 60 calendar days of the receipt of the complaint, absent extenuating circumstances. Hearings, if any, will take place after the conclusion of the investigation. Both the complainant and the Respondent generally will receive a Final Outcome Letter within 7 calendar days of the conclusion of the hearings. Any party may request an extension of any deadline by providing the School Director with a written request for an extension that includes reference to the duration of the proposed extension and the basis for the request. The School Director may modify deadlines as necessary and for good cause. Both parties will be notified if and when a modification is made with a brief explanation of the need for the modification.

Request Not to Pursue Complaint
A Complainant (or alleged victim, if not the Complainant) may determine after filing a Complaint that he or she does not wish to pursue resolution of the complaint through RVSM. RVSM takes such requests seriously. However, such individuals are advised that such requests may limit the school’s ability to take action in response to a complaint. Title IX requires RVSM to evaluate the request(s) that a complaint not be adjudicated in the context of RVSM’s commitment to provide a reasonably safe and non-discriminatory environment. In order to make such an evaluation, the School Director may conduct a preliminary investigation into the alleged Sexual Misconduct and may weigh the request(s) against the following factors:

  1. The seriousness of the alleged Sexual Misconduct;
  2. The Complainant’s and/or alleged victim’s age;
  3. Whether there have been other complaints of Sexual Misconduct against the Respondent;
  4. The Respondent’s right to receive information about the allegations if the information is maintained by RVSM as an “education record” under FERPA, and’
  5. The applicability of any laws mandating disclosure.

Even when RVSM is in receipt of a request not to pursue an investigation, Title IX requires RVSM to take reasonable action in response to the information known to it. RVSM may take such measures and impose such discipline as are deemed necessary by the School Director. The complaint may also be used as an anonymous report for data collection purposes under the Clery Act.

Interim Measures
If at any point the complaint, investigative or disciplinary processes, the School Director reasonably believes that a Respondent who is a member of the school community poses a substantial threat of harm to any member of the campus community; threatens or endangers school property; or disrupts the stability and continuance of normal school operations and functions, the School Director may take actions such as the following:

  1. For student Respondents:
    1. Request that Student Services
      1. Summarily restrict the Respondent’s movement on campus, or
      2. Suspend the Respondent from campus;
    2. For employee Respondents, request that the individual authorized to make personnel decisions regarding the employee at issue:
      1. Take such steps as are reasonable, appropriate, and necessary to restrict the Respondent’s movement on campus; or
      2. Reassign the Respondent or place him or her on administrative leave.

These actions may be appealed by student Respondents to the Director of Education, and by employees to the School Director.

RVSM may implement such measures if requested, appropriate, and reasonably available, whether a formal complaint has been filed (with either the School Director or law enforcement agencies). Interim measures may include, but are not limited to:

  1. Issuing no-contact orders to prevent any contact between the Complainant, the Respondent, witnesses and/or third parties;
  2. Providing the Complainant an escort to ensure that he or she can move safely between the classroom and his/her vehicle;
  3. changing work arrangements
  4. rescheduling class work, assignments, and examinations without penalty;
  5. arranging for the Complainant to take a Leave of Absence
  6. moving the Complainant or the Respondent to a different class;
  7. permitting a temporary withdrawal from the school;
  8. providing counseling services
  9. taking disciplinary action against the Respondent before resolution of the Complaint;
  10. Providing academic support services such as tutoring;
  11. Complainant will receive written notification of the availability of the interim measures whether or not the Complainant chooses to report the incident to the School Director, Director of Education, or local law enforcement.

School- Initiated Protective Measures
In addition to those protective measures previously described, the School Director or Director of Education will determine whether interim interventions and protective measure should be implemented, and, if so, take steps to implement those protective measures as soon as possible. Examples of interim protective measures include, but are not limited to: a school order of no contact, a leave of absence, or reassigned to a different class. These remedies may be applied to one, both, or multiple parties involved. Violations of the School Director’s directives and/or protective measures will constitute related violations that may lead to additional disciplinary action. Protective measures imposed may be temporary pending the results of an investigation or may become permanent as determined by River Valley School of Massage.

