Goshen College does not condone and will not tolerate inappropriate conduct toward any individual based on the individual’s sex, sexual orientation, national origin, race, ethnicity, documentation status or gender identity.
Such sexual misconduct includes but is not limited to unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other visual, verbal, online, or physical conduct of a sexual nature. This encompasses misconduct that does not reach the level of actionable sexual harassment, misconduct that is sufficiently severe and pervasive that it rises to the level of sexual harassment, and sexual misconduct that involves criminal penalties. Examples of sexual misconduct include a range of behaviors, such as:
- Unwelcome comments and conduct of a sexual nature or that are demeaning to people (for example, offensive or vulgar jokes, name calling, comments about one’s body or sex life, stereotyping based on a person’s sex, touching, leering, ogling, patting, pinching, indecent exposure, physical gestures or displaying sexually explicit photographs or objects);
- Unwelcome demands or requests for sexual favors or social or sexual encounters;
- Suggestions that submission to or rejection of sexual conduct will affect decisions regarding such matters as employment, work assignment or status, academic standing, grades, receipt of financial aid, letters of recommendation or receipt of a Goshen College benefit or service;
- The use of submission to or rejection of sexual conduct as the basis for making, influencing or affecting decisions that have an impact upon the terms and conditions of education, employment or receipt of any other Goshen College benefit or service; and
- Nonconsensual sexual contact.
Read the complete Policy on Sexual Assault and Misconduct (PDF updated Spring 2016).