SEXUAL MISCONDUCT POLICY

VI. AMNESTY, OBLIGATION TO PROVIDE TRUTHFUL INFORMATION AND GROUP INFRACTIONS

A. Amnesty

The health and safety of every HWS student is of utmost importance. The Colleges recognize that students who have been drinking and/or using drugs (whether such use is voluntary or involuntary) at the time that Prohibited Conduct occurs may be hesitant to report such incidents due to fear of potential consequences for their own conduct or the conduct of others. The Colleges strongly encourage students to immediately report Prohibited Conduct to the Colleges or law enforcement. A bystander acting in good faith or a Complainant acting in good faith that discloses any incident of Prohibited Conduct to the Colleges or law enforcement will not be subject to disciplinary action under the HWS Community Standards for violations of alcohol and/or drug use policies based on ingestion occurring at or near the time of the reported Prohibited Conduct.

Other individuals present will also not be subject to disciplinary action under the HWS Community Standards for violations of alcohol and/or drug use policies based on ingestion occurring at or near the time of the reported Prohibited Conduct.

B. Obligation to Provide Truthful Information

All HWS community members are expected to cooperate fully and provide truthful information in any report or proceeding under this Policy. Providing false or misleading information in bad faith or with a view to personal gain or intentional harm to another in connection with an incident of Prohibited Conduct is prohibited and subject to disciplinary sanctions under the Colleges’ Community Standards and disciplinary action under the appropriate employee disciplinary policy. This provision does not apply to reports made or information provided in good faith, even if the report is not later substantiated.

C. Group Infractions

When members of a student group, organization, team, or individuals act collusively in violation of the Sexual Misconduct Policy, they may be charged as a group and/or as individuals, and a hearing may proceed against the group as joint respondents or against one or more involved individuals, or both, as appropriate, given available information and the circumstances.

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