If I previously went through the Title IX process or met with the Title IX Coordinator, can I still get accommodations or supportive measures?

Yes. Accommodations and supportive measures are always available to anyone who has raised concerns under Title IX or been accused of sexual misconduct via a report to the Title IX Office. Even if you declined some or all supportive measures during or immediately following your interactions with the Title IX Office, you can have new or altered measures implemented at any time. Please contact the Title IX Office directly to discuss how we can best support you.

When can Pitzer expel a student for sexual misconduct? What other remedies are available?

When there is a finding of responsibility for a violation of the TCC Title IX Sexual Harassment Policy or Pitzer’s Discrimination/Harassment Policies, the decision-maker imposes appropriate sanctions on the responsible respondent. The decision-maker will consider factors such as the severity of the incident, the number of incidents, the number of complainants or impacted people, accountability by the respondent, and the wishes of the complainant. The decision-maker will decide how to weigh these factors based on the facts of each case. For the most severe acts of misconduct, the decision-maker may impose expulsion. Other sanctions may include, but are not limited to, suspension from all academic programs, suspension from part or all of campus, extracurricular participation restrictions, and mandated education or counseling. 

In addition, after a finding of responsibility, the College will implement remedies to restore the complainant’s full access to College programs and facilities. The decision-maker decides what remedies are appropriate based on the harm that was caused and the wishes of the complainant.

What should I do if I want the person I am reporting removed from campus or a residential room assignment?

 Under federal law, the College is prohibited from taking any punitive measures against an accused student without a finding of responsibility for a policy violation following a fair process. Every student has the right to fair process (also called “due process,” which applies to state schools) and to be “presumed not responsible”—the Title IX equivalent of “innocent until proven guilty”—during the sexual misconduct process. Because of this, the College is unable to expel, suspend, or remove from campus (or other location) any student, prior to a finding of responsibility by an independent decision maker. This also prevents the College from putting in place accommodations or measures that negatively impact a respondent’s access to institutional programs or facilities. 

If you do not wish to proceed with a formal process, you may request accommodations and supportive measures to help you avoid seeing the person – such as changing your course schedule or housing, or no-contact directives. In addition, requests for the respondent to voluntarily submit to certain measures may be made within the alternative resolutions process, but the respondent must agree to those measures voluntarily.

I am not sure that I am ready to make a report to the Title IX Office. Is there someone else I can talk to?

There are confidential resources available to speak with you. Here are some options:

Confidential Resources for Students

 Additional Pitzer and Claremont Colleges Resources for Students

 Resources for Faculty and Staff