Policies, Procedures, and Definitions

Policies, Procedures, and Definitions

The 2016 Student Handbook states, "West Virginia Wesleyan College strives to provide a respectful, safe and non-threatening environment in which our students feel comfortable, are able to study and learn, fully contribute to their academic pursuits and co-curricular experiences and feel valued and supported.  In this environment where human dignity and respect are central to our sense of community, sexual misconduct in any form will not be tolerated or excused."

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The Sexual Misconduct Policy in the Student Handbook, "describes prohibited conduct and establishes procedures for responding to sexual misconduct incidents including sexual assault, sexual harassment, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking and other unwelcome behaviors."  This section of the Student Handbook "also notes resources that are available to our students and outlines the Sexual Assault Victims’ Bill of Rights".  

The Sexual Misconduct Policy section of the Student Handbook is available below. Students initiating a Title IX report are informed of this important institutional process.


An individual completing a Title IX Report is asked to identify the category of interpersonal misconduct.  The definitions below are a helpful resource.

Harassment: Physical, verbal, non-verbal, or written acts directed at a specific target and intended to annoy, threaten, or harm.

Sexual Harassment:  Conduct of a sexual nature that is unwelcome and denies or limits a student’s ability to participate in or receive the benefits, services or opportunities of the school’s programs and activities.

Sexual Assault:

• Any form of nonconsensual sexual intercourse committed by physical force, coercion, threat, or intimidation, actual or implied, by a person(s) known or unknown to the victim.

• Any actual or attempted nonconsensual sexual activity, including, but not limited  to, attempted intercourse, sexual touching, exhibitionism, or sexual language of a threatening nature by a person(s) known or unknown to the victim.

• Nonconsensual activity shall include, but is not limited to, situations in which the victim is unable to consent because he/she is mentally incapacitated or is physically helpless due to drug or alcohol consumption, or is unconscious.

Domestic Violence:  Domestic violence includes felony or misdemeanor crimes of violence committed by a current or former spouse of the victim, by a person with whom the victim shares a child in common, or by a person who is cohabitating with or has cohabitated with the victim. This also includes violence by a family member (i.e. sibling/step-sibling).

Dating Violence:  Dating violence includes crimes of violence committed by a person who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the victim.

Stalking:  This behavior involves engaging in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to fear for his or her safety or the safety of others; or to suffer substantial emotional distress.


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