Title IX

Respondent's Bill of Rights

You Have the Right:

  • To be treated with respect, dignity, and sensitivity throughout the process.                                         
  • To privacy under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).  The College will make all reasonable efforts to ensure the preservation of privacy, restricting information to those with a legitimate need to know.
  • To knowledge of the how to access all available resources (i.e., counseling services, advocacy/support)
  • To be informed of the College's gender based misconduct policies and procedures for students and employees.
  • To timely written notice of all alleged violations within the complaint, including the nature of the violation and possible sanctions. 
  • To a prompt and thorough investigation of the allegations.
  • To an advocate for support through the investigation and/or appeal process.
  • To participate or decline to participate in the investigation process.  However, an investigation may still occur and decisions made based on the information available.
  • To have College policies and procedures followed without material deviation.
  • To petition that any member of the investigation team be removed on the basis of bias.
  • To an outcome based solely on evidence presented during the conduct process. Such evidence shall be credible, relevant, based in fact, and without prejudice.
  • To not have irrelevant prior sexual history admitted as evidence in a campus investigation.
  • To be notified, in writing, of the investigation outcome, including the outcome to any appeal and any sanctions that apply.
  • To appeal the decision and sanctions determined by the Investigation.
  • To understand that information collected in this process may be subpoenaed in criminal or civil proceedings.
  • To be informed in advance, when possible, of any public release of information regarding the complaint.
  • To be protected against harassment based on involvement in an investigation.

If You've Been Accused of Harassment or Misconduct:

  1. Talk to someone you can trust: a friend, family member, counselor, or member of the clergy.

  2. Do not contact the alleged victim through any means—in person, by phone, by mail, by social media, via electronic communication, or through someone else. 

  3. Familiarize yourself with Bard's sexual assault policy and process for investigating complaints of sexual harassment so that you know what to expect.

  4. Be aware that retaliation against a complaint, or any behavior that could be interpreted as such, will not only make the situation worse but is also unlawful and could result in additional complaints of misconduct and possible sanctions.

If a Friend Is Accused of Assault


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