Sexual Assault & Misconduct

Dear Goucher Students:

Goucher College is firmly committed to providing an environment in which all community members feel safe and comfortable, as they learn, live, and work. We are guided by our core community principles—respect, communication, and responsibility, among others. Acts of sexual misconduct are absolutely contrary to these principles and will not be tolerated. 

Sexual misconduct is a broad term that includes, but is not limited to: sexual harassment, sexual violence, sexual exploitation, stalking, relationship and dating violence, and retaliation. Goucher has established a comprehensive policy on sexual misconduct, relationship violence, and stalking, with the ultimate goal of creating a community free from sexual misconduct of all kinds.  This policy specifies the provisions to provide support for those affected by sexual misconduct, as well as prompt and equitable complaint and investigation procedures.

We urge all community members to report incidents of sexual misconduct against others promptly, and we encourage those individuals dealing with trauma to seek the support and care they need.   We are committed to helping students affected by sexual misconduct deal with its impact, and have various resources (PDF) available to assist them.  

Our sexual misconduct policy has been extensively evaluated and revised in recent years, and we will continue to evaluate its efficacy, as well as compliance with all applicable regulations, including Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.  Further, we fully recognize the importance of educating our campus community about respectful and appropriate sexual conduct, and our expectations and policies in this regard. 

Thank you for your interest in promoting a community of mutual trust and respect, and an environment free from sexual misconduct.

Sincerely,
Bryan F. Coker, Ph.D.
Vice President and Dean of Students