Policies

Sexual Misconduct Policy

The University of North Alabama does not tolerate sexual misconduct in any form. The University community is committed to maintaining an environment in which the rights of all members of the campus community are protected while they pursue their educational objectives.

The University defines sexual misconduct as: obscene, lewd, or indecent behavior; deliberate observation of others for sexual purposes without their consent; taking or posting of photographs/images of a sexual nature without consent; possession or distribution of illegal pornography; viewing or posting pornography in public venues; non-consensual sexual contact or penetration; engaging in coercion or constraint; or engaging in sexual activity with a person who is incapacitated or otherwise unable to give consent.

The presence of consent involves explicit communications and mutual approval for the act in which the parties are/were involved. A sexual encounter is considered consensual when individuals willingly and knowingly engage in sexual activity. The use of coercion in instances of sexual misconduct involves the use of pressure, manipulation, substances, and/or force. The absence of "no" is not a "yes."

Sexual misconduct is a serious problem on college campuses throughout the country. To counteract this problem, the University provides educational and preventive programs, resources for individuals dealing with sexual misconduct, and accessible methods of complaint resolution.

The University encourages students who believe that they have been subjected to non-consensual physical contact of a sexual nature to report these incidents, whether or not they choose to file an official complaint.

To fall within the jurisdiction of the University's administrative procedures, the alleged sexual misconduct must have been committed by a student against a student.  The University has jurisdiction whether or not the alleged misconduct took place on or off University property.

A student may file a complaint with the University Police Department or the Office of Student Conduct.  The University’s Student Conduct procedures include a process established specifically to address allegations of sexual misconduct and ensure that the members of the committee hearing the case will be specially trained in adjudicating cases of sexual misconduct.

A student who has been found to have violated this policy may be subject to sanctions including, but not limited to, reprimand/warning, disciplinary probation, suspension, and expulsion. A student may also be barred from certain University facilities or activities, or required to attend educational programming. Sanctions are imposed by the Office of Student Conduct in accordance with University procedures. 

If a student believes he or she has been a victim of sexual misconduct by another student of the University, he/she is advised to contact:

University Police                     256.765.4357

Office of Student Conduct       256.765.5012

Student Counseling Services   256.765.5215

University Health Services      256.765.4328

The statute of limitation for filing a sexual misconduct report is 365 days.  The university will make every reasonable effort to resolve cases of sexual misconduct within 90 days.

*Revised/used with permission from ATIXA.