To report sexual and gender-based misconduct, please contact Rachael Pauze, Director of Title IX Compliance, at 508-286-3231, pauze_rachael@wheatoncollege.edu, or at her office, Science Center Rm 227.

Other options to whom an individual may report an instance of sexual and gender-based misconduct, besides the Director of Title IX Compliance, can be found in the following chart of resources (pdf). These contacts are indicated on the chart as either confidential or non-confidential resources based on privileges assigned to each role.

Please know that if you experienced sexual or gender-based misconduct, you may report the misconduct and seek supportive resources without initiating the formal conduct process.*

Reporting the misconduct allows the college to:

  1. provide you with information about confidential and supportive resources
  2. implement any interim measures you may need for your safety and well-being
  3. inform you of your right to also report the misconduct to law enforcement
  4. discuss in detail the process of initiating the formal conduct process
  5. reemphasize the college’s strong stance against retaliation and that college officials will take any steps necessary to protect you and others from it

You may initiate the formal conduct process by requesting such to the Director of Title IX Compliance either in person, by phone, by email, or otherwise by writing. As part of initiating the formal process, you will be asked but not required to submit a written complaint. Once initiated, college investigators will conduct a thorough, reliable, and impartial investigation and complete an investigation report for Sexual and Gender-based Misconduct Hearing Board (the Board) review. The Board will hold a hearing, make a determination of responsibility, and impose sanctions, if appropriate.

The college aims to complete this process promptly within sixty (60) days of receiving a report.

For more information about the conduct process, please see the policy.

* In some limited instances, the college may be required to proceed through the conduct process without a reporting party’s participation, where a threat to the safety of the campus community exists.