At Colby College, primary prevention is our highest goal when addressing sexual violence. This means that we offer educational programs and support services that challenge the beliefs, biases, and behaviors that perpetuate sexual violence. On Colby’s campus, faculty, staff, and students are working together to create a climate in which sexual violence is impermissible and speaking out against sexual violence is the norm.
When sexual violence does occur, however, we are dedicated to responding in a timely and sensitive manner, ensuring that all involved are aware of the resources available on campus and in the larger Kennebec County area.
This site is designed to:
- Connect those who have experienced sexual violence to the support resources and reporting resources they need
- Inform Colby faculty, staff, and students about how sexual violence is defined and addressed on campus and in Waterville
- Help Colby community members to be positive support people and active bystanders
Please use the information provided here to help yourself, help a friend, and help make Colby College a safe space for everyone.
Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 is a federal law that states: “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”
Colby College adheres to Title IX which include reducing sexual violence; ensuring gender equity in athletics, admissions, and programs; and providing appropriate accommodations for pregnant individuals.
Should students have concerns regarding Title IX, please contact the Title IX Coordinator at (207) 859-4266 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights is the entity that is charged with enforcing Title IX compliance. Inquiries about these issues may also be referred to the U. S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (OCR), 8th Floor, Five Post Office Square, Boston MA 02109-3921, telephone (617) 289-0111, fax (617) 289-0150, TTY (877) 521.2172 or email: email@example.com.
The website for the Office of Civil Rights can be located by following this link.
To help educate our community, we are providing this important guide. We encourage you to review Colby’s policies on the College’s website and in the Student Handbook. Reviewing this valuable information will increase your knowledge about the support resources available. Of course, we encourage you to use the campus resources to prevent and address sexual violence and harassment.
When sexual violence occurs, we are dedicated to responding in a timely and sensitive manner, ensuring that all involved are aware of the resources available on campus and the community. At Colby College, trained support people are all around. Because we take student safety and well-being seriously, we ensure that staff in a variety of positions and offices are ready to assist anyone who has experienced sexual violence or any sexual misconduct.
College students who have experienced sexual violence often confide in and seek support from fellow students before accessing professional service providers. If a fellow student turns to you for support following an incident of sexual violence, your help could be an invaluable source of affirmation and comfort.
Sexual Violence Prevention Trainings
In recent years, the issue of sexual violence on college and university campuses has received increasing attention from the federal government, national media outlets, and concerned students across the country. Colby College continues to show its commitment to creating a campus climate in which sexual respect is the norm and all students feel safe to pursue their academic and extra-curricular goals. Likewise, we are committed to ensuring that our students who have been affected by sexual violence are aware of the College’s reporting and support resources and feel empowered to access them.