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Harassment Complaint Procedures
Procedures for Harassment Complaints Against a Student
Harassment by a student of another student, a faculty member, a staff member, or a third party (in circumstances directly affecting the College community) is a disciplinary violation. A complaint of harassment by a student should be made to the Office of the Dean of Students. The Student Disciplinary Procedures set forth in the Colby Student Handbook will apply to the complaint, with any hearing to be heard by a Dean’s Hearing Board. Possible sanctions for a student found responsible for harassment include, but are not limited to, disciplinary probation, community service, suspension, or expulsion.
Procedures for Harassment Complaints Against a Faculty or Staff Member
A complaint of harassment against a member of the faculty or staff by a student, faculty member, staff member or third party (in circumstances directly related to the faculty or staff member’s position with the College) should be made to the College’s equal employment opportunity officer. The equal employment opportunity officer will investigate the complaint promptly, either directly or through a designee. The investigator (either the equal employment opportunity officer or designee) will issue a report of the investigation. If the investigator concludes that harassment has occurred, he or she will include in the report the remedial action to be taken, including sanctions against the accused faculty or staff member where appropriate. Except in cases involving sanctions of suspension or dismissal of the accused faculty or staff member, the decision of the investigator is final.
For complaints against a faculty member, if the remedial action includes a sanction of suspension or dismissal of the accused faculty member, the faculty member has the right to a hearing before a Faculty Hearing Committee under Section XII of the Faculty Personnel Procedures set forth in the Faculty Handbook.For complaints against a staff member, if the remedial action includes suspension or dismissal of the accused staff member, the staff member has the right to appeal the decision to the Staff Appeals Board. The appeal will proceed as provided in the Staff Handbook.
Harassment Policies and Procedures