Sexual Misconduct

WHAT IS SEXUAL MISCONDUCT?

“Sexual Misconduct” is a broad term encompassing “Sexual Exploitation,” “Sexual Harassment,” “Sexual Violence,” “Non-Consensual Sexual Contact,” and “Non-Consensual Sexual Intercourse,” as defined in this Policy. Sexual Misconduct can occur between strangers or acquaintances, including people involved in an intimate or sexual relationship. Sexual Misconduct can be committed by men or by women, and it can occur between people of the same or different sex.

Policy

Ursinus College considers Sexual Misconduct to include Assault, Harassment, Stalking, and Relationship Violence of a sexual nature. These acts will not be tolerated within this community that emphasizes dignity and works of all members and visitors. Ursinus College will not tolerate violence toward or abuse of any member of the community by another.

All members of the College community and visitors to campus are strongly urged to report incidents of Sexual Misconduct. The College will provide support to Complainants to seek criminal prosecution under the Pennsylvania Crimes Code. Any student charged with such an offense will be subject to judicial action. Persons charged with such offenses may also be prosecuted under Pennsylvania criminal statutes. Any faculty or staff member charged with such an offense by a student will be subject to the rules and procedures outlined in this policy. Otherwise, the Faculty Handbook or the Staff Personnel Policies Handbook shall be used when dealing with Sexual Misconduct cases involving faculty or staff. Ursinus College is firmly committed to providing immediate care and support to all Complainants. The College will take immediate action to eliminate existing Sexual Misconduct, prevent its recurrence, and address its effects.

Ursinus College does not discriminate in its educational programs, in accordance with Title IX. Inquiries concerning the application of Title IX may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator (Associate Dean of Students, Kim Taylor, 610-409-3333, ktaylor@ursinus.edu).