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Risk-Reduction Tips

Liberty University believes that consistent with the principles of the University, it is wisest to abstain from behavior that could potentially lead to harm to oneself as well as others (i.e. sexual immorality, consumption of alcohol). Additionally, it is more beneficial to prevent crimes than to react after the fact. Below you will find some general safety tips to reduce the risk of experiencing a non-consensual sexual act and avoid committing a non-consensual sexual act:

  • Watch out for your friends and have your friends watch out for you. A real friend will challenge you if you are about to make a mistake. Respect them when they do.
  • Trust your instincts.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Avoid isolated areas and walk or jog with a friend.
  • Make sure your cell phone is charged and accessible.
  • If you suspect you or a friend has been drugged, contact law enforcement immediately.
  • Tell a friend where you are going and when you will return.
  • Make your limits known as early as possible.
  • Tell a sexual aggressor “NO” clearly and firmly.
  • Do not share intimate content, pictures, images and videos with others, even those you may trust. If you do share, clarify your expectations as to how or if those images may be used, shared, or disseminated.
  • Always clearly communicate your intentions and give others a chance to clearly relate their intentions to you.
  • Understand and respect personal boundaries.
  • DON’T MAKE ASSUMPTIONS about consent; about someone’s sexuality, about whether they are attracted to you; about how far is appropriate to go or about whether they are physically and/or mentally able to consent.  If there are any questions or ambiguity then you DO NOT have consent.
  • Mixed messages are a clear indication that you should stop.
  • Never take advantage of someone’s altered state due to substance, or otherwise.
  • Realize that someone could feel intimidated by you. You may have a power advantage simply because of your gender or physical presence.
  • Understand that consent to some form of behavior does not automatically imply consent to any other forms of sexual behavior.
  • Silence, passivity, or non-responsiveness cannot be interpreted as an indication of consent. Pay attention to verbal and non-verbal communication and body language.

Reasonable Accommodations

Liberty University offers a wide range of resources for Students and Employees, whether as reporting parties or alleged victims/offenders, to provide support and guidance throughout the inquiry, investigation, and resolution of a report. These measures may be both remedial and protective (i.e. interim measures), and temporary or permanent. The Director of Title IX has the discretion to provide appropriate accommodations based on available information during the course of the investigation or after resolution. Both reporting parties and the accused will receive written notification of the resources and accommodations available. These accommodations can include changes to a reporting parties’ academic, housing, work, or transportation situations when appropriate.

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