Princeton University is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming educational and working environment for all members of its community. Consistent with these values and applicable law, including Title IX, the Clery Act and the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013, the University maintains a comprehensive program designed to protect members of the University community from sexual misconduct, including sexual harassment and sexual assault, stalking, and dating violence.
On this site, students, faculty, staff and members of the University community will find information regarding our policies and procedures related to sexual misconduct. Confidential resources are available to assist members of the University community in accessing support services and/or learning about their options. At any time, an individual may consult the University Sexual Misconduct/Title IX Coordinator to report a concern, and can find additional information on the sexual misconduct investigations website.
The site also contains information about the University's prevention efforts and the CPUC Committee on Sexual Climate, Culture and Conduct.
Princeton's Commitment to Combating Sexual Misconduct
Princeton University does not tolerate sexual misconduct, including sexual harassment, sexual assault, stalking, and dating violence. Such conduct is harmful to the well-being of our community members, our learning and working environments, and the collegial relationships among students, faculty, and staff that characterize the culture of Princeton. All forms of prohibited conduct under the Title IX Sexual Harassment policy and the University Sexual Misconduct policy are regarded as serious University offenses, and violations may result in discipline, including the possibility of separation from the University. State and federal laws also address conduct that may meet the University’s definitions of prohibited conduct, and criminal prosecution may take place independently of any disciplinary action instituted by the University.
The Title IX Sexual Harassment policy 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, and that policy limits the scope of Title IX Sexual Harassment to conduct that occurs within the United States and conduct that occurs within the University’s education program or activity. In order to address incidents of sexual misconduct that do not fall within the definition of Title IX Sexual Harassment, the University has two policies that address sexual misconduct: (1) the Title IX Sexual Harassment policy and (2) the University Sexual Misconduct policy. These policies are inter-related and must be read together.
The University Sexual Misconduct policy applies only to certain conduct, as defined under that policy. Specifically, the University Sexual Misconduct policy applies to forms of sexual misconduct that do not fall under the scope of the Title IX Sexual Harassment policy, including Sexual Exploitation, Improper Conduct related to Sex, and University Sexual Harassment. The University Sexual Misconduct Policy also applies to complaints alleging certain conduct that would otherwise be prohibited under the Title IX Sexual Harassment policy (e.g., Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking under the Title IX Sexual Harassment policy), but which must be dismissed under the Title IX Sexual Harassment policy because they do not meet the jurisdictional requirements.