Elon University Policy on Rape and Sexual Offenses

As a holistic learning community, Elon University values diverse backgrounds and ideas from the United States and abroad as we seek to foster a pluralistic community based on shared experiences, the exchange of diverse perspectives, and learning about those different from ourselves. Respecting diversity at Elon means including and appreciating all individuals and groups to improve the learning experience for the betterment of the campus community.

Elon University will not support or condone behaviors that violate the integrity of any individual or group on the basis of age, race, color, creed, sex, national or ethnic origin, disability, sexual orientation, veteran’s status or any other legally protected characteristic. While the university respects the right of its community to exercise free speech, behaviors will not be tolerated that may be considered harassment, destruction of property or acts of violence. Harassment on the basis of any protected characteristic in any form—verbal, physical, or visual is strictly prohibited.

Examples of prohibited conduct include but are not limited to:

  • Offensive language, remarks, pictures, calendars, etc.
  • Inappropriate jokes
  • Verbal abuse
  • Unwanted physical contact

This policy applies to all students, employees, interns, contractors, vendors, and others in the university environment, and applies to students behavior on and off campus. The University also prohibits retaliation against anyone because that person makes a good faith complaint, assists in an investigation, or otherwise exercises any rights protected by law or under this policy.

Communication of a threat or harm should be directed to police immediately by calling 911. Incidents of harassment or discrimination may be reported to Campus Safety and Police; the Office of Student Conduct, Moseley 211; the Office of the Vice President for Student Life, Alamance 109; the Office of Violence Prevention, Moseley 233-D or the Office of Student Development, Moseley 206.

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NC Laws on Rape and Sexual Offenses

The following laws are based on North Carolina laws and may have been reworded for better understanding. This is not an exhaustive list of laws that may relate to sexual assaults and/or rape but is posted here simply as a resource.

First Degree Rape [GS 14-27.2(2), Class B1 felony]. Defined as vaginal intercourse by force, with no consent and with the use of a weapon. This includes an act that inflicts serious injury and/or is aided by others. (Note: Vaginal intercourse is defined by case law as the slightest penetration of the female sex organ by the male sex organ State v. Summers, 92 NC App. 453, 374 SE2d 631 (1988), cert. den., 324 NC 341, 378 SE2d 806 (1989).

First Degree Sexual Offense [GS 14-27.4(a)(2), Class B1 felony]. Defined as sexual acts (not vaginal intercourse) that occur by force, without consent and with the use of a weapon. This includes an act that inflicts serious injury and/ or is aided by others. (Note: ?Sexual act? is defined by GS 14-27.1(4) includes the following acts: oral stimulation of the clitoris, vulva, penis, anus, as well as anal and/or vaginal intercourse.)

Second Degree Rape [GS 14-27.3(a)(1), Class C felony]. Defined as vaginal intercourse by force, without consent. [GS 14-27.3(a)(2), Class C felony] includes the vaginal intercourse with a victim who the perpetrator knows is mentally disabled, incapacitated or physically helpless. This includes most drug facilitated sexual assaults. (Note: this definition and charge does not involve injuries.)

Second Degree Sexual Offense [GS 14-27.4(a)(1), Class C felony]. Defined as sexual acts (not vaginal intercourse) by force and without consent. [GS 14-27.5, Class C felony] includes sexual acts with a victim who the perpetrator knows is mentally disabled, incapacitated or physically helpless. This includes most drug facilitated sexual acts. (Note: this definition and  charge does not involve injuries.)

Important note: intoxication is not a defense or excuse in forcible sexual acts.