What Is Sexual Misconduct?

Sexual misconduct includes all forms of sexual harassment, including sexual violence. Please read the definitions and policy statements very carefully, and consult with the College's Title IX Coordinator if you have any questions.

Members of the Haverford community are expected to uphold these standards, and violations will be taken very seriously as Honor Code violations subject to the Dean’s Panel Guidelines. Any student wishing to make a complaint of sexual misconduct should contact any member of "The Circle", administrators who are trained to assist and provide support for those who may have experienced sexual misconduct.

Sexual misconduct is a broad term encompassing sexual harassment and any non-consensual physical contact of a sexual nature. This includes contact that is committed by force or intimidation, or through the use of the victim’s mental or physical incapacity, including as a result of the consumption of drugs or alcohol. Sexual misconduct includes but is not limited to the following:

  • Sexual Harassment
  • Domestic and Dating Violence
  • Gender-based Stalking, Bullying, and Intimidation
  • Sexual Exploitation
  • Non-Consensual Sexual Contact (Sexual Violence)
  • Non‐Consensual Sexual Intercourse (Sexual Violence)
  • Forced Sexual Intercourse (Sexual Violence)

For purposes of Title IX, sexual violence is considered a form of sexual harassment, which means that, as with other forms of sexual harassment, the College must take steps to end the harassment and prevent its recurrence. Thus, while not all incidents of sexual harassment qualify as sexual violence, all sexual violence qualifies as sexual harassment. A student who is accused of sexual violence may be found responsible for sexual harassment (or another form of sexual violence) even if that latter charge is not specified in the letter from the Convening Dean listing the violations being considered.