Student Grievances

I.   CONTACTS AND OVERVIEW

The Director of Gender Violence Prevention and Education & Title IX Coordinator, Benje Douglas, is the individual designated by the College to coordinate its efforts to comply with Title IX, Section 504 and other equal opportunity and affirmative action regulations and laws. Questions or concerns about Title IX, Section 504 or other aspects of the College’s equal opportunity or affirmative action or harassment policy should be directed to:

Benje Douglas
Director of Gender Violence Prevention & Education
Title IX Coordinator
Dudley Coe Building, 1st floor
Brunswick, ME 04011
(207) 721-5189
bdouglas@bowdoin.edu

In addition, for students, the College has a Deputy Title IX Coordinator:

Lisa Peterson
Associate Director of Gender Violence Prevention & Education
Deputy Title IX Coordinator
Dudley Coe Building, 1st floor
Brunswick, ME 04011
(207) 725-3411
lpeters@bowdoin.edu

For Title IX issues involving faculty or staff, the Deputy Title IX Coordinator is:

Tamara Spoerri
Vice President for Human Resources
Deputy Title IX Coordinator
216 Maine Street, 3rd floor
Brunswick, ME 04011
(207)725-3838
tspoerri@bowdoin.edu

For athletic inquiries regarding Title IX, the Deputy Title IX Coordinator is:

Nicky Pearson
Associate Director of Athletics & Senior Women’s Administrator
Head Coach Women’s Field Hockey
Buck Center, 2nd floor
Brunswick, ME 04011
(207) 725-3329
npearson@bowdoin.edu

If a student believes they have experienced any unlawful harassment, violence or discrimination, they should promptly report it pursuant to the procedures described here.  Please refer to the procedures of the Student Sexual Misconduct and Gender-Based Violence Policy for matters involving sexual misconduct (including sexual harassment) or gender based violence. Once a report of harassment, violence, or discrimination is received, appropriate action will be taken under the governing policy.   

No employee may retaliate against someone who files a complaint of unlawful harassment; such retaliation will subject the offender to additional charges and sanctions. However, if the College determines that an intentionally false or malicious complaint has been made, disciplinary action will be taken against the individuals filing the complaint or providing false information regarding the complaint.

II. GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE FOR STUDENT COMPLAINTS REGARDING SEX DISCRIMINATION AND DISCRIMINATION ON THE BASIS OF PHYSICAL AND MENTAL DISABILITY

A student who feels they have been discriminated against because of sex or disability should first promptly seek a resolution of this problem through informal negotiation. The student can bring their concern to the attention of the department chair or administrator in whose department the problem has occurred or to the attention of the Dean for Academic Affairs, if relevant. The department chair, administrator, or dean who has been informed of the problem will then seek to discuss the issue with all parties concerned and achieve a resolution satisfactory to all.

If no resolution is reached through informal negotiation, the department chair, dean, or administrator should inform the Dean of Student Affairs.  The student alleging discrimination will be asked to prepare a written statement detailing the substance of their complaint.  The Dean of Student Affairs will then investigate the complaint and issue a decision regarding whether discrimination occurred and, if so, the appropriate resolution. This decision will be issued within a reasonable time from the submission of the complaining student’s written submission to the Dean of Student Affairs which will generally not exceed 30 days. The Dean of Student Affairs’ decision is final and may not be appealed. 

III. PROCEDURES FOR OTHER GRIEVANCES

Other grievances that students may have concerning their professors ought first to be discussed with the professor involved, then with the student’s academic advisor. The problem may also be brought to the attention of a member of the student affairs staff, who may decide to handle it personally or may choose to refer the matter to the Dean of Student Affairs and the Dean for Academic Affairs. In responding to student grievances, the deans must balance two considerations: the importance of protecting the professor’s academic freedom and authority to conduct the class as they see fit, and the student’s right to be fairly treated.