Community Standards and Student Conduct
Students are held to standards of conduct relating to sexual harassment and sexual violence, as defined by the Office of Civil Rights (OCR), under the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX), which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in educational programs or activities and the right of students to receive an education free from sexual harassment and sexual violence, on campus and off campus.
- Sexual harassment, as defined by the OCR is:
“…unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature, which can include unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal, nonverbal, or physical conduct of a sexual nature. Thus, sexual harassment prohibited by Title IX can include conduct such as touching of a sexual nature; making sexual comments, jokes or gestures; writing graffiti or displaying or distributing sexually explicit drawings, pictures, or written materials; calling students sexually charged names; spreading sexual rumors; rating students on sexual activity or performance; or circulating, showing, or creating e-mails or Web sites of a sexual nature.”
- Sexual violence as defined by the OCR:
“…refers to physical sexual acts perpetrated against a person’s will or where a person is incapable of giving consent due to the victim’s use of drugs or alcohol. An individual also may be unable to give consent due to an intellectual or other disability. A number of different acts fall into the category of sexual violence, including rape, sexual assault, sexual battery, and sexual coercion. All such acts of sexual violence are forms of sexual harassment.”
An individual engaging in sexual harassment shall be subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination or expulsion. Individuals who knowingly file fraudulent complaints under this policy are subject to disciplinary action. Individuals will not be subject to retaliation for filing legitimate complaints.
For more information about this policy and/or procedures for filing a complaint, contact:
Student Judicial Affairs Officer