Sexual Misconduct and Title IX
- Our commitment
- What is consent?
- Examples of Title IX acts
- How to report
- Confidential reporting
- Title IX Policy
Unity College is committed to maintaining an environment that is free from unlawful harassment and discrimination of all kinds and will not tolerate discrimination against or harassment of any individual or group based upon race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, citizenship, or veteran status in matters of admissions, employment, housing, and all educational programs, activities, and services it operates.
What is Consent?
Consent is an individual’s agreement to engage in sexual contact. Consent must be informed, freely and actively given, and consist of a mutually agreeable and understandable exchange of words or actions. Consent is clear, knowing and voluntary. Consent is active, not passive. Consent may be withdrawn at any time. Silence, in and of itself, cannot be interpreted as consent. Consent can be given by words or actions, as long as those words or actions create mutually understandable clear permission regarding willingness to engage in (and conditions of) sexual activity.
What are examples of sexual and relationship violence?
- Intimate partner violence (hitting, biting, slapping, other abuse)
- Taking advantage of someone who is incapable of giving consent (passed-out, sleeping, or mentally disabled)
- Creating a hostile environment (making inappropriate comments in a public space)
- Engaging in sexual activity without freely given consent (rape or any type of penetration)
- Unwanted sexual contact
- Threats, or any intimidation within a relationship
- Sexually suggestive phone calls, texts, jokes, innuendo; degrading or sexist remarks about a person’s body, clothes, or sexual activities
- Displaying or distributing sexually explicit materials, including photos or videos
- Gender-based stalking or harassment
- Stalking – unwanted, intrusive, or frightening communications; leaving or sending unwanted items; following or waiting for someone; stalking on social media or the internet
How to report a violation of sexual misconduct?
Report an incident to the Title IX Coordinators at Unity College 24×7:
Interim Assistant Dean of Students and Title IX Coordinator
What if you want confidentiality?
Privacy and confidentiality have distinct meanings. It is important to understand the distinctions because, under Title IX, only a specific small group of Unity College employees are permitted to keep information confidential.
Privacy means that information related to a report of misconduct will only be shared with a limited circle of individuals who “need to know” the information in order to assist in the review, investigation, or resolution of the report. Although not bound by confidentiality, these individuals will be discreet and respect the privacy of all individuals involved in the process. Examples of individuals who often “need to know” of the report, allegations and information include the Title IX Coordinator, Deputy Title IX Coordinator, Public Safety, and student residential life staff, among all other mandatory reporters (see below). College employees receive training regarding respecting and safeguarding private information.
Confidentiality means that information shared by an individual with designated campus or community professionals cannot be revealed to any other individual without the express permission of the individual. These professionals include Counseling, Health Services, community health providers, community mental health providers, rape crisis counselors, and attorneys, all of whom typically must abide by confidentiality laws applicable to their profession. These individuals are prohibited from breaking confidentiality unless the conduct poses a serious threat of harm to any individual, or under certain legally required circumstances, such as to comply with a subpoena or with mandatory reporting requirements when abuse of a minor is suspected.
You can speak to the following people, who will keep your conversation confidential: they are not required to tell the Title IX coordinators.
Sexual Assault Support Services Mid-Coast Maine
The Unity College Title IX Policy
This policy governs reports of alleged sexual misconduct involving Unity College students and other participants in Unity College programs. As a recipient of federal funds, Unity College must comply with Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs and activities. Sexual misconduct, defined fully below, includes sexual harassment, sexual assault, rape, and sexual exploitation. Sexual misconduct can create a hostile environment, which limits or denies students’ ability to participate in or benefit from the school’s educational program. Unity College does not tolerate sexual misconduct, sexual harassment, or any form of gender-based harassment, which can occur in many forms and have a broad impact on the community. These are serious offenses that violate Unity College policy, as well as state or federal law, and may also be subject to criminal prosecution. Unity College has developed this policy and procedures to ensure prompt and equitable resolution of reports of sexual misconduct, to take appropriate actions to protect persons making a report, promote and ensure a safe learning community overall, and to impose sanctions, when appropriate, upon students who are found to have violated this policy.
Where to get more help
268 Stillwater Ave., Bangor, ME 04401
Kennebec Valley Mental Health
Center & North Sts., Waterville, ME 04901 207-873-2136
Mid-Coast Mental Health
10 Cedar St., Belfast, ME 04915
New Hope for Women
50 Court St., Belfast, ME 04915
For abused women or domestic violence.
Rape Crisis Information
Rape Crisis Assistance
PO Box 924
Waterville ME 04903
Rape Crisis Assistance & Prevention
179 Main St., Suite 303, Waterville, ME 04901
Sexual Assault Crisis & Support Center
3 Mulliken Court, Augusta, Maine 04330
Rape Crisis Center
43 Illinois Ave., Bangor, ME 04401-4361
Rape Crisis Counseling: 207-594-9398 (Jean Tracy)
Department of Probation & Parole
147 Waldo Ave., Belfast, ME 04915
Works with individuals on probation and/or parole for criminal offenses.
37 Church St., Belfast, ME 04915
Pine Tree Legal Assistance
Maine Civil Liberties Union
401 Cumberland Ave., Portland, ME 04101
Free legal services to those whose constitutional rights have been violated. Determination of rights violation made by an attorney.
Waldo County Sheriff’s Department
19 Congress St., Belfast, ME 04915
Serves entire county; houses county jail.
Maine State Police
180 Kennedy Memorial Dr., Waterville, ME 04901
Lovejoy Health Center—Medical & Dental
School St., Albion, ME 04910
Maine Eye Care Associates
325A Kennedy Memorial Dr. Waterville, ME 04901
207-873-2731 or 800-660-3403
MaineGeneral Health and Medical Center
North St., Waterville, ME 04901
New Horizons Health Care
Main St., Unity ME 04988
Penobscot Bay Dentistry
Searsport Ave., Belfast, ME 04915 207-338-1100
Poison Control Center
Waldo County General Hospital
118 Northport Ave., Belfast, ME 04915
VA Medical & Regional Office
One VA Center, Togus, ME 04330