Frequently-Asked Questions

What support resources are currently available?

Carleton is committed to supporting all campus community members who have been impacted by sexual misconduct. Any Carleton student can access both on-campus and off-campus resources whether they are currently located on Careton’s campus or studying remotely. See an up-to-date list of available support services.

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Sexual Misconduct Resources at Carleton

Does Carleton’s policy against sexual misconduct prohibit online forms of misconduct?

Yes. Carleton’s definitions of intimate partner violence, stalking, harassment, sexual exploitation, and sexually inappropriate conduct can all apply to virtual forms of communication. View Carleton’s policy against sexual misconduct in full.

Can I still receive support if the sexual misconduct occurred off-campus?

While we cannot typically enact the formal complaint process if the responding party is not a member of the Carleton community, we can still offer the impacted party supportive measures and, in many cases, help the impacted party access resources in their current location.

Can I still receive support from Title IX if the person who caused the harm is not a member of our campus community?

Yes. While we cannot typically enact the formal complaint process if the responding party is not a member of the Carleton community, we can still offer the impacted party supportive measures and, in many cases, help the impacted party access resources in their current location

What could support options look like while I am off-campus?

The best way to hear what’s possible is to schedule an appointment with Laura Riehle-Merrill, Carleton’s Title IX Coordinator. She is available to meet one-to-one with students to review options. She can assist with academic accommodations, informal processes, referral to resources including counseling and, if applicable, Carleton’s formal complaint process.

How do I get in contact with the Title IX Coordinator?

Whether you are on-campus or off-campus, you can reach Laura Riehle-Merrill directly by email at lriehlem@carleton.edu or by submitting a community concern form (CCF).

What responsibilities do faculty and staff have?

Carleton’s faculty and staff are responsible parties, and so need to inform the Title IX Coordinator if they hear about any incidents of suspected sexual misconduct, whether the incident occurred on campus or off. Excepted from responsible party status are the staff of Student Health and Counseling and our college chaplains, all of whom are confidential resources. For more resources, please visit our Information for Faculty and Staff page.

Can I pursue a formal complaint while off-campus? 

Yes. We have the capacity to conduct investigations and to convene our community board for sexual misconduct remotely.

Can Title IX investigations happen remotely? 

Yes. We have the capacity to conduct investigations remotely.

Is the Community Board for Sexual Misconduct meeting this term?

Yes, we are meeting remotely and conducting trainings on our usual schedule.

Will prevention education programs be taking place this term?

Yes, we will be offering virtual prevention education programs, including Green Dot bystander intervention trainings, throughout the term. Watch our events calendar or join the Carleton SMPR Google Group to stay up-to-date on all upcoming trainings. 

Many of our prevention programs are available virtually by request, including Green Dot Bystander Intervention, How to Support a Friend, and Preventing Sexual Violence at Carleton. A complete list of available trainings can be found here.