All Hampshire College community members have the right to personal and sexual safety, respect, integrity, and freedom of expression, as long as such expression does not cause harm to others. Hampshire seeks to maintain a safe learning, living, and working environment.
The Sexual Misconduct, Relationship Violence and Stalking Policy encompasses a broad range of behavior including sexual assault, sexual exploitation, and sexual or gender-based harassment; relationship violence (also known as dating violence, domestic violence, or intimate partner violence); stalking; complicity; and retaliation against an individual for making a good faith report of conduct prohibited under this policy. This policy has been developed to reaffirm these principles and to provide recourse for those individuals whose rights have been violated. This policy is designed to comply with applicable legal requirements including Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a federal law that prohibits sex discrimination in education. It reads:
No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.
Legal Citation: Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and its implementing regulation at 34 C.F.R. Part 106 (Title IX).
The Title IX coordinator is responsible for monitoring compliance with Title IX; ensuring appropriate education, training, and notifications; overseeing reports; coordinating the College’s investigation, response, and resolution of all reports under this policy, and ensuring appropriate actions to eliminate sexual misconduct violations, prevent their recurrence, and remedy their effects. The Title IX coordinator is available to meet with any student, employee, or third party to discuss this policy or the accompanying procedures. The College has also designated deputy Title IX coordinators who may assist the Title IX coordinator in the discharge of these responsibilities. The Title IX coordinator and deputy Title IX coordinators receive appropriate training to discharge their responsibilities.