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Sexual Misconduct

Know Your Rights, Know Your Options, Know the Resources

"Davidson College is committed to creating and maintaining an environment that is free of sexual misconduct, stalking, and relationship abuse and violence, and that promotes a healthy spirit of responsibility, dignity, and respect in matters of sexual conduct and interpersonal relationships. The college does not condone and will not tolerate sexual misconduct, stalking, or relationship abuse or violence." 

Davidson College Sexual Misconduct Policy

Sexual misconduct encompasses a broad range of behavior, from harassing statements to criminal sexual assault. It includes non-consensual sexual penetration, non-consensual sexual contact, sexual exploitation, and sexual harassment.

Consent is the affirmative, unambiguous, and voluntary agreement to engage in a specific sexual activity during a sexual encounter. 

Consent can be communicated by either explicit verbal consent or overt action clearly expressing consent. Such signals of consent must be mutual and ongoing, as well as offered freely and knowingly. 

It is not possible for a person to give consent if incapacitated by drugs, alcohol, or other physical or mental impairment; or if they have been threatened or coerced into giving their consent; or if the person is under the age of 16. More detailed information can be found in the college's Code of Responsibility, under "Policy and Procedures for Student Sexual Misconduct."

Resources for Students

The college is committed to providing maximum support for all students who have experienced sexual misconduct and strongly encourages students to report any incident. All college services are available to survivors of sexual misconduct regardless of whether or not a student intends to file a formal complaint. Resources for students include:

Campus Police 704-894-2178 or 911
Dean of Students Office 704-894-2225
Student Health and Counseling 704-894-2300
Chaplain's Office 704-894-2423
Georgia Ringle, Health Educator 704-894-2902
Leslie Grinage, Title IX Coordinator 704-894-2225
Town of Davidson Police Department 704-892-5131