Sexual Misconduct & Title IX

Champlain College endeavors to maintain an inclusive campus environment based on mutual respect and valuing differences. Champlain College prohibits sexual or gender-based discrimination, harassment, and misconduct, including sexual assault, non-consensual sexual contact, sexual exploitation, intimate partner violence, and stalking, under the Sexual Misconduct Policy.

The Sexual Misconduct Policy also prohibits retaliation against a person because they have reported, complained about, or participated in good faith in an investigation of conduct covered by this Policy. 

The College has designated Reese Kelly, Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs, Equity, and Inclusion, to serve as the College’s Title IX Coordinator. The Title IX Coordinator oversees the College’s investigation, response, and resolution of reports made under the Sexual Misconduct Policy. Upon receiving reports of Prohibited Conduct, the Title IX Coordinator and Deputy Coordinators ensure that appropriate action is taken to eliminate that conduct, prevent its recurrence, and remedy its effects. 

To report sexual or gender-based discrimination, harassment, and misconduct, including sexual assault, non-consensual sexual contact, sexual exploitation, intimate partner violence, and stalking to the Title IX Coordinator: Submit an online Sexual Misconduct and Title IX Report Form. This form may be submitted anonymously. Reports are reviewed during normal business hours and may not be immediately addressed. All College employees who do not have legally protected confidentiality are considered Responsible Employees and are mandated to report potential violations to this policy.

You may contact the Title IX Coordinator, Reese Kelly, Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs, Equity and Inclusion at rkelly@champlain.edu or 802.651.5906, or the Title IX Team at titleix@champlain.edu with any questions or to make a report. 

Please contact the Title IX Coordinator or a Deputy Coordinator, if you: 

  • Wish to understand your options, if you think you may have experienced sexual misconduct
  • Learn of a situation that you feel may be a violation of the Sexual Misconduct Policy
  • Need help on how to handle a situation by which you are indirectly affected
  • Have questions about Champlain College’s policies and procedures

Conversations with the Title IX Coordinator and deputies are kept as private as possible, but information about incidents of sexual misconduct may be shared on a need-to-know basis for the College to provide supportive measures or if the College needs to take action for reasons of community safety. In all cases, the wishes of the person initiating the conversation are given full consideration. 

 

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Title IX applies to all of us, as under Title IX incidents of sexual misconduct, harassment, and discrimination could potentially interfere with student access to her or his education.

Title IX of the Civil Rights' Education Amendments of 1972 protects people from discrimination based on sex in education programs or activities that receive Federal finance assistance. Title IX states that:

No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subject to discrimination under any education program or activities receiving Federal finance assistance.

For the full law, please visit the United States Department of Justice website here.

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The Jeanne Clery Act, a consumer protection law passed in 1990, requires all colleges and universities who receive federal funding to share information about crime on campus and their efforts to improve campus safety as well as inform the public of crime in or around campus. This information is made publicly accessible through the university's annual security report.

Click here to read the full Clery Act at the Federal Register.

Click here to read Champlain College's Crime Log & Security Reports, on Campus Public Safety's webpage.

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The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) amendments to the Clery Act expand the rights afforded to campus survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking.

Click here to see the full VAWA act at the Federal Register.  

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The Campus SaVE Act is a 2013 amendment to the federal Jeanne Clery Act. SaVE was designed by advocates along with victims/survivors and championed by a bi-partisan coalition in Congress as a companion to Title IX that helps bolster the response to and prevention of sexual violence in higher education. President Obama signed the measure into law as part of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 on March 7, 2013.

SaVE requires colleges and universities, both public and private, participating in federal student aid programs (covering virtually every campus in the United States) to increase transparency about the scope of sexual violence on campus, guarantee victims enhanced rights, provide for standards in institutional conduct proceedings, and provide campus community wide prevention educational programming.

Click here for the full text of the Campus SaVE Act.

 

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