Campus Safety and Security

Sexual Offense Policy

(Revised May 18, 2018)

Members of the Clark University community are expected to behave in ways that demonstrate their care and respect for others. Clark University students are expected to live within a set of community expectations that insure the health, safety and quality of life for all.

Clark University prohibits all forms of sex/gender-based harassment, sexual/gender violence, sexual exploitation, relationship violence (domestic violence and dating violence), and stalking. Sexual offense in all forms, including Sexual Harassment, Sexual Assault, Sexual Misconduct, Relationship Abuse, Stalking and Sexual Exploitation, constitute some of the most serious violations of respect for others and will not be tolerated within our community.

Some sexual offense, such as sexual assault or rape, may be punishable by both civil and criminal legal action. When an alleged sexual offense is reported to the administration, and a respondent is found to have violated this policy, serious sanctions will be used to ensure that such actions are never repeated.

All members of the community are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that does not infringe on the rights of others. Clark University's Sexual Offense Policy has been developed to reaffirm these principles and to provide recourse for those individuals whose rights have been violated. Students at Clark University are responsible for being familiar with and abiding by the standards of conduct set forth herein.

A note on terminology: although the term "survivor" is preferred by many to describe an individual who has been sexually assaulted, the term "victim" is also widely used, especially in the criminal justice context. Each victim needs to decide at their own pace, whether and how they will become survivors. Therefore this policy uses the term "victim" and does so with respect for those who have been subjected to sexual assault.

To review the current details of the policy, click on the appropriate file that represents your role here at Clark: