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Hilbert College promotes respect for the dignity and integrity of each person. Hilbert is deeply committed to equal opportunity and a tolerant, supportive learning and working environment. Hilbert College complies fully with all applicable federal and state legislation, including, but not limited to, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Violence Against Women Act, the New York Human Rights Law, and Article 129 A&B of the New York State Education Law commonly referred to as “Enough Is Enough”. Pursuant to these statutes and regulations, the College prohibits all acts of sexual harassment, sexual violence and sexual misconduct. This policy is intended to educate the Hilbert community about these issues and thereby prevent such incidents from occurring and also explain the way in which the College will respond to incidents in the event they do occur.
SCOPE OF POLICY
This policy applies to all students, faculty and employees of Hilbert College. This policy applies to conduct on campus and in connection with any Hilbert College-sponsored program or activity; regardless of where it occurs. Additionally, off-campus conduct may violate this policy if the conduct creates a threatening or hostile environment on Hilbert’s campus or within a Hilbert program, or if the incident causes concern for the safety or security of Hilbert’s campus. Non-community members (e.g., family or friends of students, vendors, visiting athletes, etc.) visiting campus, participating in a Hilbert program or activity or interacting with Hilbert College community members are expected to abide by the behavioral expectations in this policy.
This Policy applies to all individuals regardless of one’s race, color, national origin, religion, creed, age, disability, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, familial status, pregnancy, predisposing genetic characteristics, military status, domestic violence victim status, or criminal conviction.
1. Sexual Harassment - Sexual Harassment is a form of harassment with specific distinguishing characteristics, which are described below. Sexual harassment is a type of prohibited sex-based discrimination. Sexual harassment may be verbal, written, visual or physical. Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitute sexual harassment when:
a. submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly as a term or condition of an individual’s education/employment;
b. submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for education/employment decisions affecting such individual; or
c. such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive educational/working environment.
Merely by way of illustration, sexual harassment includes, but is not limited to, the following kinds of behavior:
i) Exposing a person to unwanted insulting, degrading, or oppressive sexual remarks, jokes, innuendoes, or other sexually oriented conduct (including, among other things, graphic or descriptive comments relating to an individual’s body or physical appearance; sexually oriented teasing or pranks; improper suggestions, objects, or pictures; unwanted physical contact);
ii) Repeatedly subjecting a person to unwelcome sexual attention or advances; or
iii)Making threats, demands, or suggestions that an employee’s working conditions or a student’s grade depends in any way upon tolerating or accepting sexual advances or sexual conduct. This is referred to a “quid pro quo” (or “this for that”) harassment. “Quid pro quo” harassment can be expressly stated, but it can also be implied by words, actions or the surrounding circumstances. No person should believe that any other person – regardless of their title with Hilbert College – has the right to pressure another person for sexual activity; they do not.
The fact that a person was personally offended by a statement or incident does not alone constitute a violation of this policy. Instead, the determination is based on a “reasonable person” standard and takes into account the totality of the circumstances. Hilbert College considers the context of a communication or incident, the relationship of the individuals involved, whether an incident was an isolated incident or part of a broader pattern or course of offensive conduct, and the seriousness of the incident.
2. Sexual Exploitation – when one takes non-consensual sexual advantage of another. Said behaviors may include, but are not limited to, any audio and/or visual recording of a consensual sexual act without the person’s knowledge; distributing, without the prior consent or knowledge of the victim of exploitation, an audio and/or visual recording of a consensual sexual act; voyeurism; forcing or causing another without affirmative consent to touch one’s own private body parts, engaging in sexual activity with another while knowingly infected with HIV or another STD without informing the other person of such infection; attempting to incapacitate someone for the purposes of committing sexual assault or unwanted sexual contact; exposing one’s genitals in non-consensual circumstances or inducing another to expose their genitals.
3. Sexual Assault – Consistent with federal law, sexual assault is defined by the College as including:
Non-Consensual Sexual Intercourse – these sexual assaults can be sub-defined by the following:
Rape: the penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any body part or object, or
oral penetration by a sex organ of another person, forcibly or without affirmative consent or where
the victim is incapable of giving affirmative consent due to incapacitation.
