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The following procedural features apply to cases that involve allegations of sexual harassment and/or sexual violence, 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 violence-specific features of the investigation and adjudication process will include, but are not limited to, the following:
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 for reporting, in good faith, unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature, sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, domestic violence, dating violence or stalking, or for cooperating 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:
Any person who believes that he or she has been subjected to such retaliation should follow the complaint resolution procedures outlined in this policy. The College will take strong responsive action if it finds that retaliation in violation of this policy has occurred.
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 or harassment occurred.
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:
Remedies or sanctions for violations of the College's policies against sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence or stalking may include:
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 will launch a Bystander Intervention Training Program in the Fall 2015 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.