Sexual and Gender-Based Misconduct
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Skidmore's commitment to addressing sexual and gender-based misconduct

March 9, 2015

As a community, Skidmore works to foster a climate of mutual respect with student safety as our top priority. This includes a resolute commitment to proactively addressing the issue of sexual and gender-based misconduct. 

While this is a societal problem affecting venues across the nation, including college campuses, Skidmore College is not immune, and we are dedicated to combating it on our campus. We take this matter very seriously, have devoted substantial resources to the prevention of misconduct and remedies to reports of misconducts, and continue to make this a top priority.

Due to federal privacy laws and our commitment to safeguarding student confidentiality and protecting the integrity of the hearing process, we do not publicly comment on cases that are currently being handled in the campus conduct system. However, we can speak in general terms regarding:

Our efforts in both areas have been the subject of much conversation, open communication and collaboration, and dedicated work involving many in the campus community, including students. To ensure that our policies reflect best practices in higher education, our own experiences, and changes in existing laws, we continue to review all of our policies and procedures, seeking to improve them whenever and wherever we can.

This Sexual and Gender Misconduct web site brings together all pertinent information in an accessible format, including our updated policy on Sexual and Gender-Based Misconduct, which was developed by a committee of staff and students, in consultation with the College’s counsel.

Below are several links you may find helpful in understanding how the College handles cases of sexual and gender misconduct:

 

Recent Changes and Improvements

Skidmore has spent the last year revising its policies on sexual and gender misconduct and sharing them with the entire community: students, faculty, staff, the President’s Cabinet, and the Board of Trustees, consultants and attorneys, to obtain comprehensive feedback. We have been working to implement initiatives to increase community awareness of sexual and gender-based misconduct; to strengthen our prevention and education efforts as well as our bystander intervention training; and to publicize and enhance on- and off-campus support and reporting resources.

As a result of feedback received, a number of changes to the policy have been implemented, including the following:

Our work continues in the following areas:

 

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