Oct 21, 2020  
2016-2017 Continuing Professional Studies Academic Catalog 
    
2016-2017 Continuing Professional Studies Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Sexual Misconduct


Special Provisions Relating to Complaints of Sexual Harassment, Sexual Misconduct, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence or Stalking

Please note that this information should be viewed in conjunction with the Discrimination and Harassment Policy, and the Complaint Procedure and Investigation Procedures.  Where there are differences between these Special Provisions and the more general provisions of the Complaint Procedure and Investigation Procedures, the different Special Provisions outlined below will apply in cases involving reports of sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, domestic violence, dating violence or stalking, as defined below.

In cases where reported incidents involving potential sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, domestic violence, dating violence or stalking also involve potential violations of other College policies, all such policy violations will be investigated and adjudicated under the procedures outlined below and as incorporated by reference into the Complaint Procedure and Investigation Procedures.

PURPOSE OF THE POLICY

Champlain College is committed to providing its staff, faculty and students the opportunity to pursue excellence in their academic and professional endeavors. This opportunity can only exist when each member of our community is assured an atmosphere of mutual respect, free from unlawful discrimination and harassment. This Policy outlines expectations regarding how individuals who are members of the Champlain College community are to treat others in order to ensure such an atmosphere of mutual respect and a safe environment for our students, faculty and staff.

Scope

It is an essential goal of Champlain College to provide and maintain a safe campus for all members of its community, free from violence and threats of violence.  Sexual misconduct, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking will not be tolerated on campus, including in residential halls, offices and other facilities owned or leased by the College, or in connection with College programs on or off campus.  Champlain College students, employees or covered third party respondents who engage in sexual misconduct, domestic violence, dating violence or stalking on campus or who use campus facilities, property, vehicles, communications media (such as phones, fax, e-mail, texting or social networking sites) or other resources to engage in such activity are subject to disciplinary action, up to and including suspension or dismissal from College enrollment and/or employment, and criminal prosecution.

As an educational institution, Champlain College is committed to promoting, through education and awareness-raising activities, a campus environment where sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking are recognized as serious violations of the student Standard of Conduct and the College’s employment policies and where individuals who have or believe they have been subjected to such misconduct are provided support and avenues of redress as appropriate.  These forms of misconduct are prohibited by the College. Additionally, gender-based discrimination and harassment, sexual harassment and sexual violence are prohibited by a federal law known as Title IX. The College’s Vice President for Student Life serves as the College’s Title IX Coordinator. In that role, the Title IX Coordinator has oversight responsibility for Title IX-related complaints and identifying and addressing any patterns or systemic problems that arise during the review of such complaints. Inquiries concerning the application of Title IX may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, or to the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”). The Vice President for Student Life’s contact information is: Leslie Averill, Student Life, (802) 651-5907, averill@champlain.edu. OCR’s contact information is listed below.

Champlain College prohibits conduct by students, employees and covered third party respondents that affects other students and covered third parties and that constitutes sexual misconduct, domestic violence, dating violence or stalking, as defined below.  The College prohibits sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence and stalking as those types of misconduct are defined in the federal Clery Act.  While this policy uses Clery Act definitions  (and prohibits other misconduct as a matter of College policy as well), the College determines responsibility for such conduct through its own procedures and standard of proof (that is, by a preponderance of the evidence), not through the procedures or standards of proof employed in the criminal justice system.

Definitions

The definitions outlined immediately apply as a matter of Champlain College policy in all locations where Champlain College operates its programs.

Title IX Coordinator:  The Title IX Coordinator has oversight responsibility for sexual misconduct and sexual harassment-related complaints and identifying and addressing any patterns or systemic problems that arise during the review of such complaints.  The Title IX Coordinator also has oversight responsibility for domestic and dating violence and stalking-related issues.  The Title IX Coordinator is available to meet with students, employees or covered third parties who have questions or concerns about these issues.

Complainant:  For purposes of this policy, a complainant is usually a student, employee, or third party involved in some way in an academic, athletic, extracurricular or residential program of the College (“covered third party complainant”) who has allegedly been subjected to conduct in violation of this policy by a student, employee or covered third party respondent.

In some cases (such as, for example, cases in which a student, employee or covered third party complainant involved in an alleged incident of sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, domestic violence, dating violence or stalking does not wish to participate in the process but the College decides that the alleged misconduct needs to be investigated and addressed), the College may move forward with an investigation and/or related disciplinary proceedings. In such cases, the College may extend the full rights of a complainant as defined in this policy to affected parties as deemed appropriate by the College. For ease of reference and consistency, the term “complainant” is used hereafter in this policy to refer to a person who believes that he or she has been subjected to sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, domestic violence, dating violence or stalking, or who is believed by another person or the College to have possibly been subjected to such conduct.

Respondent: For purposes of this policy, a respondent is a student, employee or third party over whom the College has some type of control or jurisdiction (“covered third party respondent”) who is reported to have violated the College’s Sexual Harassment, Sexual Misconduct, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence and Stalking Policy.  For ease of reference and consistency, the term “respondent” is used hereafter in this policy to refer to a student, employee or covered third party respondent who is believed by a complainant or other reporting person to have, or who the College believes possibly may have, engaged in sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, domestic violence, dating violence or stalking toward or with a student, employee or covered third party.

