If you or someone you know has experienced any form of sexual violence such as sexual assault, nonconsensual touching, sexual abuse, sexual harassment, stalking or cyberstalking, or dating or domestic violence, or have had an encounter that made you uncomfortable, the following resources are available to provide you with information, support and assistance. Please see definitions for more information.
Your Reporting Options
You have several options for reporting sexual harassment and assault, including both off-campus and on-campus procedures.
In cases of sexual assault, rape and relationship violence, Colgate strongly encourages you to report the incident to the local police by dialing 911. Campus Safety will assist any student in reporting an incident to the police if the student so requests. The criminal process is separate from the University’s own grievance process for addressing sexual harassment and sexual misconduct in the campus community.
Campus Safety officers are trained in assisting victims of sexual violence. Val Brogan, Campus Safety Investigator, worked for over 15 years in the Onondaga Police Department’s Special Victims Unit, and is a member of the Equity Grievance Panel. She is an important source of advice on what your reporting options are, and can provide sensitive intake of complaints.
If you are not yet sure what you want to do, whether you want to file a criminal complaint with the Hamilton Police, make a report to Campus Safety, or file a complaint through the university’s equity grievance process, you can still inform university officials that the incident occurred by Report an incident or concern.
You may submit this report anonymously if you do not wish to provide a name or other identifying information. Once the form is completed, click the ‘Send Form’ button at the bottom of the page. The contents of this form are e-mailed directly to the Office of the Dean of the College and the sender appears as "Dean of the College Web Page." You will receive an automated response indicating that the report was received.
Please note that although Colgate endeavors to investigate all reports, including anonymous reports, the nature of anonymous reports makes investigation, determination, and remediation more difficult and, at times, impossible. As a result, you are encouraged to provide your name and contact information. If you provide your name and contact information, a Colgate administrator may contact you to follow up on your report.
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (“Title IX”) prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any federally funded education program or activity. Sexual harassment, including sexual assault and relationship violence, is a form of sex discrimination. Professor Marilyn Rugg is Colgate University’s Title IX Coordinator, and her role is to ensure prompt and equitable responses to reports of sexual misconduct, to prevent the recurrence of the misconduct, and to address the effects in accordance with university policy and procedures.
She will respond sensitively to your concerns, discuss the options available to you, and help you to file a complaint of sexual harassment or sexual misconduct if you decide that you wish to do so. Her office is located in 102 Lathrop Hall, and she can be reached at 315-228-7288 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
EGP members have been trained on all aspects of the university’s grievance process and can provide sensitive intake and initial counseling of complaints, as well as act as advisers to individuals throughout the complaint process. They can serve as a source of advice, support, and referral to help you know your options and to assist you through whatever process you choose.
Resources for reporting parties
- Rights and resources for those who report sexual violence or stalking
- Frequently asked questions for reporting parties
Resources for responding parties