Members of the College community, guests, and visitors have the right to be free from all forms of sex/gender harassment, discrimination, and misconduct, examples of which can include acts of sexual violence, sexual harassment, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. All members of the campus community are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that does not infringe upon the rights of others. The College believes in zero tolerance for sex/gender-based misconduct. Zero tolerance means that when an allegation of misconduct is brought to an appropriate administrator’s attention, protective and other remedial measures will be used to reasonably ensure that such conduct ends, is not repeated, and the effects on the victim and community are remedied, including serious sanctions when a responding party is found to have violated this policy. This policy has been developed to reaffirm these principles and to provide recourse for those individuals whose rights have been violated. This policy is intended to define community expectations and the College’s procedures to establish a mechanism for determining when those expectations have been violated, and is derived from a model policy and procedure developed by the Association of Title IX Coordinators (ATIXA) which have been, in part or in full, promulgated by the White House Task Force to protect students from sexual assault and/or accepted by OCR in resolutions of its investigations of campuses accused of Title IX violations.
The College’s sex/gender harassment, discrimination, and misconduct policies are not meant to inhibit or prohibit educational content or discussions inside or outside of the classroom that include controversial or sensitive matters protected by academic freedom (The College’s definition of academic freedom can be found with the Middlesex College Board of Trustees policy manual.)
The College uses the preponderance of the evidence (also known as “more likely than not”) as a standard for proof of whether a violation occurred. In campus resolution proceedings, legal terms like “guilt”, “innocence”, and “burdens of proof” are not applicable, but the College never assumes a responding party is in violation of College policy, Campus resolution proceedings are conducted to take into account the totality of all evidence available, for all relevant sources.
Policy No. 3.29.0: Sex / Gender Harassment, Discrimination, and Misconduct