FAQs for Respondents/The Accused

What do I do if I am accused of sexual violence and/or sexual misconduct?

DO NOT contact the victim (complainant).  You may want to speak with someone in the campus community who can act as your support person.  Your Title IX Coordinator can explain the college’s grievance procedures for addressing sexual misconduct complaints.  You may also want to seek confidential counseling through Monsour Counseling and Psychological Services (MCAPS) or seek support through off campus services in the community. For more information about support resources click here.

What about legal advice?

Respondents may want to retain legal counsel given the potential for criminal and/or civil action.  Policies vary at different campuses, but in some cases legal counsel may be permitted to participate in college proceedings as a support person to their respective party and at that individual’s expense.  It is advisable to check your institution’s policies and grievance procedures.

What if, anything will my parents be told?

The college’s primary relationship is to you, the student, and not to your parent/guardian.  College officials will only speak with your parents/guardians at your request or when there is a significant threat to your health or safety.

Can I be charged with something on campus and off campus?

Yes, complainants have the right to pursue both campus resolution of a complaint as well as civil and/or criminal resolution.  It is up to the complainant to decide how they want to proceed.  The colleges’ processes will move forward regardless if there is criminal or civil legal action taken regarding the same incident.

Can I have someone with me through college grievance proceedings?

Each campus will have its own processes and policies regarding this matter.  Most campuses allow a current member of the Claremont College community to be present during formal hearings in an advisory and supportive manner.

What else should I be thinking about as this situation moves forward?

The Claremont Colleges prohibit retaliation in any way against an individual or group because the individual or group has reported an allegation of sexual harassment or sexual violence or has participated in a grievance proceeding in response to such an allegation.  The Claremont Colleges recognize retaliation can take many forms, may be committed by an individual or group against an individual or group, and that a respondent can also be the subject of retaliation.  The Claremont Colleges will take prompt and responsive action to any report of retaliation and may pursue disciplinary or other action as appropriate.  Be mindful of your actions and behavior and avoid all direct and indirect contact with the complainant until the matter is resolved.