Sexual Harassment and Assault Response & Education

Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking

Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking

Sex offenses and sexual harassment come in many forms. The college is committed to educating the campus community about recognizing these offenses and the situations and circumstances that give rise to them. The college also provides educational programming aimed at awareness, procedures, and resources for reporting, victim rights and responsibilities, protective/safety options, laws and definitions, and penalties associated with these varied offenses, both criminal and judicial. The Annual Security and Fire Safety Report information is categorized and contained throughout the publication, though any member of the campus community may contact a designated Campus Security Authority (CSA) at any time to gain additional information or discuss and weigh options (refer to CSA contact list to right).  

Because many are often hesitant or unsure in recognizing sex offenses in their various forms, the definitions of domestic and dating violence are provided in accordance with the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (VAWA):  

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE — The term “domestic violence” includes felony or misdemeanor crimes of violence committed by a current or former spouse or intimate partner of the victim, by a person with whom the victim shares a child in common, by a person who is cohabitating with or has cohabitated with the victim as a spouse or intimate partner, by a person similarly situated to a spouse of the victim under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction receiving grant monies, or by any other person against an adult or youth victim who is protected from that person’s acts under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction.  

DATING VIOLENCE — The term “dating violence” means violence committed by a person

  1. who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the victim; and
  2. where the existence of such a relationship shall be determined based on a consideration of the following factors:
  • (1)length of the relationship,
  • (2) type of relationship, and
  • (3) frequency of interaction between the persons involved in the relationship.

STALKING — The term “stalking” means engaging in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to

  1. fear for his or her safety or the safety of others; or
  2. suffer substantial emotional distress.