We encourage members of the campus community who experience any form of sexual misconduct to contact one of our resources – regardless of when or where the act occurred. These resources can assist the student in recovering from the experience and in deciding what options may be available, such as the student conduct process, the criminal justice system and the civil courts. Some of these resources may also be available for non-students.
Our community of trust requires that students treat one another with respect, dignity and fairness. In an intimate relationship, these values are of paramount importance. Sexual misconduct, as defined by this policy, includes a broad range of behavior such as inappropriate physical touching, sexual exploitation, and sexual intercourse without consent and other forms of sexual violence. Sexual misconduct may be a crime.
College of William & Mary's Policy
Review the Sexual Misconduct Policy and Procedures (Student Handbook)
Virginia State Law
- Code of Virginia statute for rape
- Code of Virginia for attempted rape, forcible sodomy, object sexual penetration, aggravated sexual battery, and sexual battery
Statistics vary on how many people are affected by sexual assault. In reality, sexual assault affects everyone, whether directly or indirectly. In a recent study conducted through the Virginia Department of Health and the Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance, it was concluded that, in Virginia, one in four women and one in eight men have been sexually abused at some point in their lives.
If you know someone who has been sexually assaulted, you can help. If you have experienced sexual assault, whether it was recently or in the past, remember that you are not alone. There are people who can be resources for you throughout your process of healing and recovery. Please call on us.