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The University of Hartford strives to provide an environment free from Sexual Violence and Other Sexual Misconduct, including without limitation sexual assault, intimate partner violence – including without limitation domestic violence and dating violence – and stalking. Further, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (“Title IX”) prohibits discrimination based on gender, including gender-based sexual violence and misconduct, in educational programs and activities that receive federal financial assistance; Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (“Title VII”) prohibits discrimination in employment based on sex, among other protected classifications; Section 304 of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013, codified at 20 U.S.C. Section 1092(f), requires institutions of higher education to develop policies regarding the prevention of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking; and Section 10a-55m of the Connecticut General Statutes (“CGS”) requires institutions of higher education to develop a policy applicable to all students and employees addressing sexual assault, stalking and intimate partner violence.
The University’s operational policies and procedures shall include a definition of “consent,” for purposes of determining whether or not Prohibited Behavior has occurred, which requires an active, knowing and voluntary exchange of affirmative words and/or actions, which indicate and effectively communicate a willingness to participate in a particular sexual activity; and which establishes that the initiator of sexual activity is responsible for obtaining clear and affirmative responses indicating consent at each stage of sexual involvement, without incapacitation, force or coercion.
The University of Hartford encourages all community members to educate themselves about interpersonal violence and share this info with friends. Confront friends who make excuses for other peoples abusive behavior, speak up against racist, sexist, and homophobic jokes or remarks. A good is bystander someone who models pro-social behaviors and intervenes when a potentially dangerous situation occurs. Read More