Williams College is committed to maintaining a learning and working environment that is free from sexual assault, sexual harassment and other sexual misconduct, remedying the effects of such misconduct when it occurs, and preventing its re-occurrence. The term “sexual misconduct” includes sexual assault, sexual harassment, sexual exploitation, stalking, dating violence and domestic violence, all of which have more complete definitions below.
The College also prohibits and has established procedures to address sexual discrimination that – does not involve sexual misconduct. These issues are addressed in the College’s Non-Discrimination Policy, – and Discrimination Grievance Procedures. Advice concerning the College’s non-discrimination policies and procedures is available from any of the Advisors for Discrimination Concerns.
This Statement describes the resources and options that are available to all members of the Williams community who have been subjected to sexual misconduct by another member of the community. These resources include, for example, medical treatment, psychological counseling or other support, no-contact orders, and changes to academic, living or work arrangements. The options available to persons who have experienced sexual misconduct include pursuing a complaint within the College or with local law enforcement, or both.
In determining which resources to access and which options to pursue, it is important to consider the related issues of confidentiality and privacy. As discussed below, some resources, both on and off campus, are able with very limited exceptions to maintain complete confidentiality with respect to reports of sexual misconduct, whereas other resources are required to report incidents of sexual misconduct, including the names of the persons involved, to the College’s Title IX Coordinator.
This Statement also describes the College’s policies and procedures concerning the investigation and adjudication of reports of sexual misconduct, including the circumstances in which the College may decide to investigate and take action notwithstanding that the person who was subjected to the misconduct requests otherwise. The processes that the College will follow in investigating and adjudicating reports of sexual misconduct can vary depending on whether the respondent is a student, faculty member, staff member or other member of the College community.
As discussed below, the College will provide measures for safety, support and accommodation regardless of whether a person decides to make a formal complaint. These measures can include, for example, no-contact orders and changes to academic, living or work arrangements.
In addition to prohibiting all forms of sexual misconduct, the College also prohibits retaliation against any person who in good faith reports or otherwise participates in an investigation of alleged sexual misconduct. The College also prohibits the making of a false report of sexual misconduct, as distinct from a report made in good faith but which is ultimately not substantiated. The College’s prohibitions against retaliation and false reporting are also discussed below.
The term “Title IX,” as used in this context, refers to Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, 20 U.S.C. §§ 1681 et seq., a federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs or activities operated by recipients of federal financial assistance. Discrimination on the basis of sex includes sexual harassment, one form of which can be sexual violence or other sexual misconduct.
The College’s Title IX Coordinator is Toya Camacho, who is Assistant Vice President for Institutional Diversity and Equity (597-4376). The Title IX Coordinator is responsible for overseeing the College’s compliance with Title IX.
The College also has three Deputy Title IX Coordinators, who serve as key resources for faculty, staff and students who have experienced sexual misconduct or other forms of harassment or discrimination on the basis of sex:
- Denise Buell, Dean of the Faculty (597-4351)
- Martha Tetrault, Director of Human Resources (597-2058)
- Marlene Sandstrom, Dean of the College (597-4261)