Definitions & Policies

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  • Sexual Harassment

    Sexual harassment is unwelcome conduct that is sexual in nature. Sexual harassment can include unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, nonverbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when:

    1. Submission to or rejection of such conduct is a term or condition of educational benefits, academic evaluations or opportunities (quid pro quo); or
    2. Such conduct is sufficiently severe, pervasive and objectively offensive as to have the effect of creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive environment sufficient to deny an individual educational benefits or participation in activities at the institution (hostile environment).

    Policy statement: Haverford prohibits sexual harassment of any kind. Sexual harassment as defined above is a violation of Haverford’s community standards and, as such, is unacceptable. Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination that is specifically prohibited by Title IX.

  • Domestic and Dating Violence

    Consistent with the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and the Campus SaVE Act, Domestic Violence is defined as:

    Crimes of violence committed by a current or former spouse of the victim/survivor, buy a person with whom the victim/survivor shares a child in common, by a person who is cohabitating with or has cohabitating with the victim as a spouse, 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 (Campus SaVE definition)

    Dating Violence is: 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:
      • the length of the relationship
      • the type of relationship
      • the frequency of interaction between the persons involved

    Policy statement: Domestic and dating violence as defined above is a violation of Haverford’s community standards and, as such, is unacceptable.

  • Other Conduct When Gender-Based

    Stalking is: engaging in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to:

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

    Stalking may take many forms, including but not limited to persistent calling, texting, posting on a social networking site, as well as physical stalking.

    Policy statement: Stalking as defined above is a violation of Haverford’s community standards and, as such, is unacceptable.

    Bullying and Intimidation

    Bullying includes any intentional electronic, written, verbal, or physical act or a series of acts directed at another student or students that is severe, persistent, or pervasive and that has the intended effect of doing any of the following:

    1. substantially interfering with a student’s education;
    2. creating a threatening environment; or
    3. substantially disrupting the orderly operation of the College.

    Intimidation is any verbal, written, or electronic threats of violence or other threatening behavior directed toward another person or group that reasonably leads the person(s) in the group to fear for her/his physical well-being.

    Policy statement: Bullying and Intimidation as define above are violations of Haverford’s community standards and is, as such, unacceptable.

    Anyone who attempts to use bullying or intimidation to retaliate against someone who reports an incident, brings a complaint, or participates in an investigation in an attempt to influence the judicial process will be considered in violation of retaliation as described within this policy. Such behavior is a violation of Haverford’s community standards and is therefore inappropriate.

    See The Students' Guide for more information on harassment and discrimination.

  • Sexual Exploitation

    Sexual Exploitation can include, but is not limited to:

    • invasion of sexual privacy (such as letting one’s friends hide in the closet to watch consensual sex);
    • non-consensual video or audio-taping of sexual activity;
    • engaging in voyeurism;
    • knowingly transmitting an STI to another student;
    • exposing one’s genitals in non-consensual circumstances;
    • prostituting another student.

    Policy statement: Any conduct that sexually exploits another is in violation of Haverford's community standards and, as such, is unacceptable.

  • Non‐Consensual Sexual Contact

    Non‐Consensual Sexual Contact includes:

    • any touching of another person’s intimate body parts (or forcing another to touch one’s intimate body parts);
    • however slight;
    • with any object or body part, including fingers;
    • by a man or a woman upon a man or a woman;
    • without consent.

    Policy statement: Touching a person’s intimate body parts (such as genitalia, groin, breast, buttocks, mouth, and or clothing covering them), or forcing another to touch one’s intimate body parts, without consent is a violation of Haverford’s community standards and, as such, is unacceptable.

  • Non‐Consensual Sexual Intercourse

    Non‐Consensual Sexual Intercourse includes:

    • any sexual intercourse (anal, oral or vaginal);
    • however slight;
    • with any object or body part, including fingers;
    • by a man or a woman upon a man or a woman;
    • without effective consent.

    Policy statement: Non-consensual vaginal, anal, or oral penetration, with any object or body part is a violation of Haverford’s community standards and, as such, is unacceptable.

  • Forced Sexual Intercourse

    Forced Sexual Intercourse includes:

    • sexual intercourse (anal, oral or vaginal);
    • with any object or body part, including fingers;
    • using force, threat, or intimidation;
    • By a man or woman upon a man or woman.

    Policy statement: Non-consensual vaginal, anal or oral penetration with any object or body part that is committed by force, threat or intimidation is a violation of Haverford’s community standards and, as such, is unacceptable.

  • Retaliation

    Retaliation is:

    Intentionally engaging in any form of intimidation, reprisal or harassment against an individual who has made an allegation of sexual misconduct, or otherwise participated in the investigation or resolution of such a complaint.

    Policy statement: Retaliation against an individual who has made an allegation of sexual misconduct, is alleged to have committed an act ofsexual misconduct or otherwise participated in the investigation or resolution of such a complaint, is specifically prohibited. Such retaliation is a violation of Haverford’s community standards and, as such, is unacceptable.

    If you have questions or concerns in this area that are having an impact on your decision about whether or not to come forward with a report or allegation of sexual misconduct, we encourage you to discuss them with the Title IX Coordinator or other administrators ("The Circle") who are trained to assist and provide support for those who have experienced sexual misconduct.