The university has clear policies that protect all members of our community from sexual violence, sexual misconduct, dating violence, domestic violence and stalking. If you are involved in a situation of this type, there are a variety of resources available for you to get information and support.

 

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The Date

The Date is a sexual violence prevention program run every year for incoming students.

To Help Someone Who Has Experienced Relationship or Sexual Violence

Sexual assault and harassment, stalking and relationship violence can all traumatize not only the survivor, but also his, her or their family and friends.

University Policies on Relationship and Sexual Violence

WashU has policies and procedures in place to protect our community from sexual violence, harassment and misconduct.

University Sexual Harassment Investigation Board (USHIB)

The USHIB is comprised of faculty, staff and students appointed by the chancellor and trained to investigate complaints involving allegations of sexual assault.

Washington University Association of American Universities Sexual Assault Report (PDF)

Read the report on the AAU campus climate survey on sexual assault and sexual misconduct.

What is Relationship and Dating Violence?

Dating and relationship violence is a pattern of coercive and abusive tactics employed by one person in a relationship to gain power and control over another person.

What is Sexual Harassment?

Sexual harassment is defined as any unwelcome sexual advance, request for sexual favor, or other unwelcome verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature, including sexual violence.

What is Sexual Violence?

It's important to understand the meaning of sexual violence: sexual acts perpetrated against someone's will.