“So often, we believe that we have come to a place that is void of hope and void of possibilities, only to find that it is the very hopelessness that allows us to hit bottom, give up our illusion of control, turn it over, and ask for help. Out of the ashes of our hopelessness comes the fire of our hope.”
– Anne Wilson Shaef, PhD.
As an educational institution, La Salle University values and encourages an authentic community in which all members feel secure physically and intellectually. Behavior that harms others or threatens the safety of this community contradicts the institution’s key mission to “to contemplate life’s ultimate questions as they develop their faith, engage in a free search for truth, and explore their full human potential.” Sexual misconduct is such behavior and is prohibited at La Salle. Sexual misconduct is a broad range of behavior that includes, but is not limited to, non-consensual sexual penetration, non-consensual sexual contact, sexual exploitation, sexual harassment, dating/relationship violence, domestic violence, and stalking. Use of alcohol or other drugs does not minimize or excuse a person’s responsibility for conduct that violates this policy. Additionally, the University prohibits retaliation against anyone who reports or witnesses an incident of possible sexual misconduct.
Sexual misconduct is an action or course of actions that violates the rights of others, and demonstrates flagrant disregard for the principles of this community. La Salle seeks to prevent all forms of sexual misconduct, and desires to establish and maintain a safe and healthy environment for all members of the community through sexual misconduct prevention, education, support, and a fair adjudication process. La Salle is unwavering in its commitment to support survivors of sexual violence, to respond promptly to reports of any type of sexual misconduct, and to investigate and adjudicate reports in a manner that is fair and equitable to all parties involved. Because we know the needs of our community are ever-changing, La Salle is also committed to continually assessing and improving its policies, prevention initiatives, and educational programs based on input from the campus community, best practices at other institutions, and regulatory guidance.