Sexual Harassment: Sexual harassment of students, employees, or covered third parties by students, employees or covered third parties is prohibited by Champlain College.  Sexual Harassment is defined as: Unwelcome sexual advances , requests for sexual favors and other unwelcome verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature. Such conduct constitutes sexual harassment when:

  • Submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual’s employment or education;
  • Submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for employment or academic decisions affecting that individual; or
  • The conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work or academic performance or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive employment, education or living environment.

Examples of verbal or physical conduct that could constitute sexual harassment if they meet the standards described above (and may violate other portions of this policy as well) may include, but are not limited to:

  • either explicitly or implicitly conditioning any term of employment or educational decision on the provision of sexual favors;
  • touching or grabbing any part of a person’s body after that person has indicated, or it is known or should be known that such physical contact is unwelcome;
  • continuing to ask a person to socialize on or off-campus when that person has indicated he or she is not interested;
  • displaying or transmitting sexually suggestive pictures, objects, cartoons, or posters if it is known or should be known that the behavior is unwelcome;
  • continuing to write sexually suggestive notes or letters if it is known or should be known that the person does not welcome such behavior;
  • referring to or calling a person a sexualized name if it is known or should be known that the person does not welcome such behavior;
  • telling sexual jokes or using sexually vulgar or explicit language in the presence of a person if it is known or should be known that the person does not welcome such behavior;
  • retaliating in any way against anyone who has filed or supported a complaint of sexual harassment (e.g. ostracizing the person, pressuring the person to drop or not support the complaint, adversely altering that person’s educational, shared living, or work environment, etc.);
  • directing harassing acts or behavior against a person on the basis of his or her sex; or
  • off-campus conduct which falls within the above definition and affects a person’s on-campus educational, shared living, or work environment.

The College encourages reports of unwelcome verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature (regardless of whether such conduct necessarily or obviously meets the full definition of sexual harassment above) so that it can determine whether this policy has been violated and take appropriate responsive action.  Prohibited sexual harassment can occur regardless of the sex, gender identity or sexual orientation of any individual involved.

Sexual Misconduct: Sexual misconduct may include sexual assault, sexual exploitation, or both.

Sexual Assault: 
Sexual assault may be either rape, fondling without consent, incest, or statutory rape, as defined in the Clery Act and below.  Rape is 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, without the consent of the victim.  Fondling is the touching of the private body parts of another person for the purpose of sexual gratification, without the consent (as defined below) of the victim, including instances where the victim is incapable of giving consent because of his/her temporary or permanent mental incapacity.  Incest is sexual intercourse between persons who are related to each other within the degrees wherein marriage is prohibited by law in the applicable jurisdiction.  Statutory rape is sexual intercourse with a person who is under the statutory age of consent in the applicable jurisdiction.

Sexual assault can be committed by any person against any other person, regardless of gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, or past or current relationship status. Sexual assault may occur with or without physical resistance or violence.

Sexual assault is defined as including participating in a sexual act with another person:

  • By compelling the other person to participate in the sexual act without consent; or
  • By threatening or coercing the other person; or
  • By placing the other person in fear that any person will suffer imminent bodily injury; or
  • By impairing substantially the ability of the other person to appraise or control conduct by administering or employing drugs or intoxicants without the knowledge of or against the will of the other person; or
  • When the respondent knows, or reasonably should know based on an objective standard, that the other person’s ability to give or withhold consent is impaired:
    • by the consumption of drugs, alcohol or other intoxicants; or
    • because the other person is subject to a physical or mental incapacity such as sleep or unconsciousness.
  • By participating in situations when the other person is physically incapable of resisting or of communicating an unwillingness to participate; or
  • By participating in situations when the other participant is under the age of 16.

Domestic Violence: Domestic violence is violence or the threat of imminent violence committed-

  • By a current or former spouse or intimate partner of the person subjected to the violence;
  • By a person with whom the person subjected to the violence shares a child in common;
  • By a person who is cohabitating with, or has cohabitated with, the person subjected to the violence as a spouse or intimate partner;
  • By a person similarly situated to a spouse of the person subjected to the violence under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction in which the violence occurred, or;
  • By any other person against an adult or youth who is protected from that person’s acts under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction in which the violence occurred.

As a matter of Champlain College policy, the College strictly prohibits conduct that would constitute domestic violence as defined above. The College encourages complainants who believe they are being or have been subjected to such conduct and others with knowledge of such conduct, to report the conduct to the College through the procedures described below, and to seek the support of the College and/or external resources identified in this policy.

Dating Violence: Dating violence is violence committed by a person who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the person subjected to the violence.  The existence of such a relationship shall be determined based on the reporting party’s statement and with consideration of the length of the relationship, the type of relationship, and the frequency of interaction between the persons involved in the relationship.

For the purposes of this definition, dating violence includes, but is not limited to, sexual or physical abuse or the threat of such abuse, if involving individuals who are or have been dating as defined here.

Dating violence does not include acts covered under the definition of domestic violence stated above.

