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Definitions

Sexual Assault: is any sexual contact made without consent.

Consent: is a clear yes, not the absence of no.  To give consent is to agree to do or allow something; to give permission for something to happen or be done.

Domestic Violence: is asserted violence, misdemeanor, and felony offenses committed by the victim’s current or former spouse, current or former cohabitant, person similarly situated under domestic or family violence law, or anyone else protected under domestic or family violence law.

Dating Violence: is violence by a person who has been in a romantic or intimate relationship with the victim.

Stalking: is two or more unwanted and repeated contacts that would cause alarm, apprehension, or fear for a person and/or his/her immediate family or household’s safety.

Discrimination: is differential treatment of an individual based on their real or perceived status in a protected class.

Protected Classes: are categories of individuals who are protected by various state and federal laws, and college policies.  Protected classes include but are not limited to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, disability, national origin, citizenship status, ancestry, and age.

Harassment: is unwelcome conduct that is based on a protected class.

Sexual Harassment: is a form of sexual discrimination and is unwanted conduct based on an individual’s real or perceived sex, gender, or sexual orientation. Examples of Sexual Harassment include but are not limited to:

  • physical assaults of a sexual nature or attempts to commit these acts;
  • intentional physical conduct that is sexual in nature such as touching, pinching, patting, grabbing, poking, or brushing against another individual’s body;
  • offering or implying an education-related reward (such as a better grade, a letter of recommendation, favorable treatment in the classroom, assistance in obtaining employment, grants or scholarships, or admission to any educational program or activity) in exchange for sexual favors or submission to sexual conduct;
  • threatening or taking any negative educational actions (such as giving an unfair grade, withholding a letter or recommendation, or withholding assistance with any educational activity) or intentionally making the individual’s academic work more difficult because sexual conduct is rejected;
  • the use or display in the classroom, including electronic, of pornographic or sexually harassing materials such as posters, photos, cartoons, or graffiti without pedagogical justification; and
  • unwelcome sexual advances, repeated propositions or requests for a sexual relationship to an individual who has previously indicated that such conduct is unwelcome, or sexual gestures, noises, remarks, jokes, questions, or comments about a person’s sexuality or sexual experience.

Sexual Violence: a particular type of sexual harassment that includes physical sexual acts perpetrated against a person’s will or where a person is incapable of giving consent due to the victim’s use of drugs or alcohol, or otherwise unable to understand the nature of the act. This includes, but is not necessarily limited to, inappropriate touching, sexual intercourse of any kind without consent, rape, and attempted rape.

Sexual Misconduct: includes, but is not limited to: intentional and undesired physical contact, stalking, attempted or actual kissing or fondling, intimate partner violence, coerced sexual activity, indecent exposure, repeated unsolicited propositions for dates and/or sexual relations, and any other conduct of a sexual nature that is nonconsensual, or has the purpose or effect of threatening, intimidating, or coercing (physically or psychologically) a person or persons.