Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Misconduct Policies

  1. Sexual Assault – This includes any action that constitutes sexual abuse, including but not limited to date/acquaintance rape, any sexual act against another person forcibly (against that person’s will), or not forcibly and against that person’s will when that person is unable to give consent [See definition of “Consent”].

  2. Non-Consensual Sexual Contact – Any sexual contact that occurs without consent [See definition of “Consent”]. Examples of sexual contact include but are not limited to: the intentional touching of a person’s genitalia, groin, breast, or buttocks or the clothing covering any of those areas, or using force to cause the person to touch his or her own genitalia, groin, breast, or buttocks.

  3. Sexual Exploitation - taking sexual advantage of another person without effective consent. This includes but is not limited to: causing the incapacitation of another person for a sexual purpose; causing the prostitution of another person; electronically recording, photographing, or transmitting intimate or sexual utterances, sounds, or images of another person; allowing third parties to observe sexual acts; engaging in voyeurism; distributing intimate or sexual information about another person; and knowingly transmitting a sexually transmitted infection, including HIV, to another person.

  4. Sexual Harassment – includes unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when 1) submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual’s employment or academic success; 2) submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for employment or academic decisions affecting such individual; or 3) such conduct has the purpose or effect of substantially interfering with an individual’s work or academic performance or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive work or educational environment.

  5. Sexual Coercion or Intimidation – an unusual amount of pressure or threat to engage in sexual activity. Coercion begins not when one makes a sexual advance, but when one realizes that the other person does not want to be convinced and he or she continues to push. 

  6. Intimate Partner and Relationship Violence – This violation includes actions often referred to as Domestic Violence or Dating Violence. This includes coercion, abuse, or violence between partners in a personal, intimate relationship. This behavior can be physical, sexual, economic, verbal, emotional, or psychological actions or threats of actions that influence another person. Incidents can occur between current or former romantic or intimate partners who have dated, lived together, or been married. Relationship abuse and violence can occur between persons of the same or different gender.

  7. Stalking – This includes repeatedly contacting another person when the contact is unwanted. The conduct may cause the other person reasonable apprehension of imminent physical harm or substantial impairment of the other person’s ability to perform the activities of daily life. Contact includes but is not limited to unwanted communication (in person, by phone, or by computer), unwelcome gifts or flowers, following a person, and watching or remaining in the physical presence of the other person.