To The Claremont Colleges Community:
The Title IX Task Force thanks the members of our community who participated in the interim TCC Title IX Grievance Process comment review period in the fall. We received more than 400 comments. Following the comment period, the Title IX Coordinators reviewed the comments and shared recommendations with the Task Force. Based on the comments, recommendations, and the overall goals of the new policy, the Task Force revised the TCC Title IX Formal Grievance Policy.
We are sharing a draft of the revisions for an additional comment period by our TCC community. Some of the key changes include:
- Additional clarification on several key topics:
- Definition of Sexual Harassment
- Jurisdictional limits
- Conduct occurring outside of the Title IX Formal Grievance Policy
- Definition of Affirmative Consent
- Relevance, or lack of relevance, of a party’s sexual history
- Adjustment of the expected timelines for case review, adjudication, and completion
- Modification of the sanctioning considerations, including removal of the “character clause”
- Additional clarification of roles and responsibilities for those involved in the Formal Grievance Process
- Additional information regarding the alternative resolution process
The new policy and process is intended to improve the way Title IX cases are adjudicated at TCC. We want to be very clear that reporting parties will continue making complaints to, and receiving support from, their home campus Title IX Coordinator. The new policy will now centralize the investigation and adjudication of cases within TCCS so that these functions are performed by individuals who are unaffiliated with any campus. These changes are intended to remove any perception of bias and to improve consistency in the process, including findings of policy violations and sanctioning decisions. All parties will have the opportunity to review the evidence at key points in the process and propose questions to be asked of the other party and/or witnesses.
While our TCC community and Task Force members remain concerned with the changes imposed by the federal government, we are required to adopt a policy that complies with these new regulations or risk the loss of federal funding, which is critical to the quality of education at The Claremont Colleges.
We encourage the members of our community to review the revised policy and to participate in the second comment period. For more information and to complete the comment form, please visit our Title IX website at www.services.claremont.edu/titleix. You may also submit written comments to TitleIX@claremont.edu. The comment period ended on Monday, February 15, 2021.
We are so appreciative of the work many of you have already done and continue to do in this highly charged, emotionally challenging area. Thank you for your continuing participation and engagement on this issue.
Cristina Rose, TCC Board of Directors (Task Force Chair)
Matt Bibbens, Vice President and General Counsel, Claremont McKenna College
Quamina Carter, Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students, Claremont Graduate University
Anna Gonzalez, Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students, Harvey Mudd College
Jamie Jorgensen, Chief of Staff, Chief Legal Counsel, Pitzer College
Stig Lanesskog, CEO, The Claremont Colleges Services
Cynthia Martinez, Dean of Students, Keck Graduate Institute
Gabi Starr, President, Pomona College
Lara Tiedens, President, Scripps College
*members listed alphabetically