JUNE 2016


Hobart and William Smith Colleges are committed to fostering a welcoming, safe, non-discriminatory and harassment-free educational, living, and working environment for all members of the HWS community. The Colleges do not discriminate on the basis of sex in any of their education or employment programs or activities. This Policy prohibits specific forms of behavior that violate Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (“Title IX”), Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (“Title VII”), New York’s Enough is Enough law, and the New York State Human Rights Law. This Policy complies with these laws as well as requirements under the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (“Clery Act”), as amended by the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (“VAWA”). The Colleges also comply with all federal and state civil rights laws banning discrimination in private institutions of higher education. The protections of this policy apply without regard to race, color, sex, pregnancy, religion, creed, national origin, familial status, disability, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, veteran status, military status, predisposing genetic characteristics, domestic violence victim status, criminal conviction or any other protected category under applicable local, state, or federal law.

The Colleges specifically prohibit Sexual or Gender-Based Harassment, Sexual Assault, Sexual Exploitation, Intimate Partner Violence, Physical Assault, Stalking, and Retaliation. These forms of behavior are referred to in this Policy and accompanying Procedures interchangeably as Prohibited Conduct or Sexual Misconduct. Sexual Misconduct is unlawful and unacceptable in the HWS community and the Colleges will not tolerate such behavior.

The Colleges adopt this Policy to:
(1) reaffirm the Colleges’ institutional values;
(2) define community expectations;
(3) provide for fair and equitable procedures for determining when this Policy has been violated; and
(4) provide recourse for those individuals whose rights have been violated.

The Colleges respond promptly and equitably to reports of Sexual Misconduct to eliminate Prohibited Conduct, prevent its recurrence and address its effects. The Colleges conduct ongoing prevention, awareness, and training programs for students and employees and take disciplinary action against students, faculty and staff found to be in violation of this Policy. Disciplinary action for violations of this Policy may include expulsion of a student or termination of a faculty or staff member.

The Colleges require all members of the HWS community to conduct themselves in a manner that does not infringe upon the rights of others. The Colleges will not tolerate Sexual Misconduct. The Colleges expect all members of our community to foster a safe, welcoming, and respectful environment on campus. The Colleges strongly encourage HWS community members to take reasonable and prudent actions to prevent or stop an act of Prohibited Conduct to which an individual is a bystander. Taking action may include direct intervention when safe to do so, enlisting the assistance of friends, contacting law enforcement or seeking assistance from a person in authority. The Colleges will support all HWS community members who choose to engage as an active bystander and protect all members of the community from retaliation for any reports made under this Policy.


Preparing Students to Lead Lives of Consequence.