Statutory rape: non-forcible sexual intercourse with a person who is under the statutory age of
Non-Consensual Sexual Contact – intentionally having any physical contact, however slight, for purposes of sexual gratification or with sexual intent, with another person’s private body parts without their affirmative consent. Acts of non-consensual sexual contact may include, but are not limited to, the touching of a person’s buttocks, penis, vagina, breasts; and/or touching of another person with said body parts; and/or making another touch you in such a manner.
4. Domestic Violence – refers to a felony or misdemeanor crime of violence between spouses, former spouses, or intimate partners, cohabitating romantic partners or individuals who were formerly cohabitating romantic partners, individuals who share a child in common or individuals who are similarly situated to spouses and/or individuals who are protected from the other person’s acts under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction in which the acts of violence occur.
5. Dating Violence –refers to a pattern of violent behavior (including, but not limited to, sexual or physical abuse or the threat of such abuse) committed by a person who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the victim. The existence of such a relationship shall be determined based on a consideration of the following factors:
6. Stalking – The term stalking means engaging in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to fear for their safety or the safety of others, or suffer substantial emotional distress. Stalking can include, but is not limited to:
7. Affirmative Consent - Affirmative consent is a knowing, voluntary, and mutual decision among all participants to engage in sexual activity. Consent can be given by words or actions, as long as those words or actions create clear permission regarding willingness to engage in sexual activity. Silence or lack of resistance, in and of itself, does not demonstrate consent. The definition of consent does not vary based upon a participant’s sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.
All references to “consent” in this policy will mean affirmative consent as defined in this policy. As stated above, silence, lack of physical resistance, and/or the absence of a verbal “no” should not be construed as consent to any sexual activity. A person can withdraw consent at any time during sexual activity and when consent is withdrawn or can no longer be given the other person must stop all sexual activity immediately.
A prior relationship, existing relationship, prior sexual contact, or prior consent does not, alone, constitute affirmative consent to any continued or future sexual activity. Consent to engage in one sexual act (such as kissing or fondling) does not indicate consent to other sexual acts (such as intercourse).
Certain conditions prevent a person from being able to consent. Effective consent cannot be given if a person is incapacitated, which occurs when an individual lacks the ability to knowingly choose to participate in sexual activity. Incapacitation can be caused by the lack of consciousness or being asleep, being involuntarily restrained, or if the individual otherwise cannot consent. An individual’s mental disability may cause him/her to be unable to give affirmative consent to sexual activity. In New York, the statutory age of consent is 17 years old. Depending on the degree of intoxication, someone who is under the influence of alcohol, drugs or other intoxicants (whether consumption was voluntary or otherwise) may be incapacitated and therefore unable to consent. A person initiating sexual activity is still responsible to obtain affirmative consent even if they are under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Affirmative consent cannot be given under coercion, force, or threat of physical harm or injury.
8. Force - Force is the use of physical violence and/or imposing on someone physically to gain sexual access. It includes threats, intimidation (implied threats) and coercion that overcome resistance or produce consent.
9. Coercion - Coercion is unreasonable pressure for sexual activity. Coercive behavior differs from seductive behavior based on the type of pressure someone uses to get consent from another. When someone makes it clear that they do not want sex, that they want to stop, or that they do not want to go past a certain point of sexual interaction, continued pressure beyond that point can be coercive.
10. Sexual Misconduct - The term “sexual misconduct” is a term used by this policy to more conveniently refer to any form of sexual harassment, sexual assault, non-consensual sexual activity or contact, sexual exploitation, dating violence, domestic violence or stalking as those terms are defined above. Sexual misconduct may occur between members of the same or opposite sex and in heterosexual or homosexual relationships.
11. Reporting Party – The term Reporting Party refers to the person making the allegation or report. That person is usually the person who experienced the harassment, sexual misconduct or other violation of this policy.
12. Respondent – The term Respondent refers to the person alleged to have committed the alleged harassment, sexual misconduct or other violation of this policy.
APPLICABLE LAWS, ORDINANCES, AND REGULATIONS
All federal, state, and municipal laws apply on campus. This includes the New York State Penal Law, which details the criminal statutes dealing with sex offenses. According to New York State statutes, there are varying degrees of sexual assault. Sexual Assault of any kind is not only a crime, but also a violation of this policy.
