Antioch College is committed to the goal of achieving equal opportunity for all and, accordingly, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, expression and characteristics, age, religion, national or ethnic origin, visible or invisible disability, or status as a disabled veteran of the Vietnam era. The College complies with federal and state legislation and regulations regarding nondiscrimination. This policy applies to faculty and staff, applicants for faculty and staff positions, students and applicants for educational programs and activities. Inquiries concerning this policy should be addressed to the Office of the President.
The Sexual Offense Prevention Policy (SOPP) is a campus-wide policy of Antioch College. All sexual interactions at Antioch College must be consensual. Consent means verbally asking and verbally giving or denying consent for all levels of sexual behavior. Non-consensual sexual behavior, verbal and sexual harassment are not tolerated at Antioch College. In 1990, a group of Womyn of Antioch began a campaign to promote a culture free of sexual violence at Antioch College. Through this effort, a document was created which became known as the Sexual Offense Prevention Policy (SOPP). The SOPP is Antioch College’s formal attempt at ending sexual violence while fostering a campus culture of positive, consensual sexuality.
The Sexual Offense Prevention Policy (SOPP) is a campus-wide policy of Antioch College. All sexual interactions at Antioch College must be consensual. Consent means verbally asking and verbally giving or denying consent for all levels of sexual behavior. Non-consensual sexual behavior, verbal and sexual harassment are not tolerated at Antioch College. For full policy, please see Student Handbook.
Title IX Overview
Title IX is a federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any federally funded education program. Sexual Misconduct is prohibited under this law. Title IX is a civil right amendment that prohibits sex discrimination. Sex discrimination includes all forms of sexual harassment including verbal and sexual harassment, and sexual violence by employees, students or third parties. (It also relates to unequal pay based on gender, discrimination on the basis of pregnancy or parenting status, unequal admissions and financial aid practices, and discrimination on the basis of gender identity or sexual orientation.)
Antioch College is a community dedicated to the search for truth, the development of individual potential, and the pursuit of social justice. In order to fulfill our objectives, freedom must be matched by responsibility. As a member of the Antioch College community, I affirm that I will be honest and respectful in all my relationships, and I will advance these standards of behavior in others.
Dating violence. Violence committed by a person who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the victim.
(i) The existence of such a relationship shall be determined based on the reporting party's statement and with consideration of the length of the relationship, the type of relationship, and the frequency of interaction between the persons involved in the relationship.
(ii) For the purposes of this definition—
(A) Dating violence includes, but is not limited to, sexual or physical abuse or the threat of such abuse.
(B) Dating violence does not include acts covered under the definition of domestic violence.
(iii) For the purposes of complying with the requirements of this section and § 668.41, any incident meeting this definition is considered a crime for the purposes of Clery Act reporting.
Domestic violence. (i) A felony or misdemeanor crime of violence committed—
(A) By a current or former spouse or intimate partner of the victim;
(B) By a person with whom the victim shares a child in common;
(C) By a person who is cohabitating with, or has cohabitated with, the victim as a spouse or intimate partner;
(D) 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 (E) 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 of violence occurred.
(ii) For the purposes of complying with the requirements of this section and § 668.41, any incident meeting this definition is considered a crime for the purposes of Clery Act reporting.
Stalking. (i) Engaging in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to—
(A) Fear for the person's safety or the safety of others; or
(B) Suffer substantial emotional distress.
You can report a violation of the SOPP by filling out this form.
Click here for the SOPP Process Prezi
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Campus Sexual Assault Survivors' Bill of Rights:
Since 1992, supplementing Title IX requirements, the Clery Act has required institutions to have and annually disclose a summary of a policy specifically addressing sexual assault. The policy must address three main areas - 1.) Survivors' Rights, 2.) Disciplinary Procedures, and 3.) Educational Programming. These provisions were updated in 2013 expanding the law to cover a broader spectrum of sexual violence and provide for additional requirements, with changes taking effect in 2014 (see the summary of the Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act for more details).
Institutions are required to provide information about where a student should report a sex offense along with information about the importance of preserving evidence for possible criminal prosecution, and are obligated to afford students the following rights:
To be informed of their right to notify law enforcement, and to be assisted by campus authorities in doing so;
To be informed of existing counseling, mental health or student services for survivors on and off campus (contact information must be included); and
To be informed of options for changing academic and living situations if requested by the victim and reasonably available.
Institutions must also implement internal disciplinary procedures for sexual assault cases. They must disclose possible sanctions that may be imposed following a final determination, and ensure that both the accuser and the accused are entitled to:
The same opportunity to have others, such as a support person or witnesses, present during a disciplinary proceeding; and
To be informed of the outcome of any disciplinary proceeding (such disclosure is unconditional meaning the victim is free to share the outcome with anyone they wish).
Institutions must offer, and disclose a summary of, education programs to promote the awareness of "rape, acquaintance rape, or other sex offenses, forcible or nonforcible."
Antioch's SOPP in the News:
- The Washington Post: Affirmative Consent by Christine Emba
- The Daily Beast: How Antioch College Got Rape Right 20 Years Ago by Nicolaus Mills
- AGB Reports: Taking A Stand Against Sexual Assault By Karen Mulhauser
- NPR: The History Behind Sexual Consent Policies with Arun Rath and Kristine Herman
- The Economist: Yes means yes, says Mr Brown
- The New York Times Magazine: Oh Yes Means Yes: The Joy of Affirmative Consent by Ann Friedman
- The College Fix: NATIONWIDE, CAMPUS OFFICIALS GOVERN HOW COLLEGE STUDENTS MUST HAVE SEX by Michael Cipriano
- Time: The Most Game-Changing Part of the ‘Affirmative Consent’ Law by Quinn Cummings
- The Epoch Times: SUNY to Create ‘Yes Means Yes’ Sexual Assault Policy by Jonathan Zhou
- International Business Times: ‘Yes Means Yes’ Sexual Assault Prevention Law Has Prototype In Many College Campus Policies by Zoe Mintz
- Big Think: Explicit Consent and College Sex by Steven Mazie
- Jezebel: Revisiting Antioch's "Ask First" Policy 23 years later by J. M. Bishop
- Huffington Post: State of Consent in California by Marrie Lobel
- The New York Times: California Bill Sets Sights on Curbing Campus Sexual Assualts by Ian Lovett
- The New York Times Letter to the Editor: Requiring Consent to Sex on Campus
- The New York Times: 'Yes' Is Better Than 'No' by Michael Kimmel and Gloria Steinem
- Dayton Daily News: Local colleges react to California's sex assault law by Lot Tan
- WND Education: Consenting to sex could require a text by Leo Hohmann
- Salon: Let's talk about sex (more): Education, conversation is the way to help prevent sexual assault by Katie McDonough