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Policy Name: Sexual Violence: Addendum to the UMW Sexual Harassment Prevention Policy
Policy Type: Presidential Policy – University Administrative Policy
Policy #: To be completed by University Policy Manager
Status: Active
Contact Office: Administration and Finance – Human Resources
Oversight Executive: Vice President for Administration and Finance
Applies to: All Faculty and Staff
Purpose: The purpose of this addendum is to add acts which can be classified as sexual violence or sexual exploitation to the existing UMW sexual harassment and consensual relationship policy.  All such acts are prohibited and considered a form of sex discrimination under Title IX.

Sexual Violence: physical sexual acts ranging from touching to penetration that are perpetrated against a person’s will and/or by force, or where a person is incapable of giving consent. An individual’s inability to give consent may be due to the victim’s age, use of drugs or alcohol, and/or an intellectual or other disability.

Sexual Exploitation: when a person takes a non-consensual or abusive sexual advantage of another for his/her own advantage or benefit, or to benefit or advantage anyone other than the one being exploited, and that behavior does not otherwise constitute one of the other sexual misconduct offenses.  Examples include invasion of sexual privacy, non-consensual video or audio-taping of sexual activity, going beyond the boundaries of consent, engaging in voyeurism, and sexually based stalking, cyber stalking, and bullying.

Retaliatory Harassment: any adverse employment of educational action taken against a person because of the person’s participation in a complaint or investigation of discrimination or sexual misconduct.

Policy  Statement: The University of Mary Washington prohibits any form of sexual exploitation or sexual violence, including non-consensual sexual contact and non-consensual sexual penetration.  In addition, retaliatory harassment by one employee against another for bringing forward a complaint is also prohibited.  Any employee found responsible for violating this policy addendum on sexual violence and/or sexual exploitation will receive disciplinary action up to and including suspension and termination.
Procedures: In addition to the procedures outlined in the University’s Sexual Harassment policy, faculty and staff experiencing or observing a situation where there is sexual violence, as described in this addendum, may:

  1. Contact University Police at 540-654-4444 for situations where there is an immediate threat or danger. The University Police will consult with the Office of Human Resources and inform the University’s Title IX Coordinator as required.
  2. Contact the University’s Title IX Coordinator, Leah Cox, at 654-1263.
  3. Contact the University’s AAEEO officer, Sabrina Johnson, in the Office of Human Resources, at 654-1214.
  4. Contact one of the University’s sexual harassment contact persons listed on the policy webpage for informal resolution:
Related Information: The related Sexual Harassment Prevention policy can be found on the below website under “University Sexual Harassment Prevention and Consensual Relations”:

Revision Date:

November 2013