REPORTING OPTIONS FOR RESPONDING TO INCIDENTS
You have the right to make a report to Campus Safety local law enforcement, and/or state police or choose not to report; to report the incident to Hilbert College; to be protected by the College from retaliation for reporting an incident; and to receive assistance and resources from Hilbert College. A Students’ Bill of Rights for cases involving sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking is attached at the end of this policy. An additional Statement of Rights for any individual reporting a sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking is also attached at the end of this policy.
Reporting to Law Enforcement
Any person may call 911 or Campus Safety, which can be reached at 716-479-1233, for immediate safety assistance. Campus Safety can also assist the individual in making a report of a crime to local law enforcement. A victim of a crime is encouraged to, but not required to, report the incident to local law enforcement and pursue criminal charges. The criminal process and the College’s disciplinary processes are not mutually exclusive, meaning that an individual can either bring a complaint through the College or law enforcement, or both. Any internal investigation and/or hearing process conducted by Hilbert College will be conducted concurrently with any criminal justice investigation and proceeding. Decisions rendered in a court of law have no impact on the College’s obligation to respond to allegations of sexual misconduct within our community. However, in some cases the College may temporarily delay its investigation to enable law enforcement to gather evidence and to engage in a preliminary investigation. Such delays will not last more than 10 days except when law enforcement authorities specifically request and justify a longer delay.
The Hamburg Police Department, which can be reached at 716-648-5111, can assist in filing a criminal complaint and in securing appropriate examination, including by a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner. The New York State Police Sexual Assault Hotline, which can be reached at 1-844-845-7269, may also be of assistance in reporting an incident to law enforcement.
Preservation of Evidence
In criminal cases, the preservation of evidence is critical and must be done properly and promptly. Preserve all physical evidence of the assault. Do not shower, bathe, douche, or brush your teeth. Save all of the clothing you were wearing at the time of the rape or assault. Place each item of clothing in a separate paper bag. Do not disturb anything in the area where the assault occurred.
Orders of Protection
Orders of protection and other forms of legal protection may be available to individuals who have experienced or are threatened with violence by a College community member or other person. In appropriate circumstances, an order of protection may be available that restricts the offender’s right to enter the College’s property, and Hilbert will abide by a lawfully issued order of protection. Campus Safety, or other College officials, will, upon request, provide reasonable assistance to any member of the campus community in obtaining an order of protection or, if outside of New York State, an equivalent protective or restraining order, including providing that person with:
Reporting individuals should understand that not all sexual misconduct under this policy is a crime and that the standard law enforcement employs in processing allegations is different than the College’s standard under this policy. Questions about whether incidents violate criminal laws and how the criminal process works should be directed to law enforcement officials or the local district attorney’s office.
Reporting to Confidential Resources
On-Campus Confidential Resources
A victim is encouraged to seek support for their emotional and physical needs. A person seeking confidential emotional or medical care may contact the following on-campus resources:
Contacting any of the confidential resources listed above does not constitute notifying Hilbert College. Individuals who have been the victims of sexual assault are encouraged to seek medical attention immediately. Whether or not you report the assault to the College or the police, you should have a medical examination immediately. The exam is confidential. Medical personnel will test for sexually transmitted diseases, look for physical injuries, and collect physical evidence. If you report the assault, Campus Safety or the police can provide transportation to the hospital and arrange for a Crisis Services Sexual Assault Advocate to meet you there. If you choose to go to the hospital without notifying Campus Safety or the police, the hospital can still collect physical evidence and contact a Crisis Services Advocate to meet you there, while protecting your anonymity, in case you later decide to prosecute. If you suspect that you may have been given a rape drug, such as Rohypnol and GHB, ask the hospital to take a urine sample which will be preserved as evidence.
Reporting to the College’s Non-Confidential Resources
All reports of sexual misconduct should be made to any of the following specially trained individuals:
These individuals have been trained to receive and respond to allegations of violations of this policy. The College’s main concern is that victims of sexual misconduct receive the help and guidance essential for beginning the process of healing, while giving special consideration to the welfare of the campus community. Campus Safety is available, upon request, to escort students during day or evening hours.
There is no time limit for making a report of a violation of this policy. However, the passage of time may make effective responsive action difficult. Further, if the Respondent is no longer a member of the College community, the College’s ability to respond may be limited. Individuals are encouraged to promptly report any and all incidents.
