In compliance with Title IX, of the Education Amendments Act of 1972, Elizabethtown College works to ensure that "no person shall...on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, denied benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance."
Gabrielle Reed, M.S.
Title IX Coordinator
Baugher Student Center Room 210
Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in educational programs and activities operated by recipients of federal financial assistance. Sex discrimination includes all forms of sexual and gender-based harassment, sexual misconduct, sexual violence, sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking by students, employees or third parties against employees, students, or third parties. Elizabethtown College has developed policies to reaffirm individual rights and responsibilities and to provide recourse for those individuals whose rights have been violated. These policies serve as a measure for Elizabethtown College to determine, if behaviors violate community values. They also should serve as a guide for expectations for sexual communication, sexual responsibility and sexual respect.
Elizabethtown College takes seriously violations of the Policy Regarding Sexual Harassment, Sexual Misconduct, Sexual Exploitation, Stalking, Dating Violence and Domestic Violence. Any person found in violation of this Policy will be subject to discipline, up to and including termination if they are an employee, and/or expulsion if they are a student. Reports alleging a violation of this Policy by faculty or staff will be handled consistent with procedures outlined in respective employee handbooks.
Student Handbook - Prohibited Conduct Overview
The Student Handbook includes a Policy Regarding Sexual Harassment, Sexual Misconduct, Sexual Exploitation, Stalking, Dating Violence, and Domestic Violence. Please see the Student Handbook for more detail. Please see below for an overview of prohibited conduct from the Student Handbook.
Sexual Harassment in all forms
Sexual harassment includes unwanted sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or visual, verbal, or physical conduct of a sexual nature when: (1) submission to such conduct is made--either implicitly or explicitly--a term or condition of an individual’s employment or academic status; (2) submission to or rejection of such conduct is used as a basis for employment or education decisions affecting the individual; or (3) such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with a student’s or employee’s work performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working, educational, or living environment. A hostile environment exists when sexual harassment is sufficiently severe, pervasive, or persistent that it interferes with or limits a student’s ability to participate in or benefit from school, including all activities and services.
Non-consensual Intercourse (Sexual Assault)
Non-consensual intercourse (Sexual Assault) is any sexual intercourse (anal, oral or vaginal), with any body part or object, by a man or woman upon another person without consent. Non-consensual intercourse may be accomplished by expressly or implicitly forcing or coercing another person to have intercourse against his/her will, including the use or threat of physical force, or any behavior that is designed to intimidate and induce fear in another person. Non-consensual intercourse can also occur when another person is under the influence of alcohol or other drugs, is undergoing physical or emotional trauma, is less than 17 years of age, or is otherwise incapable of denying or giving consent (for example, when an individual is in an unconscious or semi-conscious state).
Non-consensual sexual contact is any sexual touching, with any body part or object, by a man or a woman upon another person without consent, or making any person touch you or them in a sexual manner without their consent. It includes any non-consensual sexual contact, including any improper touching of intimate body parts. It also includes the non-consensual removal of another’s clothing, indecent contact (i.e., the unwanted touching of intimate body parts including, but not limited to, genitals, buttocks, groin, or breasts) or causing another to have indecent contact with them.
Sexual Exploitation occurs when a person takes non-consensual or abusive sexual advantage of another for his/her own advantage or benefit, or to benefit or advantage anyone other than the one being exploited, and that behavior does not otherwise constitute one of the other sexual misconduct offenses. Examples of sexual exploitation include, but are not limited to: non‐consensual observation of individuals who are undressed or engaging in sexual acts; non-consensual video or audio‐taping of sexual activity; prostituting another person; going beyond the boundaries of consent (such as letting your friends hide in the closet to watch you having consensual sex); and knowingly transmitting an STD or HIV to another.
The term “stalking” means engaging in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to fear for his or her physical safety or the safety of others; or suffer substantial emotional distress that may, but does not necessarily, require medical or other professional treatment or counseling. A “course of conduct”, for purposes of this definition, means two or more acts, including, but not limited to, acts in which the stalker directly, indirectly, or through third parties, by any action, method, device, or means, follows, monitors, observes, surveils, threatens, or communicates to or about a person, or interferes with a person’s property.
Dating violence is a type of relationship violence committed by a person who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the victim including, but not limited to, sexual or physical abuse or the threat of such abuse. The existence of such a relationship will be determined based on the complaining party’s statement and with consideration of the length of the relationship, the type of relationship, and the frequency of the interaction between the persons involved in the relationship. Dating violence is distinct from domestic violence.
Domestic violence is a felony or misdemeanor crime of violence committed by a current or former spouse or intimate partner of the victim, by a person with whom the victim shares a child in common, by a person who is cohabitating with or has cohabitated 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 the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, or by any other person against an adult or youth victim who is protected from that person’s acts under the domestic or family violence laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Intimidation is a violation of this Policy and includes any act to deter an individual from making a report of sexual harassment or sexual misconduct by imposing fear through threats of physical or emotional harm to the Complainant or his/her associates.
Retaliation is a violation of this Policy and includes any act or attempted acts to seek retribution against anyone who has reported prohibited activity or against anyone who has participated in an investigation or related proceeding under this Policy. Prohibited retaliatory acts include, but are not limited to, intimidation, threats, coercion, or discrimination.