What is Sexual Violence
Sexual violence is a form of sexual harassment. Sexual harassment is a form of illegal sex-based discrimination, which is prohibited by Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 and of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The Siena College Human Rights Policy and Procedures prohibits sexual harassment and outlines how the College addresses instances if they arise.
Sexual violence is defined as physical acts of a sexual nature perpetuated against a person’s will or where a person is incapable of giving consent. A number of acts fall into the category of sexual violence, including rape, sexual assault, sexual battery, and sexual coercion.
Sexual violence is against the law.
Sexual violence is also violation of Siena College’s Code of Conduct.Information about sexual violence can be found in two places in the Siena Life Student Handbook: The Human Rights Policy and Procedures and the Relationship Abuse, Sexual Violence and Stalking Policy. Definitions of relationship abuse and stalking can be found in the Relationship Abuse, Sexual Violence and Stalking Policy.