Educational Programs and Counseling
NMMI maintains a Cadet Counseling Center which provides cadets and personnel with direct, professional, and confidential counseling services. Counselors are available during normal working hours in the Cadet Counseling Center offices and on call after normal duty hours 24 hours a day. Counseling is provided in an informal setting where cadets and personnel may benefit from a relationship with an experienced counselor.
The Cadet Counseling Center offers a safe, unbiased, non-threatening environment for cadets and personnel to express concerns and conflicts of a personal nature with the counselor. It is the counselors role to encourage a sense of self-worth and personal identity in the clients and helping them achieve an understanding of their situation.. The counselor assists them in searching for possible solutions and alternatives to resolve their concerns.
Other activities the Cadet Counseling Center will emphasize are helping the cadets and personnel to coordinate cadet-family-corps issues, human relationships/human interaction, grief counseling, spiritual concerns, social skills, stress/time management, and substance abuse issues (partly through the Institute Drug Free Youth (IDFY) program). The Cadet Counseling Center and Institute is not staffed to offer services relating to long-term counseling therapy or the psychiatric needs of cadet or personnel.
NMMI maintains annual educational programs for cadets and employees that promote their awareness of rape, acquaintance rape and other forcible and non-forcible sexual offenses. These procedures outline what people should do if a sexual offense occurs, including who should be contacted, the importance of preserving evidence as may be necessary to the proof of a criminal offense, and to whom the alleged offense should be reported. Participants are informed of their options to notify proper law enforcement authorities, including NMMI and/or local police, and the NMMI personnel will assist them in notifying these authorities, if requested. This includes on and off-campus counseling, mental health or student services for victims of a sexual offense. Cadets are notified that NMMI will change the victim’s academic and living situations after an alleged sexual offense and the options for these changes, if these are requested by the victim and are reasonably available. Information is made available detailing the procedures for disciplinary action in a case of an alleged sexual offense, including a statement that the accuser and the accused are entitled to the same opportunities to have others present during disciplinary proceedings, and that both the accuser and the accused will be informed of the outcome of any disciplinary proceeding brought alleging a sexual offense. The disciplinary action taken, including sanctions NMMI may impose following a final determination of an institutional disciplinary proceeding, as well as criminal proceedings regarding rape, acquaintance rape, or other forcible or non-forcible sexual offenses is also included.