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.
The following campus support resources can maintain confidentiality:
The Gender and Sexual Diversity Program (207-859-4093 or firstname.lastname@example.org)
The Director of the Gender and Sexual Diversity Program, Emily Schusterbauer, serves as Colby College’s Confidential Advocate. Emily supports students, staff, and faculty impacted by Sexual Misconduct. Emily can provide emergency assistance, assist in coordinating necessary accommodations, provide clarification for those who have questions about Colby’s Sexual Misconduct policy, provide guidance for those who are considering reporting, and serve as an advisor throughout the reporting process. Outside of standard business hours, Emily can be reached by the e-mail or (for immediate attention) by calling Security.
Counseling Center (207-859-4490)
Counseling Services offers free and confidential psychological counseling to Colby students, as well as a range of consultation, training, and mental health themed outreach/prevention services to the broader campus community. Within this range of services, it is important to highlight that our counselors are available to provide confidential support to any student who has experienced, is supporting someone who has experienced, or who has been accused of an incident of sexual misconduct. Confidential support following an incident such as this can be particularly helpful with sorting through and expressing ones emotions, learning about additional resources and the processes associated with sexual misconduct incidents, and with thinking through the myriad decisions one faces moving forward.
Health Center (207-859-4460)
The Health Center provides the following services relative to sexual violence response and sexual health: treatment for illness (including STIs) and injury; free annual testing for gonorrhea, chlamydia and HIV; counseling and sample collection for other STI testing (processed by MaineGeneral and billed through the student’s insurance); sexual and reproductive health services (including pelvic exams, PAP testing, oral contraceptive pills, emergency contraception, and pregnancy testing and counseling), psychiatric assessment and medication management, alcohol and other substance use counseling, and emergency response through CER. Referrals are made to Planned Parenthood for services not provided by the health center, such as pregnancy termination and IUD insertion. Victims of recent sexual assault who desire evidence collection (completion of a sexual assault forensic exam or “rape kit”) are referred to the emergency department of MaineGeneral. At all times, condoms, lube, some over the counter medications, and band-aids are free and available in the self-service area just inside the entry way to the second floor of Garrison Foster.
The Office of Religious and Spiritual Life (207-859-4272)
The Office of Religious and Spiritual Life staff provides pastoral and practical support for students seeking counsel. They can serve as advisors and are equipped to provide spiritual guidance for students of all faiths and backgrounds.
The following off-campus support resources can maintain confidentiality:
- Maine Sexual Assault Crisis & Support Center: 207-377-1010
- Maine Sexual Assault Crisis and Support Line: 1-800-871-7741 (24 hours)
- RAINN National Sexual Assault Online Hotline: https://ohl.rainn.org/online/ (24 hours)
- The Family Violence Project (for Intimate Partner Violence): 1-877-890-7788 (24 hours)
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255 (24 hours)
A Note About Confidentiality:
The College is federally obligated to take action to address, remedy, and prevent the recurrence of all incidents of sexual misconduct that it knows about or should reasonably have known about. In order to meet this obligation, the College has designated all employees except the confidential resources listed above as Responsible Employees. Responsible Employees must contact the Title IX Coordinator to report incidents of sexual misconduct of which they gain knowledge.
A Note About Privacy:
While Responsible Employees cannot maintain confidentiality, they are required to respect the privacy of anyone who discloses an incident of sexual misconduct to them. This means that Responsible Employees are instructed not to disclose information to anyone other than those to whom they are obligated to report.
Learn about specific steps to take if you have experienced sexual violence.
Learn about the procedure for reporting sexual violence.
Colby College’s complete Sexual Misconduct Policy is in Colby’s Student Handbook.