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Student Behavior

There are two policies that govern Student Behavior that is sexually inappropriate.

First, the Student Sexual Misconduct Policy defines sexual misconduct as any non-consensual behavior or contact between students.  This includes, but is not limited to, unwanted comments or gestures, exposure to unwanted body parts or material, unwanted voyeurism, unwanted sexual touching and unwanted sexual intercourse.  The cornerstone of the policy is the concept of "Active Consent," which means that each person involved in sexual contact or behavior agrees freely and knowingly to that sexual activity.  By definition, one can not freely and knowingly consent if one's judgment is substantially impaired by drugs, alcohol, or other mental impairment, or if one has been threatened or coerced.  It is the responsibility of the person initiating each sexual behavior to obtain consent and to determine if such consent is freely and knowingly given.  

Incidents of Intimate Partner Violence also proceed through the Student Sexual Misconduct process.  Intimate partner violence is defined as violence occurring between people who are dating or consider themselves to be a couple at present or in the past.

There are three (3) reporting options available to student under this policy:

  • Informal Supports are available to all students regardless of their decision to file or not file a formal complaint.  Students can access any of the confidential resources to assist them in making decisions about filing a complaint, as well as accessing information and referrals for personal counseling, medical services, academic support and housing support.
  • Formal College Judicial complaints can be filed as long as the respondent, or accused person is a student at the college.  This is an internal process that can establish whether there have been violations of the code of conduct.  Once the decision to file a formal complaint is made, an investigator who is trained to conduct investigations of sexual misconduct and intimate partner violence is provided with information regarding the complainant, the complaint and the respondent.  Complainants and respondents are strongly encouraged to select a person who has a thorough understanding of the policy and the discipline system who can assist the student in preparing and/or responding to the formal complaint throughout the investigative, adjudication and appeal process.  The investigator investigates the allegations and reports to the college adjudicator, who determines responsibility and sanctions.  
  • Criminal Justice complaints can be filed with the local police department.  Any student wishing assistance in contacting the police can contact the SARC, Campus Safety, or any other college official.  

A second policy that addresses student behavior is the Sexual Harassment Policy.  Sexual harassment includes, but is not limited to: unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other unwelcome verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature where submission to such conduct is made a term or condition of the student’s employment or education; or submission or rejection of such conduct is used as the basis for employment or educational decisions affecting the student, or such conduct has the effect or purpose of substantially interfering with a student’s work or academic performance or of creating an intimidating, hostile or demeaning employment or learning environment.  For behavior that conduct by a student toward another student or toward a staff or faculty member, complaints are handled through the above Student Sexual Misconduct process.