Investigation
Upon receipt of the complaint, the Title IX Investigator will promptly begin her investigation, taking steps such as:

  1. Conducting interviews with the Complainant, the alleged victim (if not the Complainant), the Respondent, and third-party witnesses and summarizing such interviews in written form;
  2. Visiting, inspecting, and taking photographs at relevant sites; and
  3. Where applicable, collecting and preserving relevant evidence (in cases of corresponding criminal complaints, this step may be coordinated with law enforcement agencies pursuant to a Memorandum of Understanding).

The Title IX Investigator will meet with the Complainant and Respondent in every case. The Complainant will be informed of the following information during their meeting.

  1. Provide the Complainant a copy of the Sexual Misconduct Policy;
  2. Provide the Complainant with a Sexual Misconduct Complaint Form. The Complainant may, if he or she agrees to disclose the information, provide details regarding the allegation, including the name of the accused individual and the date, location and general nature of the alleged Sexual Misconduct;
  3. Explain avenues for formal resolution and information resolution (mediation) of the complaint;
  4. Explain the steps involved in a Sexual Misconduct investigation;
  5. Discuss confidentiality standards and concerns with the Complainant;
  6. Determine whether the Complainant wishes to pursue a resolution (formal or informal) through RVSM, or no resolution of any kind;
  7. Refer the Complainant to the Director of Education or other resources, as appropriate; and
  8. Discuss with the Complainant, as appropriate, possible interim measures that can be provided to the Complainant, at no cost, during the pendency of the investigation and resolution processes.

The Respondent will receive the following from the Title IX Investigator during their initial meeting:

  1. Provide Respondent with a copy of the complaint;
  2. Provide Respondent with a copy of the Sexual Misconduct Policies and Procedures;
  3. Explain the school’s procedures for formal resolution and informal resolution (mediation) of the Complaint;
  4. Explain the steps involved in a Sexual Misconduct investigation;
  5. Discuss confidentiality standards and concerns with the Respondent;
  6. Discuss non-Retaliation requirements with the Respondent;
  7. Inform the Respondent of any interim measures already determined and being provided to the Complainant and/or the alleged victim (if not the Complainant) that directly affect the Respondent (e.g. changing his or her class schedule);
  8. Refer the Respondent to the Director of Education; and
  9. Discuss with the Respondent, as appropriate, possible interim measures that can be provided to the Respondent during the pendency of the investigative and resolution processes. RVSM may implement such measures if requested, appropriate, and reasonably available, whether a formal complaint has been filed or whether an investigation by either campus administrators or law enforcement agencies has commenced.

Informal Resolution
At any time prior to the date of his or her designated hearing, the Respondent may elect to acknowledge his or her actions and take responsibility for the alleged Sexual Misconduct. In such a situation, the School Director will propose sanction(s). If the victim and the Respondent agree to such proposed sanction(s), then the complaint will be resolved without a hearing and without any further rights of appeal by any party. If either the victim or the Respondent objects to such proposed sanction(s), then the Sexual Misconduct Hearing Board will convene for the exclusive purpose of determining a sanction, which determination may be subject to appeal.

Formal Resolution
In the case of formal resolution, the Sexual Misconduct Hearing Board will conduct a hearing in which it will question the Complainant, the alleged victim (if not the Complainant), the Respondent, and any witnesses or other third parties whose testimony the Hearing Panel deems relevant. The Sexual Misconduct Board will determine whether there has been a violation of the Sexual Misconduct Policy, and if there has been, will determine the sanction to be imposed on the Respondent. Both the Complainant and the Respondent have the opportunity to have others present during any institutional disciplinary proceeding, including the opportunity to be accompanied to nay related meeting or proceeding by the director of their choice. RVSM will not limit the choice director or presence of either the accuser or the accused in any meeting or institutional disciplinary proceeding; however RVSM has established restrictions regarding the extent to which the advisor may participate in the proceedings for both parties.