As a matter of Champlain College policy, the College strictly prohibits conduct that would constitute dating violence as defined above. The College encourages individuals who believe they are being or have been subjected to such conduct, and others with knowledge of such conduct, to report the conduct to the College through the procedures described below, and to seek the support of the College and/or external resources identified in this policy.

Stalking: 
”Stalking” is defined as engaging in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to-

  • Fear for the person’s safety or the safety of others; or
  • Suffer substantial emotional distress.

For the purposes of this definition-

  • Course of conduct means two or more acts, including, but not limited to, acts in which the alleged stalker directly, indirectly, or through third parties, by any action, method, device, or means, follows, monitors, observes, surveils, threatens, or communicates to or about a person, or interferes with a person’s property.
  • Reasonable person means a reasonable person under similar circumstances and with similar identities to the person subjected to the stalking.
  • Substantial emotional distress means significant mental suffering or anguish that may, but does not necessarily, require medical or other professional treatment or counseling.

As a matter of Champlain College policy, the College strictly prohibits stalking as defined above. The College encourages complainants who believe that they are being or have been subjected to such conduct, and others with knowledge of such conduct, to report the conduct to the College through the procedures described below, and to seek the support of the College and/or external resources identified in this policy.

When part of a pattern of behavior that falls within the definition of stalking described above, examples of stalking behaviors or activities may include, but are not limited to:

  • Non-consensual communication, including face-to-face communication, telephone calls, voice messages, e-mails, text messages, written letters, gifts, or any other communications that are unwelcome;
  • Use of online, electronic or digital technologies in connection with such communication, including but not limited to:
    • posting of pictures or text in chat rooms or on websites;
    • sending unwanted/unsolicited e-mail or talk requests;
    • posting private or public messages on Internet sites, social networks, and/or school bulletin boards;
    • installing spyware on a person’s computer;
    • using Global Positioning Systems (GPS) or similar technology to monitor a person.
  • Pursuing, following, waiting, or showing up uninvited at or near a residence, workplace, classroom, or other places frequented by the person;
  • Surveillance or other types of observation including staring or “peeping”;
  • Trespassing;
  • Vandalism;
  • Non-consensual touching;
  • Direct verbal or physical threats;
  • Gathering information about an individual from friends, family, or co-workers;
  • Accessing private information through unauthorized means;
  • Threats to harm self or others;
  • Using a third party or parties to accomplish any of the above.

Consent: For purposes of this policy, “consent” is defined as follows:

  • Consent is a voluntary agreement to engage in sexual activity, demonstrated by words or actions freely and actively given by each party, which a reasonable person would interpret as a willingness to participate in agreed-upon sexual conduct;
  • Someone who is incapacitated cannot effectively consent (such as when a person is incapacitated by the use of drugs or alcohol, when a person is asleep or unconscious, or when a person has an intellectual or other disability that prevents the person from having the capacity to give consent);
  • Past consent does not imply future consent;
  • Silence or an absence of resistance does not imply consent;
  • Consent to engage in sexual activity with one person does not imply to consent to engage in sexual activity with another;
  • Consent can be withdrawn at any time; and
  • Coercion, force or threat of either invalidates consent.

The College will use an objective standard when determining whether a complainant was incapacitated; that is, the College will determine whether from the standpoint of a reasonable (and not incapacitated or intoxicated) person, the respondent knew or should have known that the complainant could not effectively consent because he or she was incapacitated.  It is the responsibility of those who initiate and/or engage in sexual activity to be clear that informed, voluntary consent is given before proceeding with further sexual activity.  It should be noted that ignorance of the policy noted above, or the intoxication of the respondent, will not (particularly given the College’s objective standard) be considered an excuse for violating this policy.

Sexual Exploitation: Sexual Exploitation occurs when a person takes sexual advantage of another person for the benefit of anyone other than that other person without that other person’s consent.  Examples of behavior that could constitute sexual exploitation include but are not limited to the following:

  • intentional non-consensual contact with the private body parts of a person that does not meet the definition of behaviors prohibited under the definition of “sexual assault” found above;
  • prostituting another person;
  • recording or capturing through any means images (e.g., video and photographs) or audio of another person’s sexual activity, intimate body parts, or nudity without that person’s consent;
  • distributing images (e.g., video or photographs) or audio of another person’s sexual activity, intimate body parts or nudity if the individual distributing the images or audio knows or should have known that the person(s) depicted in the images or audio did not consent to such disclosure and object(s) or would object to such disclosure; and,
  • viewing another person’s sexual activity, intimate body parts or nudity in a place where that person had a reasonable expectation of privacy, without that person’s consent, if the individual viewing the other person(s) sexual activity, intimate body parts, or nudity in such a place knows or should have known that the person(s) being viewed would object to that.
  • Exception: Champlain College’s prohibition of sexual exploitation is not intended to prohibit the use of sexually explicit materials that are reasonably related to Champlain College’s academic mission.Specifically this section is not intended to proscribe or inhibit the use of sexually explicit materials in or out of the classroom, when in the judgment of a “reasonable person” they arise appropriately to promote genuine discourse, free inquiry and learning.

