Harcum College treats reported instances of sexual misconduct within its student body with utmost concern. The College upholds a strict Title IX Policy that stands in opposition to any who may violate the policy. The policy outlines what behavior may constitute sexual misconduct, as well as what steps the College will take to engage in disciplinary action against students who violate this policy.
Sexual Misconduct at Harcum College
The College will begin its process for resolving acts of sexual misconduct once a report regarding an act of sexual misconduct is received by a College official. Once this occurs, the College will initiate an investigation into the matters to determine the facts surrounding the incident. The Title IX Coordinator will determine whether specific action under the Title IX policy is necessary. Throughout the process the student that files the complaint will be known as the "complainant," while the student who faces allegations will be known simply as "the accused." The College will then conduct an investigation into the matters. The purpose of the investigation is to determine whether any misconduct took place. During the investigation stage, the accused may face certain changes in their schedule or housing, or the complainant may request a move of their own. The accused may also face immediate suspension pending the results of the investigation.
The College utilizes an investigative resolution process for resolving incidents of sexual misconduct, rather than a hearing process. The College will assign an investigator or an investigative team, and the investigator or team will begin the investigation. Investigations will consist of separate interviews with both parties involved. Both of the parties may suggest their own supporting information, evidence, and witnesses to the investigators. The investigators will make a decision on the matters after it is believed that all information has been shared between the parties, and it will be reviewed by the Title IX Coordinator for a final decision.
Throughout the Title IX investigation and disciplinary process at Harcum College, students may be accompanied by a support person of their own choosing. Sexual misconduct allegations are extremely serious. These allegations often carry potential long-term consequences that can harm a student's future academic and career goals. For this reason, students should select an attorney to serve as their support person throughout the investigation and disciplinary process. An attorney can ensure that a student's rights are protected throughout the investigation. Attorneys may also assist students by suggesting information, evidence, and witnesses that can help their case. In addition, if any adverse consequences stem from the initial reporting of the allegations at Harcum College, attorneys will be able to serve as a student's legal guide.
Appeals at Harcum College
In the event of an unfavorable outcome, students may make an appeal of the decision. Appeals must be submitted through the College's appeals form within five (5) school days of the outcome. In addition, appeals must be on the grounds of irregularity in due process, unfair investigation, or unreasonable penalty.