Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
Wheaton College
Sexual Assault Information

Campus Life

Campus Reporting Options

1.  Where can I find information about the campus sexual assault policy?

 

  • Information regarding Wheaton’s sexual assault policy can be found on the college’s sexual assault web pages (http://wheatoncollege.edu/sexual-assault/) and in the student handbook located online at http://wheatoncollege.edu/policies/sxassault.html. Information is also available through RAs and ACs, the Dean of Students, Preceptors, members of SMART (the Sexual Misconduct and Assault Resource Team), and various brochures and leaflets distributed on campus.

2.  How do I initiate a campus judicial complaint? Who can I file a campus judicial complaint against? What makes a campus complaint different from a criminal trial? Is it confidential?

  • A victim may choose to notify the Dean of Students and bring a case of sexual assault directly to the College Hearing Board. This option applies when both parties are currently enrolled Wheaton students, whether the assault occurred on or off campus. A non-student (neighbor, stranger) may file a complaint against a Wheaton student, as well as a Wheaton student against a non-Wheaton student.
  • The campus judicial process is confidential within the limits of the process. People who are involved in the campus judicial procedure, who have a “need to know”, will be given pertinent information and information will be shared as necessary with investigators, witnesses and the accused. In some instances, especially if there’s any indication that the campus community at large is not safe, the college will make an announcement regarding the nature of the assault but will withhold any identifying information.

3.  What is the process and timeline for filing a campus judicial complaint?

The victim meets with the Dean of Students and files a formal complaint. The accused is notified, as well as any witnesses to the assault. The accused is asked to respond in writing to the allegations. Witnesses are asked to submit a written statement. The process takes several weeks.

4.  Is filing a campus judicial complaint like filing criminal charges?  How is it different?

Filing a campus judicial complaint is different from filing criminal charges (although both can be done simultaneously). In a criminal case, the level of proof required is “beyond a reasonable doubt”. In a campus judicial procedure, the level of proof is “preponderance of evidence” (more likely than not).

5.  What is a campus “No Contact Order”? How do I get one? What if the “No Contact Order” is violated by either party?

  • The victim of a sexual assault may choose to report the incident to the Dean of Students. In response, the Dean of Students has the authority to issue a campus “No Contact Order”. The purpose of a campus “No Contact Order” is to limit the contact the accused can have with the victim. The “campus” includes classes, residence halls, academic and recreational facilities, and dining halls. Additionally, the victim is expected to terminate any contact with the accused, as well.

1.    The Dean may require the accused to move from a particular residence hall or move off campus.

2.    The Dean may mandate a counseling evaluation for the accused.

3.    The Dean may approve reasonable requests to modify the victim’s class schedule and/or residential arrangements where appropriate and when other class/housing options are available.

  • If the ”No Contact Order” is violated by either party, the Dean of Students has the authority to take further action.

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