Honor Principle

Title IX Board

Frequently Asked Questions

Click here for a PDF document that provides more information about the Title IX Board process.

Overview

According to the Judicial Board Code, the Title IX Board (TNB) hears complaints involving sexual assault, sexual harassment, stalking, and relationship abuse, including dating and domestic violence, as defined by the College’s Discriminatory Harassment and Sexual Misconduct Policy. Bringing a complaint to the TNB does not preclude any of the other rights of complainants, including confidential counseling and support, reporting to the police or Reed Community Safety, or engaging in the legal system, which are detailed on the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response pages. The complainant does not need to be the alleged victim.

Advisors

Participating in an investigation and Title IX Board proceeding may be a challenging experience. Students and others are encouraged to seek the assistance of an advisor to support and accompany them through the process, including investigative meetings and Title IX Board hearings and related meetings. Students and others participating in the process as the reporting party, subject of a report, or as a witness may have an advisor of their choice to assist them. Click here for a PDF document that provides more information about the Title IX Board process.

Composition and Training

The TNB consists of six staff members as well as all twelve members of the Student Judicial Board (J-Board). A hearing board of five members of the TNB is formed for each complaint of sexual misconduct. There are at least two staff members and at least two students on each hearing board. Each hearing board also has a hearing facilitator.

Every year the President, in consultation with the faculty and staff advisors to the Judicial Boards, appoints the staff members of the TNB, with one staff member as its Chair. Staff who have been found to have violated the Honor Principle or any college policy relating to sexual misconduct, violence, or dishonesty may not serve as members of the TNB.

All members of the TNB and the hearing facilitator receive training in sexual misconduct adjudication as well as general training concerning the adjudication of violations of the Honor Principle. TNB proceedings are governed by the same procedures as the Judicial Board, except where specified in Section 10 of the Judicial Board Code.

Confidentiality and Sexual Assault

In cases of sexual assault, confidentiality is slightly different. In J-Board cases no information gained during the proceedings of the case may be released unless all parties and witnesses waive their right to confidentiality, but for alleged sexual assault cases heard by the Title IX Board (TNB) the accuser (complainant) and the accused (respondent) may release three pieces of information at the completion of the process (the notification by the President of the final outcome after the appeals process):

  1. The name of the accused.
  2. The college’s final determination with regard to alleged acts of sexual harassment, sexual assault, relationship abuse including dating and domestic violence, and stalking, as well as alleged violations of the Honor Principle.
  3. Any sanction(s) imposed against the accused resulting from a finding of responsibility for acts of sexual harassment, sexual assault, relationship abuse including dating and domestic violence, and stalking, as well as alleged violations of the Honor Principle.

This is in accordance with the Clery Act and FERPA (Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act).

Possible Sanctions

In cases where there is a finding of responsibility for violations of the Honor Principle and/or college policy, sanctions may include one or more of the following:

  • Expulsion
  • Suspension
  • Community service
  • Full exclusion from campus and all college-affiliated events
  • Limited exclusion from campus
  • Meetings with the Dean of Students (or designees)
  • Health and Counseling Center meetings
  • Alcohol and Other Drug use assessments or other therapeutic interventions
  • Consultation with other members of the community
  • Educational programs
  • Coursework at an external institution
  • Apologies
  • Behavioral expectations contract
  • Reflection essays
  • Financial restitution
  • Disciplinary probation
  • Information released outside the college
  • Loss of alumni privileges
  • Restriction and/or hold on transcripts, registration, and receipt of diploma until sanctions have been completed
  • No contact orders
  • Room inspection/search
  • Removal from Reed owned housing
  • Restrictions related to living in or accessing Reed owned housing
  • Restrictions or removal related to on campus student employment, appointed/volunteer positions, or participation in college organizations or events