Sexual misconduct and gender discrimination policy

Connecticut College has a comprehensive institutional Title IX policy for faculty, staff and students. The policy addresses gender-based discrimination, including sexual misconduct, intimate partner violence, stalking, and retaliation. The policy also provides an overview of resources for support, reporting procedures, and resolution processes.

Find the Title IX Policy here (pdf).

Policies in brief

Acts of sexual misconduct may be committed by any person upon any other person, regardless of the sex, gender, sexual orientation and/or gender identity of those involved.

Connecticut College's sexual misconduct policy encompasses:

  • Sexual harassment
  • Non-consensual sexual intercourse
  • Non-consensual sexual contact
  • Sexual exploitation

Consent

Consent is knowing, voluntary and clear permission by word or action, to engage in mutually agreed upon sexual activity. Since individuals may experience the same interaction in different ways, it is the responsibility of each party to make certain that the other has consented before engaging in the activity. For consent to be valid, there must be a clear expression in words or actions that the other individual consented to that specific sexual conduct.

Intimate partner violence

Intimate Partner Violence occurs between students who are currently in or who have been in a past intimate or romantic relationship. Such relationships may also be referred to a dating or domestic violence. IPV is defined as any kind of unwanted physical, emotional, verbal or psychological behaviors that occur in an intimate relationship.

Stalking

Stalking is defined as a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to feel fear.