Supportive Measures

Supportive measures are non-disciplinary, non-punitive individualized services offered to either party, as appropriate and reasonably available, before or after the filing of a formal complaint or where no formal complaint has been filed. Supportive measures are designed to restore or preserve equal access to the college’s education program or activity without unreasonably burdening the other party. They include measures designed to protect the safety of all parties or the college’s educational environment, or to deter sexual misconduct.

Supportive measures may include , for example, counseling, extensions of deadlines or other course-related adjustments, modifications of work or class schedules, campus escort services, mutual restrictions on contact between the parties, changes in work or housing locations, leaves of absence, increased security and monitoring of certain areas of the campus, and other similar measures. More information about the college’s procedures for issuing and reviewing no-contact orders can be found on the Title IX website. Williams will maintain as confidential any supportive measures provided to the complainant or respondent (including from the other party), to the extent that maintaining such confidentiality would not impair the ability of the college to provide the supportive measures. For example, confidentiality may be impossible when a no-contact order is appropriate and the respondent would need to know the identity of the complainant to comply with it, or campus safety and security is informed about the no-contact order in order to help enforce its terms. Either party may appeal the imposition of a supportive measure as it pertains to them by writing to the Dean of the College, whose decision is final.

Both complainants and respondents are encouraged to speak with a Title IX coordinator about the availability of supportive measures at any point in the resolution process.