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Seeking Help and Reporting Sexual Misconduct
"Sexual Misconduct" includes sexual assault, acts of sexual violence, sexual exploitation, sexual harassment, and other acts of misconduct of a sexual nature.
"Sexual Assault" is unwelcome touching of a sexual nature.
"Sexual Harassment" is any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature.
How to Access Help and Support
Regrettably, cases of sexual misconduct will sometimes occur despite our best efforts to prevent them. Colby College strongly encourages individuals who have been subject to, or have witnessed sexual violence to promptly report such behaviors to College officials and local law enforcement agencies. We urge individuals to seek immediate medical attention, support, and care.
Individuals who have been victims* of sexual violence will be supported in accessing health care, confidential counseling, advising and advocacy. Confidential support services are also available through the religious and spiritual life and/or the health and counseling centers. Support through confidential services does not constitute reporting. Colby College maintains and administers clear procedures for adjudicating sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual exploitation, sexual violence, and other sexual misconduct offenses.
*This document uses the term victim to describe a person who has been the target of an act of sexual misconduct, with recognition that individuals may also identify as survivors. It is the intent of this booklet to provide information that supports survivors, not only immediately following the incident, but also throughout the person's time on campus.
What happens if I want medical attention?
Call either 911 or 207-859-5911 if you need immediate assistance.
The Health Center can provide immediate medical care (examination and evaluation), will offer STI screening and provide access for the morning after pill. The Health Center staff will explain and discuss options including referral to MaineGeneral Medical Center for a forensic exam and what that entails.
Additionally, the Health Center provides follow up care and referrals to counseling services.
Reporting Sexual Misconduct
Preventing any form of sexual misconduct and fostering a respectful environment requires an ongoing commitment from all members of the College community. The following will provide a summary of the College's policies and procedures for accessing confidential support, formal reporting, campus sanctions, and options for requesting criminal charges
A. Confidential Support
Campus counseling is available free of charge, and a student can be seen on an emergency basis (207-859-5911). Counselors, health care practitioners and members of the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life will keep reports made to them confidential.*
Some individual resources cannot offer you legal confidentiality, but do maintain privacy. To protect your rights as a student, the individuals on campus who are legally bound to report any crime, including sexual assault, to local law enforcement agencies, include individuals in positions of supervisor, manager, administrators, coach, and student organization advisers. These individuals share a special responsibility for taking prompt action, which includes notifying the appropriate campus resource personnel (Campus Security or Dean of Students Office), if they become aware of conduct that they reasonably believe may violate the College's Sexual Misconduct Policy.
B. Filing a Report
Students are encouraged to make a report by contacting Campus Security or the Dean of Students Office. These departments will obtain statements and begin the process of investigation. It is important to note:
Sexual Misconduct Policies