Title IX Compliance at SVC
Southern Vermont College strives to create and maintain a working and learning environment in which people are treated with dignity, decency and respect. The environment of the College is characterized by mutual trust and the absence of intimidation, oppression and exploitation. Faculty, staff and students are able to work and learn in a safe, yet stimulating atmosphere. In accordance with Title IX gender equity laws, SVC does not tolerate unlawful discrimination or harassment of any kind. This includes, but is not limited to, incidents of sexual harassment, relationship violence, stalking and sexual assault.
Through enforcement of this policy and education of faculty, staff and students, SVC seeks to prevent, correct and, as necessary, sanction behavior that violates this policy. You can learn more about SVC’s Title IX related policies and procedures regarding sexual misconduct in the SVC Student Handbook 2016-2017 or in the Employee Handbook.
We encourage you to report any form of sexual misconduct and seek support if you are unclear of an incident of sexual misconduct has occurred.
If you want to report an incident of sexual misconduct, or are searching for clarification and resources, SVC has a team of trained staff to support you:
Title IX Coordinator:
Kimberly Gould, Special Assistant to the Provost and Coordinator of Academic Initiatives
Room 207, Everett Mansion
Ashley Hodges, Assistant Director of Athletics and Head Athletic Trainer
Mountaineer Athletic Center
Carol Sheringham, Director of Human Resources
Room 200, Everett Mansion
Nearly every member of the SVC faculty and staff community has received training regarding discussing and supporting those who have experienced some form of sexual misconduct. They can discuss your rights in reporting such an incident with you, and share available resources. While they cannot guarantee full confidentiality, they can assure privacy and help you with the reporting process.
If, however, you would like to speak to someone confidentially:
- Counseling Services are available. Go here regarding their services.
- For off-campus confidential services, we encourage you to contact the Bennington office of PAVE
(Project Against Violent Encounters). They can be reached 24 hours a day at 802-447-2370, pavebennington.org/.
- In addition, if you wish to report an incident of sexual misconduct experienced by you, or someone you know, you can report this online using the Concerned at SVC reporting site. This anonymous form is shared with the Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students and the Director of Campus Safety. You can choose to leave as much identifying information as you like, and the College will follow up as best it can with the information that is given.