Sexual Misconduct Support and Resources - Title IX

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 Student Handbook 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. For information regarding your responsibilities and resources in reporting an incident, click here.

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:

Michael Goodwin, Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Student Involvement and Leadership
Moose Lounge - Hunter Hall
802.447.6328
mgoodwin@svc.edu

Deputy Coordinators:

Ashley Hodges, Head Athletic Trainer
Mountaineer Athletic Center
802.447.4670
ahodges@svc.edu

Carol Sheringham, Director of Human Resources
Room 200, Everett Mansion
802.447.6358
csheringham@svc.edu

Confidentiality

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 is available. Click 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 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.