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Three-Year Summary of Sexual Misconduct Reports

This report was published in fall 2017. 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 Davidsons 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.

Reporting Summary

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 2014-15, 2015-16, and 2016-17 of sexual misconduct, relationship abuse and violence, and/or stalking reports received by the college. During these academic years, the college received 90 reports of alleged sexual misconduct (including verbal harassment, sexual exploitation, and sexual assault).

Unfounded, Unsubstantiated, and Insufficient Information

Of the 90 reports received, one was determined to be unfounded (i.e., Title IX Coordinator determined no factual basis for the report), four were unsubstantiated (i.e. Title IX Coordinator was unable to substantiate report upon investigation), and three were determined to be without sufficient information to investigate the basis for the claims. NOTE: Reports are counted in the year in which they were received.

Formal Complaints

Of the 90 reports, 10 formal complaints were filed and heard by the Sexual Misconduct Board.

The filing of a formal complaint initiates the colleges internal complaint process. Following an investigation into the allegations stated in the complaint, the colleges 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 10 formal complaints heard by the Sexual Misconduct Board.

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;
  • room search; and
  • early departure from campus.

Additionally, the following interim measures and additional remedies were implemented to support reporting students:

  • 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, Dean Leslie Grinage, at