Sexual Offenses Policy
It is the policy of the University of Alaska Anchorage/Kenai Peninsula College that the sexual assault of one member of the academic community by another will not be tolerated. This policy applies to all members of the campus community, students, faculty, and staff. The term sexual assault, as used by the University of Alaska Anchorage, encompasses the legal definitions of sexual assault contained in Alaska State statutes. It includes, but is not limited to: rape, acquaintance or date rape, as well as rape by a stranger. Sexual assault is against the law and is defined as sexual misconduct that is forced or coerced against the will of the victim. The same definition applies regardless of whether the assailant is a stranger or an acquaintance (date, friend, or someone known casually). This type of threat may involve physical violence, coercion, or the threat of harm.
A person who has been the victim of sexual assault should report the crime to the local police. The Advising and Counseling office may provide initial support services for students on KPC campuses. Staff will serve in an advocacy role and help refer individuals for appropriate medical, police, judicial, and counseling services. In the event an accused person is found in violation of this policy, the entire range of sanctions outlined in the Student Code of Conduct may be considered including, but not limited to, disciplinary probation, suspension, or expulsion from the university. Should the alleged sexual assault involve an employee, sanctions will be determined under applicable employment contracts and agreements.
Sexual assault may also be considered a violation of the University of Alaska’s policy against sexual harassment. According to the University of Alaska, Board of Regents’ policy (4.08.02), sexual harassment involves unwelcome sexual advances or requests for sexual favors by a member of the campus community when the assailant uses, threatens to use, or implies that submission to, or rejection of, such conduct will have an impact on employment or academic decisions affecting the victim.
Sexual harassment includes other verbal or physical conduct related to sex when such conduct has the purpose or effect of substantially interfering with an individual’s performance at work or study by creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment in which to work, live, or learn. The Office of Campus Diversity and Compliance, the campus director’s offices can provide information and referral on issues of sexual harassment. In an effort to educate the campus community about sexual assault, acquaintance rape, and other sex offenses, campus sponsored prevention programs are offered on an on-going basis throughout the year. Additional information about the above policy and programs offered can be obtained from the Advising and Counseling office. The university catalog, class schedules, and the student handbook contain additional resource information.