Confidentiality

The College understands that individuals who have concerns about sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, domestic violence, dating violence or stalking may look for assurances of confidentiality.  The College encourages individuals who may have been subjected to these forms of misconduct and/or crime to talk to somebody about what happened, so they can get the support they need, and the College can respond appropriately to the extent appropriate and possible given the circumstances and/or the complainant’s wishes.  Different employees on campus have different abilities to maintain confidentiality about these issues.

Almost all College employees are considered “responsible employees” who have the obligation to report sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, domestic violence, dating violence or stalking to the Title IX Coordinator (averill@champlain.edu.) or other College officials. The only exception to this are those employees listed under “Confidential Resources” below. Responsible employees are respectful of a complainant’s wishes to the extent appropriate and are discreet, but they are not able to guarantee confidentiality.  General inquiries or questions about the Sexual Harassment, Sexual Misconduct, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence and Stalking Policy and procedures may remain private, and the College will strive to protect the privacy of individuals to the extent it can while maintaining its obligations to uphold relevant policies and regulations and/or to take reasonable steps to promote the safety of members of the College community.  Otherwise, responsible employees will report relevant details (such as the name of the complainant and respondent, any witnesses, and other relevant facts, such as the date, time and specific location of the alleged incident(s)) to the Title IX Coordinator or other College officials. The College will then investigate the report and take reasonable steps to provide appropriate remedies, impose sanctions as appropriate, and prevent recurrence of the behavior.

Reporting and Resources

If you feel that you may have experienced an incident of sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, domestic violence, dating violence or stalking, immediately contacting appropriate College offices and/or local agencies can be a strong first step. Counseling staff, Student Health Center staff, Campus Public Safety staff, Residential Life staff and administrative staff are available to assist students, and the People Center (formerly known as Human Resources) staff is available to assist employees. 

Confidentiality is strictly observed by professional staff at the Student Health and Wellness Center (confidentiality issues are addressed in more detail below). Non-confidential resources available to students include Campus Public Safety at (802) 865-6465 or any emergency call box (blue light phone), a Residential Life staff member, or the Burlington Police (911). RAs and Campus Public Safety Officers can contact the counselor on call for immediate confidential support. In addition, students may go directly to the emergency services department at the University of Vermont Medical Center where additional confidential assistance is available.  Both confidential and non-confidential resources are trained to respond to reports of sexual misconduct with sensitivity and discretion.

College staff are available to assist you in seeking help from outside law enforcement and health care resources.  Even if you are unsure initially whether you will want to pursue criminal charges or seek a protection order, preserving all possible evidence in case you decide at some point to report can be helpful. Therefore, refraining from changing clothes, showering or otherwise changing your physical state after an incident, until after you have consulted with medical personnel, campus public safety and/or law enforcement about how to best preserve evidence, may be in your best interests. You can also consult with College officials, law enforcement officers or health care professionals regarding your ability to have evidence collected by a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (“SANE”). Preserving other evidence that may be relevant to a case of sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, domestic violence or dating violence or stalking, such as text messages, email messages, other electronically stored information, and other physical evidence can also prove helpful. If you have questions about how to do this, please consult with College officials, confidential resources, or law enforcement.

Seek medical and counseling help immediately. Prompt medical and counseling attention will help begin the healing process and will also assist in preservation of evidence. Your health and safety are of utmost importance. You can call one of the offices listed immediately below with questions about how to get help and best preserve evidence.

Consider reporting the incident to Campus Public Safety and local law enforcement authorities.  It is recommended that you take advantage of the opportunity to report any incident of sexual misconduct, domestic violence, dating violence or stalking to campus public safety and/or local law enforcement authorities.  Your well-being is paramount; you have the option to notify law enforcement authorities, to be assisted by College authorities in notifying law enforcement authorities if you choose, or to decline to notify law enforcement authorities.  The College will assist you in contacting law enforcement if you choose to have the College do so.  Making a police report involves contacting the appropriate law enforcement officials (again, with the College’s assistance if you wish), describing your experience, and working with them if a criminal prosecution is pursued.  College authority and local law enforcement contact information is listed below.  

In cases where there appears to be an imminent safety risk, the College may be required to pursue an internal investigation or disciplinary proceeding itself, and/or to involve local law enforcement authorities as necessary.  In assessing such situations the College will consider factors discussed below.

Protective Measures: Sometimes it is necessary for the College to take steps before or during an investigation to protect the rights and interests of the Complainant and/or Respondent. Such measures may be designed to reduce or eliminate contact between the Complainant and/or the Respondent so that both parties may feel safe in their work/educational environment. Protective measures may also guard against further actual or perceived discrimination, violence, stalking or retaliation. Protective measures may include temporary changes in working conditions, (such as changes to supervisor or office location), change in class or work schedule, change in on campus residence and directives to the Complainant and Respondent to avoid personal contact or refrain from such contact without a neutral third person present and, in severe cases, suspension of an individual.

