Sexual Harassment and Assault Response & Education

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Sexual Harassment and Assault Response & Education

Ithaca College is committed to ensuring that sexual harassment and sexual assault does not occur in any area or activity of the college. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (“Title IX”), 20 U.S.C. Sec. 1681, et seq., prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex. Title IX requirements specifically address the responsibilities of schools to take immediate and effective steps to respond to sexual violence. The U.S. Department of Education defines sexual violence as physical sexual acts perpetrated against a person’s will or where a person is incapable of giving consent. A number of acts fall into the category of sexual violence, including rape, sexual assault, sexual battery, and sexual coercion.

Sexual Rights and Responsibilities

  • Every person’s wishes and decisions need to be respected. Accept the fact that “no” means no.When someone says no, he or she means it. Don’t read other meanings into the answer. Don’t coerce a person to change his or her mind. If the person you are with agrees to have sex and then changes his or her mind at any time, you must respect that decision.
  • Don’t assume that someone wants to have sexual activity or intercourse based on his or her nonverbal cues, such as style of dress, flirtatious acts, mannerisms, or silence. People have the right to dress and act the way they want without having to worry about being sexually assaulted.
  • Communicate your intentions as well as your sexual limits clearly. Ask your partner whether physical contact is okay. Don’t interpret passivity or silence as permission.
  • Don’t assume that previous permission for intimate contact applies to the current situation. If you have had sex with someone before, don’t assume that he or she has agreed to have sex in the future.
  • If someone starts to offend you, firmly tell him or her to stop. Be assertive.
  • Avoid excessive use of alcohol and drugs as they can interfere with clear thinking and effective communication.
  • Trust your feelings. If you sense that you are being pressured into unwanted sex, make your feelings clear and, if possible, take steps to ensure your safety including leaving the situation, if necessary.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q1. What is sexual assault?

Q2. What should I do if I am sexually assaulted?

Q3. How do I report a sexual assault, harassment or discrimination?

Q4. What happens if I report a sexual assault or sexual harassment?

Q5. What resources are available?

Q6. What education and training are available?








A1. A sexual assault is about power, anger, and control.  It is an act of violence and an attempt to degrade someone using sex as a weapon.  Above all, sexual assault is a crime. Sexual assaults can happen to anyone: children, students, wives, mothers, working women, grandmothers, the rich and the poor, and boys and men.  The assailants can be anyone: classmates, coworkers, a neighbor or delivery person, total strangers, outgoing or shy, and often a friend or a family member. 

A2.  Whatever choices a survivor makes for reporting an incident, it is important that he or she take the following actions, which will significantly aid in the successful criminal prosecution of the responsible party:

  1. Seek immediate medical assistance (within 24 hours of the assault) and get counseling as soon as possible.
  2. Preserve physical evidence (such as clothing and bed coverings).
  3. Do not douche, bathe, shower, brush your teeth, wash your hands, eat or drink anything, smoke, or change clothes before seeking medical treatment.
  4. Report the sexual assault to authorities.

A3.  If you have been the victim or witness to sexual assault, harassment or discrimination, you can report to the College through many avenues:

  • Go to the Office of Public Safety and Emergency Management
  • Talk to your Resident/Apartment Assistant
  • Talk to your Residence Director / Community Director
  • Talk to any faculty or staff member with whom you feel comfortable
  • Talk to a campus Title IX coordinator


  • Ithaca College follows directives from the Office of Civil Rights to review and investigate Title IX allegations.
  • Once the College is aware of any instance involving sexual assault, harassment, or gender/sex based discrimination, it must investigate the incident to understand the impact on the individual and campus community, provide support and resources, and take appropriate steps to remedy the situation.
  • Information regarding the incident will be shared with a Title IX Investigator who will reach out to the victim/survivor to discuss the incident, offer resources, and further discuss the process.
  • Once the Title IX investigator is notified of an alleged incident of sexual assault, discrimination or harassment, it must be investigated even if the victim/survivor does not want to provide further information or participate in the investigation.

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