Introduction

Sexual misconduct and assault, including rape, are violations of Trinity University's Standards of Conduct for Students and its sexual harassment policy and may be violations of the Texas Penal Code.

Members of the University community, guests and visitors have the right to be free from sexual violence. All members of the campus community are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that does not infringe upon the rights of others. When accused students are found to have violated this policy, serious sanctions will be imposed. This policy is intended to define community expectations and to establish a mechanism for determining when those expectations have been violated. The sexual orientation and gender identity of individuals engaging in sexual activity are not relevant to allegations under this policy.

While there are a number of laws and regulations that mandate how universities handle allegations of sexual misconduct and assault, it is impossible to set forth every scenario that could be a violation of this policy. Ultimately, the University has the discretion to determine whether or not the policy has been violated and impose appropriate sanctions for infractions.

See tips for risk reduction and a description of campus programs elsewhere in this document.