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Sexual Misconduct Resources

Meredith Harper Bonham
315-859-4020
Senior Associate Dean of Students/Title IX Coordinator

Sexual Assault: Help and Support at Hamilton College

If you (or someone you know) may have experienced a sexual assault or unwanted sexual contact of any kind, tell someone what happened. Help and support are available.
 

 

Options for Action

(choose one or more of the following)

Option 1:

Get confidential help

Option 2:

Report the incident to the Title IX Coordinator

Speak with Meredith Harper Bonham (315-859-4020), the Senior Associate Dean of Students/Title IX Coordinator, to discuss pursuing a formal complaint through College procedures. Conversations will be kept private, but the Title IX Coordinator is required to take some form of action in order to prevent further acts from occurring on our campus.

Option 3:

Pursue a criminal complaint

Contact Campus Safety or the Title IX Coordinator to arrange for a meeting with the New York State Police. This can happen simultaneously with filing a complaint with the College.

Filing a police report does NOT obligate you to follow through with legal action but it does preserve physical evidence.

Hamilton College prohibits harassment, which is defined as:

Verbal or physical conduct based on a person's race, color, religion, creed, ethnicity, gender or gender identity, age, sexual and affectional orientation/associations, or mental/physical disabilities that is sufficiently severe, pervasive, persistent or patently offensive that it has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with that person's work or academic performance, or that creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working, educational, or living environment, from both a subjective (the complainant's) and an objective (any reasonable person's) viewpoint.
 

Hamilton College prohibits sexual misconduct, which is defined as:

  1. non-consensual sexual touching,
  2. non-consensual sexual penetration (with a body part or object), or
  3. sexual exploitation (e.g., videotaping sexual acts, engaging in voyeurism).
 

The importance of consent

Consent is: clear, unambiguous, affirmative, and mutually understood permission and agreement for each level of increased intimacy from holding hands to intercourse. Consent can be taken away at any time.

  • Silence does not mean permission.
  • Consent to some form of sexual activity cannot be automatically taken as consent to any other sexual activity.
  • If the survivor is mentally or physically incapacitated, asleep, involuntarily physically restrained, impaired from the taking of so-called "date rape drugs," consent is not valid.
  • If one person is incapacitated because of drug or alcohol, consent is not possible.
  • If physical force, coercion, intimidation, and/or threats are used, there is no consent.
  • In order to give consent one must be of legal age, which is 17 in New York State.

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