Sexual Assault & Misconduct

Sexual Misconduct, Sexual Harassment & Sexually Inappropriate Behaviors

Messiah University does not tolerate sexual misconduct, sexual harassment, or sexually inappropriate behaviors in any form. These behaviors are demeaning and interfere with the rights of others to pursue their education in an atmosphere that is safe and respectful. Sexual misconduct, sexual harassment and sexually inappropriate behaviors include, but are not limited to: sexual misconduct, including sexual assault; incapacitated sex and/or sexual contact; sexual harassment; sexual violence; sexual exploitation; coercion for sex and/or sexual contact and retaliation. Incidents which a student considers to be a violation of this policy should be reported immediately.

This information is intended to serve as a resource for the Messiah community. The University is committed to establishing and maintaining an environment that values and protects the rights of all members of our community. This commitment is reflected in the Messiah University Student Handbook. The University takes seriously its responsibility to educate the campus community on issues of all forms of sexual misconduct. As members of the Messiah University community, we share responsibility for creating an open and welcoming learning environment for students, faculty, staff, administrators, and visitors.

Some forms of sexual misconduct are a crime. In particular, sexual assault and rape are criminal offenses as well as violations of this policy and both criminal charges and University sanctions may arise from an alleged incident. The University’s process is separate and distinct from the criminal process and is only making a determination regarding violation of this policy. Individuals who believe that they’ve been sexually assaulted are urged to contact the Upper Allen Township Police and to preserve any evidence that may be necessary for proving the crime. The University strongly encourages students to work with the local police, and the University will work with the local authorities to facilitate a timely investigative process. The University’s adjudication of charges may proceed regardless of the status of the criminal justice process.
To report a sexual misconduct, sexual harassment or sexually inappropriate behavior type of incident, go to Reporting a Crime.

Go to the Interpersonal Violence and Sexual Misconduct Policy for further information.