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Queens Interpersonal Violence & Harassment 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 interpersonal violence or harassment 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 interpersonal violence and harassment.

Below is a listing of acts, clearly defined, covered under the Interpersonal Violence & Harassment Policy.  Please note some acts are of a sexual nature, and hence covered under Title IX, while others are not.  However, all are covered under the federal Clery Act and are taken very seriously by the University.

Assault: Striking, or in any way threatening or causing physical harm to another person.

Harassment/Verbal Or Written Abuse: Conduct that prevents free academic interaction and opportunities or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive study or work or living environment. Examples include, but are not limited to: bullying and/or verbal or written abuse beyond reasonable expression of opinion.

Harassment/Verbal Or Written Abuse Based On Race, Creed, Religion, Gender, National Origin, Disability Or Sexual Orientation: The University values a diverse community and endeavors to create an atmosphere that is free from all forms of discrimination and harassment. Thus, bullying and/or verbal or written abuse based on race, creed, religion, gender, national origin, disability, or sexual orientation is particularly offensive and is considered a violation of Queens University of Charlotte policy.

Social And Mobile Media Harassment:  While harassment and abuse of any kind is clearly prohibited, special attention needs to be paid to the phenomenon of "cyber bullying." While the University accepts that social and mobile media use by students is common, it also recognizes the harm this practice may cause to our community when abused. The use of social and mobile media in the form of harassment, abuse, or hate speech with a clear and persistent intent to demean, embarrass, or humiliate is a violation of Queens University of Charlotte's policy. These media forms include, but are not limited to, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, YouTube, and text messaging. Queens University of Charlotte reserves the right to extend all aspects of the Honor Code onto any digital citizenship established by students.

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.

Stalking: Engaging in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to fear their personal safety or the safety of others; and/or suffer emotional distress.

Dating Violence: Violence, or threat thereof, committed by a person who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the victim.

Domestic Violence: A felony or misdemeanor crime of violence committed by a current or former spouse or intimate partner of the victim, relative of victim, and/or current or former member of a household.

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.

Each of the definitions above regarding acts of a sexual nature includes or implies the term explicit consent, defined below.

Explicit Consent: Communication of mutually understandable words or actions, freely, actively, and affirmatively 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. Explicit consent cannot be given if the individual has a reasonable fear he or she 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. 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. Consent can also be withdrawn at any time.

Given the special nature of sexual misconduct additional information is provided below.  For further assistance you may refer to the University's Student Handbook or web page dedicated to sexual misconduct.  Both can be found at http://www.queens.edu/Life-on-Campus/Dean-of-Students.html.

 

Where Do I Go For Help?

Formal complaints of sexual misconduct should be brought to Campus Police (704-337-2306), the Dean of Students Office (704-337-2227), or the University's Title IX Coordinator (704-337-2297).

While you may also speak with other faculty, staff, and student staff members regarding a possible sexual misconduct incident you should know that members of the University staff and faculty (including student staff members) are required to report all incidents of sexual misconduct. Thus, these conversations cannot be confidential.

Any student seeking CONFIDENTIAL advice or support regarding a possible sexual misconduct should seek the assistance of the Health & Wellness Center (704-337-2220) or the Campus Chaplain (704-337-2291). Because of the confidential nature of counselors, chaplains, and health care providers the Health & Wellness Center and Chaplain's Office are the only offices in which reports of sexual misconduct may be brought without the staff members being obligated to report the accusation to the proper authorities listed above.

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 Dean of Students, Campus Police, and University's Title IX Coordinator are trained to help guide students through this process.

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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