The following policies, stipulations, and instructions regarding rape, sexual assault, and other forcible and non-forcible sex offenses are hereby provided as addenda to the Atlantic Union College Student Handbook and Atlantic Union College Safety and Security Guidelines. These go into effect immediately.
Sexual assault is defined as any sexual activity forced upon one person by another. "No" means "No". If a person won't take "No" for an answer, then sexual assault has occurred. Sexual harassment differs from sexual assault in that it does not involve the use of physical force. It includes inappropriate statements of a sexual nature, the telling of lewd jokes, repeated unwanted romantic advances, and unwanted touching.
Upon report of rape (including acquaintance rape), sexual assault, sexual harassment, or any other forcible or non-forcible sex offense perpetrated by a student, the Citizenship Committee will meet to address the matter. Both the accuser and the accused are entitled to the opportunity to be present and have others present, and both will be informed of the outcome of the disciplinary proceeding.
The sanction for rape (including acquaintance rape) is dismissal. The sanction for sexual assault, sexual harassment, and other forcible or non-forcible sex offenses ranges from suspension (of varying lengths) to dismissal.
There are things you can do to help prevent sex offenses. Use your common sense, which is perhaps your best protection against any form of crime. Follow these basic rules: Don't walk alone at night, and stick to well-lighted streets. Be aware of your surroundings. If you are being followed, walk fast to a populated area. Don't give your phone number or address to strangers.
To avoid rape or sexual assault by an acquaintance, clearly indicate what you are willing or unwilling to do. Set your limits before going on a date. Be aware of signals you may be sending.
If you find yourself in a situation where there is any form of sexual assault, you can use several tactics to dissuade your attacker: Tell him he is committing sexual assault, a criminal offense. If he persists, scream and draw attention to yourself; yell "NO!" or "STOP!" or even "FIRE!"; run away, if possible; fight back using any means at your disposal.