In order to comply with Title IX of the Higher Education Amendments of 1972 (20 U.S.C. § 1681 et seq. Title IX) and the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013, reports of conduct involving alleged violations of sections 10.14 (Relationship or Interpersonal Violence, including Dating Violence, Domestic Violence and Stalking) or 10.15 (Sexual Misconduct) of the Code are subject to specialized and/or additional processes and procedures.
These processes and procedures are designed to provide a prompt and equitable resolution for both the complainant and respondent.
According to Section 2.7 of the Student Discipline Procedures, “Consent” means an affirmative decision to engage in sexual activity given by clear action or words. It is an informed decision made freely, willingly, and actively by all parties. Behavior will be considered “without consent” if no clear consent, verbal or nonverbal, is given. Consent cannot be procured by physical force, compelling threats, intimidating behavior, or coercion. A person cannot give consent if he or she is incapacitated as a result of alcohol or drug consumption (voluntary or otherwise), is unconscious, unaware or asleep during the act, is under the legal age to provide consent, or otherwise lacks the capacity to consent. A lack of protest or resistance is not a valid form of consent. Silence is not a valid form of consent. A prior relationship or prior sexual activity is not sufficient to demonstrate consent. Consent can be revoked or withdrawn at any time, even during a sexual act. If consent is withdrawn, the sexual act is no longer consensual.
Statement on Retaliation
It is a separate violation of sections 10.14 or 10.15 of the Code for any Student, Student Group or Student Organization to retaliate against any person making a report of Interpersonal or Relationship Violence or Sexual Misconduct, or against any person participating in the investigation procedure involving these reports.
According to Section 10.15 of the Code, Retaliation (including threats, harassment, intimidation, coercion) against a person because he/she filed a complaint alleging sexual misconduct, relationship or interpersonal violence, including dating violence, domestic violence, or stalking or participated in an investigation or procedure involving charges of sexual misconduct, relationship or interpersonal violence, including dating violence, domestic violence, or stalking.