Definitions of Sexual Misconduct Policy Violations

Sexual Misconduct Offenses Include But Are Not Limited to:

  • Sexual Harassment
  • Non-Consensual Sexual Contact (or attempts to commit same)
  • Non-Consensual Sexual Intercourse (or attempts to commit same)
  • Sexual Exploitation

Please click this link to see each of the definitions of the above terms as well as additional sexual misconduct policy definitions.

Other Offenses

Violations of the norms for community living and policies alleged to have occurred as part of the same circumstances as a sexual misconduct policy complaint may proceed in accordance with the procedures outlined in the Sexual Misconduct Policy or may be addressed separately. While included under the sexual misconduct policy, stalking, bullying, cyber-bullying, and threats are also violations that can occur separate from violations of the sexual misconduct policy. Any acts that constitute harm to others that are a form of intimate partner violence, or are based on sex or gender, will be resolved under the sexual misconduct policy.

Statement on Intimate Partner Violence

Intimate partner violence is often referred to as dating violence, domestic violence or relationship violence. Intimate partner violence includes any act of violence or threatened act of violence against a person who is, or has been involved in, a sexual, dating, domestic or other intimate relationship with that person. Intimate partner violence can encompass a broad range of behavior, including, but not limited to, physical violence, sexual violence, emotional violence, and economic abuse. It may involve one act or an ongoing pattern of behavior. Intimate partner violence may take the form of threats, assault, property damage, violence, or threat of violence to one’s self, one’s sexual or romantic partner or to the family members or friends of the sexual or romantic partner. Intimate partner violence affects individuals of all genders, gender identities, gender expressions, and sexual orientation and does not discriminate by racial, social, or economic background.

The College will not tolerate intimate partner violence of any form. For the purposes of this policy, the College does not define intimate partner violence as a distinct form of misconduct. Rather, the College recognizes that sexual harassment, non-consensual sexual contact, sexual exploitation, harm to others, stalking, and retaliation may all be forms of intimate partner violence when committed by a person who is or has been involved in a sexual, dating or other social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the complainant.

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