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Catalog/Handbook 2020-21 
Catalog/Handbook 2020-21 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Sexual Misconduct

Sexual misconduct is an umbrella term that includes all forms of non-consensual activity (such as rape) or unwelcomed sexual conduct (such as sexual harassment). Sexual misconduct includes a broad range of behaviors including, but not limited to: rape/sexual battery, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking.

Sex discrimination, sexual harassment, and sexual violence are illegal. Several state and federal laws prohibit those behaviors. Two key federal laws in this area are Title IX of the Education Amendments Acts of 1972 and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Title IX prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex (including sexual harassment and sexual violence) in higher education programs and activities that receive federal financial assistance.

Title VII prohibits employers from discriminating against employees on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, and religion.

Polk State College prohibits the commission of any act of sexual assault, sexual misconduct, sexual battery, and other crimes of violence upon employees, students, and prospective students; applicants; volunteers; vendors, and contractors; visitors; and other affiliates of the College who are conducting College business, events, or activities at Polk State College.

  • Polk State’s Title IX Statement outlines the College’s obligations under Title IX. The Title IX Statement also identifies the College’s Title IX Coordinator and Deputy Title IX Coordinators who are responsible for overseeing the College’s compliance with Title IX. The Title IX Coordinator and Deputy Title IX Coordinators are also identified in the Sexual Misconduct section in the Polk State College Annual Security Report.
  • Polk State’s Non-Discrimination Policy prohibits sex discrimination. There are many forms of sex discrimination under this policy, including sexual harassment and sexual violence.
  • Polk State’s Sexual Harassment Policy provides detailed guidance about the College’s prohibition against sexual harassment.
  • Finally, Polk State’s Sexual Misconduct Policy Statement gives specific guidance to support victims of rape and sexual battery, to apprehend perpetrators, and to outline special reporting obligations for anyone with knowledge of this type of crime.

Domestic Violence refers to any assault, aggravated assault, battery, aggravated battery, sexual assault, sexual battery, stalking, aggravated stalking, kidnapping, false imprisonment, or any criminal offense resulting in physical injury or death of one family or household member by another family or household member.

Dating Violence refers to violence between individuals who have or recently had a continuing and significant relationship of a romantic or intimate nature.

Sexual assault refers to the oral, anal, or vaginal penetration by, or union with, the sexual organ of another or the anal or vaginal penetration of another by any other object without consent.

Stalking is willfully, maliciously, and repeatedly following, harassing, or cyberstalking another person causing substantial emotional distress to that person and serving no legitimate purpose.

The full sexual misconduct policy statement can be found in the Polk State College 2016-2017 Annual Security Report.

The College has a zero-tolerance policy towards sexual misconduct regardless of who commits the offense. When the College becomes aware of possible sexual misconduct, Title IX requires Polk State College to conduct a prompt, thorough, and impartial investigation to eliminate the harassing conduct, to address its effects on the victim, and to prevent it from happening again.

All students and employees are encouraged to report anything they witness that might be sexual misconduct to the Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, the Human Resources Department, or the Campus Dean of Student Services.

Additional information about Polk State’s rules and policies on harassment and misconduct can be found through the following documents: