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Should I contact the Title IX Coordinator?
Any member of the Keene State College community (including students, faculty, and staff) who has concerns about sexual assault, gender-based harassment, and dating or domestic violence is encouraged to contact the Title IX coordinator, even if that event occurred at a college-sponsored event or off campus.
Specifically, contact the Title IX coordinator if you:
- want to understand your options if you think you may have encountered sexual discrimination or sexual misconduct
- learn of a situation that you think may warrant a College investigation
- need help with how to handle a situation that indirectly affects you (for example, if it involves a friend, colleague, or teammate)
- want guidance on possible informal remedies or administrative measures to de-escalate or alleviate a difficult situation
- have questions about Keene State College’s policies and procedures
Will anything happen immediately, before an investigation can be completed?
Upon receipt of a report of sexual or gender-based harassment, discrimination, or sexual misconduct, the College will impose reasonable and appropriate interim measures designed to protect the parties involved. These are temporary actions taken by the college to foster a more stable and safe environment during a period of exploration of options, investigation, and/or adjudication. Examples of interim measures include, but are not limited to: a no-contact order, a no-trespass order, academic accommodations, and residence modifications.
What if I want to report a sexual assault, but I was drinking when it happened and I’m underage?
Keene State’s primary concern is the health and safety of its students. When conducting an investigation of an alleged sexual assault, the College’s focus will be on addressing the sexual assault and not on lesser policy violations that may be discovered or disclosed. The College may, however, provide referrals to counseling or require other educational options.
What’s “confidential?” What’s “private?”
“Private” means that the information will only be shared with people with a need to know, and all necessary precautions will be taken to protect the identity of the complainant/reporting person.
“Confidential” means the communication is legally privileged and the person the reporting person is speaking to is not obligated to disclose the information to anyone else. This standard applies to licensed health-care professionals, mental health counselors, pastoral counselors, and attorneys.
If you want to disclose sexual misconduct or assault to a confidential source, you should speak with a licensed counselor. Information shared with certified counselors is generally legally protected from further disclosure as confidential or privileged communications and cannot be disclosed absent extraordinary circumstances. At Keene State, confidential services are available through the Counseling Center (3rd floor Elliot) and the Center for Health and Wellness (3rd floor Elliot).
The Title IX coordinator will seek to protect both the privacy and the confidentiality of the individuals involved in any report of alleged sexual misconduct, harassment, or relationship violence to the extent possible and allowable by law. The Title IX Coordinator cannot guarantee absolute confidentiality and must evaluate any request for confidentiality in the context of the College’s responsibility to provide a safe and nondiscriminatory environment.
Who else can I report a sexual assault to?
You can also elect to report the incident to:
- the Title IX coordinator,
- Campus Safety,
- a Residential Life staff member,
- any college official,
- the Keene Police Department.
What is the standard of proof that is used to determine responsibility?
The standard of proof in campus hearings, including Title IX cases, is based upon the “preponderance of the evidence” standard: Whether the violation is more likely to have occurred than not. This is a lower burden of proof than required in criminal cases. Since Title IX is a federal civil right, preponderance of the evidence is the appropriate standard. In criminal cases, the standard of proof is “beyond a reasonable doubt.”
Should I be worried about retaliation?
As a federal civil right, Title IX protects anyone who reports sex discrimination, sexual harassment, or sexual violence against retaliation. Reporting parties are protected from any adverse consequence, harassment, intimidation, or discrimination that is causally related to Title IX matters. Keene State takes allegations of retaliation seriously and, if substantiated, such actions can result in severe consequences for the involved party.
I’m a faculty or staff member and a student has told me about what might be discrimination or harassment. Who should I report it to?
Keene State has designated intake officers for discrimination and harassment complaints. These intake officers include:
- Chief Officer for Diversity and Multiculturalism Dottie Morris
- Special Assistant to the President-HR Carol Corcoran
- Associate Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students Gail Zimmerman
- Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs Paul Striffolino
- Associate Vice President for Finance
- Associate Provost Glenn Geiser-Getz
- Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs Anne Miller
- Body Works Manager Chris Miles
- Director of Recreational Sports Lynne Andrews