Office of Academic and Community Conduct

Sexual and/or Relationship Misconduct Policy For Students of Michigan Technological University

Guiding Principles

Sexual and/or relationship misconduct have been identified as national problems that significantly impact college and university students. Federal and state laws place requirements upon colleges and universities to address issues of sexual and/or relationship misconduct. The University is committed to educating students, faculty, and staff about this topic; and to offering a variety of comprehensive services available on campus and in the surrounding community.

The University’s Student Code of Community Conduct expressly prohibits sexual and/or relationship misconduct. Sexual and/or relationship misconduct includes 1) sexual harassment 2) non-consensual sexual contact 3) non-consensual sexual intercourse 4) intimate partner violence 5) stalking 6) sexual exploitation. These terms are defined below under Prohibited Conduct.

Sexual and/or relationship misconduct can be carried out by University employees, fellow students, students from other schools, or third parties. When an allegation of sexual and/or relationship misconduct is brought forward, the University will take thorough, reliable, impartial, and fair steps to investigate in a prompt, effective, and equitable manner. If found to have occurred, the University will take steps to remedy the sexual misconduct, prevent its recurrence, and address its effects, regardless of whether or not the sexual misconduct is the subject of a criminal investigation.

Retaliation against a Reporting Party, Responding Party, or any individual or group of individuals involved in the complaint, investigation, and/or resolution of an allegation of a violation of University policy is strictly prohibited. Any complaint regarding retaliation should be reported to the Title IX Coordinator, Office of Academic and Community Conduct and/or Public Safety and Police Services.

This policy is supported by the Sexual and/or Relationship Misconduct Procedures for Addressing Allegations against Michigan Technological University Students.

Sexual and/or Relationship Misconduct Policy for Students of Michigan Technological University (PDF Viewer)

Student welfare is the University’s primary concern. When students and other individuals need emergency medical help, the University encourages students to offer assistance to others in need and to seek assistance for themselves. Sometimes students may be hesitant to seek or offer assistance due to concerns that their conduct violates University rules, or that a student in a medical emergency will be charged with a rule violation. This provision is included to address that concern. Any situation where a reasonable person would believe an individual’s physical and/or psychological health is at serious risk and immediate action must be taken to protect the individual or others is defined as a medical emergency. In cases of medical emergency, the University will use considerable discretion to avoid a finding of responsibility under the provisions of the Code. This statement of intent is broadly defined to allow for generous interpretation and consideration of individual circumstances and the intent of those involved.  It applies to the student(s) providing, as well as receiving medical assistance. Educational conditions may be imposed rather than conduct sanctions, if appropriate, based on the professional judgment of the Dean of Students or designee. This statement of intent applies only to administrative enforcement of the Code and does not provide immunity/amnesty from arrest or criminal prosecution.​

History: Revised August 1, 2005; August 1, 2006; August 1, 2007; August 1; 2008;August 1, 2009; August 1, 2010; September 3, 2013; August 1, 2014; January 12, 2015; July 1, 2015; August 15, 2016; August 1, 2017; August 1, 2018; March 21, 2019.