Sexual Misconduct Policy for Walla Walla University

Walla Walla University does not tolerate sexual misconduct in any form. Sexual Misconduct includes violation of biblical principles of sexuality as outlined in the student handbook as well as all forms of sexual harassment. Abusive sexual behavior within the University community is harmful to both the learning environment and the sense of community the University wishes to foster among students, faculty, staff and administrators. All members of the University community have an obligation to act responsibly in the realm of sexuality, accepting personal responsibility for choices made about alcohol and drug consumption which might lead to violative behavior. Abusive sexual misconduct is defined as follows:


1. Actual or attempted non-consensual sexual activity such as unwanted touching, fondling, kissing, groping, attempted disrobing or coerced physical contact and threats designed to force sexual activity;


2. Sexual penetration resulting from force or threat of force if one of the involved parties does not freely consent to sexual activity. Penetration is understood to include any orifice or opening in the body. Threats, force or threat of force includes physical force as well as any type of coercion.


Consent requires actual words indicating a freely given agreement to have sexual intercourse or participate in sexual activities. Silence, previous sexual relationships, current relationships, or the use of alcohol and/or drugs may not be taken as an indication of consent. Use of alcohol and/or drugs by the perpetrator is not an excuse for violation of the sexual misconduct policy. Engaging in sexual acts or conduct with an individual who is impaired because he or she is under the influence of alcohol or other substances may constitute sexual misconduct.


If an individual is found to have violated the sexual misconduct policy, in addition to counseling at WWU's discretion, one or more of the following sanctions may be applied:


1. Warning: A formal statement that the student's behavior is unacceptable and a warning that further infractions of any institutional regulation will result in more severe disciplinary action.


2. Probation: A written reprimand that may include denial of specified social privileges, exclusion from certain campus facilities, exclusion from co-curricular activities, and other appropriate measures.


3. Suspension: Termination of matriculated student status for a definite period of time from one to four quarters, or until specific criteria are met.


4. Expulsion: Permanent termination of matriculated student status.


Any complaint of sexual misconduct must be formally raised with the Sexual Misconduct Response Coordinator within 18 months of the date of the alleged conduct. If an accused student is not a student on campus at the time of the raising of the complaint, he or she may later be subject to disciplinary conduct upon readmission to the University. It may be a condition of readmission that the responsibility of the student be resolved with respect to any alleged sexual misconduct as a condition of readmission.


Sexual Misconduct Protocol and Procedures

Information to Students:


University students will be provided with information on sexual misconduct through student orientation programs and/or by reference in the student handbook.


Reporting Procedures:


It is possible for a student to make a first report to a number of different "contact points" (See diagram) throughout the university community. If the student determines that he/she would like to pursue a university disciplinary hearing, he/she should contact the Vice-President for Student Life. In order not to jeopardize the process and to protect the reputations of those involved, all information related to the incident must be kept confidential.


Once a meeting is arranged, the Vice-President for Student Life, or designee, will outline the options available to the student, including how an adjudication would work, and the possible outcomes. If the student decides to make a charge, the Vice-President for Student Administration, or designee, will facilitate the process which will include: fact finding, documentation, and further proceedings, in a timely manner.


This policy only applies to WWU campus procedures. See the local police department for any consideration of legal action.

Response System:


Walla Walla University sexual assault response system has two components: people, a web-like network of trained contacts throughout the college community to whom a student can turn after sexual victimization, and protocol, a written set of instructions and guidelines for each member of the network to follow when aiding a victim of sexual misconduct.


The following are contact points to whom concerned individuals may go for direction: Vice-President for Student Life, residence hall dean's or resident assistants, Campus Health & Wellness, Counseling and Testing Services, or the Walla Walla Rape Response Team.


The student's use of "contact points" and any and all services provided by associated departments is completely voluntary. The Sexual Misconduct Response Coordinator, appointed by the University President or his/her designee, will offer overall assistance and follow-up to the student.

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Last update on August 23, 2007