Sexual Harassment & Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Resources

Lafayette College is committed to providing a learning and working environment that emphasizes the dignity and worth of every member of its community. Sexual assault and sexual harassment in any form or context are inimical to these principles and will not be tolerated.

Sexual assault can threaten the safety, well-being, educational experience, and career of students, faculty, and staff and will not be tolerated in any form. Through procedures that address both prevention and remedy, the sexual assault policy aims to maintain a campus environment that is free of sexual assault. The policy provides for: (1) education and prevention programs that inform the College community about sexual assault; (2) procedures sensitive to victims in responding to reports of alleged sexual assaults, including informing victims of medical, counseling, and support services and available alternative remedies; (3) procedures for determining violations of this policy that assure fairness to the victim and the accused perpetrator; (4) existence of College disciplinary sanctions for those who commit sexual assaults; and (5) an ongoing Presidential Oversight Committee to review the effectiveness of the College’s policy and relevant programs and procedures.

Sexual harassment subverts the mission and the work of the College and can threaten the career, educational experience, and well-being of students, faculty, and staff. Lafayette College is further committed to freedom of thought, discourse, and speech and the attainment of the highest quality of academic and educational pursuits.

Through procedures that address both prevention and remedy, this policy aims to achieve a campus environment that is free of sexual harassment. The policy provides for: (1) education and prevention programs that inform the College community about sexual harassment; (2) procedures sensitive to complainants in responding to reports of alleged sexual harassment; (3) procedures for determining violations of this policy that assure fairness to the complainant and the accused; and (4) the existence of College disciplinary sanctions for those who commit sexual harassment.

For additional information about how to obtain assistance from a variety of campus services, or how to contact one of the Sexual Assault Counseling and Education (SACE) Coordinators or a sexual harassment consultant, please refer to: A Resource Guide for Responding to Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment.

The Sexual Harassment & Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Flowchart is a quick outline of options victims have for reporting a sexual assault, and the process that unfolds for each option:

  • Pursuing internal college charges
  • Pursuing criminal charges
  • Pursuing both criminal and college charges simultaneously
  • Reporting the assault but not pursuing any charges

Disclaimer

Lafayette College reserves the right in its sole judgment to amend any policy or program described herein without prior notice to persons who might thereby be affected. At its sole option, the College may suspend or eliminate courses, academic departments, or degree programs; change curricular offerings, graduation requirements, and regulations on standing of students; alter its class schedule and academic calendar; or make changes of any nature whenever in its judgment such changes are desirable for any reason. The provisions of this publication are not to be regarded as an irrevocable contract between the College and the student. Payment of tuition or attendance at any classes shall constitute acceptance by the student of the College's rights as set forth in this paragraph.