Once a decision has been made of any institutional disciplinary proceedings, the school will notify the Complainant and Respondent in writing. RVSM will also provide the procedures for the Complainant and the Respondent to appeal the result of the institutional disciplinary proceeding, any change to the result, and when such results become final.

Retaliation
Retaliation against any person for filing, supporting, providing information in good faith, or otherwise participating in the investigative and/or disciplinary process in connection with a Complaint of Sexual Misconduct is strictly prohibited. Violations of this prohibition will be addressed through RVSM disciplinary procedures and will result in a responsive action by the school. Any person who feels that he or she has been subject to retaliation should notify the School Director.

HEOA (Higher Education Opportunity Act) Victim Notification

RVSM will, upon written request, disclose to the alleged victim of a crime of violence, or a non-forcible sex offense, the report on the results of any disciplinary proceeding conducted by such institution against a student who is the alleged perpetrator of such crime or offense. If the alleged victim is deceased as the result of such crime or offense, the next of kin of such victim shall be treated as the alleged victim for purposes of this paragraph.

Sex Offender Registry

In accordance to the Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act of 2000, which amends the Jacob Wetterling Crimes Against Children and Sexually Violent Offender Registration Act, Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006, the Jeanne Clery Act and Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, River Valley School of Massage is providing a link to the Arkansas State Sex Offender Registry. All sex offenders are required to register in the state of Arkansas and to provide notice of each institution of higher education in Arkansas at which the person is employed, carries a vocation, or is a student. Information regarding sex offenders in Arkansas is available at the following link www.acic.org under the “Online Services” tab.

Crime Definitions

The following definitions are to be used for reporting the crimes listed in the Clery Act, in accordance with the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program. The definitions for murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, motor vehicle theft, weapons: carrying, possessing, etc., law violations, drug abuse violations, and liquor law violations are from the “Summary Reporting System (SRS) User Manual” from the FBI’s UCR Program. The definitions of fondling, incest, and statutory rape are excerpted from the “National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS) User Manual” from the FBI’s UCR Program. The definitions of larceny-theft (except motor vehicle theft), simple assault, intimidation, and destruction/damage/vandalism of property are from the “Hate Crime Data Collection Guidelines and Training Manual” from the FBI’s UCR Program

Crime Definitions from the Summary Reporting System (SRS) User Manual from the FBI’s UCR-Program

Arson
Any willful or malicious burning or attempt to burn, with or without intent to defraud, a dwelling house, public building, motor vehicle or aircraft, personal property of another, etc.

Criminal Homicide- Manslaughter by Negligence
The killing of another person through gross negligence.

Criminal Homicide- Murder and Nonnegligent Manslaughter
The willful (nonnegligent) killing of one human being by another.

Rape
The penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any body part or object, or oral penetration by a sex organ of another person, without the consent of the victim.

Robbery
The taking or attempting to take anything of value from the care, custody, or control of a person or persons by force or threat of force or violence and/or by putting the victim in fear.

Aggravated Assault
An unlawful attack by one person upon another for the purpose of inflicting severe or aggravated bodily injury. This type of assault usually is accompanied by the use of a weapon or by means likely to produce death or great bodily harm. (It is not necessary that injury result from an aggravated assault when a gun, knife, or other weapon is used which could and probably would result in serious personal injury if the crime were successfully completed.)

Burglary
The unlawful entry of a structure to commit a felony or a theft. For reporting purposes this definition includes: unlawful entry with intent to commit a larceny or felony; breaking and entering with intent to commit a larceny; housebreaking; safecracking; and all the attempts to commit any of the aforementioned.

