Sexual Assault Prevention
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. The following prohibited behaviors are covered under Title IX:
- Sexual misconduct
- Sexual harassment, including dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking
- Sexual violence
- Gender discrimination
Visit the Title IX website for more information.
Tips for Your Sons and Daughters
The following information was adapted from You're on Your Own (But I'm Here If You Need Me): Mentoring Your Child During the College Years, by Marjorie Savage. (Simon & Schuster, 2009)
- When you're preparing for a date or a party, take care of yourself first. Have enough money to pay for your meal and transportation home, if necessary. Have your cell phone charged and with you. Program a cab company phone number into your directory.
- At parties and bars, keep a friend in sight. Watch out for each other, and check in from time to time to make sure you're both comfortable with how things are going.
- Trust your instincts. If you find yourself in a situation where something feels wrong, look for a way out of the situation—move closer to other people or seek out a safe way to get home.
- Don't ignore sudden feelings of mistrust just because you have known someone for a long time. You can't tell if a person has the potential to rape based on past behaviors.
- Never leave a drink unattended or accept a drink that you did not see poured. Date-rape drugs can leave you unable to protect yourself, or even know what is happening to you.
- If you're going to drink, stop when you begin to feel the effects of alcohol. The more you drink, the harder it is to know when to stop. When you're drunk, you are more vulnerable.
- If you become frightened, do your best to be assertive. Speak loudly and firmly or yell.
- If you are sexually assaulted, go to a clinic or emergency room immediately. You can decide later whether or not to press charges, but it is critical that you receive medical attention and caring support as soon as possible.
Be a Respectful Partner
- First, be respectful. Anytime you are uncertain whether your partner is comfortable with your behavior, ask! You can simply say, "Are you okay with this?" Assume that "no" means no. What's more, assume that "I'm not sure" means no and silence should not be assumed to mean "yes."
- Understand that a person who is drunk is not legally capable of giving consent. If the other person is not capable of making an informed decision, do not have sex.
- Recognize that your sexual needs do not give you the right to do whatever you want. Any sexual activity should be mutually desired.
- Know the definition of sexual assault. If you think a grope or "feeling someone up" is just innocent fun, you could be surprised. In some cases, you can be arrested or held responsible on campus for a policy violation for these actions.
- If you're going to drink, drink responsibly. Most sexual assaults on college campuses involve drinking by one or both individuals. In addition, be aware of how alcohol affects you. If drinking makes you more aggressive, you could be in danger of sexually assaulting someone. Being drunk is not a defense for committing sexual assault.
- If your friend or roommate is sexually assaulting someone, do what you can to stop the assault. You can be held responsible if you know about an assault and fail to intervene.
- Be aware that committing rape has severe consequences. For your victim, there can be years of emotional trauma, unwarranted guilt, and fear. For you, sexual assault can lead to criminal charges, attorney expenses, and prison, as well as suspension or expulsion from campus. For both of you, a sexual assault can result in disease, pregnancy, and social stigma. A few minutes of sex are not worth years of regret.