It is not necessary to file a complaint, participate in an adjudication process, or file a criminal complaint in order to request services or accommodations from the College. These may include but are not limited to:

  • No Contact Orders restricting encounters and communications between the parties;
  • No Trespass Notices prohibiting the presence of an individual on Champlain College property, or other properties on which Champlain College programs are occurring;
  • Academic accommodations, including but not limited to deadline extensions, incompletes, course changes or late drops, or other arrangements as appropriate;
  • Residential accommodations, including but not limited to arranging for new housing, or providing temporary housing options, as appropriate;
  • Changing transportation or working arrangements or providing other employment accommodations, as appropriate;
  • Assisting the individual in accessing support services, including, as available, victim advocacy, academic support, counseling, disability, health or mental health services, visa and immigration assistance, student financial aid services, and legal assistance both on and off campus, as applicable (see list of resources below);
  • Informing the individual of the right to report a crime to local law enforcement and/or seek orders of protection, restraining orders, or relief from abuse orders from United States courts or courts outside of the United States as applicable, and providing assistance if the individual wishes to do so. Champlain College will also work with complainants and others as appropriate to respect and implement the requirements of such orders on premises that it owns or controls, as necessary and appropriate.

Where a complainant reportedly subjected to sexual assault, domestic or dating violence or stalking makes a reasonable request for accommodations like those described above, the College is obligated to comply with that request if such accommodations are reasonably available.

Students and employees seeking services, protective measures, and/or accommodations should direct their request to the Title IX coordinator or designee, who will refer the individual to other resources as appropriate. The request will be evaluated and responded to by the Title IX coordinator or designee.  Factors to be considered in determining reasonable services or accommodations may include the following:

  • the specific need expressed by the complainant;
  • the severity and/or pervasiveness of the allegations;
  • any continuing effects on the complainant;
  • whether the complainant and the respondent share the same residence hall, dining hall, class, extracurricular activities, transportation or job location; and
  • whether other judicial measures have been taken to protect the complainant.

The College will maintain as confidential any services, accommodations or protective measures provided to complainants, to the extent that maintaining such confidentiality would not impair the ability of the College to provide the services, accommodations or protective measures. As such, the College may need to disclose some information about the individual to a third party to provide the necessary accommodations or protective measures in a timely manner. The Title IX Coordinator or designee is/are typically responsible for determining what information should be disclosed and to whom it should be disclosed.  The decision to disclose information will be made after careful consideration of possible alternatives to disclosure and/or limiting the information provided to the third party as much as possible without compromising the College’s ability to provide the services, accommodations or protective measures.

E4 Health, the College’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for counseling support for faculty and staff who are seeking confidential resources for counseling.  They will put you in touch with a local counselor who is covered on the College’s health insurance plan.   E4 Health can be accessed here. 

Continued educational or employment experience:  Every reasonable attempt will be made to support the continued educational or employment experience of an individual reportedly subjected to conduct in violation of this policy within a safe and comfortable environment on campus, including opportunities for assistance in changing academic, living situations, transportation and working situations after an alleged incident within the scope of this policy, if such changes are reasonably requested and if such changes are reasonably available.  Individuals do not have to pursue a criminal or College disciplinary system complaint in order to request such assistance from the College.

Relief From Abuse Orders: Individuals who are being or who may have been subjected to sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence or stalking may have the right to obtain orders of protection, restraining orders and/or relief from abuse orders from Vermont courts. The College will support complainants if they wish to have the College’s assistance in making contact with law enforcement authorities and other external resources to seek such orders. The College will respect such orders to the extent applicable.  The College does not have judicial authority to issue civil protection orders, but it can impose no-contact conditions on students, employees and third parties over which it has some measure of control. The College will inform complainants of their options in this regard.

Mental Health Counselors and Health Services Professionals as Confidential Resources for Students:

On-campus counseling services are available 24 hours a day to all students. Students are encouraged to work with College counselors, who will provide confidential counseling or refer students to local police, mental health agencies and other off-campus agencies if appropriate and/or as requested by the student.  See:Counseling and Accommodations Center 

At Champlain College, the professional counselors at the Student Health and Wellness Center respect and protect confidential communications from students to the extent that they are able to do so under applicable law. This means that in most cases, these confidential resources will not inform anyone of such communications without a student’s consent, and the College will not endeavor to take any action in response to such communications.

These professionals may have the responsibility to disclose otherwise-privileged information appropriately when they perceive an immediate and/or serious threat to any person or property. In addition, medical and mental health professionals are required by law to report any allegation of sexual assault of a person under age 18.  Students who wish to talk about sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, domestic violence, dating violence or stalking-related issues confidentially, with the understanding that the College will not take any action based on such confidential communications, are encouraged to contact one of these confidential resources.  In accordance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (“Clery Act”), these confidential resources will not report to public safety Clery crimes they learn about through confidential communications for purposes of the College’s compilation of campus crime statistics, but may be required to report de-identified information to public safety as required by the Clery Act if they learn about the information in an administrative or other capacity.  Identifying information will not be included in such reports.