Motor Vehicle Theft
The theft or attempted theft of a motor vehicle. (Classify as motor vehicle theft all cases where automobiles are taken by persons not having lawful access even though the vehicles are later abandoned – including joyriding.)

Weapons: Carrying, Possessing, Etc.
The violation of laws or ordinances prohibiting the manufacture, sale, purchase, transportation, possession, concealment, or use of firearms, cutting instruments, explosives, incendiary devices, or other deadly weapons.

Drug Abuse Violations
The violation of laws prohibiting the production, distribution, and/or use of certain controlled substances and the equipment or devices utilized in their preparation and/or use. The unlawful cultivation, manufacture, distribution, sale, purchase, use, possession, transportation, or importation of any controlled drug or narcotic substance. Arrests for violations of State and local laws, specifically those relating to the unlawful possession, sale, use, growing, manufacturing, and making of narcotic drugs.

Liquor Law Violations
The violation of state or local laws or ordinances prohibiting the manufacture, sale, purchase, transportation, possession, or use of alcoholic beverages, not including driving under the influence and drunkenness.

Crime Definitions from the National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS) User Manual from the FBI’s UCR Program

Any sexual act directed against another person, without the consent of the victim, including instances where the victim is incapable of giving consent.

  1. Fondling- The touching of the private body parts of another person for the purpose of sexual gratification, without the consent of the victim, including instances where the victim is incapable of giving consent because of his/her age or because of his/her temporary or permanent mental incapacity.
  2. Incest- Sexual intercourse between persons who are related to each other within the degrees wherein marriage is prohibited by law.
  3. Statutory Rape- Sexual intercourse with a person who is under the statutory age of consent.

Domestic Violence includes felony or misdemeanor crimes of violence committed by a current or former spouse of the victim, by a person with whom the victim shares a child in common, by a person who is co-habitating with or has co-habitated with the victim as spouse, by a person similarly situated to a spouse of the victim under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction receiving grant monies, or by any other person against an adult or youth victim who is protected from that person’s acts under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction.

Dating violence is defined as violence committed by a person who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the victim; and where the existence of such a relationship shall be determined based on a consideration of the following factors: 1) the length of the relationship; 2) the type of the relationship; and 3) the frequency of interaction- between the persons involved in the relationship.

Stalking is defined as engaging in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to fear for his or her safety of others; or suffer substantial emotional distress.

Hate Crime Definitions
River Valley School of Massage is also required to report statistics for hate (bias) related crimes by the type of bias as defined below for the following classifications:

Crime Definitions from the Hate Crime Data Collection Guidelines and Training Manual from the FBI’s UCR Program Larceny-Theft (Except Motor Vehicle Theft)

The unlawful taking, carrying, leading, or riding away of property from the possession or constructive possession of another. Attempted larcenies are included. Embezzlement, confidence games, forgery, worthless checks, etc., are excluded.

Simple Assault
An unlawful physical attack by one person upon another where neither the offender displays a weapon, nor the victim suffers obvious severe or aggravated bodily injury involving apparent broken bones, loss of teeth, possible internal injury, severe laceration, or loss of consciousness.

Intimidation
To unlawfully place another person in reasonable fear of bodily harm through the use of threatening words and/or other conduct, but without displaying a weapon or subjecting the victim to actual physical attack.

Destruction/Damage/Vandalism of Property
To willfully or maliciously destroy, damage, deface, or otherwise injure real or personal property without the consent of the owner or the person having custody or control of it.

Hate Crime
A criminal offense committed against a person or property which is motivated, in whole or in part, by the offender’s bias against a race, gender, religion, disability, sexual orientation, or ethnicity/national origin.

