Sexual Misconduct and Assault Policy
Whittier College (the College) is a community of students, faculty, staff, and administrators dedicated to teaching, learning, service, and scholarship. The College encourages intellectual exploration in the context of a supportive community in which students, faculty, staff, and administrators can pursue their work free from coercion, intimidation, and exploitation.
To accomplish this goal, the College is committed to providing an educational and employment setting that is respectful and will not tolerate sexual misconduct and any related retaliation as defined below.
Throughout the year, ongoing campaigns are directed to students, faculty, staff, and administrators that include strong messages regarding awareness and primary prevention—including normative messaging, environmental management, and bystander intervention—and discuss, among other things, California definitions of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, and consent in reference to sexual activity. These programs also offer information on risk reduction and how to recognize warning signals and avoid potential attacks without applying victim blaming approaches. It is the Policy of the College to offer this programming each year to prevent all forms of sexual misconduct as well as domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. Educational programs are offered to raise awareness for all incoming students and employees and are conducted as part of new student and employee orientation. Annual training is also provided for investigators, compliance officers, case officers, grievance officers, and Title IX deputy coordinators and the Title IX coordinator.
The Sexual Misconduct Policy website is organized as follows:
- Scope of Policy
- College Policy on Nondiscrimination
- Prohibited Conduct and Definitions
- Steps To Follow If You Become a Victim Of Sexual Assault
- Reporting of Offenses
- Support Person Program
- Information/Statistics about Sexual Assault
- Understanding Domestic/Dating Violence and Abuse
- Procedures for Handling Reports of Sexual Misconduct
Who Cares? Student Group
In conjunction with the education component of the SAVE Act, Who Cares? was established in May 2013 to assist Whittier College with ongoing prevention and awareness programs for all students, faculty and staff, safe and positive options for bystander intervention, and risk reduction to recognize warning signs of abusive behavior.