C6.0 Policy Prohibiting Discrimination and Harassment
D18.0 Student Conduct Process
D18.1 Alcohol and Other Drugs
D19.0 Student Gender-Based and Sexual Misconduct Policy - Title IX
PO3.0 Honor Code
Defininiton of Affirmative Consent
Student Bill of Rights
Affirmative Consent Chart
Threat Assessment Process
Title IX violations are taken very seriously at RIT. RIT is committed to investigate complaints of sexual discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual assault and other sexual misconduct, and to ensure that appropriate action is taken to stop the behavior, prevent its recurrence and remedy its effects.
Federal law prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender. All students, faculty, and staff are protected under Title IX and have the right to an internal complaint if you or someone you know at RIT have experience any of the following prohibited behaviors:
- Sexual Misconduct means sexual activity that is not based on affirmative, mutual, knowing, and freely given consent by individuals with the capacity to consent, including sexual assault, non consensual sexual contact, and non-consensual sexual intercourse.
- Sexual Harassment means unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature, which unreasonably interferes with work or the educational environment. Sexually harassing conduct is offensive, unwanted or intimidating behavior of a sexual nature and may be physical, verbal, written, visual, or may occur by electronic means. When harassment becomes so severe or pervasive as to unreasonably interfere with an individual’s ability to work, learn or participate in RIT’s programs, or when the receipt of some benefit is linked to another’s submission to sexual behavior, it is in violation of this policy. RIT reserves the right to remedy, and to discipline, behavior that is offensive even if it is not in violation of this policy if it may lead to a violation of this policy if left unaddressed. However, the fact that a person was personally offended by a statement or incident does not alone constitute a violation of this policy. RIT shall consider the context of a communication or incident, the relationship of the individuals involved in the communication or incident, whether an incident was an isolated incident or part of a broader pattern or course of offensive conduct, the seriousness of the incident, the impact of the incident, and whether the incident would be considered offensive to most people, as opposed to a particular person.
- Sexual Violence means any act of a sexual nature prohibited by applicable federal, state or local laws including, but not limited to rape, sexual abuse, sexual assault, sexual battery and sexual coercion.
- Gender Discrimination is much like sexual harassment and is evaluated based on the same standards. However, gender-based harassment need not be sexual in nature and is instead characterized by hostility because of gender, gender expression, or gender-stereotyping, including failing to conform to stereotypical notions of masculinity or femininity.
Retaliation for reporting acts of discrimination listed above
Even RIT Offices and employees who cannot guarantee confidentiality will maintain your privacy to the greatest extent possible. The information you provide to a nonconfidential resource will be relayed only as necessary for the Title IX Coordinator to investigate and/or seek resolution. If an individual discloses information during a public awareness event, a protest, during a class project, or advocacy event RIT is not obligated to investigate based on the public disclosure. RIT may however use the information provided in an effort to further educate about prevention efforts.