Sexual Misconduct: Common Questions

What should you do if you are a victim of sexual misconduct? Below you will find simple answers that will help you understand sexual misconduct and your rights as a member of the Savannah State University community.


What is sexual misconduct?

Sexual misconduct is unwelcome behavior of a sexual nature, including, but not limited to, sexual assault, sexual exploitation, sexual harassment and stalking. Some examples of sexual misconduct include rape; touching of a sexual nature; displaying or distributing sexually explicit drawings, pictures or written materials; spreading sexual rumors, and circulating or showing e-mails or Web sites of a sexual nature. There are many other types of examples of sexual misconduct; some specific examples are listed below, but it is not an exhaustive list. If you are uncomfortable with a situation or unsure if you are a victim of sexual misconduct, it is always best to ask and seek help.

Examples of sexual misconduct

Examples of sexual exploitation

Examples of sexual harassment

Examples of stalking

Who is protected by the Savannah State University Sexual Misconduct Policy?

The Savannah State University Sexual Misconduct Policy applies to all Savannah State University students, faculty, staff and third-party visitors to campus. The policy applies to these groups regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

What do I do if I'm a victim of sexual assault or other forms of sexual misconduct?

How do I file a Sexual Misconduct Report?

You can file a Sexual Misconduct Report. You can also pick up a paper copy of the report in the Colston Administration Building, Room 208.

What happens after I file a report through Savannah State University?

If you file a Sexual Misconduct Report through Savannah State University, your complaint will be investigated and adjudicated by university officials. Interim protective measures may be implemented while an investigation takes place.

Once the investigation is complete, the investigator will issue a written report to the parties involved that sets forth any charges and/or sanctions, along with an explanation of the evidence against the respondent. The parties will have an opportunity to respond to the report, a further investigation will be conducted if necessary, and a final report will be issued.

If the complainant is a student, a hearing and corresponding appeal may take place. Depending on the outcome, sanctions may follow.

Will my parents be notified if I file a report?

No. Savannah State University will not contact your parents or guardians if you file a Sexual Misconduct Report unless you request the university to do so. In cases of a medical emergency, the university may contact parents or guardians.

What resources are available to me on campus and in the community?

Savannah State University has numerous campus resources available to members of the community. In addition, there are several excellent local and national resources available for anyone requiring further information.

Can I lower my risk of becoming a victim of sexual violence?

While some forms of sexual violence cannot be prevented, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office on Women's Health offers the following tips on how to stay safe in general: