Sexual Misconduct Definitions

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The following are the definitions of conduct prohibited by the sexual misconduct policy.

SEXUAL HARASSMENT 

Sexual harassment is: ​​
   • unwelcome
   • sexual, sex-based, and/or gender based, verbal,  
     written, online, and/or physical conduct.​

HOSTILE ENVIRONMENT

A hostile environment is created when sexual harassment is: 
   • sufficiently severe, or 
   • persistent or pervasive, and 
   • objectively offensive that it: 
     unreasonably interferes with, denies, 
     or limits someone’s ability to   
     participate in or benefit from the 
     institution’s educational [and/or ​
     em​ployment, social, and/or residential ​​program.
     Sanctions range from warning through expulsion/termination.​​​

NON-CONSENUAL SEXUAL CONTACT​

Non-consensual sexual contact is: 
   • any intentional sexual touching,
   • however slight,
   • with any object,
   • by a person upon another person,
   • that is without consent and/or by force.​
     Sanctions range from warning through expulsion/termination.​​​

NON-CONSENUAL SEXUAL INTERCOURSE​

Non-consensual sexual intercourse is: 
   • any sexual intercourse,
   • however slight,
   • with any object,
   • by a person upon another person,
   • that is without consent and/or by force.​
     Sanctions range from warning through expulsion/termination.​​ ​

SEXUAL EXPLOITATION​ ​

Occurs when one person takes non-consensual or abusive sexual advantage of another for his/her own advantage or benefit, or to benefit or advantage anyone other than the one being exploited, and that behavior does not otherwise constitute one of other sexual misconduct offenses.  Sanctions range from warning through expulsion/ termination​.

INTIMATE PARTNER VIOLENCE​

Intimate partner violence is: 
violence or emotional and/or psychological abuse between those in an intimate relationship toward each ​other; sanctions range from warning through expulsion/termination.​​

​STALKING

Stalking 1: 
   • a course of conduct, 
   • directed at a specific person, 
   • on the basis of actual or perceived
     membership in a protected class, 
   • that is unwelcome, and, 
   • would cause a reasonable person to feel 
     fear. 
Sanctions range from warning through expulsion/ termination. 
Stalking 2:
   • repetitive and menacing 
   • pursuit, following, harassing, and/or
     interfering with the peace and/or safety
     of another. 
Sanctions typically result in suspension or expulsion/termination

​RETALIATION

Retaliation is: 
   • any adverse action, 
   • taken against a person participating in a 
     protected activity, 
   • because of that person’s participation 
     in that protected activity 
    ― subject to limitations imposed by the
         First Amendment and/or academic 
         freedom. 
Sanctions range from warning through expulsion/ termination.​
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