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Overview: Sexual Misconduct Policy

As an educational institution, Virginia Wesleyan College values a learning community in which all members feel secure, physically and intellectually. Behavior that harms others or threatens campus security challenges the College’s mission to "be a supportive community that is committed to social responsibility, ethical conduct, higher learning, and religious freedom." Sexual misconduct is such behavior and is prohibited at Virginia Wesleyan College. Sexual misconduct is a broad range of behavior that includes but is not limited to non-consensual sexual intercourse, non-consensual sexual contact, sexual exploitation, sexual harassment, and stalking.

As a recipient of federal funds, Virginia Wesleyan College complies with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX). Title IX provides: "No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance."

This sexual misconduct policy ("Policy") also applies to sexual misconduct complaints involving applicants for admission, or students aggrieved by third parties such as contractors or vendors serving the College.

For questions about sex discrimination in education, please contact Karla Rasmussen, Director of Human Resources and Title IX Coordinator at (757) 455-3316 or one of the College’s Deputy Title IX Coordinators, McCarren Caputa, Director of Residence Life at (757) 233-8709 or Jason Seward, Director of the Batten Student Center at (757) 455-2124. Further information about Title IX and sexual discrimination in education is available from the Office of Civil Rights, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, DC, 20202-1100; 800-421-3481; OCR@ed.gov.

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