Title IX states that "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..." 20 U.S.C. § 1681. In addition to Title IX and other sexual misconduct, the Nondiscrimination, Discriminatory Harassment, and Sexual and Interpersonal Misconduct Policies, cover other forms of discrimination and harassment including race, color, predisposing genetic characteristics, traits historically associated with race, gender, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, religion, age, disability, marital status, veteran's status, sexual orientation, or national or ethnic origin.
MEMBERS OF THE ST. LAWRENCE COMMUNITY—students, employees, and guests— should expect to be free from sexual violence, behavior that is inherently abusive of the humanity that each of us brings to the campus community. Sexual misconduct is against University policy and will not be tolerated at St. Lawrence.
- Sexual misconduct includes any sexual act perpetrated against someone’s will and includes, rape, nonconsensual sexual contact, sexual exploitation, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking. This type of conduct may involve victims who do not consent or who are unable to consent.
- When accused students are found to have violated this policy, proportionate sanctions will be imposed. This policy is intended to define community expectations and to establish a mechanism for determining when those expectations have been violated. The sexual orientation and/or gender identity of individuals engaging in sexual activity is not relevant to allegations under this policy.
- While there are a number of laws and regulations that mandate how universities handle allegations of sexual misconduct and assault, it is impossible to set forth every scenario that could be a violation of this policy.
- Ultimately, the University has the discretion to determine whether or not the policy has been violated and impose appropriate sanctions.
It’s up to each of us, collectively and individually, to create a campus environment that is safe, respectful, and nurturing, helping all students and employees fulfill their promise.
Because harassment and discrimination are contrary to a safe, respectful, and nurturing campus, St. Lawrence prohibits any form of harassment and discrimination.
See Discriminatory Harassment Based on Race, Ethnicity, Nationality, Age, and All Other Protected Identities Policy
We know that sexual violence, the most serious and egregious form of gender discrimination and harassment, can happen anywhere and it’s up to each of us to create an environment that prevents behaviors that threaten a caring, residential community.
This website has many resources to help Laurentians understand St. Lawrence's policies preventing sexual misconduct and discriminatory harassment of any type, our resources for assisting those who experience such behavior, our procedures for investigating and adjudicating cases, and our programs to help prevent it.
Sexual Misconduct Prevention and Response booklets are located throughout campus in hard copy as well.