Risk Reduction Tips For Sexual Misconduct

If you find yourself in an uncomfortable sexual situation, these suggestions may help you to reduce your risk:

            1. If you have limits, make them known before things go too far.
            2. Tell a sexual aggressor “NO” clearly and loudly, like you mean it.
            3. Try to extricate yourself from the physical presence of a sexual aggressor.
            4. Grab someone nearby and ask for help.
            5. Be responsible for your alcohol intake/drug use and realize that alcohol/drugs lower                       your sexual inhibitions and may make you  vulnerable to someone who views a drunk or                 high person as a sexual opportunity.
            6. Watch out for your friends and ask that they watch out for you.  A real friend will get in                 your face if you are about to make a mistake.  Respect them if they do.
            7. Be aware of incapacitating drugs like Rohypnol and GHB. See the detailed information                   below or go to www.911rape.org.
            8. The campus community should contact the Conway Police Department (501-450-6120)                  for listings and information regarding registered sex offenders, or visit the                                     Arkansas Crime Information Center at: http://acic.org/offender-search/index.php


 

 

If you find yourself in the position of being the initiator of sexual behavior, you owe sexual respect to your potential partner.  These suggestions may help you to reduce your risk for being accused of sexual misconduct:

          1. DON’T MAKE ASSUMPTIONS   About consent; About someone’s sexual availability;                   About whether they are attracted to you; About how far you can go;  About whether they               are physically and mentally able to consent to you;  
          2. Clearly communicate your intentions to your sexual partner and give them a chance to                 clearly relate their intentions to you.  
          3. Mixed messages from your partner should be a clear indication that you should step                   back, defuse the sexual tension, and communicate better.  Perhaps you are misreading                 them. Perhaps they haven’t figured out how far they want to go with you yet.  You need                  to respect the timeline with which they are comfortable.
          4. Don’t take advantage of someone’s drunkenness or drugged state, even if they did it to                   themselves.
          5. Realize that your potential partner could be intimidated by you, or fearful.  You may have               a power advantage simply because of your gender or size.  Don’t abuse that power.
          6. Understand that consent to some forms of sexual behavior does not necessarily imply                 consent to other forms of sexual behavior.  
          7. On this campus, silence and passivity cannot be interpreted by you as an indication of                   consent.  Read your potential partner carefully, paying attention to verbal and non-verbal               communication and body language.

Student Handbook Contact Info

Jim Wiltgen
Dean of Students
(501) 450-1222
wiltgen@hendrix.edu

Kesha Baoua
Assoc. Dean of Students;
Director of the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities
(501) 450-1222
baoua@hendrix.edu

De Ann Huett
Administrative Assistant 
(501) 450-1222
huett@hendrix.edu

 

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