Sexual Assault Policy Statement
No person shall sexually assault any member of the student community. Students shall be free to report any sexual assault without fear of retaliation. Retaliation or threats of retaliation against a student bringing a charge of sexual assault will be treated as a separate and serious violation of College policy.
For the purposes of this policy, sexual assault is defined as any act in which a member of the student community is forced to engage in sexual activity against their will or without their consent, including situations in which physical sexual acts are perpetrated against a person’s will or when a person is incapable of giving consent due to use of drugs or alcohol, or due to an intellectual or other disability. Consent must be mutual and unambiguously communicated agreement to participate in sexual activity. “Sexual assault” as used in this policy includes not only physically assaultive behavior but also extreme verbal threats, physical or verbal intimidation, and/or indecent exposure. The College’s policy on sexual assault also applies to intimate partner and relationship violence, stalking and bullying based on sex or gender. Although Pennsylvania criminal law distinguishes between rape and sexual assault (defining rape as involving penetration), the College policy defines as unacceptable any act in which one person forces another or attempts to force another to engage in any sexual act.
The goals of this policy are to create a community free from sexual misconduct of all kinds, to provide avenues for those affected by sexual assault, harassment or discrimination to obtain assistance and provide a prompt and equitable complaint and investigation procedure.