Scope of Policy

This Policy applies to all faculty, staff, administrators, students, volunteers, vendors, independent contractors, visitors, and individuals employed, studying, living, or working at Whittier College.

For incidents involving a student as the accused person or responding party, please refer to the Whittier College 2016-2017 Student Handbook for information relating to the investigation and adjudicative procedures and sanctions.

For incidents involving staff or administrators who are the accused person or responding party, refer to the Employee Handbook for information relating to the investigation and adjudicative procedures and sanctions.

For incidents involving faculty who are the accused person or responding party, refer to the Faculty Handbook for information relating to the investigation and adjudicative procedures and sanctions.

This Policy is designed to guide the College in providing a fair and equitable process for investigating and resolving allegations of sexual misconduct for alleged victims, those making reports, as well as those responding to reports of sexual misconduct. The College encourages reports of all sexual misconduct, regardless of who engaged in the conduct. Even if the College does not have jurisdiction over the Complainant or Respondent, the College will use its best efforts to provide for the safety of the Complainant and campus community.

Expected to follow local, state, and federal laws, this Policy applies to conduct on Campus Premises, while attending an academic program abroad, and at College-sponsored events that take place off campus, and to any electronic communication. If both the Complainant and the Respondent are members of the College community, this Policy applies regardless of the location of the alleged incident and immigration status.

This policy was updated on August 11th 2016.

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