Sexual Misconduct Prevention and Response

All members of the Palmer College community should be free from sexual misconduct impacting the educational or workplace environment. The College seeks to foster a climate free from sexual misconduct through a coordinated education and prevention program, clear and effective policies, as well as investigative and complaint procedures that are prompt, equitable and accessible to all.

In response to any reported sexual misconduct, the College will take appropriate steps to assess and investigate such report in accordance with the provisions of this handbook. Where prohibited conduct is found to have occurred, the College will take appropriate actions to eliminate any misconduct, prevent its recurrence and remedy its effects.


The Title IX Sexual Misconduct Policy and Procedures Handbook is based on definitions set forth in regulations promulgated by the U.S. Department of Education under Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972; that policy limits the scope of Title IX Sexual Harassment to conduct that occurs within the United States and conduct that occurs within the College’s education program or activity. In order to address incidents of sexual misconduct that do not fall within the definitions and jurisdiction of Title IX Sexual Harassment, the College has a separate policy entitled Sexual Misconduct (Non-Title IX) Policy and Procedures Handbook.

The Non-Title IX Sexual Misconduct Policy and Procedures Handbook applies to both misconduct defined by Title IX as well as sexual misconduct that does not fall under the scope or jurisdiction of Title IX including sexual exploitation, bullying and cyber-bullying, and other misconduct behaviors that are sex or gender-based and which must be dismissed under Title IX because they do not meet the jurisdictional requirements.

Both policies can be accessed below and provide information about prohibited conduct, how to access resources and/or make a complaint, and investigative and complaint procedures.