Sexual Assault / Title IX


Information About Roanoke’s New Sexual Misconduct and Title IX Policy

Roanoke College remains committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming educational and working environment, free from sex discrimination and sexual misconduct. Sexual harassment of any kind, including sexual violence, interferes with students’ right to receive an education free from discrimination.  Further, sexual violence is also a crime.

Consent is informed, freely and actively given and mutually understandable words or actions that indicate a willingness to participate in mutually agreed-upon sexual activity. Consent is mutually understandable when a reasonable person would consider the words or actions of the parties to have manifested a mutually understandable agreement between them to engage in certain conduct with each other. Consent cannot be gained by ignoring or acting regardless of the objections of another.

Title IX strictly prohibits retaliation against an individual for raising an allegation of sexual harassment and other sexual misconduct, for cooperating in an investigation or hearing of such a complaint, or for opposing discriminatory practices prohibited by either interim policy.

Help is available for anyone who thinks they may have been the subject of sexual misconduct by others. Confidential support is available from Student Health and Counseling and the Office of the Chaplain. Whether or not someone eventually chooses to file a formal complaint, Dean Amy Perkins is available to help students sort through supportive measures that may be available such as adjustments to schedules, housing changes, or no contact orders. She can help students understand their options so that they can make informed choices.

Roanoke College Sexual Misconduct and Title IX Policy

Formal student complaints should be reported to Dean Amy Perkins, Deputy Title IX Coordinator.  Dean Perkins will then appoint the investigator(s) if the Complaint is subject to the new Title IX guidelines.

After completion of the investigation, the matter proceeds to a hearing, comprised of trained experts within the Roanoke College community and trained experts outside of the Roanoke College community.  The hearing officer will decide the final outcome or the determination of responsibility. Sanctions are determined by the School/ unit of the respondent (the person identified as engaging in the misconduct).

Roanoke College uses the preponderance of evidence standard in determining responsibility. Preponderance of evidence means, based on the circumstances and information gathered during an investigation, it is more likely than not that a violation of the policy occurred.

Title IX requires responsible employees to share information with the School/unit Title IX Resource Coordinator or the University Title IX Office when they learn about concerns of sexual harassment or other sexual misconduct.

Our staff has received Title IX training from the nation’s top organizations. Aaron Fetrow, interim director, completed training from NACUA and the deputies received investigator training facilitated by Gentry Locke Attorneys.  

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