Q: What is Title IX?
A: Title IX is a federal law protecting the rights of all students to equal opportunities in education, regardless of gender. While Title IX is commonly viewed in terms of its relationship to athletics, it also protects students against sexual harassment and sexual violence. Alma College’s Title IX policies provide a framework for supporting survivors of sexual misconduct and procedures for investigating and hearing reported cases of sexual misconduct.
Q: What if I start the formal complaint process but then decide I do not want a formal investigation to take place. Can I stop it?
A. Once you have filed a complaint with the Title IX Coordinator or spoken to a mandated reporter about the situation, the formal complaint process cannot be stopped. It is important to understand the responsibilities of the people you talk to in order to control the flow of information.
Q: Should I seek counseling if I’ve experienced sexual misconduct?
A: The choice to seek counseling is completely up to you. Many people have found it helpful to have someone to talk with confidentially, but the decision should be based on your needs at the time.
Q: How long does the process take from reporting to the conclusion of a hearing?
A: Once a complaint has been filed with the Title IX Coordinator and the formal reporting and investigation process begins, the entire process should be completed within 60 business days. However, the process can be shorter or longer, depending on the circumstances surrounding the case.
Q: What can happen to a person who is accused and found in violation of Title IX?
A: Many different sanctions can be levied against a person who is responsible for a policy violation. Depending on the severity of the violation, the responsible party can be sanctioned with anything from mandatory counseling to expulsion.
Q: Do I Have to Report a Violation of Title IX?
A: You are not required to report any violation of Title IX or incident of sexual misconduct. However, it is important to remember that if you contact a person who is required to report such incidents, he or she will report the incident regardless of whether you wish to file a complaint.
Q: Who is the Title IX Coordinator and what does that person do?
A: The Title IX Coordinator for Alma College is Kevin Carmody. He oversees all Title IX reporting, procedures and policy enforcement, as well as training and prevention initiatives regarding Title IX and civil rights issues.