Ramapo College take a strong stance against any instances of sexual misconduct that arise within its student body. The College upholds a sexual misconduct policy which is contained within the pages of the College's Student Handbook and is enforced by both the Office of Student Conduct and the College's Title IX Coordinator. The process used for taking action against acts of sexual misconduct is separate from how the College handles instances of standard misconduct.
Sexual Misconduct Process at Ramapo College
When a student files a report alleging sexual misconduct, it is first reviewed by the Title IX Coordinator. This is an initial assessment of the claim to see if it warrants pursuit of disciplinary action under the College's sexual misconduct policy. If such action is warranted, an investigator will be selected to handle the case. The student who initiates the report will be known as the "complainant," while the student who faces allegations is known as the "respondent." During the period of investigation, if it is believed that the respondent may pose a threat to the College community, or to the integrity of the investigation, certain interim measures may be enacted in an effort to prevent this from taking place. This can include a change in housing, change in class schedule, "no contact" orders, or even a temporary suspension. Investigations will consist of separate meetings with all parties and any witnesses.
The College will resolve instances of sexual misconduct through the investigative process, rather than staging a full hearing. When an investigation has concluded, and both parties have been given an opportunity to present information, the investigator will compose a preliminary report and deliver it to the Title IX Coordinator and the Deputy Coordinator. The Deputy Coordinator will then meet separately with both parties and give them a chance to respond to the report and present any additional information they wish to be considered. The parties will then be given 5 days to present a written response containing additional information or witnesses they wish to be considered in the investigation. After all information has been considered, the investigator will generate a final report and reach a finding. Decisions for the finding are made using the standard of "a preponderance of evidence."
At all stages of the investigation, students are entitled to the presence of a personal advisor of their own choosing. Sexual misconduct allegations are of a particularly serious nature and can result in consequences that negatively affect a student's entire future career; both academic and professional. For this reason, students should select an attorney to serve as an advisor. An attorney can help ensure that a student's rights remain protected during the investigation, and also can help students suggest necessary evidence to help their case. In addition, an attorney can help a student through any adverse consequences that may follow the initial allegations at Ramapo College.
Appeals at Ramapo College
If the hearing results in an unfavorable outcome, students may make an appeal. Appeals should be submitted within five (5) business days from the date on the outcome notification. The grounds for appeal are disproportionate sanctions, procedural error, or new evidence.