  • Race bias: A preformed negative attitude toward a group of persons who possess common physical characteristics (e.g., color of skin, eyes, and/or hair; facial features, etc.) genetically transmitted by descent and heredity which distinguish them as a distinct division of humankind (e.g., Asians, blacks, whites).
  • Gender bias: A preformed negative opinion or attitude toward a group of persons because those persons are male or female. Gender bias is also a Clery Act-specific term, not found in the FBI’s Hate Crime Data Collection Guidelines.
  • Gender identity bias:
  • Religion bias: A preformed negative opinion or attitude toward a group of persons who share the same religious beliefs regarding the origin and purpose of the universe and the existence or nonexistence of a supreme being (e.g., Catholic, Jewish, Protestant, atheist).
  • Sexual orientation bias: A preformed negative opinion or attitude toward a group of persons based on their sexual attraction toward, and responsiveness to, members of their own sex or members of the opposite sex (e.g., gay, lesbian, heterosexual).
  • National origin bias: Persons of the same race or national origin who share common or similar traits, languages, customs and traditions (e.g., Arabic, Hispanic).

Disability bias: A preformed negative opinion or attitude toward a group of persons based on their physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of the major life activities or a record of such an impairment or being regarded as having such an impairment.

Criminal Offenses-On Campus

Crime2016201720182019
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter0000
Manslaughter by Negligence0000
Rape0000
Fondling0000
Incest0000
Statutory Rape0000
Robbery0000
Aggravated assault0000
Burglary1000
Motor vehicle theft (Do not include theft from a motor vehicle)0000
Arson0000
Criminal Offenses-Public Property

Crime2016201720182019
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter0000
Manslaughter by Negligence0000
Rape0000
Fondling0000
Incest0000
Statutory Rape0000
Robbery0000
Aggravated assault0000
Burglary0000
Motor vehicle theft (Do not include theft from a motor vehicle)0000
Arson0000
Hate Crimes-On Campus
Category of Bias for Crimes Reported in 2018
Criminal Offense2019 TotalRaceReligionSexual OrientationGenderGender IdentityDisabilityEthnicityNational Origin
Murder/ non negligent manslaughter000000000
Rape000000000
Fondling000000000
Incest000000000
Statutory Rape000000000
Robbery000000000
Aggravated assault000000000
Burglary000000000
Motor vehicle theft (Do not include theft from a motor vehicle)000000000
Arson000000000
Simple Assault000000000
Larcenty-theft000000000
Intimidation000000000
Destruction/damage/vandalism of property000000000
Hate Crimes-Public Property

Criminal Offense2019 TotalRaceReligionSexual OrientationGenderGender IdentityDisabilityEthnicityNational Origin
Murder/ non negligent manslaughter000000000
Rape000000000
Fondling000000000
Incest000000000
Statutory Rape000000000
Robbery000000000
Aggravated assault000000000
Burglary000000000
Motor vehicle theft (Do not include theft from a motor vehicle)000000000
Arson000000000
Simple Assault000000000
Larcenty-theft000000000
Intimidation000000000
Destruction/damage/vandalism of property000000000
Hate Crimes
data table
VAWA Offenses-Public Property

Crime2016201720182019
Domestic Violence0000
Dating Violence0000
Stalking0000
VAWA Offenses-On Campus

Crime2016201720182019
Domestic Violence0000
Dating Violence0000
Stalking0000
Arrests- On Campus

Crime2016201720182019
Weapons: carrying, possessing, etc.0000
Drug Abuse Violations0000
Liquor Law Violations0000
Arrests- Public Property

Crime2016201720182019
Weapons: carrying, possessing, etc.0000
Drug Abuse Violations0000
Liquor Law Violations0000
Disciplinary Actions-On Campus
# of persons referred for disciplinary action
Crime2016201720182019
Weapons: carrying, possessing, etc.0000
Drug Abuse Violations0000
Liquor Law Violations0000
Disciplinary Actions-Public Property
# of persons referred for disciplinary action
Crime2016201720182019
Weapons: carrying, possessing, etc.0000
Drug Abuse Violations0000
Liquor Law Violations0000
Unfounded Crimes

Crime2016201720182019
Total Unfounded Crimes0000