Sexual Misconduct Violations

The following are summaries of policy violations. See the full policy (.pdf).

Sexual harassment

Sexual harassment is: 

  • Unwelcome,
  • Sexual, sex-based, and/or gender-based,
  • Verbal and/or physical conduct.

Sexual harassment will be sanctioned if it reaches the level of a hostile environment.

Hostile Environment

A hostile environment is created when sexual harassment is:

  • Sufficiently severe, or persistent or pervasive, and
  • Objectively offensive such that it:
    Unreasonably interferes with, denies, or limits someone’s ability to participate in or benefit from the institution’s educational, employment, social, and/or residential program.

Sanctions range from warning through expulsion/termination.

Non-Consensual 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-Consensual 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 typically result in suspension or 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 the other sexual misconduct offenses.

Sanctions range from warning through expulsion/termination.

Intimate Partner Violence

Intimate partner violence is:

  • Violence or threatened act of violence within a current or former intimate relationship.

Sanctions range from warning through expulsion/termination.

Stalking

Stalking:

  • Repetitive and menacing pursuit,
  • Following,
  • Harassing and/or interfering with the peace and/or safety of another.

Sanctions range from warning through expulsion/termination.

Retaliation

Retaliation is: 

  • Words or actions taken in response to reporting or participating in a resolution process
  • That is sufficiently serious to discourage a reasonable person from accessing their rights.

Sanctions range from warning through expulsion/termination.