Welcome to the Sexual Misconduct Resource Center. The University of Puget Sound is committed to establishing and maintaining an environment that respects and protects the rights of all members of our community. The purpose of this webpage is to provide a central location for information about Puget Sound’s efforts toward preventing and responding to sexual misconduct. The University of Puget Sound takes all complaints and accusations of sexual misconduct seriously. The primary information within the Resource Center focuses on clarifying Puget Sound’s response efforts to incidents of student sexual misconduct. Thank you for taking the time to engage with the materials within these links, and for helping to create a campus culture committed to ending sexual violence.
Why “Sexual Misconduct”?
There are several words and terms utilized to describe and name types of misconduct we refer to as “sexual misconduct” (i.e. rape, rape culture, sexual violence, sex without consent, sexual assault, acquaintance rape, date rape, sexual harassment, etc.) Words are powerful, and these terms have varying political weight and historical implications. We have chosen to utilize the term “Sexual Misconduct” because it 1) encompasses many forms of sexual violence and 2) eliminates confusion by aligning with the title of our Campus Policy Preventing Harassment and Sexual Misconduct; however, we recognize that members of the Puget Sound community have differing preferences for terms. For specific definitions regarding acts that would be considered violations of campus policy, please see definitions or the Campus Policy Preventing Harassment and Sexual Misconduct.
Seeking Support: Confidentiality of Resources
The following list was created to provide more information to students who are interested in seeking support resources. There are several options for bringing up an incident of sexual misconduct.
*If you have trouble viewing this chart, please download the PDF.
Conversations are confidential and can be anonymous. Except in rare, extreme circumstances, nothing will be shared without your explicit permission. The following offices and organizations are places where students can seek information, support, and counseling in strict confidentiality:
These conversations are kept as confidential as possible, but information about incidents of sexual misconduct must be shared with relevant administrators and the Title IX coordinator so that the university can respond to ensure the safety of the recipient of unwanted behavior, as well as the safety of the campus community. In planning any response, the wishes of the victim are given full consideration. If victims are unsure of someone’s duties and ability to maintain privacy, ask before disclosing to them. The resource will be able to tell you, and help you make decisions about who can help you best. In addition to the resources listed on the chart, the following employees also have the duty to report incidents of sexual violence to the Title IX Coordinator: