Protect and Respect Our Scots - Civil Rights
A message from President Abernathy
Providing a safe and positive environment for students, faculty and staff is our highest priority at Alma College. In this section of the website, we affirm the college’s commitment to promote the goals of fairness and equity at the college, outline the options for reporting civil rights concerns, including civil rights misconduct, and describe the procedures for investigating and resolving complaints.
Alma College complies with all relevant federal and state laws banning discrimination in private institutions of higher education. Titles VII and IX of the Civil Rights Act are designed to protect equality of educational opportunity for all students and of employment for all faculty and staff. The full set of policies and procedures that the college has established to protect these rights are consolidated into a single document: Policies and Procedures for Resolving Discrimination, Harassment and Sexual Misconduct.
The college takes all reports of discrimination, sexual assault, misconduct or violence very seriously and that we promptly and thoroughly investigate all allegations.
We all have a responsibility to keep the campus safe. The college welcomes your help in accomplishing this important task. Please share any questions or concerns with the Civil Rights and Title IX Coordinator David Blandford or with me.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Title IX?
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.
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?
Once you have filed a complaint with the Title IX Coordinator or spoken to a mandated reporter about the situation, the formal complaint process will move forward. The Title IX Coordinator will work with the reporting party to make decisions about the process moving forward.
How long does the process take from reporting to the conclusion of a hearing?
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.
What can happen to a person who is accused and found in violation of Title IX?
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.
Do I have to report a violation of Title IX?
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.
Who is the Title IX coordinator and what does that person do?
The Title IX Coordinator for Alma College is Dave Blandford. They oversee all Title IX reporting, procedures and policy enforcement, as well as training and prevention initiatives regarding Title IX and civil rights issues.
Civil Rights/Title IX Coordinator
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