Mandated Reporting Authority
All Hilbert College employees, with the exception of the College’s Confidential Resources noted above, are designated as Responsible Employees and are therefore legally required to report any allegation of sexual misconduct to the Title IX Coordinator. Responsible Employees are those employees who have the authority to take action to redress harassment, have the duty to report harassment or other types of misconduct to appropriate officials, and those employees a student could reasonably believe has this authority or responsibility. Nevertheless, if a report is made to anyone other than the non-confidential resources listed above, the Reporting Party risks the possibility that it will not come to the attention of the proper College officials and may, therefore, not be acted upon.
Even Hilbert College offices and employees who cannot guarantee confidentiality will maintain your privacy to the greatest extent possible. The information you provide to a non-confidential resource will be relayed only as necessary for the Title IX Coordinator to investigate and/or seek a resolution.
Reports from Others or Anonymous Sources
If the College receives a report of alleged sexual misconduct by someone other than the alleged victim (e.g., by a friend or roommate, resident assistants, etc.), the College’s Title IX Coordinator will promptly notify the subject, and inform the subject of the available resources and assistance. Hilbert will accept anonymous reports. However, due to the nature of anonymous reports, Hilbert’s ability to take responsive action may be limited.
Reporting Party Options
If a Reporting Party reports an incident of sexual misconduct to a non-confidential College employee, but requests that no investigation into the incident be conducted or disciplinary action taken, the College will weigh that request against Hilbert’s obligation to provide a safe, nondiscriminatory environment for all members of the campus community, including the Reporting Party.
Request for No Action
Hilbert College endeavors to comply with Reporting Party’s wishes with respect to whether responsive action is taken. However, that is not always possible. If a Reporting Party requests that no action be taken against the accused, (i.e., no investigation or disciplinary action), the Title IX Coordinator will consult with appropriate administrators and employees in order to consider Reporting Party’s request. The Title IX Coordinator will consider a range of factors related to pattern, pervasion, threats, and violence which include but are not limited to, the following:
A decision will be made and shared with the Reporting Party. If, after considering these factors, the College determines that it is able to respect the Reporting Party’s request that no responsive action be taken, the College will nevertheless take all reasonable steps to respond to the complaint consistent with the Reporting Party’s confidentiality request, and will determine whether interim measures are appropriate or necessary. Hilbert College will also consider broader remedial action, such as increased monitoring, supervision of security at locations where the reported sexual misconduct occurred, increasing training, education and prevention efforts, and conducting climate surveys.
Request for Action taken Confidentially
Similarly, a Reporting Party may desire to have investigatory and/or disciplinary action taken, but may wish to have their identity as the Reporting Party kept confidential. Depending on the circumstances, this may or may not be possible. If any number of people could have reported the incident or if Hilbert possesses other means to obtain evidence (such as security footage), it may be possible for the Reporting Party’s identity to remain confidential and not shared with Respondent. However, in other cases, it may not be possible to proceed with investigatory or disciplinary action without revealing the identity of the Reporting Party.
If Hilbert honors such a request, the Reporting Party must understand that the College’s ability to effectively investigate the incident and pursue disciplinary action against the accused may be limited.
The College may not be able to honor a Reporting Party’s request for confidentiality when doing so would jeopardize the College’s responsibility to provide a safe, non-discriminatory environment.
Hilbert has designated the Title IX Coordinator to evaluate requests for action to be taken confidentially. If the College determines that it must disclose the Reporting Party’s identity to the Respondent, the College will promptly inform the Reporting Party. Ultimately, Hilbert College retains the right to act upon any information that comes to its attention.
AMNESTY FOR STUDENTS
The health and safety of every student at Hilbert College is of utmost importance. Hilbert College recognizes that students who have been drinking and/or using drugs (whether such use is voluntary or involuntary) at the time that the violence, including but not limited to domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, or sexual assault, occurs may be hesitant to report such incidents due to fear of potential consequences for their own conduct.
Hilbert College strongly encourages students to report domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, or sexual assault to College officials. A bystander acting in good faith that discloses any incident of domestic violence, dating violence, stalking or sexual assault to Hilbert College officials or Campus Safety will not be subject to Hilbert College’s code of conduct action for violations of alcohol or drug use policies occurring at or near the time of the commission of the domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, or sexual assault.
Hilbert College will provide amnesty to the Reporting Party, Respondent, and bystanders acting in good faith.
