I. Introduction/Statement of Policy

I. Introduction/Statement of Policy

Sexual and Relationship Misconduct Policy

This Policy and the Investigation/Determination Processes are intended to fully comply with Title IX and any related federal guidance, and will be interpreted and applied by the College accordingly.  As such, they are in lieu of and supersede any contrary policy/process/provision contained in Central’s Student or Employee Policy documents. (Applicable Faculty Bylaws provisions will continue to apply to the extent they are consistent with applicable law).  Updated February 17, 2015. 

I. Introduction/Statement of Policy

Central College is committed to providing a learning and working environment free from all forms of Sexual Misconduct including, but not limited to, Sex-Based Harassment, Non-consensual Sex Acts; Non-consensual Sexual Touching; and Sexual Exploitation. The College also is committed to providing a learning and working environment free from Relationship Misconduct, including Dating Violence, Domestic Violence and Stalking. Engaging in, or Attempting or Aiding in the Commission of such acts, violates the policies of Central College.  Finally, it is a violation of this Policy to engage in Retaliation against another for exercising his/her rights under this Policy. Any conduct in violation of this Policy will be treated under applicable College procedures. Central College does not tolerate any of the above conduct in any form (these acts are collectively referred to herein as “Sexual and/or Relationship Misconduct”). The College urges individuals to report any of these acts to campus officials under these administrative provisions. The College also encourages individuals to promptly report any such act that might also constitute a crime to local law enforcement. This policy applies to all students and employees of Central College regardless of sex, gender, sexual orientation or gender/sexual identity. 

The Policy covers conduct that occurs on all Central College campuses and at all Central sponsored programs and events. The Policy also covers prohibited conduct that initially occurs off-campus when students or employees experience continuing effects of the off-campus acts in the educational or work setting. The Policy covers conduct perpetrated by faculty, staff, students, and third parties.

Members of the Central College community, guests and visitors have the right to be free from Sexual and/or Relationship Misconduct. All members of the community are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that does not infringe upon the rights of others. The Central College Sexual and/or Relationship Misconduct Policy has been developed to reaffirm these principles and to provide recourse for those individuals whose rights have been violated.  The purpose of this Policy is to promote compliance with applicable campus, state and federal regulations; to allow for behavior that is inconsistent with the Central College policies to be appropriately reported, investigated, and sanctioned; and to educate all members of the College community about implications and consequences of their behavior.

Central students and employees are expected to maintain the highest ethical standards of honesty and respect for others. College students, often away from home for the first time, may be unsure of how to handle situations such as rapidly expanding social circles and a lack of parental restrictions. In the context of intimate relationships, the use of alcohol or other drugs can blur the distinction between consensual and non-consensual conduct (for example, seduction versus coercion or intoxication versus incapacity). Non-stranger (date/acquaintance) rape happens most frequently at or after parties. Real or perceived power differentials between individuals also may impact whether conduct is welcome or unwelcome under sexual harassment laws. Being under the influence of alcohol or drugs is not an excuse for behavior that fits the definition of Sexual and/or Relationship Misconduct under this Policy.

Through this Policy the College intends to:

  1. Educate all constituencies about what constitutes Sexual and Relationship Misconduct. 
  2. Inform faculty, staff and students of this Sexual and Relationship Misconduct Policy and the procedures for reporting Sexual and Relationship Misconduct within the College.
  3. Encourage faculty, staff and students to report Sexual and Relationship Misconduct that constitutes a crime to the appropriate law enforcement authorities.
  4. Educate faculty, staff and students as to common sense practices which may enable them and others to avoid becoming subjected to Sexual and Relationship Misconduct.
  5. Educate Student Safety and College personnel about their responsibilities, the laws and potential sanctions and liabilities when Sexual and/or Relationship Misconduct occurs.
  6. Inform faculty, staff and students of the services available to survivors of Sexual and Relationship misconduct.
  7. Educate faculty, staff and students to be respectful of the limits expressed or implied by their partners in sexual contacts.