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Harassment and Sexual Misconduct Policy

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The Harassment and Sexual Misconduct Policy applies to all employees and students of Clarkson University.  In addition, it applies to all vendors, contractors, guests, patrons, and other third parties visiting campus, participating in any Clarkson-sponsored business, event or program, or interacting with Clarkson community members.  This policy applies to conduct on campus and in connection with any Clarkson-sponsored program or activity, regardless of where it occurs. Additionally, off-campus conduct may violate this policy if the conduct creates a threatening or uncomfortable environment on Clarkson's campus or within a Clarkson program, or if the incident causes concern for the safety or security of Clarkson's campus. 

Clarkson’s policies and procedure can be found at the following links.  Student Code of ConductClarkson Regulations (employees)

Harassment and Sexual Misconduct Policy addresses Harassment generally and Sexual Misconduct, including intimate partner violence and stalking, specifically in compliance with federal and state statutory obligations and Clarkson’s values.

Sexual misconduct is a particularly grievous form of harassing behavior and is intolerable to Clarkson University.  

This policy prohibits sexual misconduct generally and, non-consensual sexual contact (or attempts to commit the same), non-consensual sexual acts (or attempts to commit same), intimate partner violence[domestic violence, dating violence], stalking, and sexual exploitation.

This policy is designed to:

  • affirm the University's commitment to providing a positive, humane environment for study and work for all free from sex discrimination, harassment and sexual misconduct;
  • inform reporting parties and responding parties of their options and rights;
  • inform all members of the University community and associated third parties about the procedures available for addressing, investigating, and resolving harassment complaints, including sexual harassment and misconduct complaints;
  • protect the rights, confidentiality, and privacy of all parties to complaints to the extent possible; and
  • prevent retaliation against persons making complaints or participating in an investigation or disciplinary procedure
  • affirm these protections apply regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, creed, age, disability, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, familial status, pregnancy, predisposing genetic characteristics, military status, domestic violence victim status, or criminal conviction.
  • affirm the policy applies regardless of whether the violation occurs on campus, off campus, or while abroad as explained above.
  • affirm the New York State Students’ Bill of Rights pertaining to sexual assault, dating violence, domestic which is listed in the appendix enact an affirmative consent standard
  • assure amnesty in certain instances when making a good faith report

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“No person shall be discriminated against because of race, color, religion, sex (gender), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, veteran status, predisposing genetic characteristics, domestic violence, victim status, marital status, personal status, ancestry, source of income, or other classes protected by law.”

-Clarkson University’s Non-Discrimation Policy