Office of Diversity and Equity : Campus Response & Resource Team


Last updated: December 7, 2017

Sexual Assault: any sexual act directed against another person forcibly and/or against that person’s will; or not forcibly or against the person’s will where the victim is incapable of giving consent. (e.g., ingestion of alcohol or drugs or if the person is unconscious or otherwise unable to communicate consent). A lack of physical resistance or other negative response is not consent. Sexual assault includes rape, molestation, incest, exposure and unwanted touch.

Sexual Harassment: any unwelcome sexual advance or requests for sexual favors or any conduct of a sexual nature when made as a term or condition of employment, used as a basis for employment decisions, or has the purpose of interfering with an individual’s work or academic performance, or creates a hostile, intimidating or offensive working environment.

Stalking: repeatedly contacting another person when the contacting person knows or should know that the contact is unwanted by the other person. This includes cyber stalking or any use of electronic media.

Intimate Partner Violence (also known as “dating violence,” “domestic violence,” or “interpersonal violence”): Any abusive behavior, including acts of violence or threats of violence, by an individual against a person. It may involve a single act or an ongoing pattern of behavior. This can include: intimidation, manipulation, threats, violence, assault, property damage, and physical, emotional, economic, technological, or sexual abuse.

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