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Sexual Misconduct Violations

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

Sexual Harassment is: 

  • unwelcome.
  • sexual, sex-based, and/or gender-based verbal, written, online, and/or physical conduct

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 employment], social, and/or residential program. 

Sanctions range from warning through expulsion/termination.

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 typically result in suspension or expulsion/termination.

  • 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

Examples of sexual exploitation include, but are not limited to:

● sexual voyeurism (such as watching a person undressing, using the bathroom or engaged in sexual acts without the consent of the person observed);

● taking pictures or video or audio recording another in a sexual act, or in any other private activity without the consent of all involved in the activity, or exceeding the boundaries of consent (such as allowing another person to hide in a closet and observe sexual activity, or disseminating sexual pictures without the photographed person’s consent);

● prostitution;

● exposing one’s genitals in non-consensual circumstances; inducing another to expose their genitals in non-consensual circumstances; and

● sexual exploitation also includes engaging in sexual activity with another person while knowingly infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) or other sexually transmitted disease (STD) and without informing the other person of the infection, and further includes administering alcohol or drugs (such as “date rape” drugs) to another person without his or her knowledge or consent.

Sanctions range from warning through expulsion/termination.

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 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 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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