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.
To accomplish this goal, the College is committed to providing an educational and employment setting that is respectful and will not tolerate discrimination and sexual harassment, including sexual violence. The College also 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.
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 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 to prevent domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault (including stranger and known offender assaults), and stalking each year. Additionally, educational programs are offered to raise awareness for all incoming students and employees and are conducted as part of new student and employee orientation.
The Sexual Misconduct and Assault Policy website is organized as follows:
- Scope of Policy
- College Policy on Nondiscrimination
- Prohibited Conduct and Definitions
- Confidentiality and Privacy
- Recognizing the Signs of an Abusive Relationship
- Reporting of Offenses
- Interim Steps, Remedies and Options for Resolution
- Support Person Program
- Other Support Resources
- Myths and Facts
- Appendix A: Resolving a Complaint Against a Student
- Appendix B: Resolving a Complaint Against a Faculty Member
- Appendix C: Resolving a Complaint Against a Staff Person/Administrator