Dating Violence

Dating violence is controlling, abusive, and aggressive behavior in a romantic relationship. It can happen in straight or gay relationships. It can include verbal, emotional, physical, or sexual abuse, or a combination. (National Center for Victims of Crime)

Dating Violence is unacceptable and it is a crime and a violation of Southern's Student Code of Conduct. We are committed to holding perpetrators accountable and to providing a hostile free environment for all members of the university. We will not tolerate sexual misconduct or sexual assault on our campus. We encourage survivors to report incidents of dating violence and we will provide support and advocacy to help empower the survivor whether or not they choose to file a formal complaint with the university or local police department. Click here for support and advocacy services. For reporting options please click here.

United States Code

Dating Violence* - is violence committed by a person-
               a.  Who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the victim; and
               b.  Where the existence of such relationship shall be determined based on a consideration of the
               Following factors:
               i.   The length of the relationship.
               ii.  The type of relationship.
               iii. The frequency of interaction between the persons involved in the relationship
*42 United States Code § 13925