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What Are the Options for Resolution Within the College?
Colby Disciplinary Actions
Formal Disciplinary action can be taken through Colby's disciplinary process, the criminal justice system off campus, or both. The College will proceed with its own internal investigation even though civil or criminal cases may be pending. Colby can provide support and assistance in a variety of ways as students consider their options. These options can be explained by one of the deans, by a volunteer victim advocate, and/or members of the security staff.
Cases of sexual misconduct are adjudicated at Colby through a Sexual Misconduct Hearing. To protect the privacy of the student(s) involved, only the faculty and staff members of the Student Conduct Board participate in Sexual Misconduct Hearings.
A student found responsible for sexual misconduct will receive a sanction ranging from warning through expulsion, taking into account the circumstances and any previous student conduct code violations. A student found responsible for sexual harassment, exploitation, creating a hostile environment, or an act of sexual violence will likely receive a sanction ranging from suspension to expulsion.
Students against whom an allegation is made will be notified that an inquiry is being conducted and statements will be collected from accuser(s), witnesses, and persons named in the report.
The College explicitly prohibits retaliation against individuals for bringing complaints of sexual misconduct. Colby will take disciplinary action against persons who engage in such retaliation.
Sexual Misconduct Policies