If an individual who makes a report to a confidential resource and insists that his or her name or other identifiable information not be revealed, the College will be unable to conduct an investigation into the particular incident or pursue disciplinary action against the alleged perpetrator.  Even so, these confidential resources will still assist the individual in receiving other necessary protection and support, such as existing counseling, victim advocacy, academic support or accommodations, disability, health or mental health services, legal assistance, visa and immigration assistance, student financial aid, and other services available to victims both within the College and in the community  and changes to living, working or course schedules or working, living, academic and/or transportation situations or protective measures. An individual who at first requests confidentiality may later decide to file a complaint with the College or report the incident to local law enforcement, and thus have the incident fully investigated.  These confidential resources will provide the individual with assistance if the individual wishes to pursue those options, regardless of whether the individual wishes to pursue a complaint within the College or with outside law enforcement.

Contact information for confidential resources is as follows: 

Skip Harris, M.S. Director, Student Health and Wellness

Phone: 802-651-5961

Fax: 802-860-2764

sharris@champlain.edu

 

Luke Lewis, M.S., LCMHC, Assistant Director, Counselor, Alcohol/Drug Educator

Phone: 802-651-5959

Fax: 802-860-2764

llewis@champlain.edu

 

Denise Myers, M.S., Counselor and 504 Coordinator

Phone: 802-865-5484

Fax: 802-860-2764

dmyers@champlain.edu

 

Maggie Riley, M.S., N.C.C., Counselor/Accommodations Specialist  

Phone: 802-651-5847

Fax: 802-860-2764

mriley@champlain.edu

 

Kara Berg, M.A., Counselor

Phone:  802-865-5722

Fax: 802-860-2764

kberg@champlain.edu

 

Annika Hawkins-Hilke, MSH/MPH, Family Nurse Practitioner, Health and Wellness Coordinator

Phone: 802-860-2711

Fax:  802-860-2761

ahawkinshilke@champlain.edu 

 

Off Campus Resources

 

Burlington Police

1 North Avenue, Burlington

802-658-2704

 

Fletcher Allen Hospital

111 Colchester Avenue

802-847-0000

 

Steps To End Domestic Violence

294 N Winooski Ave

(802) 658-1996

 

Hope Works

(Ending Sexual Violence)

Burlington, VT

24 HOUR HOTLINE 802.863.1236 or 1.800.489.7273

 

RU12 (LGBTQ Alliance)

255 S Champlain St Suite 12, Burlington

(802) 860-7812

 

Chittenden District Courthouse

32 Cherry Street

802- 651-1900

 

Howard Center 

208 Flynn Ave 

802-488-6103

 

Pearl Street Youth Health Center

179 Pearl Street

802-652-1080

 

Vermont Legal Aid

264 N Winooski Ave, Burlington, VT 05401

(800) 889-2047

 

Additional On-Campus Resources

In addition to the on-campus resources listed above, these additional resources may prove helpful.

 

Office of International Education

James Cross

(802) 383-6633

 

The People Center (formerly Human Resources)

Mary Lee

(802) 651-5807

 

Office of Financial Aid

Kristi Jovell

(802) 865-5728

 

Reporting to “Responsible Employees”

Again, almost all College employees are responsible employees and have the obligation to report sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, domestic violence, dating violence or stalking to the Title IX Coordinator, Leslie Averill, averill@champlain.edu, or , or other College officials. “Responsible employees” are all College employees (with the exception of those listed above under Confidential Resources) who have the authority to address sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, domestic violence, dating violence or stalking, who have a duty to report related incidents to the Title IX Coordinator or other College officials, or who a student or employee could reasonably believe has such authority or duty.  Responsible employees are respectful of a complainant’s wishes to the extent appropriate and are discreet, but they are not able to guarantee confidentiality.  General inquiries or questions about the Sexual Harassment, Sexual Misconduct, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence and Stalking Policy and procedures may remain private, and the College will strive to protect the privacy of individuals to the extent it can while maintaining its obligations to uphold relevant policies and regulations and/or to take reasonable steps to promote the safety of members of the College community.  Otherwise, responsible employees will report relevant details (such as the name of the complainant and respondent, any witnesses, and other relevant facts, such as the date, time and specific location of the alleged incident) to the Title IX Coordinator or other College officials. The College will then investigate the report and take reasonable steps to provide appropriate remedies, impose sanctions as appropriate, and prevent recurrence of the behavior.

If a complainant discloses an incident to a responsible employee but wishes to maintain confidentiality or requests that no investigation into a particular incident be conducted or disciplinary action taken, the College will weigh that request against the College’s obligation to provide a safe, non-discriminatory environment for all students, faculty and staff. 

Factors to be considered may include but are not limited to consideration of circumstances suggesting that there is a risk of the alleged perpetrator committing additional acts of sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence or stalking involving the complainant or others in the campus community, whether the College has received other similar complaints regarding the alleged perpetrator, whether the alleged perpetrator has a history of arrests or records from a prior school indicating a history of violence, whether the alleged perpetrator threatened or appears to pose a risk of further sexual misconduct, domestic violence, dating violence or stalking against the complainant or others, whether sexual violence was allegedly committed by multiple perpetrators, whether a pattern of perpetration (e.g., more than one report involving a particular location or group), whether violence was perpetrated with a weapon, and whether the College possesses other means to obtain relevant evidence. 

The Title IX Coordinator will in most cases determine whether the College needs to perform an investigation and/or take some other action in cases where a complainant would prefer complete confidentiality. If for some reason the Title IX Coordinator is not able or is not the appropriate person to make such a determination, the determination will be made by an appropriate person designated by the Vice President of the People Center. .

