Frequently Asked Questions

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On this page, professional staff from the Sexual Misconduct Support Team and the Sexual Misconduct Adjudication Team answer questions we hear often.

If you have a question that is not addressed here, please contact any of us. We can give you information and discuss your questions and concerns. 

What are the differences between Carleton’s complaint process and the legal process?

There is a difference between Carleton’s complaint process and an external legal process. Carleton’s complaint process is an internal complaint process, which means that it was created for the Carleton community to be utilized for the Carleton community. Carleton students involved in a complaint, whether as a complainant or a respondent will be provided support, assistance and advice from Carleton College community members. The investigation will be an internal investigation, and the Community Board on Sexual Misconduct (CBSM), an internal college board, will be the decision-makers regarding whether a policy has been violated. Until the 2014-15 academic year, attorneys were not allowed to participate in the internal process. However, colleges are now mandated by federal law that students may choose to have an attorney serve as their adviser of choice while going through a campus complaint process. Students are not required to have attorneys; Carleton is not required to provide attorneys. In order to make sure the process is equitable, each student may have only one adviser. If the student selects to have an attorney as their adviser, they will not also be assigned an SMS Adviser.

The legal process, whether it is criminal or civil, is an external process which means that the process is outside the control and authority of the college. Anyone who believes that they are a victim of a crime, may take steps to file a criminal complaint with the local authorities. Victims of sexual assault who report an incident to the police need not retain a private attorney because the legal issues will be handled through the county attorney’s office. You may want to retain an attorney is you are accused of a crime, or are considering filing a civil action against the alleged perpetrator

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