Rights and Options

Those who report any type of sexual misconduct, including sexual harassment, sexual assault or intimate partner violence, to a College employee will be informed in a timely manner of all their rights and options, including the necessary steps and potential outcomes of each option. 

  • All reports of sexual misconduct, including sexual harassment, sexual assault and intimate partner violence, will be treated seriously and with dignity by the College.
     
  • Referrals to off-campus advocacy, counseling and medical services are available immediately and confidentially, whether or not those who report an assault feel ready to make any decisions about reporting the assault to police, or a College Security Authority.
     
  • Those who have been assaulted have the right to take both legal action (criminal/civil action) and action in accordance with the Policy on Student Conduct against the individual allegedly responsible. 
     
  • Those who may wish that her/his report of an assault to be handled in a fully confidential manner may contact a Full Confidential Resource.

Options for Changing Academic, Transportation and Working Arrangements

Gateway Community College will provide assistance to those involved in a report of sexual harassment, sexual assault or intimate partner violence.  Students seeking changes should speak with the Office of Student Development.  Such assistance includes but is not limited to reasonably available options such as:

  • Changes in academic, campus transportation (if applicable), or working situations; and
     
  • Honoring lawful protective or temporary restraining orders.

Rights of Both Reported Victims and the Accused

Additionally, both the reported victim and the accused student are entitled to the following:

  • to be accompanied to any meeting or proceeding by an advisor or support person of their choice, provided that the advisor or support person does not cause a scheduled meeting to be delayed or postponed;
     
  • to request that student conduct proceedings begin promptly;
     
  • to have student conduct proceedings be conducted by an official trained in issues relating to sexual assault and intimate partner violence;
     
  • to present information, including other persons, on their behalf;
     
  • to have the student conduct proceedings use the more likely than not standard in determining whether a violation of the Expectations for Student Conduct has been committed, i. e. , whether it is more likely than not that the reported act of sexual misconduct, including sexual harassment, sexual assault or intimate partner violence, was committed by the accused student;
     
  • to be informed in writing of the results of the proceeding as soon as possible after it concludes, normally no later than the next business day after it concludes; and
     
  • consistent with the requirements of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and other federal and State laws, have their identities kept confidential.