If an individual who makes a report insists that their name or other identifiable information not be revealed and the College is able to respect that request, the individual must understand that the College will be unable to conduct an investigation into the particular incident or pursue disciplinary action against the alleged perpetrator.

The College will protect the confidentiality of individuals allegedly subjected to sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, domestic violence, dating violence and/or stalking to the extent practicable in light of the need to do investigations and conduct disciplinary proceedings.  Campus security authorities who become aware of Clery crimes will report them to the College’s Office of Campus Public Safety so that they may be included in the College’s compilation of campus crime statistics.  The College will not include the names of complainants or other identifying information in publicly-available reports that are compiled as required by the Clery Act.

Investigation Procedures

The Vice President, People and Technology, the Vice President of Student Life and/or the Provost and Chief Academic Affairs Officer will assign an investigator or investigators to investigate a Complaint that falls within the scope of this policy.

The investigator(s) will meet privately and separately with the Complainant, the Respondent(s), and any witnesses to the alleged incident(s), and will prepare a written report of the interviews and investigation. Complainants and Respondents may elect to have an advisor of choice present at these meetings.

The following procedural features apply to cases that involve allegations of sexual harassment and/or sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence or stalking, notwithstanding any other provisions in this policy, or otherwise-utilized practices to the contrary.

For both students and employees, sexual harassment/domestic violence/dating violence/sexual assault-specific features of the investigation and adjudication process will include, but are not limited to, the following: 

  • Proceedings will provide a prompt, fair, and impartial investigation and resolution (i.e., proceedings will be completed within reasonably prompt timeframes designated by College policy (and the College will provide written notice to the parties where extensions of timeframes are granted for good cause, and the reason for the extension), they will be conducted in a manner that is consistent with College policy and transparent to the parties, timely notice of meetings will be provided to the parties, the parties will have equal access to any information that will be used during the meetings and other proceedings, and College officials involved will not have a conflict of interest or bias for or against any party);
  • Proceedings will be conducted by officials who receive annual training on the issues related to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking and how to conduct an investigation and hearing process that protects the safety of complainants and promotes accountability;
  • The complainant and respondent are entitled to the same opportunities to have others present during an institutional disciplinary proceeding, including the opportunity to be accompanied to any related meeting or proceeding by an advisor of their choice;
  • Both the complainant and the respondent will be simultaneously informed, in writing: a) of the outcome of any College disciplinary proceeding that arises from an allegation of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault or stalking; b) of  the College’s procedures for the complainant and respondent to appeal the results of the College disciplinary proceeding; c) of any change to the results that occurs prior to the time that such results become final; and d) when such results become final;
  • Throughout the College’s investigation and any hearings, the complainant and the respondent will have an equal opportunity to present relevant witnesses and other evidence, they will be afforded similar and timely access to any information that will be used at any hearing, they will be allowed a similar opportunity to present character witnesses (but only if either party is allowed to do so), and each party will have a similar opportunity to review statements provided by the other party;
  • Direct cross-examination of the complainant by the respondent will not be allowed;
  • Both the complainant and the respondent will have an equal right to file an appeal, if the respondent is in fact provided with an opportunity to appeal under otherwise-applicable procedures;
  • The College’s investigation and adjudication of  such a case will ordinarily be completed within 60 days of the College’s first receiving notice of the complaint (exclusive of the time for any applicable appeal), absent extenuating circumstances (if a party has a need to extend one of these time lines, he or she should contact the Title IX Coordinator or designee who is administering the investigation and/or hearing process and provide a written request for an extension that includes reference to the duration of the proposed extension and the basis for the request; the responsible person will decide whether or not to grant the request or provide a shorter extension, and will inform the other party of that decision).

Appeal Procedure

Students have the right to appeal decisions made in these cases.  All appeals must be made in writing and sent to the Office of Community Standards (studentconduct@champlain.edu), and must specify the reasons for the appeal. An appeal of any decision must be received within two business days after the student has been informed of the decision.  Appeals may be heard by a conduct officer, or by an Appeal Committee.  Students may appeal if there was a procedural error that unfairly affected the outcome of the hearing; new information that was not reasonably available at the time of the hearing; the sanctions imposed are disproportionate to the nature and severity of the offense and the cumulative conduct history of the responding party.

The Appeal Committee will consist of faculty and/or staff with training and/or experience in this process. In the interest of privacy, students do not serve on appeals of sexual misconduct cases.  The responsibility of the Appeals Committee or the conduct officer hearing the appeal is to determine a fair course of action in light of the charges and evidence presented. When the appeal is complete, the matter shall be deemed fully resolved without further recourse with the exceptions that a petition for a new hearing may be made upon the discovery of new information or upon review by the President of the College.

Retaliation

The College does not tolerate retaliation against individuals who have made a good faith report of sexual misconduct, domestic violence, dating violence or stalking.  Retaliation against an individual because they have reported, in good faith, unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature, sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, domestic violence, dating violence or stalking, or because they have cooperated in the investigation of a complaint of such conduct, violates this policy and may be unlawful.  Retaliation includes, but is not limited to, adverse actions that have a substantial adverse effect on the working or educational environment of any individual involved in the complaint or an investigation, such as:

  • intimidation;
  • reprisal;
  • ostracism;
  • actions altering the person’s assignments, assessment of their  work, or their living and learning environment;
  • threats;
  • coercion; or
  • otherwise discriminating against any individual for exercising their rights or responsibilities under this policy.

