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Knowing Your Rights

Importance of Title IX

In accordance with Title IX requirements, all internal and external stakeholders are responsible for creating and perpetuating a safe and equitable environment for the Davenport community. For more information you may contact any one of the Title IX coordinators found on the Title IX Coordinators page.

Importance of VAWA

Through the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), colleges and universities are required to report certain acts of gender-based violence, as well as provide programming, policies and disciplinary procedures that will function toward reducing campus sexual violence. This 1994 federal law was intended to improve the safety of college campuses and enhance the outlook for abuse victims. Davenport works to uphold this act through a variety of mediums, including the content listed here.

Knowing Your Rights

All Davenport community members are afforded the following rights:

  • Freedom from unlawful discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, sex, gender, age, religion, national origin, disability, or sexual orientation under federal or state laws.
  • The right to initiate a complaint that may bring about an investigation and/or disciplinary action involving another member of the academic community.

Davenport University's sexual assault policy preserves the right of victims of sexual assault and other crimes. You have the right to define your level of involvement in the process, to be informed of the ultimate outcome, and to appeal the outcome. Most importantly, you have the right to be treated with dignity. You should not be discouraged from proceeding with any course of action that you choose.

Alcohol Amnesty

Additionally, in those cases where a student has been the victim of a sexual assault and/or violent crime while under the influence of alcohol, neither Davenport University nor Kent County Police Department will pursue disciplinary actions against the student victim or a witness for his or her improper use of alcohol (e.g. underage drinking). Any student victim who is under the influence of alcohol at the time of a sexual assault is entitled to University and community assistance and encouraged to seek help.

Key Definitions

Bystander Intervention: It is the opportunity of an observing party who wittnesses a potentially harmful situation, event, or interaction to respond in a way that could positively affect the outcome. Even when difficult, a bystander plays an important role in preventing possible sexual assault or other forms of sexual violence simply by stepping in and intervening.

Consent: It is the responsibility of the person initiating sexual activity to make sure the other person is capable of consenting to that activity. Consent is given by an affirmative verbal response or acts that are unmistakable in their meaning. Consent to one form of sexual activity does not mean consent is given to another type of activity or any subsequent sexual activity. Consent is a clear, freely given, verbalized “yes” to sexual activity. The absence of “no” is not consent. Silence, in and of itself, cannot be interpreted as consent. Furthermore, a verbalized “yes” which has been coerced, does not constitute a freely given “yes”. Individuals who consent to sex must be able to understand what they are doing. A person may not be able to give consent if they are under the age of 16, if they are legally mentally defective, mentally incapacitated or physically helpless. This may include impairment due to drug or alcohol use. Consent can be given by words or actions, as long as those words or actions create mutually understandable clear permission regarding willingness to engage in (and the conditions of) sexual activity.  

Gender-based Harassment/Sexual Harassment: any action with the purpose or effect of intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment with the basis rooted in a persons gender; unreasonably interfering with an individual's participation in or access to educational activities and programs. Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature having the purpose or effect of creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working or educational environment.

Sexual Assault: any sexual act or attempt to engage in any sexual act with another person without the consent of the other person, in some cases, involving force.

Sexual Misconduct: any intentional intimate touching of another without the consent of the other person.

Domestic Violence: felony or misdemeanor crimes of violence committed by a current or former spouse or intimate partner of the victim; by a person with whom the victim shares a child in common; by a person who is cohabiting with or has cohabited with the victim as a spouse or intimate partner; by a person similarly situated to a spouse of the victim under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction in which the crime of violence occurred; or by any other person against an adult or youth victim who is protected from that person’s acts under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction in which the crime occurred.

Dating Violence: Violence committed or the threat of violence communicated by an individual who has been in a romantic or intimate relationship with the victim.

Stalking: engaging in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to fear for the person’s safety or the safety of others, or suffer substantial emotional distress. Any incident meeting this definition is considered a crime.


If you or a friend was or may have been a victim or witness to any Title IX violation please contact a coordinator.

If you'd like to file a Title IX complaint that process is started via the Submit a Report page