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 under Title IX and addressed on campus.
- 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 Policy and Guide
The updated policy and guide (see below) should be read in their entirety if a person becomes involved in a sexual harassment matter at Colby, below are some highlights:
- The policy applies to all student, faculty and staff claims of sexual harassment.
- Most importantly, if a person who files a claim of sexual harassment wants to have a determination made about whether another person is responsible for such misconduct, the matter goes to a live hearing before a single trained, independent adjudicator, complete with parties in attendance (either in-person or virtually), their advisors, and witnesses.
- Under a set of restrictions, cross-examination of parties and witnesses can take place. However, only advisors may conduct cross-examination, not the parties themselves.
- Like the prior policy, the College appoints an independent, trained, third party investigator to investigate claims of sexual harassment. But unlike the prior policy, the investigator serves as an evidence-gatherer, and does not make a determination of responsibility. That determination is left to the adjudicator.
- While there are some technical rules and restrictions regarding evidence which can be admitted in a hearing (and need to be well-understood by those involved in a hearing), virtually all evidence which is relevant to a claim may be submitted. The adjudicator rules on the admission of all evidence.
- The definition of sexual harassment has been narrowed. Some misconduct which constituted sexual harassment under the previous policy no longer qualifies as Title IX sexual harassment. However, Colby has moved those acts of misconduct to the Student Code of Conduct.
- In particular, Title IX sexual harassment consists of (i) hostile environment sexual harassment (again more narrowly defined than previously), (ii) quid pro quo sexual harassment (which, generally speaking, is the offer to provide some benefit to a person in exchange for sexual favors, and (iii) certain acts of sexual violence.
- Moreover, for the College to review a claim under the Title IX policy, the sexual harassment must have occurred in the United States and generally on property owned, managed or controlled by the College or by officially recognized College organizations. But if the misconduct occurs in other locations, such as in a study abroad program, it may be reviewed under the Student Code of Conduct.
- A party who reports a claim of sexual harassment or sexual misconduct is entitled to “supportive measures” – measures to support them because of misconduct or harassment, even if they do not file a formal complaint. Examples of the types of supportive measures are in the policy.
- One principle that has carried over from the prior policy – a person may be found responsible for sexual harassment based on the “preponderance of the evidence” – meaning that it is more likely than not that the person engaged in such misconduct.
- Parties have the right to have their advisor at all meetings and interviews with the investigator, Title IX coordinators and other officials involved in the Title IX process, as well as the live hearing. Until the hearing, parties are responsible to secure their own advisors. If a party does not have an advisor for the hearing, the College must appoint one for the party, at the College’s cost. An advisor can be, but does not have to be, an attorney.
- While many of the confidentiality restrictions remain from the prior policy, parties may comment on and discuss their cases with others, particularly when they are preparing for a hearing or are involved in an investigation.
- Much like the prior policy, parties may participate, if they wish, in an informal resolution process to resolve a Title IX claim.
- And much like the prior policy, the parties have the right to appeal an adjudicator’s decision. Appeals by faculty are determined by the Provost; appeals by students are determined by the Dean of the College, and appeals by staff are determined by the Vice President of Administration.
There are a number of other new regulations and procedures governing how a College processes and treats claims of sexual harassment. They are outlined in the new policy. Parties should also carefully review the Student Code of Conduct, which has been revised to address sexual misconduct that no longer qualifies as “Title IX sexual harassment.”
For more information about Colby’s Title IX definitions, resources, and procedures, please access our Title IX Sexual Harassment Policy.
For more information about Colby’s Title IX grievance procedure, please access our Title IX User Guide for Parties, Advisors, and Others.
Feel free to access the materials used to train Colby’s Title IX Personnel
Questions about the Title IX process should be addressed to Meg Hatch, the Title IX Coordinator for the College at firstname.lastname@example.org. Confidential inquiries and information can be obtained through Emily Schusterbauer, the College’s Confidential Title IX Advocate at email@example.com.
Colby College does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its education program activity and it is required by Title IX not to discriminate in such a manner. This requirement to not discriminate in Colby’s education program or activity extends to admission and employment, and inquiries about application of Title IX may be referred to Colby’s Title IX Coordinator, or the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, or both, using the contact information below.
- Title IX Coordinator: Meg Hatch, 207-859-4266, firstname.lastname@example.org, Eustis 210A
- Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Athletics: Jacqui Schuman, 207-859-4941, email@example.com, Harold Alfond Athletic Center D321
- Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Faculty: Carol A. Hurney, 207-859-4787, firstname.lastname@example.org, Eustis 203A
- Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Staff: Cora Clukey, 207-859-5511, email@example.com, 122 Roberts
The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights (“OCR”) is the entity charged with enforcing Title IX. Inquiries can be referred to:
Office of Civil Rights, Boston Office
Department of Education
5 Post Office Square
Boston, MA 02129-3921
The Maine Human Rights Commission (“MHRC”) is the entity charged with enforcing Maine’s nondiscrimination laws. Inquiries can be referred to:
Maine Human Rights Commission
19 Union Street (street address)
#51 State House Station (mailing address)
Augusta, ME 04333