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Sexual Harassment

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in all academic, educational, extracurricular, athletic and other programs and activities of Dartmouth College. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and New Hampshire state law prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex in employment.

Sexual harassment, which includes acts of sexual violence, is a form of sex discrimination which is prohibited by federal and state law and violates Dartmouth policy. A number of different acts fall into the category of "sexual violence" including sexual assault and other physical sexual acts perpetrated against a person's will or where a person is incapable of giving consent due, for example, to the victim's use of drugs or alcohol.

Sexual violence is one form of sexual harassment, but it is not the only form. Sexual harassment can also take the form of unwelcome but non-physical conduct. Specifically:

Sexual harassment can include unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or nonverbal conduct of a sexual nature. If the conduct is sufficiently serious – that is, sufficiently severe or pervasive – to deny or limit the victim's ability to participate in or benefit from the College's educational program (in the case of students) or to unreasonably interfere with the person's work (in the case of employees), it may create a hostile environment.Sexual harassment also includes unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when:submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual's status as a student or employment,submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for academic or employment decisions affecting him or her, or for the awarding or withholding of favorable academic or employment opportunities, evaluations, or assistance, or such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual's academic or work performance by creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working or educational environment.

Where conduct is severe, a hostile environment may be present even where there is not a repetitive series of incidents, particularly if the harassment is physical. For example, a single instance of rape is sufficiently severe to create a hostile environment. Prohibited sexual harassment may occur regardless of the gender(s) of the individuals involved. Prohibited sexual harassment also includes harassment of a person because of the person's sex and/or gender, including but not limited to harassment based on the person's non-conformity with gender stereotypes or because of the person's gender identity or expression.

Dartmouth will take prompt, appropriate and effective action to eliminate sexual harassment, prevent its recurrence, and address its effects. Dartmouth encourages members of the College community to report unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature so that it can investigate reports appropriately through its published procedures. Any student or employee who has concerns about sexual harassment, including sexual violence, is encouraged to seek the assistance of the following:

Title IX Coordinator for Students and Employees

Evelynn Ellis

Vice President for Institutional Diversity and Equity

Dartmouth College

6018 Blunt Alumni Center

Hanover, NH 03755

(603) 646-3146

Dartmouth Safety and Security (available 24/7)

5 Rope Ferry Road, third floor

Hanover, NH 03755

(603) 646-4000

(603) 646-3333 (for emergencies)

Sexual Abuse Awareness Program

Robinson Hall, 3rd floor

Dartmouth College

Hanover, NH 03755

(603) 646-9414

Your supervisor

The College Ombudsperson

Mary Childers (603) 646-9872

For further information, see

Sexual Abuse Awareness / Get Help

Policies and Procedures Applicable to Cases Involving Allegations of Sexual Harassment, Sexual Discrimination, and Sexual Misconduct

Last Updated: 9/3/15