Offices & Services

Title IX

Resolving Complaints

The Title IX Coordinator or Section 504 Coordinator or other appropriate College administrator will ensure that steps are taken to address and resolve any instance where an investigation and subsequent review (by either the Honor Board or the DDRC) concluded discrimination or harassment occurred. Resolution outcomes include actions to remediate the instance of discrimination or harassment and, where needed, actions to prevent future recurrence and to correct discriminatory effects on the Complainant and others.

Remedial actions include, but are not limited to:

  • College Warning (Except in cases of Sexual Assault/Violence)                                                           
  • Suspension/Expulsion
  • Probation
  • Termination of Employment
  • Protection from Retaliation
  • Counseling for the Complainant
  • Other steps to address the impact of harassment or discrimination on the complainant, any witnesses and the College community.

Discrimination and Dispute Resolution Committee (DDRC)

The Washington College Discrimination Dispute Resolution Committee (DDRC) is used when the subject of a complaint is an employee or third party. The DDRC will consist of faculty and staff, trained to review matters involving discrimination and harassment.  A hearing panel will consist of three members of the DDRC and is facilitated by the Director of Human Resources (or designee) for complaints against staff members or Provost (or designee) for complaints against faculty.  Hearings where there is a staff Respondent will include two staff members and one faculty member on the hearing panel.  Hearings where there is a faculty Respondent will include two faculty members and one staff member on the hearing panel. Within 15 days after the hearing, the panel will issue a written decision that includes a review of the information relevant to the case and sanctions assigned if it is found to be “more likely than not” that the subject of the Complaint violated College policy.  The DDRC will continue to function whenever the College is open even if classes are not in session.

Records

Records of complaint investigation and any corrective action will be entrusted to the Title IX Coordinator or ADA/Section 504 Coordinator and will be maintained in an electronic system accessible throughout the College on a confidential basis consistent with the College’s legal requirements and appropriate legal requests for said documents.

Making an Appeal

The Complainant or Respondent may appeal decisions of the DDRC or Honor Board by submitting a written appeal request within five business days of receiving written notification of the outcome of the hearing. Only appeals that are based on one or more of the following grounds will be considered for review:

  • Procedural error(s) that prevented fundamental fairness;
  • New information or evidence that was not available at the hearing;
  • An imposed sanction that is excessively severe;
  • The decision of the DDRC or Honor Board is not supported by the information presented.

Letters of appeal for Honor Board decisions must be sent to the Vice President of Student Affairs (or designee). The Vice President for Student Affairs or designee will determine whether or not the appeal meets the above criteria. If any of the criteria are met, the case will be referred to the appeal board; if the case does not meet at least one of the criteria, there will be no further review. More information on the student appeal process can be found on (p.22) of the Student Handbook

Letters of appeal for DDRC decisions must be sent to the President of the College (or designee). The President of the College (or designee) will determine whether or not the appeal meets the above criteria. If any of the criteria are met, the case will be reviewed and a decision made within 5 business days; if the case does not meet at least one of the criteria, there will be no further review. The appellant(s) and the other party, shall be notified of the outcome of the appeal. All appeals will be conducted in an impartial manner and by an impartial decision-maker.