Rights of Parties

The following is a summary of the rights of the parties engaged in any Title IX or Sexual Misconduct process.

Your rights under Title IX and College policy include:

  • The right to have disclosures of sexual harassment, sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, and/or sexual exploitation treated seriously.
  • The right to be treated with fairness and respect throughout the process.
  • The right to be informed of College policies and procedures being applied to your case, and to have those policies and procedures followed without material deviation whenever possible.
  • The right to have the College keep your name and other information related to your case as confidential as possible. Information related to your case will be distributed on a need-to-know basis only. “Need-to-know” is typically defined by that level of information that is necessary to coordinate the provision of requested services, to protect the safety of individuals or community members, or to administer the College grievance process.
  • The right to be accompanied by an advisor of your choice during any meeting, interview, or hearing conducted in connection with your case.
  • The right to access appropriate resources, support services, and interim measures that can help to minimize unnecessary negative impact of the process on your educational opportunities. Available resources and supportive measures may include:
    • reasonable academic accommodations (including modifications to class or exam schedules, or extended deadlines on coursework);
    • housing modifications (including permanent or temporary room re-assignments, or the provision of a temporary “safe space” on campus);
    • free confidential counseling and emotional support;
    • access to free or low-cost healthcare options; and/or o referrals to local community agencies for services.
  • The right to participate-- or to decline to participate-- in a College process that is fair and impartial, and that provides you with adequate notice and a meaningful opportunity to be heard.
  • The right to be notified of the time frame for major stages of the grievance process
  • The right to have a reliable, thorough, and impartial investigation of the complaint made against you, including the right to meet with an investigator to present relevant information, witnesses, and other evidence. In addition you have the right to review the review the investigative report prior to any formal grievance process with the College.
  • The right to have a determination of the facts of your case be based on a preponderance of evidence (more likely than not standard).
  • The right to be notified in writing of the outcome of any grievance process related to your case.
  • The right to be protected from retaliation by any member of the college community for participating in the College process.
  • If/when an outcome has been determined with respect to your case, the right to access an appeal process in accordance with the College’s policies and procedures.
  • The right to discuss your experience, including any concerns regarding the College’s application of its policies or procedures, with the Title IX Coordinator.