Primary prevention is our highest goal when addressing sexual violence. This means that we offer educational programs and support services that challenge the beliefs, biases, and behaviors that perpetuate sexual violence. On campus, faculty, staff, and students are working together to create a climate in which sexual violence is impermissible and speaking out against sexual violence is the norm.
When sexual violence does occur, however, we are dedicated to responding in a timely and sensitive manner, ensuring that all involved are aware of the resources available on campus and in the larger Kennebec County area.
Prevention training helps create a campus climate in which sexual respect is the norm and all students feel safe to pursue their goals.
Colby college strictly prohibits all form of sexual misconduct, including sexual harassment, intimate partner/dating violence, and stalking
Confidential Resource Advisor
• Kate Smanik, Dean of Religious and Spiritual Life: 207-859-4272, kesmanik@colby.
• Kevin Murray, Director of Student Access and Disability Services: 207-859-5166, kjmurray@colby.
• Kay Shirley, Assistant Dean of Student Success: 207-859-4560, kshirley@colby.
Colby Health Services
Maine’s Sexual Assault Helpline
Maine’s Domestic/Dating Abuse Helpline
Title IX Coordinator
207-859-4266 | [email protected] | Eustis 210A
Deputy Title IX Coordinators
Casie Runksmeier (for athletics)
207-859-4941 |[email protected] | Athletic Center D321
Carol A. Hurney (for faculty)
207-859-4787 | [email protected] | Eustis 203A
Cora Clukey (for staff)
207-859-5511 | [email protected] | 122 Roberts
Molly Hodgkins (for Admissions)
207-859-4816 | [email protected] | Lunder House
Waterville Police Department: 911
207-859-5911 (24 hours)
911 (24 hours)
Administrator on Call
207-859-5530 (24 hours)
The immediate aftermath of a sexual assault can be painful and confusing. You may feel scared and alone, and you may not know where to turn for help. Listed below are some steps you can take immediately following a sexual assault. These steps are not required but may help you get the best possible care in an emergency.
If you need emergency attention and support directly following a sexual assault:
*If you would like to have a forensic medical exam conducted, it is important that you go to the Hospital Emergency Room as soon as possible, ideally within 96 hours of the incident. At MaineGeneral Medical Center-Thayer Campus, a specially trained SAFE nurse will conduct your exam and a support person from The Sexual Assault Crisis and Support Center will be made available. Promptly getting a forensic medical exam is important if you think you might report your sexual assault to the police, but getting a forensic medical exam does not obligate you to file a police report.Campus Security and the Dean on Call can put you in contact with a Confidential Resource Advisor and/or Colby’s Title IX Coordinator (Emily Schusterbauer)
The physical and emotional effects of sexual violence can be persistent. Whether you experienced sexual violence last week or last year, it is important that you get the necessary support. Here are some steps you might take:
For additional information about getting help for yourself or a friend, see a more complete list of campus and community resources and read about confidentiality on campus.