Sexual Misconduct

Harford Community College will not tolerate sexual misconduct by anyone-- employees, students, contractors, or any person on campus or involved with College-related activities. The College has implemented specific measures to ensure that all allegations of sexual misconduct are investigated and resolved in a timely, discreet, fair and impartial manner.


Things you can do to stay safe:

  • Educate yourself and know what to watch for.
  • Be alert. There may be warning signs that make you uncomfortable.
  • Trust yourself and your feelings if you feel pressured for sex or intimacy.
  • Be clear and assertive in saying "NO!" and "STOP!"
  • Leave if you can by calling others, making excuses to get away, or looking for an escape route.
  • Be careful with drugs and alcohol. Don't accept drinks from strangers and never leave a drink unattended.
  • Stick with your friends and watch out for one another.


How you can safely intervene if you are a witness to sexual misconduct:

  • Get HCC Public Safety or the local Police involved.
  • Ask a friend in a potentially dangerous situation if he/she wants to leave.
  • Ask a victim if he/she is okay.
  • Talk with male friends about confronting violence against women.
  • Don't laugh at sexist jokes or comments.
  • Speak up when your hear people making statements that blame victims.
  • Look out for friends at parties and bars.

Get Help

Protection is available:

  • Assistance re-arranging class schedule.
  • Assistance arranging for an incomplete or withdrawl from a course.
  • Assistance with arranging alternate HCC employment.
  • Issuance of "no contact" orders.
  • HCC Public Safety on-campus escort services.

Contacts: a list of Contacts and Resources information is provided. If you have a question or need help, please call.


If you have experienced sexual violence: Call 911 and seek medical attention immediately. Prompt reporting is important in order to maximize the ability to obtain evidence, identify potential witnesses, and conduct a thorough, prompt, and impartial investigation.

Confidentiality: HCC will take all reasonable steps to investigate and respond in a manner consistent with a student's confidentiality request.

Amnesty: Students who report incidents of sexual misconduct will not be held responsible for related drug and alcohol Student Code of Conduct violations.

Get the facts:

  • One in five women and one in sixteen men are sexually assaulted while in college.
  • Eight in ten victims knew their attacker.
  • Across the U.S., only 13% of rape survivors and 2% of incapacitated rape survivors report assault.
  • Alcohol is the most common date rape drug.
  • 62% of female and 61% of male college students report having been sexually harassed at their college or university.
  • 35% or more of college students who experience sexual harassment do not tell anyone about their experience.

All incidents of sexual misconduct should be reported to the Title IX Coordinator by calling 443-412-2233 and may also be reported to HCC Public Safety by calling 443-412-2272.  See additional Contacts and Resources.

Sexual Misconduct includes:

  • Sexual assault/rape
  • Nonconsensual sexual contact
  • Relationship violence
  • Domestic violence
  • Dating violence
  • Sexual exploitation
  • Sexual coercion
  • Sexual harassment
  • Stalking - in person, electronically, or by telephone
  • Retaliation or intimidation for refusal of sexual activity

Title IX Legislation:

No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.

It has been, and will continue to be, the policy of Harford Community College that all students, employees, applicants, and other persons dealing with the College will do so in an atmosphere that is free from discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, veteran, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, genetic information or any other status protected by law. This policy includes, but is not limited to, decisions about recruitment, hiring, training, promotion, compensation, benefits, transfers, social or recreational programs, academic opportunities and enrollment.