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Queens Sexual Misconduct Policy

Queens University of Charlotte strives to create a community where all members feel respected and act in a responsible manner towards each other. Any act of sexual misconduct is considered an egregious offense to the victim involved as well as to the community at large. The university will respond and investigate thoroughly all reports of sexual misconduct. Examples of sexual misconduct include:

Sexual Harassment:
The determination of what constitutes sexual harassment varies depending on the circumstances of each individual situation, but it generally encompasses any sexual attention without explicit consent, be it verbal, visual, or physical that interferes with or limits an individual's ability to participate fully in or benefit from any University program, activity, or employment.

Sexual Assault:
Sexual assault is defined as any sexual touching, either directly or over clothes, however slight, with any body part or object, without explicit consent. It is also considered sexual assault if the individual is forced to touch the intimate parts of another individual

Rape:
Rape is defined as sexual penetration (anal, oral, or vaginal) of the individual by any part of another individual's body or other object, without explicit consent. It is also considered rape if the victim has a reasonable fear that the individual or another will be injured if the individual does not give explicit consent, is incapable of giving explicit consent or is prevented from resisting due to physical or mental incapacity, which may include but is not limited to the influence of drugs or alcohol, or if the individual suffers from a mental or physical disability.

Intimidating Environment:
Creating an environment that is intimidating, hostile, or offensive to others.

Each of the definitions above includes or implies the term explicit consent. Explicit consent is defined as mutually understandable words or actions, freely and actively given that indicate a willingness to participate in mutually agreed upon sexual activities or actions. Explicit consent is mutually understandable when a reasonable person would consider the words or actions of the parties involved to do the same thing, in the same way, at the same time. In the absence of mutually understandable words or actions, it is the responsibility of the initiator of the sexual activity to make sure they have explicit consent from their partner.

Where do I go for help?

Traditional undergraduate students who believe they may have been sexually assaulted or subjected to any violations of the sexual misconduct policy should call the Dean of Students Office at 704 337-2226, Campus Police at 704 337-2306, the Health and Wellness Center at 704 337-2220, the Assistant Director of Athletics for Compliance at 704-688-2818, or the University's Title IX Coordinator, 704-337-2297. There is never any pressure placed upon a student who has been assaulted or harassed; choices and support are given, and the decision to report or prosecute primarily rests with the student.

Adult undergraduate students who believe they may have been sexually assaulted or subjected to any violations of the sexual misconduct policy should call the Campus Police at 704 337-2306, the Health and Wellness Center at 704 337-2220 or the University's Title IX Coordinator, 704-337-2297. There is never any pressure placed upon a student who has been assaulted or harassed; choices and support are given, and the decision to report or prosecute primarily rests with the student.

The Health and Wellness Center, Dean of Students Office, Campus Police, Assistant Director of Athletics for compliance, and Title IX Coordinator are available for informal discussions if you feel you need information about what constitutes sexual harassment.

Formal complaints of sexual misconduct should be brought to Campus Police or the Dean of Students Office.

In cases in which an individual chooses not to file a formal complaint, the university may still take appropriate action consistent with the complainant's desire for confidentiality. The university will respect the wishes of the complainant unless it deems the other individual to be a threat to the University community. The university is committed to protecting those filing complaints from inappropriate retaliation. Retaliation of any kind, including but not limited to face to face harassment or harassment via social media, will be considered a violation of University policy and subject to disciplinary action.

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