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Privacy, Confidentiality, and Retaliation

Privacy

Kalamazoo College protects the privacy of individuals involved in a complaint of sexual assault or harassment to the extent required by law and College policy. These reports often require gathering sensitive information and may require disclosure of certain information concerning a complaint of sexual assault or harassment. Every effort is made to protect the privacy of individuals. An individual who has made a complaint of sexual assault or harassment may be advised of sanctions imposed against the accused.

Confidentiality

Licensed mental health counselors working in the Kalamazoo College Counseling Center and the College Chaplain are confidential resources. These resources can help you decide whether to file a complaint of sexual assault or harassment. They also provide individuals interested in bringing a complaint of sexual assault or harassment with a safe place to discuss their concerns.

Many College employees are obligated under federal law to report incidents of sexual assault or harassment to the appropriate College authorities for investigation and follow-up, even if the victim requests that no action be taken or declines to report it. The College is obligated under Title IX to investigate the incident, to take action to eliminate sexual harassment and sexual assault, prevent its recurrence, and address its effects.  Some level of disclosure may be necessary to ensure a complete and fair investigation, although the College will comply with requests for confidentiality to the extent possible.

Prohibition of Retaliation

Retaliation is any adverse action taken against a person who reports sexual harassment or participates in an investigation, hearing, or inquiry  related to sexual harassment. Federal civil rights laws, including Title IX, make it unlawful to retaliate against an individual for the purpose of interfering with any right or privilege secured by these laws. The College does not tolerate retaliation against anyone who in good faith reports sexual harassment or participates in investigations of such complaints.  

Retaliation may include harassment, threats of physical harm, job termination, punitive work schedule or research assignments, decrease in pay or responsibilities, or negative impact on academic progress. Kalamazoo College will not only take steps to prevent retaliation, but will also take strong responsive action if it occurs.