Discrimination, Harassment, Sexual Violence, Dating and Domestic Violence, and Stalking

William & Mary is committed to providing students a safe environment free from discrimination, including discriminatory harassment, and violence. The university has several policies and procedures designed to prevent discrimination and violence and to address any incidents that occur despite our prevention efforts.

The most important policies are

  1. the Policy on Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation (the Discrimination Policy)
  2. the Policy on Sexual Misconduct, Dating and Domestic Violence, and Stalking (the Sexual Misconduct Policy); and
  3. the Consensual Amorous Relationships Policy.

These policies prohibit specific types of conduct, and establish reporting obligations. 

Discrimination Policy

The Discrimination Policy prohibits discrimination on the basis of any irrelevant personal factor.  Irrelevant personal factors include race, gender and gender identity, national origin, sex and sexual orientation, and many other characteristics.  The Discrimination Policy applies to students: it protects students from discrimination and prohibits them from discriminating or harassing others. 

The Discrimination Policy prohibits sexual harassment, including sexual violence and other forms of sexual misconduct, and mandates reporting in certain circumstances.  Sexual violence and sexual misconduct are defined in detail in the Sexual Misconduct Policy.

The Discrimination Policy also requires almost all W&M employees to report incidents of sexual violence and harassment, when they become aware of them.  This reporting obligation does not require victims to report; it requires people to report incidents involving other people. 

Sexual Misconduct Policy

The Sexual Misconduct Policy prohibits the following types of sex- and gender-based misconduct:

  • sexual assault – non-consensual sexual intercourse and fondling
  • non-consensual sexual contact
  • dating and domestic violence
  • stalking
  • sexual exploitation. 

The Policy defines each of these types of misconduct and defines consent and incapacitation. 

The Policy applies to students: it protects students from sexual misconduct and prohibits them from engaging in sexual misconduct. 

Consensual Amorous Relationships Policy

The Consensual Amorous Relationships Policy prohibits faculty from engaging in romantic or sexual relationships with undergraduate students.  It also prohibits faculty from engaging in such relationships with graduate students with whom the faculty are in a position of authority.  There are mechanisms to obtain an exception to the Policy. 

The Consensual Amorous Relationships Policy is designed to protect students and to avoid relationships between people without equal power.  The Policy is not used to discipline students.   

Reporting Options, Resources and Other Information

The Dean of Students Office can help students, and receives reports and complaints from students: Marjorie Thomas, Dean of Students, Campus Center 109, 221-2510. 

William & Mary’s Sexual Violence website collects information about reporting options, resources for students experiencing sexual violence, tips to help a friend, and other resources for students.  Reporting options include anonymous reporting, reporting for criminal action, reporting for internal (administrative) investigation, and many other types of reporting. 

Information about reporting other types of discrimination or harassment or policy violations is provided in Appendix B to the Discrimination Policy.