COLLEGE’S PROCEDURES FOR RESPONDING TO REPORTS OF SEXUAL MISCONDUCT
Hilbert College is committed to providing a prompt, fair and impartial investigation and resolution to all allegations of sexual harassment, sexual assault, domestic/dating violence, stalking and any other form of sexual misconduct. The College reserves the right to investigate and potentially discipline any violation of this policy that comes to its attention. If the individual who was subjected to the violation (i.e., the victim) does not wish to act in the role of the Reporting Party, the College may continue nevertheless to investigate and refer the case for possible discipline. In such a situation, the College will appoint an appropriate administrator to act in the role of the Reporting Party in any disciplinary proceeding.
No unauthorized recordings will be allowed in any meetings, interviews, or disciplinary proceedings associated with the Sexual Misconduct Policy.
If a report appears to allege a plausible violation of this policy, Hilbert will conduct an investigation. An investigation may occur because the Reporting Party wishes to proceed with responsive action or because the College determines that this is necessary despite the wishes of the Reporting Party. Investigations normally take no longer than 30 days, and will be handled in the following ways:
1. Any report of sexual harassment, sexual assault, domestic/dating violence, stalking, any other form of sexual misconduct or other alleged violation of this policy will be investigated by a team of Investigators appointed by the Title IX Coordinator. In certain cases, the College may engage trained individuals from outside the College, who may be attorneys, to conduct the investigation.
2. The Reporting Party and Respondent will be permitted an equal opportunity to present information in the context of the investigation and to request that witnesses having relevant information be included in the investigation process. The Investigators retain discretion to determine the order and method of investigation and what, if any, witnesses will be interviewed as part of the investigatory process.
3. The investigation usually involves interviews of the parties and/or any witnesses and reviewing any relevant documentation.
4. The Reporting Party and Respondent will have the right to have their own prior sexual history with persons other than the other party and their own mental health diagnosis and/or treatment excluded from the investigatory and disciplinary proceedings held under this policy. If either party offers information relating to the parties’ sexual history with one another, the other will have the right to respond.
5. At the conclusion of the investigation, the Investigators will submit a written investigatory report to the Title IX Coordinator that sets forth a summary of the facts discovered during the investigation and an assessment of the credibility of the Reporting Party, Respondent and/or witnesses (as relevant). The investigatory report shall contain a copy of any written complaint submitted by the Reporting Party or, if no written complaint was submitted, a written summary of the complaint or report provided to the Investigator. The investigatory report may also contain any documentation submitted as evidence during the investigation including but not limited to e-mails, text messages, social media posts, notes, letters, etc.
6. The parties will be provided with access to the investigation report including all appendices and incident reports, subject to redaction permitted and/or required by law and consistent with College policy and applicable federal and state law, including the Family Educational Records Privacy Act.
7. The Title IX Coordinator will either pursue an Informal Resolution, or refer the case to the appropriate Hilbert College disciplinary process.
In some cases, an informal resolution may be appropriate. An informal resolution may take the form of mediation in which a designated third-party explores whether the parties can agree on a resolution of an incident. Informal resolution must be agreed upon by both parties, and the Title IX Coordinator must agree that informal resolution is appropriate. Mediation is not appropriate in cases of sexual assault or violence of any kind. When informal resolution is appropriate, the Title IX Coordinator will select the mediator. The parties may, but will not be required to, meet together as part of the mediation.
At any time during the mediation process the Reporting Party or the Respondent has the right to resume the formal processing of the complaint (i.e., investigation, disciplinary proceedings, etc.). A mediated resolution may include sanctions. If the mediation results in an agreement, and if this agreement is acceptable to the Title IX Coordinator, the mediation will be considered successful. Both parties will sign a statement agreeing that the mediation was successful, and the matter will be considered resolved. If the mediation is unsuccessful, the formal process will resume.
This policy applies campus-wide and sets forth the behavioral expectations for all. However, the applicable disciplinary procedure that will be applied in a particular case depends on whether the accused is a student, faculty member, staff member, or a non-community member. The following disciplinary procedures will apply:
In any case where the Respondent is a college employee and the Reporting Party is a student, the following appeals process will apply:
Within ten (10) calendar days the Reporting Party may request review by the College President, in writing, of the recommendation(s) of the Complaint Committee and/or the action of the respective Vice President if that action is contrary to the recommendation of the Complaint Committee. Within ten (10) calendar days after receipt of the appeal, the President shall render a decision in writing. The decision of the President is final.
