Scripps College Discrimination and Harassment Policies and Grievance Procedure

Posted: December 12, 2013

To the Scripps Community:

Please find attached a link to the Scripps College Guide to Scripps College’s Discrimination and Harassment Policies and Grievance Procedure (“Guide”).  The Guide is the culmination of a process that has included (i) collaboration with the other Claremont Colleges  and (ii) design and drafting  input from a Policy Review Task Force composed of students, faculty,  and staff.  Below in a Q&A format is information on the Guide and its development.

Why did the College develop the Guide?

Scripps College adopted a Policy on Discrimination and Harassment in 1994 (the “1994 Policy”) that included procedural safeguards that have been the recent focus of  the Department of Education Office of Civil Rights, including (i) a defined investigation process, (ii) equal opportunity of both parties  involved to present witnesses and evidence, (iii) written notification of the results of investigation, and (iv) appeal rights for both parties.  Given the time period in which it was adopted, however, the 1994 Policy focused significantly on workplace forms of sexual harassment, such as hostile environment, and less on the student-on-student instances of sexual misconduct that have become more prevalent in the college and university environment since 1994.  As a result, the President directed that the Dean of the Faculty and Dean of Students initiate a process to revisit and update the College’s policy and grievance procedures with respect to claims of discrimination, harassment, and sexual misconduct.

How was the Guide developed?

The development process included two distinct phases.  The first phase involved  collaboration among the Claremont Colleges with respect to the handling of cases that involve a complainant from one campus and a respondent from a different campus.  This collaboration resulted  in the Claremont Colleges agreeing (i) to use a uniform set of definitions of sexual harassment and sexual misconduct and (ii) to include investigators from both campuses on investigation teams when investigating an inter-campus complaint.

The second phase involved design and drafting input from a students, faculty and staff.  The Dean of the Faculty and Dean of Students formed a Scripps Title IX Policy Review Task Force that included students, faculty, and staff, along with the College’s Title IX Coordinator and two Deputy Coordinators.  The Task Force met in several sessions to consider policy design decision points.  The sessions included (i) presentation and discussion of the current Title IX landscape and expectations of current college students, (ii) review of the 1994 Policy, and (iii) review of the policy design choices made by other women’s colleges as well as several of the other Claremont Colleges.  The Task Force completed its work by making recommendations to Senior Staff on areas such as (i) differentiation between complaints involving students versus complaints involving faculty or staff only, (ii) the composition of investigation teams and hearing panels, (iii) the participants allowed to be present or participate in interviews or hearing panels, (iv) the sanction process in the event a policy violation is found, and (v) the appeal process to the President at the conclusion of an investigation.  College counsel and the Title IX Coordinator incorporated the recommendations from the Task Force, the results of 7C collaboration, and other analysis regarding applicable legal requirements  into the Guide.   Senior Staff then reviewed and considered the Guide.  Senior Staff unanimously  approved the Guide on October 28, 2013.

Does the Guide replace the 1994 Policy?

Yes.  The Guide and the policies set forth in it replace the 1994 Policy and will govern the resolution of all complaints of discrimination, harassment, or sexual misconduct made regarding a Scripps student, faculty member, or staff member.

Where do I get additional information or report an instance of discrimination, harassment, or sexual misconduct?

If you have questions about the Guide or to report an instance of discrimination, harassment or sexual misconduct, you should contact the Title IX Coordinator or one of the Deputy Coordinators listed below:

Title IX Coordinator

Jennifer Berklas
Director of Human Resources
Office of Human Resources
Vita Nova Hall 120
(909) 607-7976

Deputy Title IX Coordinators

Gretchen Edwalds-Gilbert
Associate Dean of Faculty
Balch Hall 134
(909) 607-7068

Sonia De La Torre-Iniguez
Assistant Dean of Students
Dean of Students Office
Balch Hall
(909) 621-8277

Best regards,

Nathalie Rachlin
Interim Vice President  for Student Affairs

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