Community Board on Sexual Misconduct (CBSM)

The Community Board on Sexual Misconduct is the College body charged with adjudicating complaints of student-to-student sexual misconduct. The Board hears student-student sexual misconduct cases in three-person panels, selected from the Board as a whole.

The Board consists of four faculty, three staff, and five students. Faculty are appointed by the Faculty Affairs Committee to serve a three-year term. Staff are appointed by the President's Office to serve a three-year term. Students apply to serve on the Board through the Carleton Student Association application process. They then are selected by the Title IX Coordinator, in collaboration with the CSA chair. Students serve one or more years, depending on their availability.

The Title IX Coordinator and Title IX Deputy for Faculty and Staff serve on the Board in an ex officio, non-voting capacity. The Title IX Coordinator chairs the committee and, together with the Title IX Deputy, arranges and leads meetings and trainings.

Students who participate in a hearing process have the opportunity to indicate if they have a conflict with a Board member (for instance, currently taking a class with that professor, staff member is their supervisor, they have a significant relationship with a student member). They can request that the Board member not serve on the panel in their case.

The Board meets four to five weeks per term for comprehensive training related to their work, covering such topics as:

  • Discussion of the student complaint process
  • Carleton's Policy Against Sexual Misconduct
  • Incapacitation
  • Consent
  • Legal requirement
  • Evaluating credibility
  • Evaluating evidence
  • Bias in decision-making
  • Resources for students

Meetings may also involve mock hearings and debriefs of recent cases.