Reporting Sexual Misconduct
The College does not tolerate sex discrimination, including sexual harassment and sexual assault/offenses. The assistant dean/Title IX Coordinator is responsible for responding to and addressing complaints of sex discrimination. If you believe that you have been the victim of sex discrimination, including sexual harassment or a sexual assault/offense, the College encourages you to contact the assistant dean. Bring a friend for support if it helps. Call 410-626-2512 to make an appointment, or just drop by the office.
The assistant dean will discuss with you:
- How to get support either on or off campus
- The definitions and policies regarding sexual assault, offense (including dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking) and harassment
- The kinds of help that may be available to you, even if you decide not to file a complaint, to make conditions on campus tolerable for all parties concerned (for instance, changing academic or living situations, no-contact orders, etc.)
- How the complaint and investigation process works.
- Whether you would like to file criminal charges. (If you wish to file criminal charges, the College can assist you).
The complaint/investigation process:
- The assistant dean will meet with you to discuss your complaint and to explain how the investigation will proceed. You will be asked for your consent to begin the investigation.
- If you request confidentiality or that the complaint not be pursued, the College will take all reasonable steps to honor your request, although this may limit the College’s ability to respond to your complaint. Because requests for confidentiality or that a complaint not be pursued must be considered in light of the College’s obligation to ensure a safe campus environment, the College may be required to conduct an investigation even where such requests are made. In determining whether to conduct an investigation, the College would consider factors such as the severity of the offense, whether there appears to be a continued risk to the campus community, and whether other complaints have been made against the accused. Even where the College determines that an investigation must be conducted, the College will attempt to conduct its investigation in accordance with your request for confidentiality.
- The assistant dean’s investigation will ordinarily involve interviewing you, the person you are accusing, and any witnesses that you and the accused name. You and the accused will not be interviewed at the same time.
- After examining the evidence and interviewing the witnesses, the assistant dean will notify you and the accused about whether a policy violation has been found and the consequences of any violation.
- If you are dissatisfied with the assistant dean’s decision, you may file a grievance and a Grievance Committee, comprised of faculty, staff, and students, will review the matter. If the accused is dissatisfied with the decision, he or she may appeal the decision to the dean.
- Retaliation of any kind based on the filing of a sexual misconduct complaint is strictly prohibited. The College will take steps to prevent retaliation and will take strong responsive action if it occurs.
For more complete information on the policies and practices, see the Student Handbook, Appendices I-III