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Scope of This Policy


The policy includes investigation and disciplinary procedures that will be followed in response to allegations of sex or gender discrimination, including sexual misconduct such as sexual harassment and sexual assault, intimate partner violence, stalking, and related retaliation. In a case of alleged sex or gender discrimination or sexual misconduct, this policy supersedes policies and procedures for other forms of misconduct, unless otherwise provided in this policy.

This policy defines the prohibited conduct, the options and resources available to victims of sex discrimination, and the complaint, investigation and disciplinary procedures that will be followed when the College receives a complaint of sexual misconduct. All allegations of sexual misconduct, including, but not limited to, sexual harassment, sexual assault, intimate partner violence, stalking and retaliation will be carefully reviewed.

This policy applies to all members of the Gordon community, including administrators, students, faculty and staff, whether full-time or part-time, and any third parties (i.e. non-members of the College community, such as visitors to the campus, volunteers, vendors and contractors).

This policy applies to College-sponsored programs and activities occurring both on and off campus, and the College’s computing and network resources being used on and off campus. This includes, but is not limited to: local and global missions programs, study-abroad programs, offsite graduate courses, internships, and use of College email accounts. If an incident of sexual misconduct involving a member of the Gordon community occurs at a non-college sponsored event, and when such conduct may have a significant adverse impact on the individual or on the campus community, the procedures of this policy will apply.

When used in this policy, the term Complainant refers to the person who believes that he/she has been the subject of sexual misconduct, regardless of whether that person makes a complaint or requests an investigation. The term Accused refers to the person(s) who has been accused of sexual misconduct.

All forms of prohibited conduct described in this policy are regarded as serious offenses. Any member of the Gordon community found in violation of this policy will be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including expulsion or termination of employment.