In any case where the Respondent is a college employee and the Reporting Party is not a student, the following appeals process will apply. In the Grievance Procedures the Respondent is referred to as the Grievant.
In any investigatory meeting or disciplinary hearing held under this policy, the Reporting Party and Respondent have the right to be accompanied by one advisor of their own choosing. In cases involving sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence or stalking, the advisor may be an attorney or a parent/legal guardian. If an advisor is a paid advisor, the advisor will be at the party’s own expense.
The advisor’s role is to support the Reporting Party or Respondent throughout the process and aid in their understanding of the investigatory and/or disciplinary hearing process.
The advisor cannot be a witness in the proceedings nor is the advisor permitted to cross-examine the other party or any witnesses. The advisor may talk quietly with the party they are accompanying, but may not participate in the interview or be disruptive to the meeting. The parties are required to speak on their own behalf. The College has the right at all times to determine what constitutes appropriate behavior on the part of an advisor and violators of these expectations will be asked to leave the proceeding.
Investigations and/or disciplinary proceedings will not be delayed based on the availability of a party’s desired advisor. Absent extenuating circumstances, witnesses and others involved in the investigation or hearing are not entitled to have an advisor. An individual may be precluded from serving as an advisor if the Title IX Coordinator determines that a conflict of interest exists.
INTERIM MEASURES AND ACCOMMODATIONS
Interim measures and/or accommodations may be made by the College in an effort to immediately respond to a situation. These interim measures and/or accommodations could include, but are not limited to: summary suspension; changes in class schedules, class assignments, residence hall/ room assignments and/or restrictions from living on campus; adjustments to academic deadlines and course schedules; “No Contact” orders; attendant restrictions; all other restrictions outlined in the Student Code of Conduct under “Interim Sanctions”; altering work assignments for employees; any other interim restriction or sanction deemed appropriate by the College.
A “no contact order” prohibits both direct contact and indirect contact (passing messages through friends or social media). When a “no contact order” is issued as a result of a sexual misconduct allegation, if individuals protected by the no contact order observe each other in a public space, unless otherwise provided in the order, it shall be the responsibility of both parties to leave the area immediately and without directly contacting the other party.
Any party directly affected by a no contact order or other interim measure may, upon request, be afforded a prompt review, reasonable under the circumstances, of the need for and terms of the no contact order or other interim measure, including potential modification or elimination of those measures. This request may be made by submitting a written request to the Title IX Coordinator or, if the party is a student, to the Dean of Students, providing the basis for the request and submitting any evidence in support of the request. Upon receipt of such a request, the Title IX Coordinator or Dean of Students, whichever is applicable, will inform the other party of the request and allow the other party to respond, including submitting evidence if desired. This review process will occur as soon as possible, but generally no later than five business days of the request and the parties’ submission of any evidence.
Both the Reporting Party and the Respondent have the right to continue their educational endeavors free from retaliation or further harassment as a result of filing a report or participating in a judicial process until the final disciplinary sanction(s), if any, is/are imposed. Interim measures are not retaliatory and are only put into place on an as needed basis. Any evidence of retaliatory behavior from the alleged perpetrator, or on behalf of the alleged perpetrator, could warrant immediate summary suspension from the college pending disciplinary proceedings.
The potential sanctions for violations of this policy include: written warning, disciplinary fines, community service, mandatory counseling, written assignments, access and/or activity restrictions, disciplinary probation, loss of campus residency or other privileges, suspension, expulsion, change in a job assignment or work location, demotion or reduction in pay, or termination of employment.
For those crimes of violence that Hilbert College is required by federal law to include in its Annual Security Report, the transcripts of students found responsible after a hearing and appeal, if any, shall include the following notation:
Transcript notations for suspensions may be removed at the discretion of the College, but no earlier than one year after the conclusion of the suspension. To request the removal of a transcript notation for suspension one year after the conclusion of the suspension the request must be made in writing to the Dean of Students. Transcript notations for expulsion shall not be removed. The Director of Judicial Affairs will notify the Office of Student Records to place the appropriate notation on the Respondent’s transcript.
