EGP stands for the Equity Grievance Panel, which plays an important role in implementation of the Equity Grievance Policy.
The Equity Grievance Policy provides an opportunity to seek justice for harassment, discrimination and sexual violence. The EGP process is used to determine whether an incident constitutes a violation of the policy. Colgate offers many types of support, before, during and after a report or complaint is filed for all involved. The decision to come forward can be difficult, but we encourage all members of our community to reach out.
a. What's the difference between the student conduct board and the EGP?
The Student Conduct Board hears cases involving potential violations of the Code of Student Conduct, the Academic Honor Code, the Policy on Alcohol and Drugs, the Policy on Hazing, and various other policies. An EGP hearing is only used in cases involving possible violations of the University's Equity Grievance Policy. Students serve on the Student Conduct Board along with faculty and staff, but there are no students on the Equity Grievance Panel. The Equity Grievance Panel is made up of faculty and staff from across the campus who can serve in many capacities, including as a listener, a supportive partner in understanding the process, a formal adviser to the process, or a member of a hearing or appeal panel in a case.
b. What's the difference between a report and a complaint?
A report lets Colgate know that an incident occurred. A complaint allows you to move forward with a case that will be investigated and addressed through the equity grievance process. In some cases, the information provided in a report will require Colgate to act even absent a complaint, where the information provided indicates a risk to the community.