Sexual Misconduct and Harassment

Last update: December 2017

Temple University, Japan Campus (TUJ), is committed to preventing and addressing sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, harassment and stalking.

Sexual assault can threaten a person's safety, well-being, educational experience and career. Temple University will not tolerate sexual assault, other sexual misconduct or sexual harassment. The university seeks to achieve an environment at TUJ that is free of sexual misconduct, sexual harassment and consistent with constitutional protections and personal freedoms.

TUJ encourages members of the university community to promptly and accurately report all criminal actions, to utilize the university's sexual misconduct education and prevention programs, to understand the policies, procedures and disciplinary sanctions associated with sexual misconduct and harassment, and to make use of the resources of the Office of Student Services and of our Counseling Office, as noted below.

What Is Sexual Misconduct?

Sexual misconduct includes sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, and sexual exploitation.

Sexual assault includes any of the following:

  1. Any intentional, unconsented touching, or threat or attempt thereof, of: (i) an intimate bodily part of another person, such as a sexual organ, buttocks, or breast; (ii) any bodily part of another person with a sexual organ; or (iii) any part of another person's body with the intent of accomplishing a sexual act; or
  2. disrobing of another person without the other's consent or purposeful exposure of one's genitals to another without the other's consent; or
  3. forcing; or attempting to force, any other person to engage in sexual activity of any kind without their consent.

The University Policy on Preventing and Addressing Sexual Misconduct (which further explains domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, and sexual exploitation) may be found on the university's policies and procedures website.

What Is Sexual Harassment?

Sexual harassment is unacceptable conduct and will not be tolerated in any context at Temple University, whether it be in a faculty/student, faculty/faculty, supervisor/employee, staff/student, student/student, worker/co-worker, or other relationship.

Sexually harassing conduct that is sufficiently severe or pervasive, and objectively offensive as to substantially disrupt or undermine a person's ability to participate in or to receive the benefits, services, or opportunities of the university is prohibited, including the following: unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other harassing conduct or physical contact of a sexual or gender-motivated nature, when:

  1. submission to such conduct is made explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual's employment or status in a course, program, or activity; or
  2. submission to or rejection of such conduct is used as a basis for an employment related, educational, or other decision affecting an individual; or
  3. such conduct substantially interferes with an individual's work, educational performance, or equal access to the university's resources and opportunities; or
  4. such conduct creates an intimidating, hostile, or abusive work or educational environment.

While a student is a student of a particular instructor, any sort of sexual or romantic advances or relationship between the student and the particular instructor is prohibited.

For example:

  • A student keeps sending unwanted telephone calls, text messages, e-mail messages, etc. of a sexual nature to another student.
  • A professor suggesting to a student that romantic involvement with him/her would improve the student's chances of getting a good grade in the course.

The University Policy on Preventing and Addressing Sexual Harassment may be found on the university's policies and procedures website.

If It Happens To You

TUJ encourages members of the university community to promptly and accurately report all criminal actions, any sexual misconduct, and any sexual harassment. Temple staff will facilitate any necessary changes in academic and living situations whenever possible.

The university will not tolerate retaliation against students who make good faith reports of crime or violations of policy. When a complainant does not consent to the disclosure of his or her name or other identifiable information to the alleged perpetrator, the university's ability to respond to the complaint may be limited.

We encourage students to report incidents of sexual misconduct or harassment to the Office of Student Services (OSS). If a person reports to a university administrator, department head, or faculty member that she or he has been a victim of sexual misconduct or harassment but chooses not to file a complaint at that time, the complainant will be referred immediately to TUJ Counseling Office and promptly notified of available support services on and off campus and alternative remedies.

Either OSS or the Counseling Office can help a victim of assault to seek medical and/or police assistance. Students may find medical, police and other information at this Counseling Office resource page.

Students may also use the following special e-mail to contact an ombudsperson for complaints about sexual or other harassment only (not sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, or sexual exploitation): harassment.ombudsperson@tuj.temple.edu.

Complaints to university personnel will be treated confidentially consistent with applicable legal requirements and safety considerations. Students' discussions with counselors in the TUJ Counseling Office are subject to the strictest confidentiality, as noted here.

Reports of sexual misconduct may be made also directly to the Title IX Coordinator at main campus here.

If the person being complained of is a TUJ student, you may wish to take action against that student pursuant to the Student Conduct Code. In such case, you may contact the Office of Student Services (OSS) or TUJ's General Counsel, who is the Student Conduct Administrator at TUJ (thomas.dreves@tuj.temple.edu, Mita 3F, 03-5441-9800), for more information on what to expect in the conduct process.

Victims will be informed promptly of available support services, as well as administrative options, if reasonably available, such as changes to housing assignments and academic or work schedules. Victims will be informed about the outcome of any investigation undertaken. In addition, under appropriate circumstances, the university will inform members of the university community of reported sexual misconduct without identifying the victim.