Individuals who have experienced Sexual Misconduct may make a report to Colby College’s Title IX Coordinator: Heather Bumps at (207) 859-4266 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reports made after business hours and on weekends to Security (207) 859-5530 or (207) 859-5911) or the Dean on Call (207) 859-5530 will be referred as soon as possible to the Title IX Coordinator.
When a student is reporting alleged Sexual Misconduct by another student, the following options are available:
Option A: The student (complainant) may request the College to pursue disciplinary action with the accused student (respondent). The Title IX Coordinator will assess the complaint and generally will refer the matter to an investigator who will collect evidence, conduct interviews, make findings as to whether any policy violations occurred, and present findings to the Sexual Misconduct Panel. During this process the complainant and respondent will be treated in an equitable manner. The complainant and respondent have the right to an advisor as described in later sections.
In certain circumstances, such as when the alleged conduct does not constitute a violation of the Sexual Misconduct Policy; where there is no dispute between the parties as to the facts or the respondent does not dispute the violation; or where the complaint of Sexual Misconduct is incidental to other policy violations, the Title IX Coordinator has the discretion to address the matter through the regular disciplinary process.
Option B: The student (complainant) may choose not to pursue disciplinary action. The complainant may select an informal resolution process. An informal resolution process is voluntary between the complainant and respondent. It may be used only after full disclosure of the allegations to the parties and as well as each party’s options for formal resolution (option A), and only if the College determines a particular report of Sexual Misconduct is appropriate for such a process. Either party may request that the informal resolution process be halted at any time. The informal resolution process may include the use of a variety of different alternative dispute resolution mechanisms, including restorative justice conferences, mediation, or the opportunity to communicate with the respondent about the effects of the incident in question through a third party, usually the Title IX Coordinator or the Director of the Gender and Sexual Diversity Program. Outcomes may include agreements regarding enrollment in educational or other programming to prevent future incidents; measures such as no contact and/or no trespass orders; counseling; or suspension from College activities. In cases of sexual assault, mediation is never an option.
Option C: The student (complainant) may ask that the College to take no action at all. In this case, the Title IX Coordinator will assess the request for no action within the broader context of the College’s obligation to maintain a safe campus community. If there is a determination that there must be action taken to maintain the safety of the community (due to circumstances of incident, a possible pattern of conduct, violence or threat), then the complainant will be notified.
If option A or B is selected, the respondent and complainant will receive a detailed letter noting the names of those involved in the alleged incident; the date and location of the alleged misconduct; the precise conduct allegedly constituting the potential violation of this policy; and the details regarding the alleged misconduct. Prior to meeting with the Title IX Coordinator, the respondent will have at least forty-eight business hours to review the information and prepare for the initial meeting. If additional time is needed to prepare for any intake or interview, that party should notify the Title IX coordinator. If the request for more time is appropriate, each party will be granted the same amount of additional time, as deemed reasonable by the Title IX Coordinator. During the process of resolving the report of Sexual Misconduct, the Title IX Coordinator may impose interim measures at this point or at any point in the process as deemed appropriate. Those measures are described in the next section.