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Bringing a complaint
(a) Any student in the College community who believes that he or she has been subjected
to sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, domestic violence, dating violence or stalking
as defined above should bring the matter to the attention of the individual(s) designated to
receive such complaints in as timely a manner as is practicable.
(b) Complaints by students regarding another Green Mountain College student or a person
not a member of the Green Mountain College community should be brought to the Vice
President of Student Life who can be reached at 802-287-8377 or in the Student Life Office
on the ground floor of Withey Hall. The student will be asked to provide a concise dated
and signed statement of the alleged violations (either written by the student or dictated by
the student to a College official, then ascribed to by the student) of the Sexual Misconduct
Policy and a detailed statement of the facts supporting the alleged violations. Although
there is no specified time limit on the filing of a complaint with the College, the College
strongly encourages a prompt filing so that a more satisfactory and complete investigation
can be conducted.
Complaints may also be filed with the College’s Title IX Coordinator whose contact
Janie Evans, Director of Human Resources and Risk Management, Title IX Coordinator 002
Pollock Hall firstname.lastname@example.org (802-287-8203)
(c) Complaints by students regarding a Green Mountain College faculty or staff member
should be brought to the Academic Dean or the Vice President of Student Life. The
Academic Dean will respond to the complaint in accordance with the policies outlined in the
Faculty and Staff Handbooks and in consultation with the Vice President of Student Life.
(d) A College administrator may initiate charges within the scope of these procedures to
address potential issues of concern to the College and/or a member or members of the
College community. In such cases, the procedures described below will be altered to the
extent necessary at the discretion of the College for the efficient disposition of a charge,
given the circumstances presented.
(e) If any person affected by the College’s investigation or adjudication of a complaint of
sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, domestic violence, dating violence or stalking is
concerned that another person involved in the investigation or adjudication (such as, for
example, an investigator or hearing panel member) may be biased against him or her or
has a conflict of interest, the person should inform the office involved in investigating or
adjudicating the complaint of that concern as soon as possible. The responsible official will
consider the concern and inform the parties of his/her decision as to whether an alternate
will be named.
(f) If in addition to (or instead of) utilizing the College’s processes a complainant wishes
to bring criminal charges against the individual alleged to have violated this policy, the
College will upon request assist students or employees in contacting law enforcement
agencies. This action may be taken regardless of whether an individual chooses to file a
complaint with the College. For his or her own part, a complainant may choose to notify
such agencies with or without assistance from the College, or may choose not to notify such
(g) Individuals who are being or who may have been subjected to sexual misconduct,
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. In addition, the
College can also 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.
(h) Medical Care - Whether or not you decide to pursue criminal charges or a complaint at
the College, you are encouraged to immediately seek any necessary medical care after an
incident of sexual misconduct, domestic violence or dating violence, and to seek help from
appropriate law enforcement, medical or College personnel. Even if you are unsure initially
whether you will want to pursue criminal charges or seek a protection order, it is important
to preserve all possible evidence in case you decide at some point to do so. Therefore, you
should refrain from changing clothes, showering or otherwise changing your physical state
after an incident, until after you have consulted with law enforcement or medical personnel
about how to best preserve evidence.
(i) If you report sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, domestic violence, dating violence
or stalking to College authorities, College personnel will work with you to determine whether
alternative academic, transportation, working and/or living situations are reasonably
available and necessary in your particular case. You do not have to file a formal complaint,
participate in a student conduct process, or file a criminal complaint in order to ask for such
help from the College.