Preventing Sexual Violence in Higher Education (P.A. 99-426)

Violation of the Student Code of Conduct relating to Gender-Based or Sexual Misconduct, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault and Stalking

A Survivors Right to Report

A person who believes he or she has been subjected to, witnessed, or has knowledge of gender-based or sexual misconduct may file a complaint alleging violation(s) of the Student Code of Conduct through the Vice President of Student Development’s Office. A person who believes he or she has been subjected to, witnessed, or has knowledge of an alleged violation of the policy by such misconduct on the part of a College employee (faculty or other staff) may file a complaint through the Human Resources Office.

The complainant has the right to report or not report a violation of the Student Code of Conduct. It is recommended that a Confidential Advisor be contacted prior to making a report to inform the survivor of choices for reporting options, possible outcomes, notifying law enforcement and a review of the Student Code of Conduct.

*There is immunity for students who in good faith report on alleged violation of the comprehensive policy to a “responsible employee,” providing that the reporting student will not receive a disciplinary sanction for a student conduct violation (such as underage drinking) revealed in the course of reporting, unless the violation was “egregious” (e.g., an action that places the health or safety of another person at risk).

*A person cannot consent to sexual activity if unable to understand the nature of the activity or give knowing consent. This includes circumstances where the person is incapacitated due to drugs or alcohol, asleep or unconscious. Consent means actively agreeing to be sexual with someone. Consent lets someone know that sex is wanted. Sexual activity without consent is rape or sexual assault.

You can speak with anyone at any time. Reporting is always an option. Choosing one route does not exclude other options. You should pursue whatever routes will be the most helpful to recovery.

Sexual Assault Reporting and Support Options