Wells College is committed to maintaining a positive emotional and physical environment in which all students, faculty, staff, administrators, and guests have an equal opportunity to achieve success. The College will not tolerate any acts of sexual misconduct as is outlined in this policy. These acts are inconsistent with the Wells College mission, Community Standards, Honor Code, state and federal law, and with maintaining social responsibility and academic freedom on campus. Any individual who is found to have violated this policy may face disciplinary sanctions up to and including expulsion or termination of employment.
Wells College encourages prompt reporting of any incident of sexual or gender-based misconduct to the College and to local law enforcement or civil rights enforcement agencies. Upon receipt of a report, the College will take prompt and effective action by: providing interim remedies and support for individuals who make a report or seek assistance under this policy (referred to as the "Complainant"); conducting a review of the conduct under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; addressing the safety of individuals and the campus community, and as warranted, pursuing resolution through informal measures or formal disciplinary action against the accused individual (referred to as the "Respondent").
All Wells College community members are strongly encouraged to report information regarding any incident of sexual misconduct directly to a member of the Title IX team. Wells College is able to respond only to those incidents that come to its attention.
This policy has been developed to reaffirm Wells College's institutional values, to define community expectations, to provide recourse for those individuals whose rights have been violated, and to provide fair and equitable procedures for determining when this policy has been violated. Retaliation against any person or group who makes a complaint, cooperates with an investigation, or participates in a grievance procedure is a violation of College policy. Retaliation should be reported promptly to the Title IX Coordinator, Title IX Deputies, or a member of the Title IX team for investigation, which may result in disciplinary action independent of any sanction or interim measures imposed in response to the underlying allegations of discrimination and/or harassment.
All members of the Wells College community are encouraged to participate in the process of creating a welcoming, safe, and respectful atmosphere and environment. It is an expectation of this College that all Wells College community members will take reasonable and prudent actions to prevent and stop an act of sexual misconduct. As a bystander, taking action may include direct intervention in a situation and setting that allows a bystander to do so safely, enlisting assistance from peers, contacting Campus Safety, or seeking assistance from a person in authority. Members of the College community who choose to exercise this positive moral obligation will be supported by Wells College and protected from retaliation.