Non-Retaliation Policy

Retaliation is any act or attempt to retaliate or seek retribution against any individual or group of individuals involved in the filing of a report, investigation, and/or resolution of an allegation of discrimination or harassment. Forms of retaliation include intimidation, threats, pressuring, harassment, continued abuse or violence, slander and libel, or preventing participation in college activities or proceedings. Retaliation can be committed by any individual or group of individuals, not just a Respondent. Retaliatory conduct by community members and third parties is prohibited regardless of whether it occurs on or off campus, in person, or through social media, email, or other forms of communication.

An individual reporting harassment or discrimination is entitled to protection from any form of retaliation following a report that is made in good faith, even if the underlying allegations are later not proven to be a violation of the Equal Opportunity, Non-Discrimination, and Anti-Harassment Policy.  Individuals acting in good faith to oppose or disrupt conduct that constitutes a violation of this policy are likewise protected from retaliation. Individuals accused of discrimination and harassment are warned that any form of retaliation taken against a person submitting a complaint or participating in an investigation of a complaint will be grounds for disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal from the college. 

Any form of retaliation should be reported to the Gwen Lexow, Director of Title IX & Civil Rights Compliance/Title IX Coordinator immediately. Upon notification, the Title IX Coordinator will investigate this report and take all appropriate and available steps to protect individuals who may be subject to retaliation.


Director of Title IX and Civil Rights Compliance/Title IX Coordinator
Gwen Lexow
Lane Hall 202-A
207-786-6445
titleix@bates.edu