Policies

The following policies directly pertain to the issue of sexual misconduct and gender based violence at Bowdoin:

Student Guide to Bowdoin's Sexual Misconduct Policy

The Guide to Bowdoin's Sexual Misconduct Policy is intended to help students better understand and navigate Bowdoin College's Student Sexual Misconduct and Gender Based Violence Policy. It serves as a student-friendly resource and functions as a supplement, but not a replacement, to the Policy in its entirety.

Definitions

Policy-related definitions are included in the full version of the Student Sexual Misconduct and Gender Based Violence Policy. You can also open the definitions as a PDF.

Retaliation

It is a violation of College Policy to retaliate against any person making a complaint of sexual misconduct or gender based violence, or against any person cooperating in an investigation. Retaliation includes intimidation, threats, and other adverse action against an involved person. Retaliation should be reported promptly to the Advisor of the Sexual Misconduct Board (Benje Douglas) and may result in disciplinary action independent of any imposed during the investigation.

Rights Within the Processes

All Bowdoin students:

  • have the right to contact law enforcement regarding sexual misconduct and gender based violence at any time and to receive support from the College throughout this process.
  • have access to both campus and community confidential resources 24/7 (Policy section I:D).
  • can submit an anonymous report of sexual misconduct and/or gender based violence and know that the College will respond to this report.
  • have the right to feel safe, to be heard, and to be treated fairly by the College in all aspects of an anonymous report or an Informal or Formal Resolution process.

Both the Complainant and the Respondent have rights during an investigation.

Access to all campus resources, including the Director of Title IX and Compliance, counseling, and health services.

To receive a supporter from the College and to have an advisor of their choosing  (Policy Section I:F).

To be made aware of the range of both formal and informal options available before being asked to make any decisions regarding how to proceed.

To have formal complaints promptly investigated by a trained, outside, impartial investigator (Policy Section III:B).

To tell their story either in person or in writing.

To have their questions asked of each other and all witnesses and to say a final statement to the Sexual Misconduct Panel.

To a prompt, fair, and impartial resolution of all complaints by the college, generally within 60 days depending on the complexity of the investigation (Policy Section I:A).

To review the investigator’s report, including any supporting documentation, and make comments on it orally or in writing (Policy Section III:B).

To appeal the decision of the investigator regarding whether a case will or will not go forward to the Sexual Misconduct Panel (Policy Section III:C).

To challenge the composition of the Sexual Misconduct Panel before a formal review (Policy Section III:D).

To appeal the Sexual Misconduct Panel’s decision if there was a procedural error that may have prejudiced the panel or there is evidence unavailable at the original proceeding, which would likely have affected the decision (Policy Section III:I:e).

To confidentiality: all sexual misconduct and gender based violence files will be maintained in a confidential manner and documents prepared as part of any proceedings will not be disclosed outside of the investigative process, except as may be required or authorized by law (Policy Section III:H).

Access to all campus resources, including the Director of Title IX and Compliance, counseling, and health services.

To receive a supporter from the College and to have an advisor of their choosing  (Policy Section I:F).

To have formal complaints promptly investigated by a trained, outside, impartial investigator (Policy Section III:B).

To tell their story either in person or in writing.

To have their questions asked of each other and all witnesses.

To a prompt, fair, and impartial resolution of all complaints by the college, generally within 60 days depending on the complexity of the investigation (Policy Section I:A).

To review the investigator’s report, including any supporting documentation, and make comments on it orally or in writing (Policy Section III:B).

To appeal the decision of the investigator regarding whether a case will or will not go forward to the Sexual Misconduct Panel (Policy Section III:C).

To challenge the composition of the Sexual Misconduct Panel before a formal review (Policy Section III:D).

To appeal the Sexual Misconduct Panel’s decision if there was a procedural error that may have prejudiced the panel or there is evidence unavailable at the original proceeding, which would likely have affected the decision (Policy Section III:I:e).

To confidentiality: all sexual misconduct and gender based violence files will be maintained in a confidential manner and documents prepared as part of any proceedings will not be disclosed outside of the investigative process, except as may be required or authorized by law (Policy Section III:H).