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Community Review Board (CRB) Hearings

The Community Review Board (the “board” or the “CRB”) shall hear complaints involving Hampshire College students  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 office, postponed to the next session of the board.
 
For complaints of violation of the Gender-based and Sexual Misconduct 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 Gender-based and Sexual Misconduct Policy complaint, a separate investigation process, which may lead to a hearing before a panel made up of members of the CRB may be convened. For details on investigation and hearing processes for sexual misconduct cases, please see the complaints, investigation, and hearing processes section of the Gender-based and Sexual Misconduct Policy.
 
Membership
The board minimally consists of three students, two faculty, and two staff. Students are invited to serve one year terms and faculty and staff are invited to serve for alternating two-year terms. Faculty, staff, and students may be invited to serve longer terms at the discretion of the CRB advisor. 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.
 
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. Members joining at times outside of the calendar year will also receive an in-depth training.
 
For further information about the CRB and membership, visit the CRB website.
 
Filing a Complaint
  1. The CRB shall hear complaints of violations of Norms of Community Living and Policies involving Hampshire College students.  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. Complaints may be referred to the CRB by a conduct hearing officer or brought to the board directly by a complainant (after meeting with an administrator to determine the CRB is the best course for resolution). All complaints, whether referred by a hearing officer or brought by a community member must be filed in writing with the advisor to the Community Review Board. 
  2. Complainants directly filing a case will meet with the advisor to the board and/or other administrator, 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 appropriate by the dean of students office. 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 or other administrator may recommend other options for resolution.