Any person who believes that they have been subjected to such retaliation should follow the complaint resolution procedures outlined in this policy and the College’s Complaint Procedure and Investigation Procedures. The College will take strong responsive action if it finds that retaliation in violation of this policy has occurred. 

False Reports

If, at any point during the process, an investigator determines that a complainant, respondent or witness has knowingly lied or deliberately provided false information to the investigator, the People Center or Student Life may recommend that disciplinary action be taken against that person. Action may include dismissal and such persons may also be subject to independent legal action by persons wrongfully accused of misconduct. A complainant whose allegations are truthful to the best of his or her knowledge will not be found to have provided false information within the meaning of this policy and procedure, even if the College does not conclude that discrimination,harassment, sexual misconduct, domestic violence, dating violence or stalking occurred.

Other Conduct Issues

The College has a Good Samaritan statement, which allows the College to ignore alcohol violations that occur in the course of more serious conduct issues.  This often applies to sexual misconduct investigations and other investigations within the scope of these provisions.  In other words, when, for example, alcohol use is reported in these investigations, the College does not intend to sanction students for that use.  However, when in the course of an investigation into sexual misconduct or other misconduct covered by these provisions, information about other serious policy violations is discovered, the College reserves the right to investigate those additional violations concurrently. 

Sanctions  

Remedies or sanctions for violations of the College’s policy against sexual harassment, or its policy against sexual misconduct that does not constitute sexual assault, may include but are not limited to:

  • verbal or written warning;
  • training;
  • counseling;
  • probation;
  • no contact order;
  • no trespass order;
  • suspension of a student’s enrollment (with or without case-specific conditions on re-enrollment), or suspension of an employee without pay;
  • dismissal from employment;
  • dismissal from the College;
  • temporary or permanent transfer to a different position;
  • class or academic re-assignment;
  • reassignment of work or academic work; or
  • alteration of living or work environment.

Remedies or sanctions for violations of the College’s policies against sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence or stalking may include:

  • probation;
  • suspension of a student’s enrollment (with or without case-specific conditions on re-enrollment), or suspension of an employee with or without pay;
  • dismissal from employment;
  • dismissal from the College;
  • temporary or permanent transfer to a different employment position;
  • reassignment of work or academic work; or
  • alteration of living or work environment.

Prevention

As an educational institution, Champlain College is committed to promoting, through education and awareness-raising activities, a campus environment where sexual harassment, sexual misconduct (including sexual violence), domestic violence, dating violence and stalking are recognized as serious violations of the Standard of Conduct and where individuals who have or believe they have been subjected to such misconduct are provided support and avenues of redress as appropriate.  These forms of misconduct, as defined above, are prohibited by the College.  All first-year students are strongly encouraged to attend an orientation program during the first week of school that focuses on sexual violence, non-stranger sexual assault and the role of alcohol as a risk factor. Programs in personal safety with an emphasis on sexual violence prevention, bystander intervention, and risk reduction strategies are offered throughout the year.  The College will also offer initial awareness programming and an ongoing campaign of educational programming to students and employees regarding domestic violence, dating violence, sexual misconduct, and stalking, and regarding related bystander intervention and risk reduction strategies.  The College offers a Bystander Intervention Program in order to provide more prevention education opportunities. Additional training for faculty and staff will be offered in person and online. All new employees will be trained upon hire.  More information about the College’s education and prevention efforts and programs is provided in the College’s Annual Security Report, which is available here: Annual Security Report.

Contact

Individuals should contact the Vice President, Student Life and Title IX Coordinator, Leslie Averill 802-651-5907, averill@champlain.edu with any questions, discrimination complaints, inquiries concerning compliance with Title IX and the Special Provisions outlined above.  Employees can also contact the Vice President, People and Technology (Miller Center at Lakeside Avenue, P.O. Box 670, Burlington, VT 05402, telephone: 802-651-5807, mlee@champlain.edu regarding any concerns about the issues covered in these Special Provisions.

Individuals may also contact the following State and Federal agencies concerning the application of nondiscrimination policies and enforcement of rights:

Employees may contact:

Vermont Attorney General’s Office, Civil Rights Unit,

109 State Street, Montpelier, VT 05609-1001

(802-828-3171/VOICE/TDD)

 

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

John F. Kennedy Federal Office Building

Government Center, Room 475

Boston, MA 02203

(1-800-669-4000/VOICE or 1-800-669-6820/TDD)

www.eeoc.gov

Students may contact:

United States Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights

J.W. McCormack, Post Office Court House Building, Room 701

Boston, MA 02109-4557

(617-223-9662/VOICE)

 

Vermont Human Rights Commission

135 State Street, 2nd Floor, Drawer 33

Montpelier, VT 05633-6301

(802-828-2480/VOICE/TDD or 800-416-2010/VOICE)