Title IX/Sexual Misconduct
Title IX Nondiscrimination Statement
Rochester College does not engage in unlawful discrimination based on gender, race, age, color, disability or national origin in the execution of its educational programs, activities, employment, daily operations or admission policies, in accordance with all applicable federal, state and local laws. Rochester College also prohibits harassment and/or sexual assault.
The term harassment is defined by Rochester College as any verbal, written, or physical conduct that a person knows or has reasonable grounds to know would disrespect, intimidate, demean or degrade an individual’s or group’s human or civil rights and that may result in his or her mental, emotional or physical discomfort, ridicule or harm. Examples of harassment include, but are not limited to the following: Physical or verbal attacks upon a person which hinder the person from conducting customary or usual college-related affairs; conduct or expressive behavior that puts a person in fear of his/her safety and/or causes a person to suffer actual physical or mental injury or harm; intentionally or inadvertently creating an intimidating, hostile or demeaning living or educational environment; physical aggression intended for one individual by another, related to the individual’s dating relationship or association with a person or persons different from oneself. Furthermore, sexual harassment is defined as an attempt to coerce an unwilling person into a sexual relationship, to subject a person to unwanted sexual attention, to punish a refusal to comply, or to create a sexually intimidating, hostile or offensive working, living, or educational environment.
Sexual assault is defined as forced, manipulated or coerced sexual activity. It is a violent crime using sexual means. When the act involves unwanted penetration, it is rape. In these events, the college urges the victim to get immediate medical attention and report the sexual assault or rape to the proper civil as well as college authorities.
Rochester College has established two Title IX Coordinators to investigate claims of violations of Rochester College’s policy of non-discrimination and prohibition of sexual harassment and assault. Reports or inquiries of policy violations involving only students should be directed to:
Reports or inquiries of incidents involving faculty, staff, or are related to on campus employment, should be directed to:
Clayton Bissett, Assistant Athletic Director