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Community Review Board (CRB)

The Community Review Board (the “board” or the “CRB”) shall hear complaints involving Hampshire College students (or for complaints of violation of the Sexual Offenses Policy and other violations of Norms of Community Living and Policies that are alleged to have occurred as part of the same circumstances as the Sexual Offenses Policy complaint, a separate review panel comprised of members of the CRB shall review investigation reports and other written materials) and make determinations regarding matters of fact surrounding specific complaints and make findings of whether a respondent violated the Norms for Community Living and Policies, and if finding a violation, shall determine sanctions. This determination of sanctions will take into account, as appropriate, any mitigating, extenuating, and/or aggravating circumstances discovered in the course of the board’s review. 
 
The board is active during the academic year, while classes are in session. Complaints filed when the board is not in session, or filed within a timeframe that does not allow them to be heard while the board is in session, may be referred to the dean of students office for adjudication by a dean’s hearing or, at the discretion of the dean of students, postponed to the next session of the board.
 
Membership
The board minimally consists of three students, two faculty, and two staff. Student members of the board serve one-year terms, and faculty and staff serve alternating two-year terms. A quorom of the board for a hearing to proceed consists of three members, with at least one member of each group. The CRB is convened and advised by the director of student conduct, rights, and responsibilities or other member of the dean of students office as designated by the dean of students.
 
For complaints of violation of the Sexual Offenses Policy and other violations of Norms of Community Living and Policies that are alleged to have occurred as part of the same circumstances as the Sexual Offenses Policy complaint, a separate review panel comprised of members of the CRB may be convened. Quorom for sexual offenses review panels may differ from CRB quorom and is described in the Campus Action and Formal Complaint Processes section of the Sexual Offenses Policy.
 
Board members receive an in-depth training at the beginning of each calendar year as well as meet for regular inservice training throughout the academic year.
 
For further information about the CRB and membership, visit the CRB website.
 
Filing a Complaint
  1. The CRB shall hear complaints of a violation of Norms of Community Living and Policies involving a Hampshire College student (excluding complaints of Sexual Offenses Policy violations and other violations of Norms of Community Living and Policies that are alleged to have occurred as part of the same circumstances as the Sexual Offenses Policy complaint). Such complaints may be brought by any member of the College community, including the Office of the Dean of Students acting on behalf of the College, and must be filed in writing with the advisor to the Community Review Board and signed by the person who will appear before the CRB.
  2. Complainants will meet with the advisor to the board, at which time they will complete a complaint form. A complaint form is not complete until as much information and evidence available at the time of filing is submitted. (This may included but is not limited to notes, papers, writings, photographs, statements, reports, etc.). 
  3. The complaint must meet the following criteria to be accepted by the CRB:

    • Must be timely: Complaints must be submitted within 14 weeks of the alleged event, unless there are other compelling circumstances for a delayed filing as determined by the board. The following periods are not applicable to the 14 week timeline: between the last day of classes in the spring semester and the first day of classes in the fall semester; between the last day of classes in the fall semester and the first day of classes in the spring semester.
    • Cannot be harassing: Complaints filed as a means to harass or retaliate against a student are violation of Norms for Community Living and Policies and may be grounds for disciplinary action against the person filing a complainant as a means to harass or retaliate against a student.
    • Must be specific: The person filing the complaint must submit enough information on the complaint form to suggest that a violation may have occured. If there is not enough information to suggest a violation may have occurred the advisor to the CRB may recommend other options for resolution.