Sexual Harassment/Sexual Assault Policies

Berry College seeks to provide a learning and working environment conducive to thought, creativity, and growth, where individuals are free to realize their full potential. Sexual harassment is fundamentally at odds with the values of Berry College and is an affront to human dignity. In both obvious and subtle ways sexual harassment harms individual students, faculty, and staff, as well as the academic community as a whole. Therefore, the college will not tolerate any member of the community sexually harassing another and will make every effort to prevent and eliminate sexual harassment in the college. Both sexual harassment and sexual assault are prohibited by college policy. Sexual assault is an extreme form of sexual harassment and is a crime defined by the Georgia criminal code. 


Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment consists of non-consensual sexual advances, requests for sexual compliance, and other verbal or physical conduct or written communication of a sexual nature, regardless of where such conduct might occur, when: 

1) submission to the conduct is made either implicitly or explicitly a term or condition of an individual’s academic status or advancement in a college program, course, or activity. 
2) submission to or rejection of the conduct by an individual is used as the basis for employment or academic decisions affecting that individual; and/or 
3) the conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work or academic performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working or learning environment. 

Sexual harassment is distinguished from voluntary sexual relationships in that it introduces such elements as coercion, threat, unwanted sexual attention, and/or promises of academic or professional rewards in exchange for sexual compliance. 

Sexual Assault

Sexual assault is any nonconsensual sexual act, including those resulting from threat, coercion, or force. Sexual assault may be committed by a stranger or an acquaintance and may occur between members of the opposite or same  sex.

Acts defined as sexual assault include rape, date rape, acquaintance rape, and gang rape, but may also include sexual touching of another person against his or her will, and forcing an unwilling person to touch another person sexually. 

Sexual assault occurs when such acts are committed either by force, threat, or intimidation, or through the use of the victim’s mental or physical helplessness, of which the assailant was aware or should have been aware. 

Reporting sexual harassment or sexual assault – 
Any student, faculty member, staff member, administrator or visitor to the campus who has experienced or witnessed sexual assault or harassment should seek help. 

The following resources on campus are available: 

Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students 

Debbie Heida (706-236-2207) 

Associate Vice President for Student Affairs 

Julie Bumpus (706-236-2207) 

Campus Police 

Chief Bobby Abrams (706-290-2173) 

Director, Counseling Center 

Dr. Marshall Jenkins (706-236-2259) 

Associate Director, Counseling Center 

Mrs. Terri Cordle (706-236-2259) 

Director, Health and Wellness Center

Mrs. Anita Errickson (706-236-2267) 

Gatehouse (emergency resource at all times)