TIME FRAME FOR RESOLUTION
Hilbert College seeks to resolve every report of sexual misconduct within 60 calendar days of the initial report, excluding any appeal. The time frames included in this policy may vary depending on the details of the complaint and, in some cases, extenuating circumstances that may require an extension of the time frames. Extenuating circumstances may include the time of the academic year (e.g., during College breaks or final exams), the number of witnesses involved, the availability of the parties or witnesses, the effect of a concurrent criminal investigation by local law enforcement, or other unforeseen circumstances. In the event that the investigation and resolution exceed this time frame, Hilbert will notify the Reporting Party and Respondent of the reason(s) for the delay and the expected adjustment in the time frame.
TITLE IX COORDINATOR
In accordance with Office of Civil Rights legislation pertaining to Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the College is required to appoint and maintain a coordinator for Title IX Compliance on campus. Hilbert College’s Title IX Coordinator is Katie Martoche, Director of the Center for Career & Community Engagement. All reported incidents of sexual misconduct and subsequent documentation of investigations, findings, and judicial hearing outcomes will be kept on record with the Title IX Coordinator in accordance with College policies regarding records management.
Katie Martoche, MS
Director, Center for Career & Community Engagement/Title IX Coordinator
Franciscan Hall 108
716-649-7900 ext. 291 or 716-926-8819
SEXUAL VIOLENCE PREVENTION PROGRAMS
Hilbert College officials, including the Dean of Students, the Director of Counseling, the Director of Residence Life, and the Director of Campus Safety, work together to develop educational programs related to promoting awareness of personal safety and campus security specifically focused on sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking.
The campus education programs are intended to address the following:
1. Providing information during student orientation about rape and sexual assault, domestic and dating violence and stalking, including primary prevention.
2. Distributing educational information on definitions of sexual assault and possible penalties for assailants, including guidelines on how to avoid sexual assault.
3. Providing educational programs as part of curricular and co-curricular activities.
4. Providing information for on-campus and off-campus support services.
The Campus Safety and Security Committee, which is comprised of students, faculty, and administrative staff, is charged with the responsibility for reviewing and drafting appropriate policies in the area of personal safety, including rape and sexual assault.
If a victim discloses actions constituting a violation of this policy through a public awareness event, such as “Take Back the Night” or a candlelight vigil, the College is not obligated to begin an investigation. The College may, however, use the information to inform the need for additional education and prevention efforts.
CLERY ACT COMPLIANCE
Hilbert College is required to include for statistical reporting purposes the occurrence of certain incidents in its Annual Security Report (ASR). Names of individuals involved in incidents are not reported or disclosed in ASRs. In the case of an emergency or ongoing dangerous situation, Hilbert will issue a timely warning to the campus community. In such circumstances, the name of the alleged perpetrator may be disclosed to the community, but the name of the Reporting Party will not be disclosed.
CAMPUS SEX CRIMES PREVENTION ACT
In accordance with federal law Hilbert College maintains a registry of sex offenders living or working on campus which is available to students, faculty, and staff. The registry is located in the Office of Campus Safety.
DESIGNATION OF AUTHORITY AND COLLEGE COUNSEL
Any person assigned a role pursuant to this policy may designate their authority to another appropriate person to avoid conflicts of interest or in other circumstances, as deemed necessary.
Any College administrator or official involved in implementing this policy may seek the advice of the College’s legal counsel, to be coordinated through the Title IX Coordinator.
COORDINATION WITH OTHER POLICIES
A particular situation may potentially invoke one or more College policies or processes. Hilbert College reserves the right to determine the most applicable policy or process and to utilize that policy or process.
ADMINISTRATION OF THIS POLICY
The College’s Title IX Coordinator is responsible to ensure compliance with this policy. Any questions or concerns about the administration of this policy should be directed to the Title IX Coordinator, Katie Martoche, Franciscan Hall 108, 716-649-7900, ext. 291, 716-926-8819, or email@example.com. Inquiries and complaints may be made externally to the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20202-1100.
STUDENTS’ BILL OF RIGHTS IN CASES INVOLVING SEXUAL ASSAULT, DOMESTIC/DATING VIOLENCE, AND STALKING
All students have the right to:
STATEMENT OF RIGHTS IN CASES INVOLVING SEXUAL ASSAULT, DOMESTIC/DATING VIOLENCE AND STALKING
Anyone reporting an incident of sexual assault, domestic or dating violence or stalking has the right to:
Sexual Misconduct Policy Updated: May 24, 2017
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