Scope of Policy

The College’s policy against Sexual Misconduct Policy (the “Policy”) applies to all faculty, staff, administrators, students, volunteers, vendors, independent contractors, visitors, and individuals employed, studying, living, or working at Whittier College.  Regarding procedures for handling complaints of Sexual Misconduct:

For incidents involving a student as the accused person or responding party, please refer to the Procedures for Handling Reports of Sexual Misconduct beginning on page 15 of this Policy.  For incidents involving staff or administrators who are the accused person or responding party, refer to the Employee Handbook.  For incidents involving faculty who are the accused person or responding party, refer to the Faculty Handbook.

This Policy is designed to guide the College in providing a fair and equitable process for investigating and resolving allegations of Sexual Misconduct for all concerned.  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.

This Policy applies to conduct on Campus Premises, during an academic program abroad, at College-sponsored events that take place off campus, and to Sexual Misconduct that involves 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 edited on August 6, 2018.