Policy and Procedures

If you believe you have experienced an assault   -   remember, it is not your fault.

Barnard Policy Against Discrimination and Harassment

Barnard College is guided by the precept that in no aspect of its employment practices or educational programs should there be disparate treatment of persons because of improper considerations of race, color, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, age or disability. 

"No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subject to discrimination under any educational program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance."
-Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 to the 1964 Civil Rights Act

Title IX prohibits gender discrimination in all programs and activities of a College such as Barnard College. Although two of the most common applications of the law are athletics and sexual harassment, Title IX also applies to admissions, financial aid, academic matters, career services, counseling and medical services, and all other programs and activities available to students at Barnard College. If you have additional questions or concerns about Title IX, you can contact the Title IX Coordinator. 

References for Reports of Sexual Assault

Grievance Procedures for Gender-Based and Sexual Misconduct
These grievance procedures are specifically for the adjudication of complaints of sex and gender-based misconduct when such complaints involve Barnard College students, faculty, staff, administrators and/or third parties.

Grievance Procedures for Discrimination and Harassment
These grievance procedures are specifically for the adjudication of complaints of discrimination or harassment (that are not sex and gender-based misconduct) when such complaints involve Barnard College students, faculty, staff, administrators and/or third parties.

CU Gender-Based Misconduct Policy for Students
Reports of gender-based misconduct where the Respondent is a matriculated Columbia University students are processed utilizing Columbia University procedures.  Additional Columbia University information can be found on the Columbia University Sexual Respect website at http://titleix.columbia.edu/.

Additional Resource information and reporting options are available if you or someone you know has experienced sexual assault or other subjected to other misconduct.

For procedure related to other College Policies and behavior that does not fall under the Policy Against Discrimination and Harassment see the General Grievance Procedures.  Students should also refer to the Code of Conduct.

General Grievance Procedures
The College has established this General Grievance Procedure to supplement certain policies of the College, such as the College's Policy Against Discrimination and Harassment In Employment Practices and in Student Academic and Campus Life, which designate the General Grievance Procedure as the appropriate process for evaluating allegations of discrimination or harassment (other than sex or gender-based misconduct) against students, faculty, administrative, professional, confidential and unionized employees or visitors to the College.  Please be aware that other College policies may also be applicable, depending upon the nature of the reported behavior.