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Dartmouth's Policy on Sexual Misconduct

Disciplinary Action concerning Co-Employee Complaints of Sexual Misconduct

Policy Statement
Consistent with the federal Violence Against Women Act of 1994, as amended, Dartmouth policy prohibits domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking (collectively, "Sexual Misconduct") committed by one employee against another. While the disciplinary procedures followed by Dartmouth Divisions and departments may vary in certain respects, all divisions and departments shall, at a minimum, follow the procedures set forth in this policy in conducting disciplinary proceedings concerning co-employee charges of Sexual Misconduct. (See also the policy on Sexual Harassment).

Definitions or regulations

Domestic violence: felony or misdemeanor crimes of violence committed by a current or former spouse of the victim, by a person with whom the victim shares a child in common, by a person who is cohabiting with or has cohabited with the victim as a spouse, by a person similarly situated to a spouse of the victim under the domestic or family violence laws of New hampshire, or by any other person against as adult or youth victim who is protected from that person's acts under the domestic or family violence laws of New Hampshire.

Dating violence: Violence committed by a person, who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the victim; and where the existence of such a relationship shall be determined based on a consideration of the following factors; the length of the relationship, the type of relationship, the frequency of interaction between the person involved in the relationship.

Sexual assault: Forcible or non-forcible sex offenses classified under the uniform crime reporting system of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, as follows: Forcible sex offenses: forcible rape; forcible sodomy; sexual assault with an object; and forcible fondling. Non-forcible sex offenses: incest and statutory rape.

Stalking: Engaging in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to (A) fear for his or her safety or the safety of others; or (B) suffer substantial emotional distress.

Procedure: The procedures for disciplinary action shall, at a minimum:

  • Provide a prompt, fair, and impartial investigation and resolution.
  • Be conducted by officials who receive annual training on the issues related to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking and how to conduct a hearing process that protects the safety of victims and promotes accountability.
  • Provide to the accuser and the accused the same opportunities to have others present during the disciplinary proceeding, including the opportunity to be accompanied to any related meeting or proceeding by an advisor of their choice.
  • Simultaneously inform the accuser and the accused, in writing, of: the outcome of the disciplinary proceeding; the procedures for the accused and the victim to appeal the results of the disciplinary proceeding; any changes in the results that occur prior to the time that such results become final; and when the results become final.

If you are a victim of sexual violence you should immediately contact Safety and Security (if on campus), Hanover Police (on or off campus) and any Dartmouth office listed here

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Last Updated: 12/18/13