Three-Year Summary of Sexual Misconduct Reports
This report was published in spring 2021. Background information is provided in the PDF report as well as below.
In spring 2015, Davidson College revised its Policy and Procedures on Sexual Misconduct, Relationship Abuse and Violence, and Stalking. As part of this policy revision, Davidson publishes annually a three-year summary of sexual misconduct reports received by the college that fall under the colleges policy jurisdiction, including information about the outcome of complaints heard by the Davidson Sexual Misconduct Board (SMB). This information is provided in addition to the colleges Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act and Annual Fire Safety Report, which follows different reporting requirements. The college publishes this report to inform our community about Davidson's response to reports of sexual misconduct and to promote increased awareness of sexual misconduct on our campus. To protect confidentiality, no names are included in these summaries, and three years of data are included to further ensure those students who have requested complete confidentiality are not identifiable by this report.
“Sexual misconduct” encompasses a broad range of behavior, including verbal harassment, sexual exploitation, and sexual assault (e.g., non-consensual sexual penetration and/or non-consensual sexual contact). This summary represents three years—2017–18, 2018–19, and 2019–20—of sexual misconduct, relationship abuse, and violence, and/or stalking reports received by the college. During these academic years, the college received 76 reports of alleged sexual misconduct (including verbal harassment, sexual exploitation, and sexual assault).
Unfounded, Unsubstantiated, and Insufficient Information
Of the 76 reports received, 3 were unsubstantiated (i.e. Title IX Coordinator was unable to substantiate report upon investigation) and no reports were determined to be unfounded (i.e., Title IX Coordinator determined no factual basis for the report). Reports that were determined to be without sufficient information to investigate the basis for the claims are not included in this count.
Please note: Reports are counted in the year in which they were received.
Of the 76 reports, 10 formal complaints were filed, 5 were heard by the Sexual Misconduct Board, 2 were resolved through an alternative resolution, and the Respondent accepted responsibility for 3 complaints. The filing of a formal complaint initiates the college’s internal complaint process. Following an investigation into the allegations stated in the complaint, the college’s Sexual Misconduct Board determines whether there is a preponderance of evidence that a policy violation occurred and imposes sanctions for policy violations as appropriate. The Sexual Misconduct Board is composed of faculty and staff members.
Please note: The chart in the PDF report located at the top of this page provides details on the outcomes of the ten formal complaints heard by the Sexual Misconduct Board, as well as the alternative resolution.
Interim Measures And Additional Remedies
In many cases, the college implemented some form of interim measures and/or additional remedies.
Interim measures and additional remedies are actions the college determines necessary to ensure a safe and nondiscriminatory environment for students. Interim measures and additional remedies are separate from any sanctions the Sexual Misconduct Board may impose during complaint resolution procedures and are not disciplinary in nature. They are implemented by the Dean of Students in consultation with the Title IX Coordinator and may be imposed at any time, regardless of whether formal disciplinary action is sought by the complainant or the college. They may be extended beyond and/or imposed after complaint resolution procedures are completed.
The interim measures and additional remedies imposed included the following:
- eviction from college housing;
- housing relocation;
- social probation;
- no contact order;
- trespass order;
- social restriction;
- restricted from certain areas on campus and from participation in certain student organizations;
- conference with a dean/campus police;
- mandatory loss of employment; and
- voluntary loss of employment.
Additionally, the following interim measures and additional remedies were implemented to support reporting students:
- temporary housing relocation;
- housing relocation;
- academic relief, e.g. extensions, incompletes, authorized withdrawals, and leaves of absence;
- general communication with faculty;
- referral for counseling and medical care; transportation to hospital Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) exam; and
- referral to campus police, Davidson Town Police, and assistant district attorney for assistance and guidance for criminal consideration.
For More Information
This summary will be updated and published annually. To learn more, please contact our Title IX coordinator, Carley Dix, at firstname.lastname@example.org.