The College has a strong interest in supporting community members who experience sexual harassment, sexual violence, stalking, and relationship violence. We encourage all individuals or third-party witnesses to report any incident to the College and to local law enforcement. Reporting options are not mutually exclusive; you may pursue criminal charges and a campus process simultaneously.
“Making a report” means telling someone in authority what happened — in person, by telephone, in writing, or by email. At the time a report is made, you do not have to decide whether to request any particular course of action, nor do you need to know how to label what happened. Choosing to make a report, and deciding how to proceed after making the report, can be a process that unfolds over time.
The College provides assistance and support to each individual in making these important decisions. The College will also, to the extent legally possible, respect an individual’s autonomy in deciding how to proceed. In this process, the College will balance the individual’s interest with its obligation to provide a safe and non-discriminatory environment for all members of the College community.
Any individual who makes a report can be assured that all reports will be investigated and resolved in a fair and impartial manner. Complainants, respondents, and everyone else involved can expect to be treated with dignity and respect. In every report under this policy, the College will make an immediate assessment of any risk of harm to the complainant or to the broader campus community and will take the necessary steps to address those risks. These steps will include interim measures to provide for the safety of the individual and the campus community.