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Title IX Definitions

Sexual Misconduct

Sexual misconduct is a broad term encompassing a range of non-consensual sexual activity or unwelcome behavior of a sexual nature. The term includes but is not limited to sexual assault, sexual exploitation, sexual intimidation, sexual harassment, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. Sexual misconduct can be committed by men or women, strangers or acquaintances, and can occur between or among people of the same or opposite sex.

Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment is any unwelcome verbal, nonverbal, written, electronic or physical behavior of a sexual nature directed at someone, or against a particular group, because of that person's or group's sex, or based on gender stereotypes, severe or pervasive, and where it meets the following criteria:

  1. Submission, consent, or rejection of the behavior is believed to carry consequences for the individual's education, employment, on-campus living environment, or participation in a College affiliated activity.

  2. The behavior has the purpose or effect of substantially interfering with another's work or educational performance by creating an intimidating or hostile environment for employment, education, on-campus living or participation in a College affiliated activity.

The following are examples of types of conduct that may constitute sexual harassment:

  • Inappropriate touching, patting, or pinching

  • Physical assault or coerced sexual activity

  • Obscene phone calls, texts, emails, or gestures

  • Badgering someone for a date (or forming a relationship)

  • Repeatedly making inappropriate sexual comments or unwanted sexual advances

Any person (student or employee) who believes they have been subjected to any type of sexual misconduct or discriminatory practices based upon gender may discuss their concerns and/or file an informal or formal complaint of possible violations of Title IX with the Campus Title IX Resources.


  • Consent is mutual, voluntary, talked about beforehand.

  • Consent is NOT assumed, silence, the absence of no, etc.

  • Consent for one thing is not consent for everything.

  • Once given, it does not mean always.

  • ALWAYS ask for consent.